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  1. The 2021 World Para Ice Hockey A-Pool Championships, originally scheduled for early May in Ostrava, Czech Republic, have been postponed to 19-26 June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extra preparation time will be used to implement comprehensive health and safety protocols throughout the event in compliance with local and national guidelines, according World Para Ice Hockey and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).World Para Ice Hockey Manager Michelle Laflamme stated, “World Para Ice Hockey is looking forward to bringing the World Championships back to Ostrava, and doing so in acco
  2. World Championships, Olympic Games, and Pan American Games medalist Arthur Nory (BRA) will have his Pan American Games medals replaced by Panam Sports, after original medals were stolen from his home. Nory published his plight on social media a few days ago. He claimed that “thugs” had broken into his house and taken all of his medals. The story quickly gained attention on traditional and social media, which brought the unfortunate event to the attention of Panam Sports President, Nevin Ilic. A press release from Panam Sports stated, “upon learning of the robbery in the Bra
  3. Defending champion Humphries leads in two-woman bobsleigh at World Championships after the second run of four. Kaillie Humphries/Lolo Jones (USA) are the half-time leaders in two-woman bobsleigh at the 2021 BMW IBSF World Championships in Altenberg (GER). The defending World Champion, and two-time Olympic Champion, set the best time in both runs to finish the first day of the World Championships ahead of Kim Kalicki/Ann-Christin Strack (GER). Kim Kalicki, the 2020 World Cup silver medallist and Junior World Champion, finished the day in second, along with her brakewoman, Ann-Christ
  4. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020) today published the first Playbook for Tokyo 2020. According to the IOC, IPC, and Tokyo 2020, the playbook is, “a resource which outlines the personal responsibilities key stakeholders must take to play their role in ensuring safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.” The series of Playbooks will provide a framework of basic principles that each key stakeholder group will follow before they travel to Japan, when they ent
  5. Nicol David (MAS) can now officially lay claim to being the Greatest World Games Athlete of All-Time after she won an online fan-vote. The Malaysian Squash superstar won the vote with 318,943 votes to her name. David is a three-time gold medalist in women’s singles at the World Games. She also has a bronze medal to her name from the most recent edition of the Games. Speaking about the honor, David said, “It came as a surprise to see me amongst these other top athletes and I’m grateful for this...hopefully it can elevate attention for the future of Squash, and it’s a proud m
  6. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board decided against the inclusion of Para Bobsleigh at the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Paralympic Games, and thus has finalized the sports program. In December 2020, the IPC announced that a decision on Para Bobsleigh’s inclusion at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games would be deferred until early 2021 pending clarification in several areas. After clarifying these matters, the IPC Board decided not to include Para bobsleigh due to the sport not meeting the minimum criteria for the number of nations and regions regularly participating in t
  7. The 50th Luge World Championships came to a close with an exciting team relay. Austria found themselves on the top step of the podium in the team relay, after narrowly defeating the German team by 0.038 seconds. The Austrian team featured Madeleine Egle, David Gleirscher, and doubles pairing, Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller. Their total time at the finish was 2:43.139. The Germans made some minor mistakes, that ultimately caught up with them by the finish. Their efforts were only good enough for a second place finish, which continued a weekend of disappointing results for
  8. Germany swept the podium for a second time this weekend at the 50th Luge World Championships. Julia Taubitz (GER) laid down two quick runs in order to take victory in the women’s single event. Her victory came after two silver medals at last two world championships. She won the event with a time of 1:41.132. Natalie Geisenberger (GER) continued her charge towards renewed dominance this year, with a strong second place finish in the women’s event. This was Geisenberger‘s seventh time stepping onto the podium at the world championships. She finished the event 0.315 seconds
  9. Roman Repilov sped to first place in the men’s event to earn the Russian Luge Federation its first title. Repilov won the event with a time of 1:37.810. This was his second world title, after he won his first on home ice at last year’s world championships in Sochi. German slider Felix Loch led after the first run, but was plagued by minor errors in his second run that ultimately cost him victory. Loch did manage to hold on for a second place finish though, and registered a time of 1:37.872. David Gleirscher (AUT) once again found himself in the bronze medal po
  10. Germany continued their early success at the 50th Luge World Championships with another victory. After taking bronze in yesterday’s open doubles sprint, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken (GER) upgraded their spot on the podium to gold in today’s open doubles event. Two strong runs saw them take the world title with a time of 1:39.931. This was the pair’s fourth consecutive world championship victory. Following a victory in the open doubles sprint, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt were forced to settle for silver in the open doubles event. The pair raced an exciting duel with
  11. Germany takes two titles, while Austria takes the other, on the first day of the 50th Luge World Championships. The 50th Luge World Championships got underway with the sprint events today. The qualification runs for the men’s single, women’s single, and open doubles were held in the morning, with the top 15 sliders in each event advancing to the finals. The first final up in the afternoon session was the men’s single sprint. German hopes of a home victory were dashed by Nico Gleirscher (AUT), who clocked the quickest time down the track, a 38.375, to take his first worl
  12. Königssee, Germany is set to host the 50th FIL Luge World Championships. The 50th FIL Luge World Championships are due to take place from January 29 to January 31, 2021. It has been confirmed by the FIL that 149 athletes will compete at the world championships. The women’s event will feature the most entires with 48 sliders competing for the world championship title. The men’s event will feature 43 entries, while the doubles event will feature 29 pairings. The nations represented at this year’s Luge World Championships are: Argentina, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegov
  13. The International Floorball Federation has launched a new fan survey, with the chance for fans to win a prize. The new fan survey centers around the topic of sustainability. The IFF hopes to discern the views of the greater floorball community on environmental sustainability, in order to drive future initiatives related to the sport. The IFF has partnered with the Glion Institute for Higher Education in order to carry out the survey. Students at the school composed the questions for the survey, and will also perform analysis on the results. UNIHOC, a sponsor
  14. The Organising Committee of the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games announced the sports program of the 2023 Parapan American Games today. The Games will feature 17 para sports and 18 disciplines. The para sports slated to be included on the program are: para archery, para athletics, para badminton, boccia, para cycling (road and track), football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, judo, para powerlifting, shooting para sport, para swimming, para table tennis, para taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. Para archery returns to the sports pr
  15. Neven Ilic was re-elected President of the Panam Sports Organization at the 58th General Assembly of the Panam Sports Organization. For the first time in history, the General Assembly of the Pan American Sports Organization was held virtually. The pandemic caused Panam Sports to suspend the meeting scheduled for Cancun and hold the assembly remotely. The assembly featured reports about the current difficult year for international sports, and the entire 2020-2024 quadrennial. Discussions on the quadrennial were led by Panam Sports President Neven Ilic, Secretary General Ivar Sisnie
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