Portugal and Brazil most "overworked" teams at Qatar 2022 World Cup, FIFPRO report saysPortugal are the most overworked of the 32 squads preparing for the FIFA World Cup followed by Brazil and Mexico, based on the combined minutes played by those selected for since the start of the season. The report, entitled The Player Workload Journey, shows Portugal and Brazil's squads have each faced a combined workload of more than 30,000 minutes since the beginning of August, more than double some other World Cup participant teams. Meanwhile Virgil van Dijk, of Liverpool and The Netherlands, is the World Cup player with the most minutes played in the period between July 12 2021 and October 24 2022. FIFPRO has issued a report on player workloads before the World Cup begins ©FIFPROFIFPRO consultant Darren Burgess, a high-performance director who has worked for teams including Arsenal and Australia, said there is "a really high risk" of injury for World Cup players, both because of overload and underload. "I have no doubt each team will put on a tremendous show at the World Cup despite the challenging circumstances.
Lee and Babska earn first titles at World Shooting Para Sport ChampionshipsLee Jang-ho of South Korea had a day to remember at the World Shooting Para Sport Championships in Abu Dhabi as he won his first two gold medals and helped set a world record. "This is my first World Championships title so; it's a special one," Lee told the International Paralympic Committee website. South Korea now sit on the top of the medal standings with five gold medals - three individual and two team - followed by Italy and France with three gold medals each. “I am very happy and excited.”It is not the first time she has defeated a strong field to win the gold medal. At the Munich 2022 World Cup the Polish shooter took the gold medal, defeating winner of Tokyo 2020 Games.2 months ago InsideTheGames
Leading officials from the Chungcheong Megacity Bid Committee have celebrated their successful bid for the 2027 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Games here, with secretary general Kim Yoon-suk crediting South Korea's experience and the legacy ambitions. "I think FISU members valued on our three key strengths which can make a best FISU event," Kim told insidethegames. Kim claimed that the 2027 FISU Games would bring "great momentum to create the strong megacity", consisting of Daejeon, Sejong, Chungbuk and Chungnam, and provide "once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the region". Kim praised the North Carolina 2027 Bid Committee for its efforts. "Their Bid Committee members fought in good faith until the end.2 months ago InsideTheGames
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has urged the global football family to unite in support of this month’s FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The call was made in a letter sent by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and secretary general Fatma Samoura to all 32 nations which are due to compete in Qatar. The build-up to the World Cup has been dominated by concerns over Qatar’s labour laws, treatment of migrant workers and policies on homosexuality and women’s rights. "The AFC stands in solidarity with the State of Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Qatar Football Association, and FIFA, and pledges its full support and unwavering commitment towards a successful FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will feature a record six Asian teams as well as the largest-ever cast of 19 Asian match officials.2 months ago InsideTheGames
Hosts Canada and Japan won the respective men's and women's titles at the first Pan Continental Curling Championships in Calgary, with South Korea taking silver in both finals. Japan's 8-6 victory came in a final that required an extra end after South Korea, 3-6 down with two ends remaining, had drawn level at 6-6, inspired by skip Ha Seung-youn. Canada opened with a draw-shot by skip Gushue for two points in the first end. In the second end the South Korea skip Jeong Byeong-jin attempted a double take-out but got his angles wrong. South Korea got a point back in the sixth end, but Canada added another in the seventh.2 months ago InsideTheGames
International University Sports Federation (FISU) secretary general Eric Saintrond has admitted that he wants to avoid a repeat of a bidding race to stage the World University Games, and hopes to "find a solution" for North Carolina after it was overlooked for the 2027 summer edition here. "We started in FISU because we always tried to go to direct negotiations and agree on the terms of the contract. North Carolina missed out on the 2027 World University Games, but Eric Saintrond hopes to "find a solution to bring them back" ©FISUDuring his presentation to the FISU Executive Committee, North Carolina 2027 Bid Committee chairman and chief executive Hill Carrow alluded to the state's previous hopes of staging the 1993 Universiade, which was eventually awarded to Buffalo in the US. However, Saintrond hopes that the region will be able to stage a future edition of the FISU Games, possibly as soon as 2029. "North Carolina is a very special case for me because North Carolina was already a candidate for the Games in 1993," the FISU secretary general said.2 months ago InsideTheGames
Choi led a South Korean one-two-three as she captured the women’s 1500 metres gold in 2min 40.301sec at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. Kim Min-sun won both of those as she secured the women’s 500m title before helping South Korea clinch mixed gender relay gold. The 23-year-old’s victories completed a golden hat-trick at Lake Placid 2023 having won the women’s 1,000m title earlier this week. Sweden won gold in the Alpine skiing mixed parallel with a commanding performance against Switzerland at Whiteface Mountain. Hrushchak claimed silver in 36:26.3, while Poland's Wojciech Janik clinched bronze in 36:46.4.8 days ago InsideTheGames