Without racing, the sport’s economy begins to seize up, as prize money stops circulating around the system. In terms of revenue from the betting Levy alone, every month without racing costs the sport between £6m and £7m. Unfolding events and government advice will ultimately determine whether 1 May is a realistic date for racing to return in some form, but Dunshea and his team at the BHA can only attempt to ensure that the sport has a plan in place if it is needed. If or when it becomes certain that 1 May is impossible, the date will move, but the essentials of the planning for an eventual resumption will be the same. … [Read more...] about BHA putting plans in place for 1 May resumption of racing if permitted
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However, not everyone faces such a stark possibility. In the 100m Justin Gatlin is one of 11 athletes – including the decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton and 200m Olympic champion Allyson Felix – who have a bye by virtue of either being a defending world champion or a reigning Diamond League champion. Instead Gatlin will race in the 200m and will watch on as a number of sub-10 second runners, including Tyson Gay, try to earn a spot in the 100m. … [Read more...] about Galen Rupp to race at US championships amid Salazar controversy
We put far too much emphasis on the possibilities opened up for us by the elevation of mysterious, pioneering beings into "role models" we should emulate. Each day the press highlights the weaknesses of some actress, model, singer, sportsman or minor celebrity, and we all tut-tut and shake our heads sadly, secretly enjoying their all-too-human flaws plastered across our morning papers and gossip magazines. Kate Moss takes drugs. Shock. And horror. "But she's a ROLE MODEL!" the columnists shriek. … [Read more...] about Who needs role models?
Experiences range from socially awkward to xenophobic. An American walking with a group of foreigners in a park in Beijing saw a woman grab her child and run the other way. Others have described being called “foreign trash”. A recent online article, under an image of ship stacked with refuse being pushed away from China’s coast, was headlined: “Beware of a second outbreak started by foreign garbage.” … [Read more...] about ‘They see my blue eyes then jump back’ – China sees a new wave of xenophobia
Rio, says Tufvesson, is not only "the sexiest destination on Earth" but also a place where tolerance is natural. Just as the city staged important protests against the military dictatorship during the 1960s, Rio is again blazing a trail for civil rights, he believes. … [Read more...] about Rio de Janeiro aims to become world capital of gay tourism