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Greek Cup final postponed at request of police

first_imgSaturday’s Greek Cup final between league champions Olympiakos Piraeus and AEK Athens has been postponed at the request of the police.The match was due to be held behind closed doors due to crowd violence that has blighted this season’s competition.However, a nationwide 48-hour strike by various trade unions that began on Friday meant the police did not have the resources to oversee the game.“By a decision from the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport Mr Stavros Kontonis, the Greek Cup final has been postponed following a request from the police and the recommendation of the anti-violence committee,” said a government statement.No new date for the match has been announced.The postponement is the latest twist in what has become a farcical Greek Cup saga.Kontonis cancelled the competition after the first leg of the semi-final between PAOK Salonika and Olympiakos on March 2 was abandoned due to a pitch invasion.Fans also hurled flares and missiles before being dispersed by riot police.Kontonis reversed his decision last month after world governing body FIFA and European counterpart UEFA warned the country would be suspended from international football if the Greek Cup did not resume.The competition restarted with the remaining games played behind closed doors for security reasons.PAOK then failed to show up for the second leg of their semi-final and were punished with a heavy fine and a three-point points deduction that will take effect from the start of the 2016-17 league season.last_img read more

Chelsea seal Kante capture from Leicester

first_imgKante’s move to London will bolster a side that failed miserably in its defence last season of the Premier League title, but represents a blow to reigning champions Leicester as they battle to keep together the side that shocked world football.“I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me,” the 25-year-old Kante told Chelsea’s website.“The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.”Kante, signed for Leicester last summer from French club Caen for a bargain £5.6 million, was a revelation breaking down attacks during his maiden season in England as Claudio Ranieri’s side became shock Premier League champions.He was named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award – won by Foxes team-mate Riyad Mahrez – but his displays also brought him to the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Real Madrid.“My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player,” added Kante, who could have played in the Champions League this season had he stayed at Leicester.“I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success.”Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo called Kante “a perfect fit in terms of Antonio Conte’s philosophies and the style of football he wants to play.“For a player of his age he has already built up a wealth of experience and his exceptional quality will without doubt be a great addition to the team.”Days ago Ranieri, a former Chelsea manager, had told Kante to decide quickly on his future.Kante had a release clause of around £20 million in his Leicester contract, but Chelsea moved to seal his signature by going some way above that.Leicester fans will now be fearful for the future of Mahrez.The tricky Algerian international has also been at the centre of summer transfer speculation but Ranieri does not expect him to leave the King Power Stadium.“I’m very confident with him,” said the Italian this week. “He stays here with us.“He enjoys it and is not a man saying, ‘Coach I want to go’. He is happy.”Jamie Vardy, the prolific striker, rejected an offer from Arsenal earlier this summer to stay at Leicester.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France midfielder N’Golo Kante in action during the Euro 2016 match against Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, on June 15, 2016.PHOTO/AFPLONDON, United Kingdom, July 16 – Chelsea on Saturday announced the signing of Leicester City’s all-action defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante on a five-year deal to become new boss Antonio Conte’s second capture of the summer.The fee for the French international was about £32 million (38 million euros, $42 million), British media said, and comes after Chelsea snapped up Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for a similar fee.last_img read more

Borrowers eagerly await possible Fed interest rate cut

first_img“Customers have told me not to touch their loans until the Fed meets,” said Darin Hardin, owner of San Clemente-based Coastal Hills Mortgage Inc. “People have been assuming for the past six months that rates will be lowered, and nobody wants to make a move until some kind of event happens.” Hardin said his business has been slower in brokering mortgages in California’s Orange County, one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets. New calls for mortgages aren’t coming in as frequently, and those looking to switch to fixed-rate financing from adjustable have been stalling. A cut in interest rates would immediately make fixed-rate mortgages cheaper. Homeowners with lines of credit will pay less, and those “waiting on the fence to borrow” will have reason to pick up the phone, he said. A whole host of other borrowings will also become cheaper as U.S. banks follow an interest rate cut by lowering their own prime rates. For those that qualify, loans spanning everything from automobiles to education will be affected – as will the amount consumers are charged by credit cards issuers. There’s also the psychological impact a rate cut would have on the stock market, where the Dow Jones industrial average has plunged into volatility after hitting an all-time high in July. Traders have been cagey since then, sending the blue chip index bouncing around with triple-digit swings. NEW YORK – Wall Street players aren’t the only ones with a lot riding on whether the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates on Tuesday – Main Street could also see some pretty dramatic benefits. Policymakers are widely expected to decrease short-term rates by up to one-half of one percentage point, a move big institutional investors have been clamoring for in recent months. For the man on the street, a cut would lower credit card bills, make mortgages cheaper and perhaps inject enough confidence into the stock market to revive ailing 401(k) investments. Economists will likely debate until the 11th hour what the Fed will do when it releases its decision Tuesday afternoon. Even those far removed from high finance are nervous about what could be the biggest decision the Fed has made in years. Wall Street pundits have pinned their hopes on a rate cut to stem the choppy market conditions, and send stocks higher. That would bring welcome relief in the short term to individual investors whose stock portfolios have fallen in the process. “The whole thing with the stock market is perception,” said Adam Hewison, president of ino.com, a financial Web site catering to individual investors.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DDTV: LUNG CANCER VICTIM GERRY ON WHY YOU SHOULD QUIT SMOKING IN 2014

