#NeeBrndedHijabsIntroduced; #TorontoRaptors; #PromotionOfMuslimWomenInSports
Toronto, Sept 16 (Canadian-Media): Inspired by a group based in Toronto that promotes Muslim women in sports, Toronto raptors have introduced a new line of team-branded hijabs (head coverings worn by some Muslim women) in an effort to be more inclusive to fans of all cultures, media reports said.
The team partnered with Nike to design the hijabs and unveiled them on Twitter, saying the athletic apparel was “inspired by those brave enough to change the game.”
Owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the Raptors claimed to be the first team in the National Basketball Association to offer an athletic hijab.
Toronto, Aug 11 (Canadian-Media): Canadian teenager, from Mississauga, Bianca Andreescu won today the title of Rogers Cup, during the outdoor tennis tournament for the women's, event after Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam champion, retired with a back injury in the final of the the Rogers Cup in Toronto, media reports said.
The 2019 Rogers Cup is presented by National Bank
Williams, 37, was left in tears after suffering back spasms.
"I'm sorry I couldn't do it today, I tried," said 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams. "It's been a tough year, but we'll keep going."
Andreescu tried to console her and said, "Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it's not easy."
"This wasn't the way I expected to win. You are truly a champion. I've watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court.
"I'm speechless right now. This has been a dream come true."
The tournament is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 of the 2019 ATP World Tour, and of the WTA Premier 5 tournaments of the 2019 WTA Tour, and is also a 2019 US Open Series event. Women's event had been taking place at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, and the men's event is being held at the IGA Stadium in Montreal, both from August 5 to August 11.
Earlier this year, Andreescu won her first WTA title at Indian Wells, becoming the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women's singles title since 1969.
Williams' only previous retirement in a singles final came at the Rogers Cup in 2000, the year Andreescu was born.
Williams was seeking to win her first title since returning to competition in 2018 after the birth of her daughter.
The US Open, where Williams will hope to win her 24th Grand Slam title, starts on 26 August.
Peru (U.S.), July 28 (Canadian-Media): Following the official opening ceremony of LIMA 2019, taking place in Peru (U.S.), Team Canada kicked off the games with 6 medals on the first day, media reports said.
Led by Scott Tupper, men’s field hockey captain and three-time Pan Am Games medallist, Team Canada entered into Lima 2019 with high hopes.
Lima 2019 Pan Am Games/Twitter
#2020SummerOlympics; #GamesoftheXXXIIOlympiad; #internationalmulti-sportevent
Ottawa, July 24 (Canadian-Media): The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is an upcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 at the New National Stadium, in Tokyo, Japan, media reports said.
Tokyo has hosted the Olympics only once in 1964. The emblem for the next Olympics is a circular pattern made up of rectangular shapes in indigo blue, representing, “unity in diversity” and a “refined elegance.”
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach today officially invited the world’s Olympic athletes to take part in the Olympic Games.
Speaking at the ceremony in Tokyo, President Bach said: “One year from now, Japan will make history. It will be a wonderful and unique moment for our gracious Japanese hosts to show the world the best of Japan: your rich history and traditions, your cutting-edge innovation, your culture of hospitality, and, of course, your love for sport.”
Credit: IOC/GREG MARTIN
#SpecialOlympicsOntarioInvitationalYouthGames; #Ontario; #DougFord; #MichaelTibollo
Toronto, May 14 (Canadian-Media): Doug Ford, Ontario's premier and Michael Tibollo, Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport today opened the first Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games (SOOIYG), scheduled to take place from May 14 to 17, media reports said.
Doug Ford/Facebook Michael Tibollo/Facebook
To ensure Ontario is the best place to play sports, be an athlete and compete, Ontario Sport Hosting Program awarded $700,000 for hosting of the SOOIYG, which is expected to generate an estimated $7 million in economic activity for the Greater Toronto Area.
The Games are one of many global celebrations in 2019 to highlight the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.
Congratulating all the athletes, competing over the next few days, and welcoming their families and coaches, Ford added, "We're proud to have the opportunity to host the Games and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Thank you to everyone involved in making these Games happen and best of luck to all the athletes!"
The Invitational Youth Games encompasses 2,500 student athletes aged 13 to 21 and their coaches from around the world and will host unified and traditional team options in athletics, basketball, bocce, floor hockey and soccer.
High school-aged athletes with an intellectual disability, for the first time, will have the chance to compete in an international sports competition.
The Games will host Competitions will be held in venues across the Greater Toronto Area including Humber College, Seneca College, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.
