Industry Shorts: McLaren, UCI, FIFA, IPC…

11 Feb 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

BREAKING: McLaren Racing has announced a global partnership with British American Tobacco (BAT), which formerly owned the BAR Formula One team.

A press release claims the multi-year partnership is "focussed on accelerating BAT’s transforming agenda, leveraging its portfolio of potentially reduced risk products and grounded in technology and innovation."

The tobacco manufacturing company entered F1 in 1999, before severing ties ahead of the 2007 season after Honda succeeded BAR.

As part of the agreement, McLaren Applied Technologies will work with BAT on areas including battery technology and advanced materials, sharing best practice and innovation experience.

Zak Brown, McLaren Racing Chief Executive, said: “We welcome BAT to the McLaren team and support their ambition of delivering meaningful and lasting change through innovation.

"BAT’s transformation agenda is central to this partnership and we are pleased to share our technical experience and expertise in helping to accelerate this.”

Scotland has been awarded hosting rights to the inaugural Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Cycling World Championships in 2023.

The event will take place across venues in Glasgow and Scotland over two weeks in August 2023, bringing together 13 existing individual World Championship disciplines under one event for the first time, including road, cross-country, marathon and downhill mountain bike events, track cycling and BMX events.

Along with the 2019 Solheim Cup and UEFA Euro 2020, the UCI Cycling World Championships will become the latest in a number of big sporting events to be hosted in Scotland over recent years, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Ryder Cup and Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

London has been replaced by Milan as host of the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony after two years.

FIFA confirmed that the next edition of the its flagship global awards will take place at the Teatro alla Scala on 23rd September.

The event was initially switched to London from Zurich, Switzerland in 2017, following a decision by the new FIFA leadership.

It was held at the Paladium in the first year, followed by the Royal Festival Hall.

FA Chairman Greg Clarke has been elected as a new FIFA Vice President at the 43rd UEFA Congress held in Rome.

Clarke will succeed David Gill in the position reserved for the four British associations after a vote of UEFA’s 55 members.

The former FA Chairman's four-year term will begin from the FIFA Congress in Paris this June.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is to lift its ban on Russian Para-athletes by 15th March after 69 of 70 reinstatement criteria had been met.

The 29-month ban was first introduced in August 2016 following the McLaren Report which detailed the country’s state-sponsored doping scheme.

The IPC Taskforce revealed that the one criteria not achieved was the country’s lack of an official response to the McLaren Report, which ultimately unveiled that more than 1,000 Russian athletes were involved in the extensive doping programme.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, highlighted that the IPC were confident that “it is now a very different organisation to the one that it was prior to Rio 2016."

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