first_imgThe HSE’s QUIT campaign has launched a new TV advert featuring this emotive message from Gerry Collins who has terminal lung cancer caused by smoking.Gerry and his family have generously volunteered to be part of this new phase of the HSE’s QUIT campaign, in the hope that their story will inspire and encourage smokers to quit.In 2011, Gerry Collins was one of three people featured in the QUIT campaign’s films and TV adverts, telling his story of recovery from tobacco-related throat cancer. In summer 2013, Gerry contacted the HSE to say he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and to ask if this new chapter in his story could form a new phase of the QUIT campaign, which is a partnership between the HSE and the Irish Cancer Society.Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director of Health and Wellbeing, said at a preview of the adverts: ‘Gerry and his family, having reflected on their previous experience with QUIT and the HSE, have allowed us a window into their family life, and into how they are coping with and reacting to Gerry’s diagnosis.“By working with us to create new, hard-hitting TV commercials; discussing his smoking, his illness, his expected death and the anticipated loss to his family; Gerry hopes to inspire other people to quit smoking and help them to avoid the pain of illness and premature separation from their loved ones.’Gerry’s new adverts will be used on TV, radio and online from this week onwards, and the first of these can be viewed here. TV Advert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mposl7PnHZw , Online Extended Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1pfiJr6kjcDr. Fenton Howell, National Tobacco Control Advisor, Dept of Health, said: ‘This new campaign was developed following a detailed review of evidence of similar campaigns undertaken around the world, and review of responses to first phase of the QUIT campaign.“This review shows that testimonials like Gerry’s have a track record of being hugely effective in smoking cessation campaigns. Gerry’s unique and profoundly generous offer to create these adverts has given the HSE an opportunity to tell a powerful and impactful story and to help a lot of smokers make a quit attempt.’Gerry Collins, attending the preview event with his family and friends from Greystones where he lives.He said: ‘There were three reasons I decided I wanted to do this – firstly it was for myself, a positive thing for me to invest my energy in while dealing with my cancer. Secondly, I thought it would be good for my family, creating something powerful and meaningful for my kids to look back on. And finally, if even one person stops smoking because of what we’ve done, then it will all be worth it for me.”John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: ‘We are very grateful to Gerry Collins who has shown extreme bravery and generosity in allowing us the privilege of sharing this precious time in his life. I am certain that as a result of Gerry sharing his honest account of being a smoker and the impact smoking has had on his health, other smokers will be moved to take action and finally quit smoking for good and non-smokers will resist the temptation to start.’ You can QUIT – there is help:Thousands of people will make the decision to try to quit smoking this week – or later on this year. We provide a range of free services that have been proven to double their chances of succeeding.· Visit www.quit.ie and sign up for an online QUIT plan· Call the QUITline 1850 201 203 · Join our Facebook support group www.facebook.com/HSEquit (64,000 and growing)· Talk to your GP or pharmacist for help, and also supports and medicationsThings you should know:· Smoking places an enormous burden of illness and mortality on our society, affecting the 800,000 people who smoke in Ireland, their families, and to a costly and avoidable extent, our health service. Smoking is our leading cause of death, heart disease and chronic illness, and accounts for some 5,200 deaths in Ireland every year. Smoking related diseases cost the HSE €1 to €2 billion to care for annually.· The National Tobacco Control Office in the HSE monitors national adult smoking prevalence on a monthly basis, and the current smoking prevalence is 22%, down from 28% in 2007. The most recent Health Behaviour in School Children survey has also shown a reduction in children’s smoking prevalence, down from 15.3% in 2006, to 12% in 2010. While these declines in smoking prevalence represent progress, there is a need to accelerate that progress in order to achieve tobacco free status (smoking prevalence <5%) by 2025. The World Health Organisation recommends that nations undertake a range of regulatory, legislative and public information strategies in order to reduce smoking prevalence.· The QUIT campaign from the HSE and Irish Cancer Society has been in place since June 2011, and is based on local research, expert participation and best international evidence. Our campaign takes stories shared by real Irish people to illustrate the stark fact that ‘1 in every 2 smokers will die of a tobacco related disease’. QUIT has proven to be one of the HSE’s most comprehensive and effective social marketing campaigns, prompting over 480,000 quit attempts and providing support to many thousands of quitters.· Since 2011, Gerry has been one of three great people who allowed their personal stories to lead the HSE’s QUIT campaign. Gerry and two of his children featured in a 30 second TV ad and a longer online film which you can see here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lZrw2SKQq4 and on www.quit.ie .· The other stories featured Margaret O’Brien from Kilkenny, who was 17 when her mum Jackie died from tobacco related lung cancer (Watch Margaret’s story here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUuxBTZ510 ) and Pauline Bell from Wexford, whose husband George died from a tobacco related heart attack at the age of 48. (Watch Pauline’s story here http://youtu.be/6mOVwh4Vyeg )· These adverts have had a huge impact on smokers in Ireland, forming one of the most effective behaviour change public education campaigns that the HSE has ever been involved in. Since the campaign started, we estimate that 480,000 quit attempts have been made in Ireland, more than double the level of quits before the campaign started – and these quits can be directly attributed to the stories told by Gerry, Margaret and Pauline.· Results from QUIT – since June 2011:Visits to QUIT.ie348,000QUITplan Signups24,000Facebook Members64,000QUITline Calls7,000The HSE monitors uptake of all the above support services on an ongoing basis, and since the QUIT campaign began in 2011, average uptake of online support services has more than doubled, with calls the QUIT line remaining steady.· Based on ongoing behavioural research, both in Ireland and internationally, we know that consistently only 5% of all quitters use a support service; most go ‘cold turkey’. Based on the 24,000 people who used our online interactive QUITplan, only one of the range of supports offered, an estimated 480,000 quit attempts have been made in Ireland since June 2011. This is a conservative estimate as a range of other supports, via the QUITline, GPs and Pharmacists are also provided. Most smokers make a number of attempts before finally succeeding, and the more attempts a smoker makes, the more likely they are to quit for good.DDTV: LUNG CANCER VICTIM GERRY ON WHY YOU SHOULD QUIT SMOKING IN 2014 was last modified: December 31st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gerry Collinsquitquit smokingTV advertlast_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Manchester United, Southampton & Portsmouth midfielder, Alan McLoughlin, to look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League action.Manchester City and Arsenal meet at the Etihad, with the stuttering form of both seeing them fall well behind Chelsea in the title race.There’s a Merseyside Derby on Monday, with Ronald Koeman’s resurgent Toffees looking to put a big dent in Liverpool’s challenge at the top.Plus, West Ham look for back to back wins, Manchester United go to high flying West Brom and plenty more.last_img

