Electric series set for 2022
A new electric road car-based series on Wednesday announced plans to launch in 2022. Formula E has pioneered city-based electric single-seater racing, but SuperCharge managing director Rob Armstrong said that “the need for road car-based electric motorsport is becoming more and more compelling.” The plans outlined in a videoconference envisaged eight events in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Eight teams would compete using 16 cars powered by a battery producing 500 kilowatt, 670 brake horsepower and capable of reaching 100kph in 2.5 seconds, organizers said. The circuits would be ultra-short, about 1km in length, and the races lasting about six laps with features including a water gantry and 2.5m high jump.
Club offers fans virus tests
A leading Slovak soccer club is to provide free COVID-19 tests for its fans prior to a top league match on Sunday, in a bid to meet strict anti-pandemic measures, it said on Wednesday. “We have decided to provide all season ticket holders with free COVID-19 testing 12 hours prior to the match against SK Slovan,” DAC 1904 Dunajska Streda owner Oszkar Vilagi said in a video message. Dunajska Streda lead the table and on Sunday meet second-placed SK Slovan Bratislava.
Runner decries ruling
The women’s 400m Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo on Wednesday criticized World Athletics after the doping suspension of Salwa Eid Naser was overturned. The 22-year-old Naser was provisionally suspended in June and charged with failing to meet “whereabouts” criteria, but the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal on Tuesday overturned the decision, saying that the circumstances surrounding one missed test “would have been comical were the consequences not so serious.” Naser, who runs for Bahrain, beat Bahamian Miller-Uibo in the World Championships, held in September and October last year, by running the third-fastest time in the history of the event. Between January and April of last year, Naser had failed three times to fulfill her whereabouts obligations, World Athletics said. “I cry foul play and believe there is a deeper explanation of how World Athletics ... allowed this to carry on,” Miller-Uibo wrote on Instagram. “We need to ensure that in athletics, we the athletes are not competing against any administrators whose only goal is for athletes to run faster, jump further and throw further at any cost.”
Bills seeks mafia trademark
The mafia is becoming legitimate in Buffalo, New York, — the Bills Mafia that is. The Buffalo Bills last week filed an application to trademark fans’ adopted nickname in preparation to launch a series of branded merchandise and apparel. Bills Mafia first became popular in 2011, and for years was considered taboo by the franchise and NFL because of its connotation of organized crime. Rather than acknowledge the nickname, the team would go out of its way to avoid its mention. Bills Mafia had also been mischaracterized on social media, which focused on the team’s rowdier, table-breaking fans, while overlooking the charitable work done on behalf of the nickname over the years.
An influx of soccer players to India from Australia has highlighted changing fortunes as the Indian Super League (ISL) flourishes and the A-League hits lean times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just two Australians played in the Indian Super League last year, but 10 were among the 11 teams when the competition got under way in a bio-secure “bubble” in Goa last week. Non-Australian A-League players have also made the move, including English striker Adam Le Fondre — last season’s second-highest goal-scorer with Sydney FC — along with German defender Matti Steinman and Aaron Holloway of Wales. Much of the change is down to
The treatment of Pacific Island rugby union players in the professional era is compared to colonialism in a new documentary film produced and narrated by former Samoa international Dan Leo. Oceans Apart: Greed, Betrayal and Pacific Island Rugby accuses World Rugby and the sport’s elite nations of exploiting the player resources of the Pacific Islands while retaining almost all of the wealth that those players create. The island nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have a combined population of only 1.5 million people, but provide almost one-quarter of all professional rugby players. At last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, 42 players
The cutting-edge yacht that Team New Zealand are to use to defend the America’s Cup took to the water in Auckland yesterday, with crew members describing it as a “flying machine.” The 23m yacht features innovative foil arms, which lift the hull above the surface of the water into the air, reducing drag and increasing racing speed. Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby said that the vessel — which is expected to reach speeds of more than 50 knots (93kph) — was part racing yacht and part aircraft. “It is a boat and it has to go through the water, but it’s also
‘YOU’RE CHAMPIONS’: Pope Francis told the NBA delegation that they had become models of teamwork, while remaining humble and preserving their own humanity Pope Francis on Monday met with NBA players at the Vatican, lauding them as “champions” and saying he supported their work on social justice. The five players — Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver — were joined in the delegation by National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts and two other union executives, Sherrie Deans and Matteo Zuretti. “We’re here because, frankly, we’re inspired by the work that you do globally,” Roberts told the pope during the meeting in the Vatican Apostolic Library. The union said that the players spoke about their “individual and collective efforts addressing