Given that they have just launched a campaign promoting ‘diversity and unity’, it was surprising to see that UK Athletics again omitted any mention of Northern Ireland from Grande’s new squad kit. Britain and Northern Ireland when the range was unveiled last week.
Not including Northern Ireland in the kit that will be worn at major championships this summer has affected many, including hurdler Megan Marrs.
The Belfast athlete, 24, tweeted: “As stunning as this new kit is, I can’t pretend part of me wasn’t hoping it said ‘UK’ or included Ireland from the North one way or another.”
The kit features the Union Flag for the first time since it was dropped from the design in 2015.
Northern Ireland star Megan Marrs has expressed sadness over her country’s absence from the GB kit
GAME, SET AND MATCH AT BBC MAN FULLER
It appears that the BBC’s elimination of experienced and capable staff has had a ripple effect. Ahead of Wimbledon, the broadcaster’s tennis correspondent Russell Fuller felt compelled to send out an email urging staff not to confuse their “games” with their “matches”. Seriously.
The barely believable missive, seen by Agendareads: “A quick plea before Wimbledon on the importance of referring to a tennis match. You win a point for winning a game, for winning a set, for winning a match.
“Referring to a match as a game can therefore create confusion and potentially alienate listeners who play or follow the sport more regularly.”
Presumably feeling he had to go further to put the point in the simplest of terms, Fuller added: “As an example: ‘Emma Raducanu has only been able to play seven games on grass so far this season. “Seven games would be a lot; seven games is very little.
The BBC has sought to ensure its staff use the correct terminology during Wimbledon
THE BRITISH CYCLING PARTNERSHIP DILEMMA
The British Cycling stories could make for interesting reading when they land shortly.
The organization was unable to find a replacement for HSBC, which exercised a break clause to exit their partnership in 2020 but agreed to extend it for another year given the damage their withdrawal would cause. could have caused the team heading to the Tokyo Olympics.
Despite this act of goodwill – obtained by the outgoing Julie Harrington – his successor Brian Facer could not find a new partner.
BUSH PRESS MAN IS LIV’S POLISHER OF THE PROVERBIAL
Ari Fleischer, polisher of the proverbial, has emerged as head of public relations for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf breakaway tour.
The American was a famous White House press secretary under George W Bush and so has experience trying to make the taste nasty.
It was Fleischer who led the recruitment process for Manchester United’s deeply unpopular owners, the Glazer family, when they sought a replacement for former PR adviser and spokesman Tes Nayani.
Some have wondered if Fleischer could become a broker if the widespread Saudi interest in United turns into something concrete.
Ari Fleischer (pictured) has become the head of PR for the stomach-turning LIV golf tour
THE CRUCIAL VOTE OF THE USOPC PRESIDENCY PRESENTS
The upcoming election of the President of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) takes on added significance with reports that LA28 is struggling to meet business goals and contain costs.
As reported by Agenda in April, the favorite candidate – Gene Sykes (of Goldman Sachs) – is very close to Casey Wasserman, president of LA28.
There is speculation among the nearly 50 national governing bodies that if Sykes is elected, he could have his eye on the several hundred million dollars the USOPC has in store and use it as LA28 financial support. LA28 and USOPC already work closely together on trade issues.
Sykes’ rival candidate, Dexter Paine, comes from a skiing background and will no doubt speak about the need to use those reserves for America’s grassroots sport. Expect a tough final campaign period.
CEFERIN AIMS FOR €10 M AT THE HELM OF UEFA
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin appears to be preparing to run for re-election not just in 2023 but also in 2027 – and net €10m in the process.
The Slovenian, on around €2.5million a year, told Gazzetta dello Sport he plans to run in 2023. But when asked if it would be his last term – given that there are a maximum of three and that it would be his third – the answer was telling. .
“In theory (I could stay) until 2031, because the first one doesn’t count – it was two and a half years,” he said of his 2016 coronation. Good job if you can. obtain.
Aleksandr Ceferin is already eyeing future UEFA re-elections and a €10m windfall
RAPTURED RESPONSE FOR RILEY
Mike Riley experienced a rare moment for a referee when he announced his retirement this season at the PGMOL annual conference.
Riley was given a standing ovation by everyone at the event, hosted by Dion Dublin.
There is a view within PGMOL that the organization has changed beyond recognition since Riley took over 13 years ago.
FALLOUT OF THE OLYMPIC BOXING SNUB
Many Olympic watchers were surprised that the IOC excluded the International Boxing Association (IBA) from managing the sport at Paris 2024 last week.
Agenda understands that Thomas Bach was nervous about Russian IBA President Umar Kremlev winning another upcoming election and completing much-needed governance reforms.
This would have made it nearly impossible to legally rule out the troublesome IBA. Therefore, the IOC Executive Board rejected IBA. All eyes are now on whether they challenge the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
DISTATE ON MCC COLOSTOMY-GATE
Colostomy-gate – which saw MCC President Bruce Carnegie-Brown remove the mickey from elderly members at a recent meeting – is made all the more unpleasant as in 2017 Lord’s joined the Stoma Friendly Society campaign of the Colostomy Association.
MCC officials even made changes to ensure Lord’s facilities were “ostomy friendly”, posting signs that “not all disabilities are visible”.
REASONS ESTABLISHED FOR THE FOOD INSPECTION BLITZ
You might want to think twice next time you order a pre-game pint or pie.
The impact of Covid has meant that many professional sports grounds across the country have not had visits from council environmental health inspectors for two – and in some cases three – years.
A blitz is planned for the next football season.
Many professional sports grounds in the UK have not undergone health inspections
Contributors: Jonathan McEvoy and Riath Al-Samarrai