Atletico Madrid begin talks with Chelsea over loan move for struggling striker

first_img RANKED 1 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Latest Football News latest Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Atletico would need to offload players before finalising a deal with Gelson Martins and Nikola Kalinic being linked with moves away from the club.Morata was a consistent goal scorer in Spain before joining Chelsea, scoring 20 goals for Real Madrid in the 2016/17 season.His playing time has been restricted at Stamford Bridge by Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud – and he will be even further down the pecking order if Chelsea, as they hope to do, land Gonzalo Higuain on loan this month. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed BEST OF gameday cracker whoops REVEALED center_img Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos predicted Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Atletico Madrid have opened talks with Chelsea over a January transfer move for Alvaro Morata, reports claim.The Spain striker has struggled for form in a Blues shirt since signing for £60million from Real Madrid in 2017. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Alvaro Morata has not proven to be a £60m player at Chelsea scrap Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade SORRY Sevilla signed Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi last week, which ended their interest in Morata.It has led to Atletico boss Diego Simeone moving to land the ex-Juventus hitman for the second half of the season.Chelsea want the LaLiga giants to commit to an £8million loan fee with an obligation to permanently buy Morata at the end of the campaign.Spanish outlet Marca reports Morata, who allegedly earns £8million-a-year, is willing to take a pay cut to rejoin the club he spent two years at as a teenager.last_img read more

