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40% Female Discrimination in Sport Jobs

24 Jun 18

A report from Women in Sport has recently been launched which says that there is 40% of women who are facing discrimination in the sports industry because of their gender but their male counterparts say they see no inequality. This was a seven month long survey which canvassed 1,152 people who play a role in sports administration at national governing bodies, organisations and sports charities etc. The Chief Executive of Women in Sport, Ms. Ruth Holdaway describes it to be a huge problem as 305 of women say that they have experienced inappropriate behavior from the opposite sex.

This survey was not only focused on the inequality problems but also other issues like pay gap, feeling of undervalue at work and lack of various opportunities for women to succeed and progress into senior roles. Women in Sports research helped in bringing about targets for women on sports boards in 2012. In April, 2018 Manchester United made an announcement of Collette Roche, Former Executive Director of Manchester Airport Groups becoming the first female chief operating officer. The Football Association has also added two non-executive directors I.e. Rupinder Bains - The first Asia representative at the top table and Kate Tinsley - The Buildbase Chief Executive. Ruth Holdaway said,We want women all the way through the organisations. Whats significant about this report is this the first time anyone has looked at the barriers impacting women from top to bottom.

 By: Swati Kaushal

 Content: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/20/report-prompts-women-in-sport-call-urgent-action-discrimination

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Punjabi Kabaddi: Contact Sport That Has Punjabi Origins

10 Jun 18

Punjabi Kabaddi also called as kauddi is a contact sport that originated in the region of Punjab. Punjab region has a lot of traditional kabaddi styles that are originated and played only in the region. Circle style also called as the Punjab Circle Style in played at both state and international level. The Punjab Circle Style game is governed by the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India.

 Some of the notable types of Punjabi Kabaddi are:


  • Lambi Kauddi: There are 15 players that play across a circular pitch of 15-20 feet. There is no referee and the players can run as far as they can.
  • Saunchi Kauddi: This kind of kabaddi is best described to be as same as boxing. It is quite popular and most often played in Malwa area of Punjab. It has unlimited players that play in a circular pitch.
  • Goongi Kabaddi: The name itself explains that in this kabaddi the player doesn't say kabaddi but rather just touches opponent's team player. The opponent player who he has touched can only stop the player from going back.

 Some of the notable competitions in the field of Kabaddi are Kabaddi World Cup, Women's Kabaddi World Cup, Asian Kabaddi Cup, UK Kabaddi Cup and World Kabaddi League. Due to the formation of states of Haryana and Punjab in India, the games came to be known as Haryana Kabaddi and Punjabi Kabaddi for awhile until Amaterur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India was formed and the sport came to be known as circle kabaddi.


By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punjabi_kabaddi

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BBC Secures Commentary Rights

06 Jun 18

BBC has secured The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 commentary rights. All the Test Match Special will broadcast live ball-by-ball commentary that will be played in England and Wales. The commentary will be featured on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website.

Securing commentary rights was the part of the deal that ensures TMS will cover all the ICC’s major events through, till 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. ICC chief executive David Richardson said: "That the ball-by-ball coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on BBC Test Match Special is great news, it is part of the fabric of our game and has tremendous reach on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom". The summer will be amazing for the Cricket fans as all of England’s matches are live on TMS. The first match of all England’s matches was against Pakistan. Also BBC has Radio commentary rights for the next three ashes series that includes ODI’s against South Africa and New Zealand and the T20 Tri-series. Coverage of all the county fixtures and Women's KSL is continuing on BBC Radio, and live cricket will also return to BBC TV for the first time in 21 years from 2020.

By: Shruti Anand

Content: https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/44233575

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All You Need To Know About The Traditional Sport Of Sepak Takraw

03 Jun 18

Sepak Takraw or kick volleyball is a sport native to Southeast Asia. It differs from a much similar sport of footvolley in using a rattan ball and allowing players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. The sport has gained popularity over the years and will be included in the Olympics 2002. It is quite prevalent in countries such as India, Indonesia. Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. It has different names in these countries like its called takraw or sepak raga in Malaysia, kataw in Laos, takraw in Thailand and in Myanmar, the sport is known by the name of chinlone. Similar games to Sepak Takraw includes footvolley, football tennis, footbag net, jianzi  and bossaball.


The most historical evidence of the games shows that it was first played in the 15th century Malacca Sultanate as it was mentioned in the Malay historical text. The details of the incident describes Raja Muhammad to have been accidentally hit by Tun Besar, a son of Tun Perak in a Sepak raga game. The game has evolved since then and some of the variations are to be believed was caused by cuju, an ancient Chinese military exercise.


International play is now under the governance by the International Sepak Takraw Federation, abbreviated as the ISTAF. Some of the major competitions of the sport that are held every year are ISTAF Super Series, ISTAF World Cup and King's Cup World Championships.


By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepak_takraw

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Pro Volleyball League Begins This September

27 May 18

After facing various ups and downs, the Volleyball Federation of India is going to begin the Volleyball league this year in September. It will start in September soon after the Asian games and will be called Pro Volleyball.

According to the sources, six teams will be the part of the first edition of the league and it will be played at two centres, one in the north and one in the south. Also, it will follow the caravan format of Pro Kabaddi league. The league is supposed to have auctions and also a draft. Through draft International payers will be picked for keeping price control. The cap of the Indian player is estimated to be approximately 75 lakhs that will be picked via an auction. The new CEO is appointed by league, Joy Bhattachariya who was earlier the Director of the IPL franchise KKR for first seven years. Earlier to that he was the Project director for the recently-concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup. In the year 2016, the launch of Volleyball league was announced in India, but three days later the idea was seen scuppered by another Volleyball league that found support from a faction of within the VFI. Later after various issues, court proceedings and the federation itself is in the state of civil war and there after stability was restored. The League begins this year after fresh elections that were held. The Sports Ministry granted VFI recognition in July 2017.

By: Shruti Anand

Content: https://www.firstpost.com/sports/after-years-of-suffering-indian-volleyball-finds-glimmer-of-hope-in-glitzy-pro-volleyball-4459521.html

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