"Investing in sport and recreation is key to ensuring all athletes of all abilities have the opportunity to compete at home and abroad. A special thank you to Special Olympics Ontario for providing our athletes the opportunity to compete internationally, right here at home," said Tibollo.
#TorontoRaptorsDay; #JphnTory' #TorontoCityCouncil; #NBA; #"WetheNorth"
Toronto, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, proclaimed April 13, 2019 as “Toronto Raptors Day” in the City of Toronto, media reports said.
Toronto Raptors were able to successfully capture the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Atlantic Division title for the sixth time and qualified for the 2019 Playoffs.
"The Toronto Raptors, led by all-star players, continue to be a powerhouse in the league’s Eastern Conference...featuring a mix of established stars and exciting young talent, has once again proven that “We the North” is a mantra to be heard across the NBA," Tory said in his proclamation.
"Today, on Toronto Raptors Day, I encourage everyone in our city to show our support and appreciation for this incredible team as they play their first home game of the playoffs. The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches, managers, staff, and fans for the wonderful year so far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Raptors and we look forward to filling up Jurassic Park deep into the post-season and showing our opponents what the North is all about," said Tory in his proclamation.
#InternationalDayofSportforDevelopmentand Peace; #AminaMohammed; #2030AgendaforSustainableDevelopment; #InternationalOlympicCommittee; #IOC; #InternationalFootballAssociation, #FIFA
New York (US), Apr 4 (Canadian-Media): Football players celebrate the first prize at the closing ceremony of the community football competition in Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons in North Darfur.
Celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told an event in New York on Wednesday - headquarters of team UN - that “sport helps find common ground” during times of division.
“Sport has the power to align our passion, energy and enthusiasm around a collective cause,” she maintained. “And that is precisely when hope can be nurtured and trust can be regained”.
Sport has played an important role in all societies throughout history – making it a natural focus for the UN system, to strengthen social ties and promote the ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.
Ms. Mohammed recalled stories of “soldiers climbing over the trenches on the first Christmas Eve of the First World War” to play football and bring about a momentary truce and “table tennis in the 1970s” that thawed Cold War tensions and gave birth to the term “ping-pong diplomacy”.
Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (at podium) opens the event to commemorate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
(6 April)/UN Photo/Mark Garten
“It is in our collective interest to harness the tremendous power of sport to help build a better and more sustainable future for all” she stressed.
Moreover, she pointed out that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identified sport as “an enabler of sustainable development”.
“Sport can help promote tolerance and respect, contribute to the empowerment of women and young people, and advance health, education and social inclusion”, she continued.
Ahead of the international day on Friday, Ms. Mohammed cited the Secretary-General’s report “Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace” as recognition of the power of sport “to bring people together and achieve common goals.
Affirming that “no institution or entity can do it alone”, she underscored the need for “partnerships between all parts of society, especially youth and local communities”, and elaborated on collaborations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the international football association, FIFA, to, among other things, advance women in leadership.
Ms. Mohammed also urged changing the day-to-day management of sporting events, so as to harness environmentally-friendly practices and socio-environmental-minded bidding proposals.
“Let us intensify our shared efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and truly recognize the power of sport to change the lives of individuals, communities, countries and beyond”, she stated.
“Thank you” concluded the Deputy Secretary-General “for helping the world score a goal for our common humanity”.
#MeghanDuggan; #GillianApps; #Olympichockey, icehockey; #Canada, #U.S.A.
Toronto, Sept 26 (Canadian-Media): Meghan Duggan, captain of the US women's Olympic hockey team and three-time Olympic gold medal winner Gillian Apps of the Canadian women's team, tied the knot, over the weekend, media reports said.
Gillian Apps and Meghan Duggan pictured on their wedding day/Meghan Duggan twitter
Congratulating them, Michelle Jay, freelancer and photoblogger tweeted as follows:
“True love overcomes even the largest of rivalries. Just ask Meghan Duggan,” the team said in a statement.
Apps, 34, the Unionville, Ont. native is a granddaughter of Hockey Hall of Famer Syl Apps and daughter of NHL player Syl Apps Jr. retired from Olympic hockey in 2015.
While Apps worked as an assistant coach with the women’s hockey program at Boston College, Duggan played for the Boston Pride during the 2016-2017 season.
“The U.S.-Canada ice hockey rivalry is one of the most storied in team sports, with the two nations competing for every gold medal since the women’s world championship began in 1990,” Team USA said a statement.