‘They are legendary within the game’ – Parkinson privileged at Sunderland appointment

first_imgSunderland chairman, Stewart Donald, added: “Phil has a proven track record when it comes to achieving promotion and I’m delighted to welcome him to Sunderland.“During a rigorous recruitment process, it gradually became clear that he was the prime candidate to take the club forward. His CV put him on our short list. His references from within the game set him apart.“I hope that Sunderland fans will all join me in welcoming him to our historic club, as we look forward to an exciting few months.”Parkinson has been named League One manager of the month on seven occasions and has won promotions to League One with Bradford and the Championship with Bolton. Schmeltz Herring calls talkSPORT – one of our funniest EVER callsParkinson said upon his appointment: “It is both a privilege and immense responsibility to be appointed manager of this great club. I’ve been in football a long time now, and Sunderland’s immense history, the passion of its fanbase and its wonderful facilities are legendary within the game.“It’s now up to me to build on the work of my predecessor and deliver the success the fans are so desperate for. This is a good squad of players, and I relish the challenge of working with them to achieve our goal of promotion from League One.”Parkinson joins Sunderland as a free agent, having resigned from his last job as Bolton manager in August amid doubts over the club’s survival.He has also worked for Colchester, Hull, Charlton – who lost in the League One play-offs during his reign – and Bradford. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:29Loaded: 2.22%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen 🔴⚪️ ANNOUNCEMENT 🔴⚪️We’re delighted to confirm Phil Parkinson as our new manager!Full story 👇https://t.co/AV8idZw6Tr— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) October 17, 2019 Phil Parkinson has been appointed Sunderland’s new manager, the League One club have confirmed.Parkinson, 51, succeeds Jack Ross at the Stadium of Light having signed a two-and-a-half year deal at the Stadium of Light.He took his first training session on Thursday morning and will be in the dugout for the first time on Saturday when the Black Cats visit second-place Wycombe.center_img LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Cardiff vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs West Ham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBlackburn vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Watford (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWigan vs Nottingham Forest (Sunday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more

PPC candidate wants to ‘preserve Canadian values’

first_imgPeople’s Party of Canada candidate John Balagtas said he was drawn to the party due to its priorities of “preserving Canadian values” and “protecting free speech.”“I truly believe that in order for a nation to be in a state of peace we’ve got to share the same common values, common beliefs,” said the Chatham-Kent-Leamington candidate.Balagtas immigrated to Canada in 1991 at age 10 from the Philippines. He said his family moved around to a few places, including Scarborough, Pickering and Windsor.Eventually, he settled in Mississauga but later decided to move to Chatham-Kent in order to be closer to family in Windsor and Michigan.He said he became interested in running for office when he saw how this region didn’t have the same services and infrastructure as the last place he lived.“I was wondering how come they’re getting all of those funds there and how come people in Southwestern Ontario are pretty much getting whatever is left,” said Balagtas.This is the second time he is running for public office. He unsuccessfully placed a bid for a trustee’s position with the Lambton Kent District school board in 2018.Balagtas said high unemployment, high child poverty and the opioid crisis are the biggest issues for the riding, and he thinks they are all related.“I feel that we can address the high unemployment rate in Southwestern Ontario, everything that is connected to that will slowly follow through,” he said.The candidate works as an employment specialist in London and has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for the past 12 years, currently serving in a part-time role.He said residents have been talking to him about their dissatisfaction with the “current government’s inability to follow through with their promises.”“They have lost their interest in choosing any one particular party because they feel that what’s the difference between your promises and their promises?” he said.When asked if he trusts the 97 per cent consensus among peer-reviewed scientific research that climate change is real and caused by human activity, Balagtas said his party is against “climate alarmism.”“I think it’s doing the people the disservice of trying to put them in a panic where there should be no panic at all,” he said. “We need to concentrate on the issue and try to come up with a solution to the problem, not to try to put people into panic where you try to tell them there is a crisis going on when there is no crisis at all.”He said climate always changes and, when asked if it always changes at the current rate, when the Earth is regularly experiencing record-high temperatures, he said there is disagreement in the scientific community, with some saying it is changing at its natural rate.Balagtas said most of the other candidates want to promise affordability to people, but “they are unwilling to actually divulge to the people how they’re going to fund it.”“People are hoping this is going to happen when they get elected and the problem is when they get elected, slowly one by one, those promises tend to disappear because they realize it wasn’t practical to begin with because the money wasn’t there.”last_img read more

Mustangs Seek Revenge Against West Henderson

first_imgIn the last seconds of the last game the Mustangs were stung by the West Henderson Falcons 49 to 48. Tonight Jayce Wolfe will be back with the Mustangs and the mustangs will be playing at home.  Blue shirted fans are needed tonight in the New Mustangs Gym.  Game time is 6:00 p.m.  after JV Action.last_img

