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Special Olympics GB appoints six new board members

Special Olympics Great Britain has confirmed the appointment of six new members on the organisation’s Board of Trustees.

Paul Richardson (pictured), a former Chair of the Steve Redgrave Trust has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board, while City Football Group CFO, Andy Young and former ESPN General Manager Charly Classen have also been appointed. 

Long-time Special Olympics GB volunteer Andy Baker, Special Olympics Wales Chair, Dr Dawn Brace and former HR Director at Kerry Foods, Emma Rose make up the new names appointed to the Board.

Saracens accept relegation to Championship next season

Premiership Rugby have confirmed that 2019 champions Saracens will be relegated at the end of the current season.

The club will continue to compete in the top division through to the end of the 2019/20 season, but after admitting that they will still be in breach of salary cap regulations, Saracens have accepted relegation.

In a statement accepting the decision, the club said its Board "wishes to unreservedly apologise for the mistakes made in relation to the salary cap regulations.”

W Series adds two races to F1 undercard

The W Series will feature on the Formula 1 support-race bill for the first time, delivering two new races alongside F1 in 2020.

The all-female single seater motorsport series will stage races at the USA and Mexico F1 Grand Prixs, with W Series races taking place on the Saturdays of both meetings.

Across the final two weekends in the W Series calendar, the newly-announced events will be the culmination to the series’ second year. The 2020 season will take drivers to eight races across Europe and the Americas.

England Netball heads from the Couch to the Court

England Netball has begun its brand new Couch To Court campaign, with the aim of getting more than 4,000 women into the sport in the New Year.

The national federation is aiming to battle inactivity among women, after a 2018/19 study found that 11.2 million people nationwide were doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.

The scheme encourages women to move from the couch to the netball court with information, digital material and supporting correspondence to help people battle the nerves of joining a team for the first time.

FIFA formally files claims against Blatter and Platini

FIFA has confirmed that it has filed claims against former President Sepp Blatter and former Vice-President Michel Platini.

The global governing body is seeking a CHF 2 million (£1.52 million) restitution from both parties, matching the figure ‘unduly’ paid to former UEFA President Platini in 2011.

At the time, Platini claimed it was money paid to him by Blatter for back dated work conducted between 1998 and 2002 – but FIFA’s Governance Committee has now ruled the payment had no basis in contract and was in breach of its code of ethics.

BOA responds to athletes' legal challenge

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has responded to Team GB athletes, led by Adam Gemili and Laura Muir, who have launched a legal challenge against the organisation over its stance on the IOC’s Rule 40 regulations.

In October, the BOA published its Rule 40 guidelines, relaxing some of the restrictions on what athletes and their partner brands who are not Official Sponsors of the Olympic Games or Team GB can say during the Games window. 


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