Kicks for children in need and Bundesliga in green

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And we’re also getting down to business with the Bundesliga going green, cyclists raising money for underprivileged children and exposing institutional racism in Scottish cricket.

The Bundesliga is getting greener: In the future, matches in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga must be broadcast climate-neutral. In a first step, the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the transfers must be offset. And at the same time, the league wants to collaborate with the payment channel Sky to fundamentally reduce emissions. We think that more sustainability in football is a good thing, so cheering at home in front of the TV is twice as much fun.

To do something for your own health and at the same time do something good for others – that is the goal of the association “Radeln und helfen eV”. The concept: Whether alone or in a group, on their way to work or on a long ride, cyclists are campaigning or participating in a campaign. Donations are then collected for this purpose, the full amount of which goes to vulnerable, disabled or otherwise needy children. For example, founder Gerhard Dashuber covered more than 40,000 altitude meters and 1,100 kilometers on his racing bike with his project “Seven summits” and collected money for each altitude meter. Great action!

Referees are only human and make mistakes. Nevertheless, the tolerance for this is often very low. And fair play for all players in football is not a matter of course. Mario Wiggert, e-youth coach at SG Bad Schwartau, set an example here by accepting the wrong decision of a young referee in his first game instead of blaming him. For this he received the Fair Play Award from the German Football Association. Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb, former model judge, praised Wiggert: “Accepting a wrong decision for the right reasons touched me.”

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Bergzeit used platform for more sustainability

As fun as new outdoor gear is, and as necessary as it is sometimes, it takes valuable resources to produce it. It is all the more important to wear your clothes as long as possible and pass them on when they are no longer needed. Bergzeit is a good example here. On the used platform Re-Use, athletes can send in their branded clothing so that it can find a new owner. Want more of it!

The European Championships in Munich are on the doorstep in a few weeks – and the German climbers are in top form for it! Alexander Megos from DAV Erlangen won the bronze medal at the Lead World Cup in Briancon, France. All the more gratifying for him because things didn’t go so well in the last competitions. His teammate Yannik Flohé from Aachen finished just behind him in fourth place. So the chances of medals at the European Championships in Munich 2022 are not bad. We’re excited to see if Megos and Flohé make it to the podium there.

Noah Lyles was considered the new Usain Bolt. But his exceptional career was cut short by his depression. Now his mental health appears to be on the mend as Lyles won the 200m final at the World Athletics Championships in a stunning 19.31 seconds. Another record for the USA! Perhaps the best news is that Lyles is doing better a year after he shared his deep fear and grief at the Tokyo Olympics. If it’s not even good news!

Majid Haq and Quasmim Sheikh had publicly denounced institutional racism in the Scottish Cricket Association and were both dropped from the national team last year in disappointing results. But now a year later, an independent investigation found a total of 448 examples of racism in the organization. The responsible commission recognized a “culture of racially motivated micro-aggressions”. Much of the top of the Cricket Association resigned as a result. Finally some justice for Majid Haq and Quasmim Sheikh and hopefully just the beginning of change.

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