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Beep, beep! Another voter anvil hits the IOC

By Alan Abrahamson
BUDAPEST, October 17, 2017 - Here is a multiple-choice quiz. When someone says, “No way, dude,” is he or she referring to the odds of success of: a) That oiled-up guy from Tonga who walked in the opening ceremony at the Rio 2016 Summer Games, Pita Taufatofua, suddenly appearing in the same outfit at the top of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games halfpipe to announce, as he locks himself into snowboard boots, that he will now throw down — watch out, Shaun White — an unprecedented trick involving corks, flips and other head-spinning gyrations; b) George ...

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'Bring Someone Special' campaign - Indian school teacher and son to attend Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

ZURICH, October 17, 2017 - A mother and a son who have been changing the lives of thousands of kids in India through sport will be among the lucky fans in the Luzhniki Stadium for the Opening Match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.  As part of the “Bring Someone Special” campaign launched during the FIFA Confederations Cup, Adityanshu of Muzaffarpur, India shared why he would choose his mother to sit next to him at the opening match: “I would bring my mother along. She has been championing the spirit of sports and how it improves life skills in kids ...
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UEFA and FARE network unite to promote inclusion, diversity and accessibility

NYON, October 17, 2017 - UEFA will be reiterating its support to tackle all forms of discrimination and promote inclusion, diversity and accessibility as part of the FARE network’s Football People actions weeks, which is running from 5 October to 19 October. Activities are taking place at a total of 58 matches in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Players and clubs involved in these competitions are lending their support to both the FARE network and UEFA, who are committed to fighting for an end to discrimination ...

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver seeks Papal support to build inclusive world

ROME, October 15, 2017 – Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver delivered an impassioned speech at an audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Friday. Speaking in front of Special Olympics athletes and delegates, Dr. Shriver asked Pope Francis to support the movement as it embarks on an ‘inclusion revolution’ around the world. ‘Your Holiness: We are here to lead a revolution,’ said Dr. Shriver. ‘But it is not a violent revolution or an angry revolution or a vengeful revolution. We are here to lead the inclusion revolution, a revolution of the heart,’ he added. ‘The inclusion revolution ...
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