Industry Shorts: Sky Sports, Cheltenham, Leeds

13 Jan 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Sky Sports has said it will stream its Netball Vitality Nations Cup coverage on YouTube.

The new tournament, which will see England’s Vitality Roses compete against Jamaica, South Africa and world champions New Zealand, will see the broadcaster once again make its netball coverage free to view online after it did the same for the Vitality Netball World Cup in July 2019 and for some Vitality Netball Super League matches in the same year.

Cheltenham Racecourse has announced top model Frankie Herbert as its 2020 fashion ambassador for The Festival presented by Magners.

Herbert, who has modelled for the likes of fashion houses Dolce & Gabbana and Richard Quinn, is the event’s first ever fashion ambassador.

The Festival 2020 will also see the launch of The Park, which will include a Ferris wheel, Magners Bar and performances from DJs Nick Grimshaw, Laura Whitmore.

Leeds United have partnered with US-based Vernier Software & Technology to promote STEM education in classrooms. 

The pair will collaborate to provide STEM-focused educational opportunities and resources to students and local communities, as well as introduce students to careers in STEM fields. 

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, ITF CEO David Haggerty and Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita have all been elected as members of the International Olympic Committee.

The appointments were made at the IOC’s 135th session in Lausanne and following a proposal by the IOC Executive Board in December.

Meanwhile, the IOC guidelines on protests at this year’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have been met with a negative reaction from athletes.

Athletes are banned from taking a political stand on the field of play and told that kneeling, political hand gestures or protests during medal ceremonies will not be allowed. But that has met with a reaction from athletes including Megan Rapinoe - who is expected to take to the field in Tokyo as part of the US Women’s National Team.

Rapinoe said on Instagram: “So much for being done about the protests. So little being done about what we are protesting about. We will not be silenced.”