Industry Shorts: Extreme E, World Rugby

19 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Extreme E has announced that British driver Billy Monger will compete in the series.

The 20-year-old double amputee suffered serious injuries in a Formula 4 crash in 2017, but will compete in the new series which launches in 2021.

Extreme E recently announced the Himalayas in Nepal as one of the destinations for its opening series, and will see electric SUVs race in parts of the world threatened by climate change. The Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, and an as-yet unconfirmed race in the Saudi Arabian desert will all join the Himalayas as hosts for the series.

World Rugby has announced that current New Zealand women’s player Selica Winiata - a former Black Ferns Sevens player - will officiate in two legs of the HSBC Sevens Series 2020.

After making her international officiating debut at the Ocean Women’s Sevens Championship, Winiata has been appointed to referee at the Dubai and Cape Town legs of the series, becoming the fifth New Zealand referee on the circuit for the 2020 season.

The series actually starts in late 2019 before culminating at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where Sevens will be included for the second time, after making its debut four years earlier at the 2016 Rio Games.

Fitness brand Wahoo, which is active in the smart trainers, GPS bike computers and connected cycling sectors, has announced a partnership with British Continental Cyclo-cross team TRINITY Racing. 

As part of the brand’s deal with the team - which is led by British World and European U23 Cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock - Wahoo will provide its ELEMENT ROAM GPS computers, TIKR heart rate monitors and KICKR smart trainers.