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Denmark Jersey to Carry Human Rights Message

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Denmark will wear messages in support of human rights on their training kit during the World Cup in Qatar next year. Denmark will be one of 32 teams at the Qatar World Cup next year.

The move comes amid continued criticism of FIFA’s decision to award hosting rights to Qatar, which was accused by Amnesty this month of failing to implement its own laws aimed at improving conditions for migrant workers.

The Danish FA (DBU) says it will also limit the number of trips to Qatar by staff and players ahead of the tournament, which begins in November 2022.

“DBU has long been strongly critical of the World Cup in Qatar, but now we are intensifying our efforts and critical dialogue further, so that we take advantage of the fact that we are qualified to work for more change in the country,” SAID Jacob Jensen, the DBU’s managing director.

The DBU added it would continuously conduct due diligence on its choice of hotel and other services in Qatar to ensure workers’ rights are respected.

Denmark – who reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals this summer – qualified for the World Cup after topping European qualification Group F.

The DBU’s announcement follows comments last week from Conor Coady, the England defender, who said he and his team-mates would have a conversation about how to highlight issues in Qatar once they had qualified for the World Cup – which they confirmed with a 10-0 rout of San Marino on Monday.

Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers has been in the spotlight since the country was awarded the right to host the 2022 finals back in 2010.

Legislation has been passed to tackle the ‘kafala’ system, which binds foreign workers to their employers, restricts their ability to change jobs and prevents many from leaving the country without their employers’ permission.

However, Amnesty’s newly-released ‘Qatar Reality Check 2021’ report has found it is “business as usual” in many respects.

By law, most migrant workers no longer need a ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) from an employer allowing them to leave the country or change jobs without the employer’s consent. However, Amnesty said in practice a ‘de facto’ NOC process has emerged, making it difficult or in some cases impossible for a migrant worker to sever ties with an employer.

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Kigali’s New 18-hole Golf Course Hosts Its First Major Tournament – CIMEGOLF 2021

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Events are starting to come back on a bigger scale across the country and among them is CIMEGOLF. CIMEGOLF – CIMERWA’s golf tournament will be back for its fourth edition that attracts different golfers including captains of industries, business leaders & entrepreneurs.

Launched back in 2017, the tournament has grown over the years, with the latest edition in 2019 hosting over 130 local and international players.

After a one-year hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament is back and it’s shaping up to be bigger and better.

The two-day tournament slated for the 3rd and 4th of December will be the first to be held at Kigali’s newly refurbished 18-hole golf course – The KIGALI GOLF RESORT & VILLAS, managed by U-Golf.

The Kigali Golf Course was closed in 2019 for renovations and it opened its doors earlier this year as a PGA-standard golf course – this ultimately means that it can host international golfing competitions.

The CIMEGOLF week kicked off with a caddies competition in which over 80 caddies participated. Players are sure to experience more than just the game during this year’s CIMEGOLF as it will be a great opportunity to network off course with the 250 players that will be in attendance.

Outstanding golfers in every handicap category and caddies will be awarded with an array of prizes including trophies, trolleys, duffel bags, golf bags, drivers and putters during a glamorous gala that will end this year’s tournament.

‘Golf supporters like myself have been waiting for over a year amidst course renovations and COVID-19 related restrictions to be able to participate in a full-blown tournament.

As CIMERWA we are proud to be the first to bring that experience back. CIMEGOLF ’21 will be a novelty for players, they will get to showcase their skills on a brand-new course with PGA standards and this will take their experience to the next level’ explained Mark Mugarura – CIMERWA Marketing Manager.

Mark also added that CIMERWA is looking forward to supporting the golf sport and the golf fraternity in order to grow the game in Rwanda ‘Rwanda is perfectly positioned to become the next hub for sports tourism in the region.

As CIMERWA, we believe in this vision and we will do what we can to strengthen it and make it a reality’ With Rwanda’s latest COVID-19 regulations requiring social function attendees to be fully vaccinated and tested for COVID-19, CIMERWA has taken the required precautions to ensure the safety of everyone and CIMEGOLF 2021 will be proof that with the right measures in place, events can be held in all safety.

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Horrific Racism Disgusting European Football

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Black players, and players from different ethnic backgrounds in general, in the European Championship league are struggling to live with horrific racist attacks against them on a daily basis.