“From competitors on the ice to partners for life,” Team Canada said. “Congrats!”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JohnTory, #FIFAWorldCup2018; #BillManning; #JohnHerdman; #JamesMaloney, #MarkGrimes; #2026FIFAWorldCup;
Toronto, June 13 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory was joined today by Toronto FC President Bill Manning and John Herdman, Canada's Men's National Team Head Coach at BMO field to discuss and celebrate the successful United 2026 bid for the FIFA World Cup of soccer in 2026, media reports said.
BMO field is an is an outdoor stadium located at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
James Maloney, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chair of the Board of Exhibition Place, also joined in the celebration.
"Today it was decided that one of the world's largest and most popular sporting events will come to Canada for the first time," said Mayor Tory. "The FIFA World Cup is a once in a generation opportunity to showcase Canada to the world and Toronto will be making a strong case to host games in our city."
The City Council in Feb 2018 had authorized Toronto city to enter into Host City and Stadium Agreements for the 2026 FIFA World Cup enabling Toronto to become part of the United 2026 bid.
Since last year, the City has been collaborating with the Canadian Soccer Association, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Toronto FC, Tourism Toronto, the other Canadian host cities who were involved in the United 2026 bid to win this opportunity.
It will reportedly be the first time that the FIFA World Cup will be hosted by more than one country.
Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are the three Canadian cities which are part of the United 2026 bid, which includes 23 potential host cities in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
FIFA's governing body voted for these three nations, earlier today, to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The individual host cities will reportedly be officially selected in 2021.
"Today is a historic day for soccer in Canada. We’ll see in the build-up over the next eight years how this event, more than any other sporting event on the planet, brings people together," said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. "We hope that the next announcement is that Toronto will be selected as a host city. On behalf of MLSE, we are ready and we can’t wait to welcome the world here to our city, BMO Field and BMO Training Ground."
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the one of the largest sports event with a record 48 nations contesting the Cup at 80 matches over a 30-day period.
FIFA World Cup 2018/Facebook
Reportedly Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each, with the remaining games being played at U.S. locations.
"Hosting the FIFA World Cup in Canada has the potential to change the sport in this country forever," said Herdman. "This moment is an opportunity to inspire a generation of players and further grow and unite the already substantial soccer community in Canada."
TeamCanadaCelebration; #TriciaSmith; #CanadianOlympicCommittee; #OlympicandParalympicWinterGamesPyeongChang2018; #JuliePayette; #KirstyDuncan; #CanadianParalympicCommittee;
#Marc-AndréFabien; #TeamCanadaClassroomChampionChat; #ParliamentofCanada, #Teck—TeamCanada; # JamesWorrallFlagBearerAwards
Ottawa, May 9 (Canadian-Media): Canadian athletes, guides and coaches of the recent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 are being recognized today, for their accomplishments and performances, by Julie Payette, Governor G eneral of Canada, at Rideau Hall and on Parliament Hill by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, media reports said.
Canadian Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018/Facebook
Olympic Winter Games athletes had brought home 29 Olympic medals, and Canada’s Paralympic team came back with 28.
The single largest investor in Canada’s sport system is reportedly the Government of Canada, which provides funding to support our athletes and to promote sport participation among all Canadians, from the playground to the podium.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that our athletes are an enormous source of pride for all Canadians…all the hard work and dedication that each of them has put into their sport. Whether it was podium success or a personal best, we congratulate all of our athletes on their tremendous accomplishments; you have made Canada proud,” said Duncan
Paye and Duncan will reportedly be accompanied by members of both Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee as well as Team Canada’s high-performance directors.
“Thank you to the Government of Canada for making today’s celebration of Canadian sporting excellence possible…We are thrilled to be able to celebrate their incredible performances together,” Tricia Smith, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee said.
“PyeongChang 2018 was a superb display of dedication, heart and perseverance…thank you to the Government of Canada for welcoming the athletes to Ottawa for such a wonderful celebration,” Marc-André Fabien, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee said
The day will begin with an interactive national “Team Canada Classroom Champion Chat,” providing youth across Canada with the opportunity to engage with Olympians and Paralympians live from Rideau Hall.
After a special ceremony in the morning—including the presentation of the James Worrall Flag Bearer Awards presented by Petro-Canada and distribution of the Olympic and Paralympic rings presented by Teck—Team Canada members will travel to the Parliament of Canada, where another “Team Canada Classroom Champion Chat” will take place.
Athletes, guides, and coaches will then be celebrated in the House of Commons and share the story of their exceptional journey.
Athletes, students and the general public at Rideau Hall will also get a chance to try out Sports such as Para ice hockey and snowboarding.
The Government of Canada is proud to support our country’s sport system, providing funding to help our athletes and to promote sport participation among all Canadians.