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Africa Cup of Nations Postponed Until 2022

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The confederation of African Football just announced yesterday the postponement of the Africa Cup of Nations until 2022, which was scheduled in 2021.

“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. The date for the final tournament and the remaining matches of the qualifiers will be communicated in due course,” a statement read on the CAF website.

The CAF executive committee held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the fate of the competition amid the outbreak of the virus.

“This decision was taken due to the uncertainties about the coronavirus health situation and especially because of the scheduling problems since four rounds of qualifiers would need to be fitted into the October and November windows for international matches,” CAF President Ahmad Ahmad told a news conference after the meeting.

The Nations Cup was supposed to be held next January in Cameroon, but given that the CAF has postponed three rounds of qualifiers already, the fate of the tournament has become unclear.

All continental sports activities have also been suspended since March due to the pandemic, including the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup, which were originally scheduled to be played on 1 May.

We are sure a lot of football enthusiasts are disappointed by the news, but it’s for the best as safety of players and the audience come first.

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Allianz Begins Eight-Year Worldwide Olympic & Paralympic Partnership

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· Official start of worldwide partnership with Olympic & Paralympic Movements
· Allianz expands local initiatives to engage and bring together athletes, teams, volunteers and fans in more than 200 countries
· Backs Olympic & Paralympic Movements with products & services

Cairo, January 11, 2021

Allianz officially began its eight-year worldwide partnership with the Olympic & Paralympic Movements on Jan. 1, building on a collaboration with the Paralympic Movement since 2006.

“Allianz is proud to be the „Worldwide Insurance Partner” of the Olympic & Paralympic Movements,” said Oliver Bäte, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz SE. “As a supporter of the sports ecosystem and through shared core values of excellence, friendship, inclusion and respect, Allianz and our 148,000 employees and 100,000 agents are excited to care and deliver for athletes, their families and their ambitions.”

Since announcing the partnership in September 2018, Allianz has engaged fans, athletes, teams and employees through health across four pilot markets – Australia, China, France and Spain. Allianz presented the Australian Olympic Committee’s Wellbeing Week to showcase ways to improve mental health. Allianz also worked with the Organizing Committee Olympic Games Paris 2024 to encourage people to walk and run for “Club Paris 2024”, an initiative to move and be part of the Games.

Allianz will expand local initiatives to connect with athletes and fans across the world. To name a few, Allianz will offer consumers and employees the chance to take part in Beijing 2022 Olympic Torch Relay, and will engage youth with the spirit & values of the Movements at its Allianz Sports Camps through trying sports, building friendships and learning from athletes. Furthermore, it will support the Movements with tailored insurance solutions and services.

“Having announced this new agreement in 2018, our teams have already been working together in key pilot markets to support athletes and the Olympic Movement,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “As we start this new Olympic year, we are excited to begin in earnest our global collaboration with Allianz.”

“Allianz brings global visibility to the athletes and values of the Paralympic Movement and we look forward to our next phase working together,” added IPC President Andrew Parsons.

The partnership runs from 2021-2028. More details can be found on Allianz’s website.

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Mike Tyson Returns For a Frontline Battle After 15 Years of Retirmenet

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Fifteen years after retiring, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson returned for an 8-round exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday, which ended in a draw.

Tyson squared off against fellow boxing legend Jones Jr. for a fight titled “Frontline Battle.”

The rounds were 60 seconds shorter than usual and the fight was sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.

“Despite the isolation and tribulations COVID-19 has caused, Tyson and Jones Jr. have shown us that when a person embraces a positive mental outlook, turns on his or her positive mental switch, all challenges can be overcome which is why we have created a one of a kind commemorative belt created specifically for the occasion,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán said in a news release.

Also worth mentioning is that a some of the money will go to charities that fight breast cancer and human trafficking, according to Jones Jr. Tyson’s Legends Only League will also donate a portion of proceeds to the WBC José Sulaimán Boxers Fund to support boxers who “have fallen into hard times,” the news release said.

The fight was the first of a series produced by Legends Only League.

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Farida Osman Wins Gold Medal at US Championship & Marwan El Kamash Qualifies to Olympics

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Once again, our own Olympian Farida Osman succeeded in winning the gold medal at the American Open Swimming Championship in the 50-meter freestyle at a time of 10.25. Such a historic achievement for the Egyptian young swimmer who managed to claim victory during a pandemic and a global crisis.

The U.S. Open Championships are being held across nine different cities, and it’s the first major U.S. swimming event since March.

Looks like yesterday was a prideful day for Egypt as swimmer Marwan El Kamash also succeeded in qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after breaking the qualifying record for the 800-meter freestyle race and winning first place in the US Open Swimming Championships.

Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, congratulated both champions for their wonderful achievements that brought joy to all of us.

The Minister of Youth and Sports showed tremendous support and is encouraging everyone to take his lead and support the sports federations, along with both male and female players.

We offer both swimmers our warm congratulations for making us all very proud.

 

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