The Fed Cup Finals were due to take place in April of this year and had already been postponed. Initially scheduled for November 23 to 29 2020, the Davis Cup Finals have now been formally postponed and are due to start on the week commencing November 22 2021 instead. The 18 teams qualified for the 2020 finals will remain the same. All 24 World Group I and World Group II ties due to take place in September have also been deferred to 2021. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and investment group Kosmos Tennis made the announcement following a three-month review of the logistical and regulatory challenges that have arisen since the start of the pandemic. The Davis Cup is the largest men’s team competition in tennis, with Spain the defending champions. This year’s edition was the first using a new format. Spain and Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, President of Kosmos Tennis, commented: “It’s a huge disappointment for all of us that the Davis Cup Finals will not be held in 2020. “We don’t know how the situation will develop in each qualified nation, or if restrictions in Spain will remain sufficiently eased, as such it is impossible to predict the situation in November and guarantee the safety of those travelling to Madrid. “This postponement has no long-term bearing on our collective ambitions for the Davis Cup.” 2020 Davis Cup Finals have been rescheduled for 2021, as have the Fed Cup Finals, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Loading… ITF President David Haggerty added: “This is a tough decision to have to make, but delivering an international team event on this scale while guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved ultimately poses too great a risk. “It is a complex undertaking and we have made the decision now to provide certainty for players, National Associations and fans. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Kosmos Tennis in order to deliver a fantastic competition next year.” Meanwhile, the Fed Cup Finals have been given new dates of April 13 to 18 next year. They remain at the László Papp Arena in Hungarian capital Budapest, set to be played on an indoor clay court. Twelve nations – including hosts Hungary, reigning champions France, the United States and Australia – will compete for the title, with the draw remaining the same. Four regional events still to be played – two in Americas Group II and one each from Asia-Oceania Group II and Europe-Africa Group III – will now be played in 2021 with dates yet to be confirmed. The 2022 competition will return to its normal format from then onwards. read also:Fed Cup: Sania Mirza in contention for ITF’s Heart Award Haggerty said: “Earlier this year, we took the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the first edition of the new-look Fed Cup in Budapest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “While it is regrettable that the Finals will not be able to take place this year, we are confident that we will be able to host a superb event in Budapest in April 2021. “We would like to thank our partners, the Hungarian Government, for their hard work and continued commitment to the competition.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
ATHLETES from all 10 of Guyana’s administrative regions will be taking to the track in the fourth annual Independence Track and Field Championships from May 18 to 19 at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora, West Coast Demerara.The meet, which is organised by the Guyana Overseas-Based Sports Association (GOBSA), was first introduced during Guyana’s Independence Jubilee.At the launch of the event on Tuesday, president of the Overseas-Based Sports Association (OBSA), David Thomas, revealed that since last year plans were in the pipeline to make the meet more inclusive by involving athletes from all ten administrative regions.Events will be run off in the Under-9, 9-11 years, 12-14 years, 15-17 years, 18 years and above and the Masters (35 years and over).Meanwhile, Director of Sport Christopher Jones was also present at the launch and committed the National Sports Commission and the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s support for the event.The sponsors, who have thrown their support behind the meet so far are: Forrester Lumber Yard, Banks DIH, Guyana Committee of Services, Guybisco and Sybil’s (USA-based).An entrance fee of $300 will be charged on both competition days. read more
The Wee Glee Singers from Buncrana, aged 6 – 14, have reached both coasts of America with their recording of ‘The Ballad of 1916’.The singers are a community singing group of 25 boys and girls from all over Inishowen, and part of The Music Box in BuncranaTheir recording of ‘The Ballad of 1916’ has reached both coasts of America. Choirs led by Buncrana’s own Mary McKeever will sing it as part of their Christmas programme this year in San Francisco, and in New York City this coming Saturday, one of their small stepped streets is to be named ‘Easter Rising Way’ in commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising.New York City Council member Elizabeth S. Crowley’s chief of staff has been in touch to say they’d love to play it at the start of the naming ceremony and credit Wee Glee in their programme!It is a nice way to end 2016, and our commemoration of our history through song.To listen to their recording click here. The Wee Glee Singers gain popularity in America was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
zoom BW LNG has taken delivery of BW Lilac, a 173,400 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). The newbuilding was delivered to its owner on March 17, 2018.BW Lilac is the second of three identical ships featuring the M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) engines BW currently has on order.Flying the flag of Malta, the 96,000 dwt vessel has a length of 295 meters and a width of 46.4 meters. Currently, BW Lilac has a market value of USD 191.3 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The second LNG carrier from the batch, BW Tulip, was handed over to the company earlier this year.BW LNG has a fleet of 21 vessels – sixteen in operation and five newbuildings.