A few weeks ago, Billboard broke the story that The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were plotting to headline a new bicoastal festival called “Classic East” and “Classic West.” Today, the official announcement of Classic East and Classic West is here, revealing that the two-day festivals will also feature Journey, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire, and The Doobie Brothers. The new pair of Classic Rock festivals will go down July 15th – 16th at Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium, and July 29th – 30th at Citi Field in New York City.Something similar to what was last year’s Desert Trip Music Festival, also known more casually as Oldchella, Classic East and Classic West are brought to you by industry superpowers Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation, the Oak View Group, and Creative Artists Agency.This will mark the first shows from The Eagles since the death of founding member Glenn Frey, and since Don Henley announced their breakup. These are the only announced dates for both The Eagles and Fleedwood Mac in 2017.[via Billboard]
As part of the scheme, five Indonesian male gymnasts will go to Japan in April to train for 10 days. International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) president Morinari Watanabe has vowed to improve the sport’s popularity level. Watanabe, of Japan, who took the helm of the federation in 2016 from Bruno Grandi, is trying to provide access for countries to develop gymnastics through what he calls the Family Strategy. “We didn’t promote [the sport]. We didn’t give a lot of money for the athletes. Now that’s changed. For example, the world championship only provides minor prizes and now we are trying to change that as gymnastics is a major sport,” he said. Ita, meanwhile, said her team planned to organize a festival in each region first before holding the major one in the capital. The sport often struggles to fund training for athletes abroad as its lack of popularity has determined the government’s attention toward it. Indonesia currently only has one single promising talent, Rifda Irfanaluthfi, who competes in artistic gymnastics. Rifda won silver in the floor exercise at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, and brought home one gold and three silver medals from the latest Southeast Asian Games in Philippines last December. Despite its status as the mother of sports, gymnastics is still struggling to gain popularity. The sport, which has introduced stars like Simone Biles and Nastia Liukin to the world, is still finding its place, especially in countries where gymnastics is not well supported. “We have to make it interesting. We must change from [only providing a] sport to also [offering] entertainment. Other sports have done that,” he said. Unlike soccer world governing body FIFA, the FIG does not have a development program that distributes funding for national federations. FIFA, through its FIFA Forward Development Program, provides funding for its members with limited financial capacity as aid that can be used for the federations’ daily operations and to design long-term plans. Watanabe’s seriousness in developing Indonesian gymnastics was also seen from his remark where he wanted to make Indonesia the world training center and that the FIG would donate all the equipment required for the facility. However, he said the plan could only be realized if the government could provide the space for the training center first. In Indonesia, gymnastics has also found a similar struggle as the sport has not met with popular support even though it has the potential to boost the country’s achievements in a multi-sports event. “The international federation cannot support every country in the world. We can say, ‘we will support it,’ but the reality is we can’t,” he told journalists. Therefore, he has developed a strategy to assist the gymnastics community in countries like Indonesia in getting access to better training facilities offered by countries with strong gymnastics traditions. The Family Strategy hailed by Watanabe sees the FIG act like a father with strong gymnastics countries like the United States and China playing the role of older siblings. Indonesia and other countries which are trying to develop the sport are treated like junior siblings. In 2018, the FIG started to move further with its development program by naming a development officer for the African continent with the delegate working “to address Africa’s peculiar challenges and to help accelerate the development of gymnastics in Africa.” During his visit to the Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) office in Jakarta last week, Watanabe explained that his federation was currently trying to expand by providing access to developing countries to accelerate their gymnastics development. “Of course the FIG is overseeing these big brothers and sisters but they [are expected] to support the developing countries,” he added. Watanabe expressed an interest in working hand-in-hand with the Indonesian Gymnastics Association (Persani) to develop gymnastics in Indonesia. In a meeting with Persani’s chairman Ita Yuliati, Watanabe said he planned to organize a Gymnastics for Life festival in Jakarta, a one-week festival that aims to promote the sport. NOC Indonesia chief Raja Sapta Oktohari said Watanabe’s visit could be an input to involve gymnastics as part of children’s basic education as the way to promote the sport could be through the inclusion of gymnastics in the curriculum.Topics :
RelatedPosts Super Eagles B lands in Dakar for WAFU Cup of Nations Breaking: Black Stars down Eagles in WAFU Cup final Eagles, Black Stars set Cape Coast alight in WAFU Cup final African champions Nigeria will go for an outright win against Cote d’Ivoire in their Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament in the African qualifying second round first leg clash in Abidjan on Thursday, according to Acting Head Coach Chris Danjuma.Danjuma told thenff.com on phone from the Ivorian capital on Wednesday that a win is non-negotiable as the Super Falcons want to make the return leg in Nigeria on Monday an easier session for themselves.He said: “We know the Ivorians are a strong team; we could only beat them on penalties during the WAFU Cup of Nations. However, it is a new day and an altogether new contest on Thursday and we will go for an outright win.“The Super Falcons have the capacity to dominate and score goals that will make the second leg in Lagos a formality.”Thursday’s encounter will take place at the Stade Parc des Sports de Treichville, as from 3:30pm Ivorian time (4:30pm Nigeria).The Falcons, who are staying at the Grand Hotel in Abidjan, will have a feel of the match venue during the official training scheduled for 3:30pm Ivorian time on Wednesday.World football-governing body, FIFA, has appointed Togolese Vincentia Amedome as referee, with her compatriots Kossiwa Kpadenou, Abra Sitsofe Agbedanou and Edoh Kindedji as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.Tempa Ndah from Benin Republic will serve as referee assessor while Fatoumata Guindo from Mali will be match commissioner.Tags: WAFU Cup of Nations
Ghana’s boxer Osumanu Adama is currently preparing in the U.S. for the biggest fight of his life.The report said the fight is against unbeaten Kazakh fighter, Gennady Golovkin, scheduled for Feb. 1.Ghana’s Adama vowed he would become the first person to beat Golovkin.Adama, who won 22 fights and lost three in his professional career, would take on Golovkin, the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) middleweight champion in Monte Carlo, Monaco.Golovkin, 31, is considered one of the best boxers in the middleweight class, having been unbeaten in his 28 professional fights.With an 89 knockout percentage rate, Golovkin holds the greatest KO ratio in middleweight championship history and is first among all active current and former champions and 3rd in overall championship history.But the 33-year-old Adama said the winning streak of the Kazakh fighter is about to end.“It (the fight) will be different. Most of the fighters don’t have the speed that I have. It is about speed and power,’’ he said in an interview with an online boxing website.He said many of his supporters from Ghana would come to witness the bout, which would be an added advantage for him.“A lot of my supporters are coming to Monte Carlo. All Africans are willing for me to win this fight and Insha Allah I will win,” said Adama, who is training in Chicago, U.S., where he is based. PANA reports that Adama turned pro in 2001 with a second round knockout of compatriot Akeem Alarape in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.In 2010, he won his first title, the vacant IBO international middleweight championship.In March 2012, Adama lost a decision for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Middleweight title in Tasmania, Australia, against champion Daniel Geale.After a one-year lull, the Ghanaian won a split decision over Grady Brewer in March 2013, and is currently ranked 16th in the world by BoxRec, which holds the updated recorded of professional boxers.