Juventus captain, Giorgio Chiellini has pledged to stand up against discrimination in football.

According to him Italian football faces another challenge; the horrific racism experienced by black players.

“I feel ashamed as an Italian that my teammates and fellow players have to live through this. I have no idea how they do it. Of course, as a footballer I’ve had my fair share of heckling from the stands. Sometimes it was tough to stay focused, to manage my emotions,” says Chiellini.

“However, I have never experienced abuse for something that is part of me, such as my skin colour, gender or sexuality. I can never understand what that feels like, but I know it is unacceptable. And it has to stop,” added Juventus captain.

Giorgio Chiellini says that he has been reflecting on what he can do as someone who has not experienced discrimination but who has a voice, has a platform and has a responsibility. “I realise this is an ongoing process for me, but here is my starting point – five things I can do to join the fight against discrimination”;

Understand this struggle is my struggle

I may not be the target of discriminatory abuse but as captain of Juventus, as captain of my national team, and as a human being, this fight against discrimination is also my struggle and my responsibility.

Educate myself

I do not have all the answers, but I can listen and learn. I acknowledge that I need to put in that work myself rather than put the onus on people facing discrimination to educate me.

Amplify the voice of others

I will not be silent, but I will also not speak on behalf of those who live with discrimination every day. Instead I will amplify the voices of others, and I’ll start here by highlighting what Koulibaly and Osimhen said after Napoli’s game against Fiorentina: Koulibaly posted on Instagram that fans who racially abuse players “need to be identified and kept out of the stadiums – forever.”

Victor took to Twitter after the match to urge people to discuss racism. I ask that you listen to these players and all those who have the courage to speak about their experiences.

Try my best, even if that feels uncomfortable

As a player I have learnt that when we face great challenges, we may make mistakes along the way. But that does not mean we give up or do not try. The most important thing is that when we are wrong, we take responsibility to improve. Being a good ally is like being a good teammate: I may not always get it right, and sometimes it will feel uncomfortable when I’m asked to do something different. But I will own my mistakes, and learn, and do better.

Understand this conversation is not about me

I feel pain when I see my teammates and fellow players abused. And I feel shame as an Italian. I am embarrassed that the world is watching and sees the worst of my country when there is so much to love. But I also acknowledge that I have to manage my feelings myself, because I am not the victim and this conversation is not about me.

This is what we can do as players. Of course our federations, leagues and clubs also need to get together, in consultation with players and player unions, and develop a more effective strategy.

We need officials and governing bodies to take the issue seriously, and to react swiftly and appropriately to any incident on the pitch, in the dressing room or online. And I will continue to raise my voice to encourage others to act.

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Liverpool Fans FSG Deal Could Change Football

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Any future involvement of Liverpool in another version of the European Super League would have to have the agreement of supporters after a ‘ground-breaking’ deal was reached with club owners Fenway Sports Group.

Spirit of Shankly, the recognised Liverpool supporters union, had a motion passed at their AGM on Saturday morning that recommended the approval of a proposal that would make it a legal requirement for FSG to gain consent from fans should they ever wish to embark on another ESL plot or make moves to take the club away from Anfield.

SOS met with FSG local representatives including Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan in May, weeks after the Reds had played a significant role in the failed attempt to launch a breakaway league with 11 other of Europe’s biggest clubs, a move that mobilised fans to display their opposition to the proposals.

The ESL launch crashed and burned within 48 hours and FSG supremo and Liverpool principal owner John Henry recorded a video apology to fans over the move, shouldering the blame for the idea.

Since then there has been a concerted effort to bring about new levels of fan engagement to put in place safeguards around similar things happening in the future.

Conservative MP Tracey Crouch produced her fan-led review into the future of English football earlier this week where a number of recommendations, such as the introduction of a ‘golden share’, fan veto and shadow boards were proposed to hand fans more power over decision making on certain matters at club level. The proposals are expected to receive ministerial support.

SOS’s own plan, which has been co-ordinated alongside FSG, is seen by the supporters group as being ahead of the curve and providing a workable blueprint for other clubs to follow when it comes to fan engagement.

The motion was passed at the AGM, with another motion to go before online members this week, with the next step being to progress through the legal framework to bring about the new engagement as soon as possible.

A new supporters board would be created under the plans, made up of members from across the spectrum of Liverpool fan groups.

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