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World Rugby drops Nations Championship plans

World Rugby has announced that it has taken the “reluctant decision” to discontinue plans for a new Nations Championship.

The decision has been taken after the required unanimous agreement by unions to enter into exclusive negotiations was not achieved by Wednesday’s deadline.

World Rugby said that a lack of consensus on issues such as the timing and format of promotion and relegation left it with no alternative but to drop plans for the competition.

European hockey introduces gender balance charter

The European Hockey Federation (EHF) has called on all 43 of its members to sign up to its new gender balance charter as its bids to promote equality within the sport.

Through the launch of the charter, Equally Amazing, the EHF aims to ensure “everyone, at every level from the boardroom to the pitch, gets access to the same opportunities, no matter gender, age, race, religion or skill level.”

Unibet adds Gamban tech to self-exclusion process

Unibet has linked up with software company Gamban to integrate blocking software into its self-exclusion process.

Unibet is part of Kindred Group, which said the move marks a first for a UK bookmaker. The initiative is designed to further help customers who self-exclude on the Unibet website.

Kindred Group has previously pioneered responsible gambling procedures, including the PS-EDS detection system. The company was also the first operator to offer free blocking gambling software licenses to its customers.

EFL adds BAME regulation and adds to Jevans remit

The English Football League (EFL) has introduced a recruitment regulation to help address the underrepresentation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) managers, while it has also appointed Debbie Jevans CBE as its Executive Chair.

The new regulation comes after an 18-month trial, through which EFL clubs voluntarily committed to interview at least one BAME candidate when undertaking a recruitment process for a first-team managerial job.

The commitment has now been formalised in a move designed to ensure that more opportunities will be provided to BAME candidates.

FA & RFU join STAR ticketing body

The FA and the RFU have become the first sports organisations to join the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR).

Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium have also joined STAR, the self-regulatory body for the ticketing industry.

STAR members adhere to a strict code of practice that includes promoting clear information for the ticket-buying public.

STAR is approved as an official consumer body for the purposes of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015.

ASICS opens new EMEA HQ, releases Sustainability Report

Japanese sportswear manufacturer ASICS has opened its new EMEA headquarters in Greater Amsterdam, while it has also released its 2018 Sustainability Report detailing its progress towards medium and long-term targets.

The company’s new headquarters are designed to reflect its ‘Sound Mind in a Sound Body’ philosophy and support the physical and mental well-being of its employees.

It is hoped the use of space, light and natural materials, as well as fitness and well-being facilities, will encourage movement and reduce stress at the new office.


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