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Matt Nelsen

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  1. Ireland has become the newest member of the International Luge Federation after the country’s membership was approved by the governing body. Ireland’s membership was accepted during the 68th Congress of the International Luge Federation, which took place virtually for the first time due to the ongoing global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Ireland becomes the 53rd country to become a member of the International Luge Federation. Ireland’s admittance into the FIL was met with great enthusiasm by luge athlete Elsa Desmond, who announced that she will begin sliding for the nation. In a
  2. The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation announced that the 2021 IWWF World Waterski Championships will be held in Lake County, Florida. After an 18-year wait, the IWWF World Waterski Championships will return to the United States. The biennial event will be hosted at the Jack Travers Water Ski School on October 11-17, 2021. It is expected that more than 200 water skiers, from around 35 countries, will compete in the championships. “We are thrilled to host the 75th Anniversary edition of the IWWF World Waterski Championships in Florida, the birth place and waters
  3. The official Rugby World Cup 2021 match ball design was unveiled by World Rugby and Gilbert today. The official Gilbert Rugby World Cup 2021 ball features unique elements from the tournament’s striking brand look and feel which integrates the energetic RipoRipo graphic. The RipoRipo carries cultural significance in New Zealand, where the 2021 tournament will be hosted, representing the water and the land. Gilbert have a long-standing affiliation with the women’s editions of Rugby World Cups, having supplied the match balls to every tournament since 1991. The 2021 tournament e
  4. The International Paralympic Committee has confirmed plans to send up to six athletes to the 2020 Paralympic Games as part of a Refugee Paralympic Team. The IPC will also work with its commercial partners and the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to create awareness of the plight faced by refugee athletes and to send a message of hope to the almost 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. Ileana Rodriguez, a former refugee and a London 2012 Paralympian, has been appointed Chef de Mission for the Refugee Paralympic Team. Speaking on her appointment, Rodriguez said, “It is an honour to be
  5. World Shooting Para Sport has launched a survey for athletes, coaches, National Paralympic Committee and National Federation representatives about the proposed changes for the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games programme. The proposed changes are to add new disciplines for vision impaired (VI) shooting and shotgun (Para trap) to the Paralympics medal programme, while slightly altering the existing rifle events. To add the new disciplines, World Shooting Para Sport would need to combine the men’s and women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 (R1/R2) events and the men’s and women’s 50m Rifle 3 Posit
  6. The Government of Colombia, led by President Ivan Doque, confirmed the country’s support for hosting the 2021 Junior Pan American Games today. The news was delivered by Colombia’s Minister of Sport, Ernesto Lucerna Barrero, to Panam Sports President, Neven Ilic, during the Virtual Meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Cali-Valle 2021 Junior Pan American Games. The official dates of the Games were confirmed for September 9 to 19, 2021. It was also announced that Cali 2021 will be open to young athletes between the ages of 14 and 22. The sports program for Ca
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