Wednesday, January 23, 2008

News from around the world

1. The United States Agency for International Development recently gave a fairly large grant ($95,000US) to the Ghana Society of Physically Disabled Sports. The money will go toward the creation of men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams that will compete internationally as well as a tournament that will assist in identifying athletes for these teams.

2. Cricket in the Olympics? Could be. Honestly, I am a little surprised it isn't there already given its international popularity (not in the US but there are certainly enough countries with viable national teams to create a strong field from the outset). Cricket has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee. But recognition is not any kind of guarantee of inclusion in future Olympic Games though the sport's governing, the International Cricket Council (ICC) body seems to want to work toward that goal. Part of convincing the IOC that cricket is Olympic-worthy will be strengthening the women's game. The ICC only recently joined forces with the International Women's Cricket Council but to date has not held a major international tournament.

3. Twenty influential Canadian women in sport have been recognized this week by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). Notable is all the women who have been involved in the promotion of ice hockey: former players Hayley Wickenheiser and Cassie Campbell; and administrators Polly Craik and Melody Davidson. Also making the list are a host of women who are involved in the planning and execution of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Check out this site for a complete list with pictures and bios.
[h/t to Sean over at Sports Babel for alerting me to the list.]

4. In Manitoba, a judge (or what I presume is judge; the title in the article refers to Joan McKelvey as a Court of Queen's Bench Justice; doesn't it seem like everything Canadian is just so much more interesting than in the US?) has ruled that girls have the right to play with boys on high school ice hockey teams. This decision was the result of the Manitoba High School Athletics Association's appeal of a 2006 decision by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission to allow girls to play with boys.

[h/t to Ebuz for sending me this link.]

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