Olympic community gathers in South Africa

first_imgRay Maota The coastal city of Durban is fondlyknown as South Africa’s playground. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Fikile Mbalula, minister of sports and recreation, said the South African government has thrown their full support behind the hosting of the IOC. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Anthony Edgar  IOC Media Operations  +41 21 621 6111 RELATED ARTICLES • First World Forestry Congress for SA • SA to host world’s richest golf event • SA becomes business tourism hub • 2011 Comrades draws big names Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will converge on the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, for their annual general meeting from 4 to 9 July 2011. This is the first time that the committee meets on African soil.The meetings taking place at Durban’s International Convention Centre will form part of the 123rd IOC session, during which the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be selected.The host city will be chosen from the three candidates – Munich, Germany; Annecy, France; and Pyeongchang, South Korea – by the IOC through a secret ballot voting system on 6 July 2011.The rivals submitted their final bid proposals to the IOC by the January 2011 deadline, which then passed into the hands of the IOC’s evaluation commissioners in February 2011.Also in attendance will be the heads of state of Germany, Korea, Hungary, the Netherlands and Denmark, as well as international sports administrators and royalty. The attendance of French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, is yet to be confirmed.A historic momentSouth Africa’s Sam Ramsamy, an IOC executive board member, promised all attendees “an unforgettable week in South Africa”.Ramsamy said: “This is a historic moment for Durban, South Africa and for Africa to host the International Olympic Committee for the first time on the continent. This is also the first time that such a group is assembling in South Africa and this provides us with abounding opportunities to showcase our economy, tourism, culture and our people.”Ramsamy expressed his gratitude for the honour, and gave his assurance that preparations are well underway and on track.“It promises to be a memorable event,” he added.Fikile Mbalula, the minister of sports and recreation, likened the hosting of the IOC to the hugely successful and widely acclaimed 2010 Fifa World Cup hosted by South Africa last year.Mbalula said: “As the South African government, we’ve thrown our full support behind the success of the IOC session. We look forward to constructive engagement with the leaders of world sport, and we look to continue entrenching our country’s positive reputation as a major international sports, tourism and events destination.”Mbalula said that the country would continue to bid for and host events across the sporting spectrum.Sports tourism in South AfricaIn an effort to sustain the legacy left by the hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa’s national sporting and tourism bodies will launch the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) during the 123rd session.SETE will take place in Cape Town at the International Convention Centre from 27 to 29 July 2011.The event’s aim is to develop more ways of maintaining South Africa’s tourism industry through sport.SETE will host academics and experts in sports, events and tourism, who will all share their knowledge and expertise on sustainable sports tourism.Roshene Singh, chief marketing officer of South African Tourism, said: “Globally, sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry and with South Africa’s proven capability of hosting major events, as well as our significant infrastructure footprint, it makes sense that we start pursuing sports tourism as a viable route towards achieving our tourism goals.”Singh said that the SETE event will offer tourism and sports bodies the chance to come together and collaborate towards making the most of national hosting of sports and mega events.“The World Cup was a major boost for South Africa’s international reputation,” she said, “but it is important to note that hosting ongoing sustainable events across all sporting codes in South Africa are equally important for us to drive future tourism and economic growth.”Secured opportunitiesAccording to the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), 200 meetings and conferences have already been secured over the next five years and this is expected to boost South Africa’s revenue by R1.6-billion (US$238-million).Miller Matola, CEO of the IMC, said: “We welcome the delegates and guests to the 123rd general session of the IOC. The hosting of such a great event will make a direct contribution to tourism revenue and we are confident that the experience of delegates in South Africa will turn them into brand ambassadors for the country.“As a proud host country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa delivered a truly memorable and world-class African tournament, as the world experienced Africa’s rich diversity and imbibed in the spirit of ubuntu; which relates to humanity’s interconnectedness.”Durban: South Africa’s playgroundDurban will be a hive of activity in the next nine days with three high-profile international events taking place almost simultaneously.On 2 July, Durban hosts one of South Africa’s most popular horse races, the Durban July, at Greyville Racecourse. Many other events and parties are planned throughout the weekend to coincide with the main attraction.Then from 4 to 9 July the IOC will have their annual meeting.On 7 July, a wedding reception for Prince Albert II of Monaco and his South African sweetheart, former Olympic backstroke swimmer Charlene Wittstock, will also be held in Durban. Albert is scheduled to attend the IOC gathering, after which the royal couple will spend their honeymoon in the country.In just nine days Durban will prove that it is truly South Africa’s playground.last_img read more