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FA reform: MPs pass ‘no confidence’ motion after House of Commons debate

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More than 90 of the FA Council’s 122 members are men aged 60 or over A motion of “no confidence” in the Football Association has been passed by MPs debating the organisation’s ability to reform itself. While the motion is largely symbolic, MPs have warned legislation will be brought in if changes are not made. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has said the FA could lose £30m-£40m of public funding if it does not modernise. Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee chairman Damian Collins said: “No change is no option.” […]

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Mark Clattenburg’s new life in Saudi Arabia: What does his refereeing future look like?

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Mark Clattenburg is departing the Premier League to explore new opportunities – in Saudi Arabia. The path ever more commonly walked by footballers in their autumn years is now seeing more traffic in referees too, with Clattenburg following in the footsteps of former colleague and Premier League match official Howard Webb in heading to eastward. Having previously declared himself open to the possibility of refereeing in China, Clattenburg – a 12-year veteran of top-flight officiating in England – has now taken the plunge in Saudi Arabia. ADVERTISING But why? And what […]

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Muslim group cheers relaxed rules for British amateur swimmers; full-body suits allowed

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Full-body swimsuits will soon appear in amateur swimming competitions across England due to a rule change approved this week by a governing body. The Amateur Swimming Association relaxed rules on Tuesday for loose-fitting, full-body outfits after a request by the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation. Competitors were previously prohibited from all such suits, particularly those favored by Olympians due to their ability to decrease friction through the water. “This is a very positive step forward for competitive swimming in England and one that we hope will encourage many more people to […]

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Nike is set to launch ‘Pro Hijab’ to help Muslim women take part in sport

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  Nike to launch specially-designed hijab for female Muslim athletes next year  Sportswear giant said athletes ‘need them to be able to perform better’ Firm worked with female Muslim Olympians on the design of the garment  Nike is set to launch a specially-designed hijab to help Muslim women compete in sports. The Nike Pro Hijab will be launched in Spring 2018 in response to the increasing number of women in Islamic society ‘embracing sport’. The sportswear giant said it was inspired by Saudi Arabian runner Sarah Attar, who competed in the […]

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Rio 2016: Meet America’s first Muslim Olympian to wear a hijab

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Source: The Independent Ibtihaj Muhammad is Team USA’s first Olympian to wear a hijab. The 30-year-old is gearing up to represent her home country at the Rio Olympics in the sabre fencing competition. Muhammad has captured attention since qualifying for the games in February and was voted second by her fellow American athletes to carry the flag during the Opening Ceremony. She was narrowly pipped to the post by the record-bolding swimmer Michael Phelps. Muhammad was born and raised in New Jersey in a sporty family. Her brother played football and […]

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Aston Villa teenager Easah Suliman wins major sports diversity award

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Aston Villa starlet Easah Suliman was voted the Young Sportsman of The Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BESDA) on Saturday night. The 18-year-old defender beat off strong competition to claim the prize at the star-studded event held at the JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane in London. Other celebrities in attendance included Frank Bruno, who won the lifelong achievement award, Denise Lewis, James de Gale, Jason Gardener, Sol Campbell, Dalton Grant and Mark Walters. Lewis Hamilton and Jessica Ennis-Hill picked up the sportsman and woman of the year […]

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Sania Mirza wins maiden Australian Open doubles title

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  Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won their first Australian Open doubles title together with a 7-6(1) 6-3 victory over Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka on Friday. It was a third Grand Slam doubles title for 29-year-old Mirza, all of which have been won with the Swiss former singles world number one Hingis. Together, they have now won 36 successive doubles matches and currently hold the Wimbledon and US Open titles. Speaking courtside, Mirza said: “Thanks to my partner, we have had an incredible year. We keep going and it’s […]

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Dec, 2014

England’s Moeen Ali impresses with bat and ball in his first Ashes Test

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The expectation is often that the spinners will prevail in Cardiff. Certainly that is frequently the view of weary pacemen, who watch their fastest balls decelerate upon landing before, more often than not, flopping into the wicketkeeper’s gloves. On Thursday Moeen Ali struck by dismissing the world’s No1 batsman, Steve Smith, and Michael Clarke, the twinkle-toed destroyer of pedestrian finger-spinners. This makes Moeen England’s most successful spin bowler in Ashes history – in Cardiff. Six years ago – when England had a spin attack to make you salivate – Graeme […]

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Dec, 2014

Real Madrid lose Christian cross from club crest to appease Abu Dhabi bank

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Telegraph Sport Real Madrid have removed the cross from their club crest as part of a lucrative three-year deal with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. It is believed the European champions’ new crest, minus the Christian cross, was created so as not to offend Muslim sensibilities in the United Arab Emirates, where a marketing drive will take place. Club president Florentino Perez labelled the deal as a “strategic alliance with one of the most prestigious institutions in the world”. But the redesigning of the famous club badge shows, according […]

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Dec, 2014

FIBA Ruling On Hijab Ban is Too Little, Too Lame

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By Ammar Abdul-Nasir While many of the activists and supporters backing her cause are in a celebratory mood, Indira Kaljo still faces the somber possibility that her career has come to a premature end. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, meanwhile, accepts the likelihood that her career may never begin. Kaljo, a Bosnian-American from California, and Abdul-Qaadir, an African-American from Massachusetts, were once rivals on the basketball court. Today, they are teammates facing a challenge that is bigger than the game; one that impacts Muslim women and girls all over the world. And on […]

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