July highlights & news


Ashraf Sobhy cooperates with Minister of Information to preserve the Egyptian system of values and ethics

Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, held a meeting with Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal, to discuss ways of cooperation in case the return of sports activity and how to deal with it in the media. The Ministers also discussed means of cooperation between the two ministries to preserve the Egyptian system of values and ethics and support the youth with a set of honorable models that represents great value for them not just in the sports field, but also in the different fields, as well as conducting awareness campaigns to increase the awareness of the audience and address the youth in several ways.This comes as part of the country’s policy of cooperation between all government ministries to raise the awareness among citizens.


2021 WAFF Championship in the UAE is postponed after coronavirus disrupts schedules

Reverberations from coronavirus’ impact have continued after January 2021’s WAFF [West Asian Football Federation] Championship in the UAE was postponed. All 12 member nations had agreed to take place for the first time in the competition’s 20-year history, from January 2-15. This included the – debutant – hosts, holders Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen. A virtual meeting was held to determine the regional tournament’s fate, headed by UAE Football Association general secretary Mohammed Hazzam Al Dhaheri and WAFF counterpart Khalil Al Salem. Based on the discussion that took place in the meeting, it was decided to postpone the tournament due to changing the dates of the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, plus joint qualifiers for World Cup 2022 and 2023 Asian Cup

Saudi Professional League receives official resumption date in boost for Middle East football

The 2019/20 Saudi Professional League is set for a thrilling five-week sprint to the finish after authorities set a return date of August 4. An announcement from the Saudi Arabian Football Federation in the early hours of Friday morning added the season should finish on September 9. Supporters will still not be allowed in stadiums, substitutions shall rise from three to five per game in line with temporary FIFA regulations and training can resume from June 21 – courtesy of the Ministry of Sports’ earlier declaration – in adherence to stringent health measures.

World Masters Squash Championships Rescheduled for August 2021​​

The World Squash Federation (WSF) can confirm that the World Masters Squash Championships – originally postponed from August 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic – has been rescheduled to 15-21 August 2021. Additionally, the WSF has approved the qualifying age for the postponed event, which will remain as per the original start date of the event on 23 August 2020. This ensures that those who entered this year’s event still qualify for the same age group on the new dates.

Leapthrough Finally Hit Their 200 Million Steps

Leapthrough’s 200 Million Steps initiative finally hit its target on Thursday June 4th of 2020.  All thanks to every Egyptian and non-Egyptian who contributed to the cause, 200 million steps have been crossed to raise awareness on social distancing amidst the pandemic. Team Leapthrough facilitated bringing together more than 700 runners to cumulatively run 200 million steps in 40 days. The core of this initiative is the Egyptian Running Circle which includes more than 50 inspiring individuals. Over the last 40 days, an inspiring story was shared every day to encourage more people to stay active while respecting the safe social distance.


France allows up to 5,000 fans to watch sport in stadiums

Up to 5,000 spectators will be allowed to attend sports events in stadiums in France when they re-open on July 11, the French government announced on Saturday. “big events, stadiums and concert halls,” the government said, but it may be raised later in the summer. “A review of the national epidemiological situation will be carried out in mid-July to decide if it is possible to relax (the rules) in the second half of August,” it added in a statement

Japan opens baseball season after 3-month coronavirus pandemic delay

Japanese baseball managed to do what American baseball has not — play ball.
After a three-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s second-most famous baseball league opened a season Friday that will be shortened from its regular 143 games to 120. That, of course, is twice as many as MLB figures to play, if it plays at all. The regular season is to end on Nov. 7, followed by post-season play.



Egyptian soccer clubs resume training 20 June 2020

Egyptian soccer clubs will return to training on Saturday as the country moves toward resuming the league season in July following a long suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said late Monday league matches will resume on July 25 “under strict precautionary measures.” “We have seen several countries like Germany, England, Spain and Italy have resumed their competitions,” Sobhi said. “Egypt also can after taking all necessary measures.” He said the Egyptian soccer association and the clubs are responsible for taking “all preventive and precautionary measures.” 

ATP Tour season to resume August 14 in Washington

The ATP Tour announced Wednesday that it will stage its return tournament after the coronavirus pandemic shutdown in Washington starting August 14. The Citi Open will be staged in the US capital followed by the Western and Southern Open, usually held in Cincinnati, the following week at New York. That will be followed by the US Open on its regular schedule at Flushing Meadows on August 31-September 13.

Bahrain’s Naser was under investigation when she won world 400 gold

Salwa Eid Naser was already being investigated for missing doping tests when she raced to an upset win in the 400 meters at the world track and field championships. The Athletics Integrity Unit confirmed Sunday that Naser was already under scrutiny for three ”whereabouts failures” prior to her world championship win in Doha in October. That means that Naser could be stripped of her gold medal if she’s found guilty. She also faces missing next year’s Olympics in Tokyo. The Nigeria-born sprinter, who represents Bahrain, surged past Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo to win in 48.14 seconds, the fastest time since 1985.

Neymar ordered to pay Barcelona 6.7 million euros as case against club dismissed

Neymar must pay 6.7 million euros ($7.53m) to Barcelona, a court ordered Friday after the player’s case against his former employer was dismissed. After his world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 the Brazilian forward sued Barca for 43.6 million euros that he claimed he was due for various bonuses. But a judge dismissed Neymar’s case and instead sided with Barcelona, who had also sued their former player for breach of contract.

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