The X Games
The X Games is a yearly sports event, controlled and managed by the American sports broadcasting channel, ESPN, which focuses on extreme sports. The first X Games were held in 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island.
Held simultaneously to the X Games is the X Fest which is a sports and music festival that offers live music, autograph sessions and interactive elements.
The X Games gained big media exposures due to their big sponsors, top-tier athletes and regular sports fan attendance.
The X Games frequently features new tricks like Tony Hawk’s 900 in skateboarding, Travis Pastrana’s double backflip in freestyle motocross, Health Frisby’s first ever snowmobile front flip in Snowmobile Best Trick and Torstein Horgmo’s first landed triple flip in a snowboard competition.
Winter X Games
The Winter X Games was inaugurated in 1997 with over 38,000 viewers that attended the four-day event. It was held at Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, California. It is usually held in January or February. The Winter X Games is for winter sports athletes from around the world battling on an annual basis. Events include skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. In 1998, the attendance of the Games dropped to 25,000 viewers and after two years, 83,500 people attended the Winter X Games’ East Coast introduction.
The next X Games
- 2018: Winter, Aspen, Colorado, Jan 25-28, 2018.
- 2018: Summer X Games U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis July 19-22, 2018.
The Australian Open Tennis tournament is one of the Grand Slam tournaments of Tennis, held in Melbourne, Australia. Currently, the tournament is held at Melbourne Park in January each year.
The Australian Open is played in the middle of summer time, so often hot days are forecast for this event. The Australian Open Heat Policy may have to come into effect.
For the 2008 event, a new court surface was laid down, changing from theSynpave Rebound Ace, a hardcourt surface composed of polyurethane and synthetic rubber that has been used for the previous few years, to courts made from plexicushion (see more about court surfaces).
The court color has also changed from green to blue. The new courts are believed to be faster than previous, but they would still be slower than the court surfaces used at Wimbledon and the US Open. The new surface would also be more durable under heat stress.
WADA is pleased to confirm that on 21 and 22 September 2017, in generous co-operation with the Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports (FINCIS) and the Finnish Ministry of Education, WADA will host a Symposium on the topic of Therapeutic Use Exemption, specifically tailored for clinicians.
The primary objective of the meeting is to unify our approach concerning the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process, ensuring that athletes with genuine medical problems remain fully engaged in sport despite their need for the use of a prohibited substance. A unique opportunity will be offered to representatives from National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) and International Federations (IFs) to meet in a common forum to discuss issues of mutual importance.
The two-day programme addresses challenging and timely topics including contentious TUE case studies, cultural influences on the granting of TUEs and Prohibited List criteria as they relate to TUEs. Also on the agenda will be talks on retroactive TUEs, effects of possible future International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) revisions and other medico-legal topics. A special hands-on session will address practical real life challenges in anti-doping and showcase tested strategies of experienced professionals. Talks at the Symposium will be delivered through a lively combination of podium presentations and interactive discussions.
Please save the date to attend this Symposium which will have a distinct clinical bias aimed primarily at the Chairs of TUE Committees. We welcome your attendance in Helsinki. Further details including the programme for this practical and thought provoking Symposium will be provided shortly.
Source News Release WADA
AUGUST 24 2017 TO AUGUST 31 2017 AT Taipei, Taiwan
FISU has partnered with the Gwangju Universiade Organising Committee (GUOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to develop a new resource to support universities from all over the world, in introducing the topic of the fight against doping in sport.
Engaging university students is the perfect way to promote drug-free sport values to future sport leaders and professionals. The FISU-WADA partnership project, which strives to create a drug-free environment to protect athletes and youth, is part of the GUOC’s Legacy Programme for the 2015 Universiade, which took place in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, on 3-14 July 2015.
- Develop an integrated e-textbook and teaching material to raise the social awareness of the fight against doping in sport among first year university students
- Educate future practitioners, athletes, coaches and all leaders of sport, on the dangers of doping in sport and their role in fighting doping in sport
- Support universities in integrating anti-doping in different areas of study, by identifying topics to be covered and providing support material for addressing in the classroom
Programme End Result
The Anti-Doping Textbook and teaching material have been designed to be a comprehensive overview of doping in sport and issues related to this. Their target audience is those university students who will one day be involved in sport in many different capacities and disciplines. This could range from working with elite athletes to being involved at grass roots level or in as diverse profession as sports law to sports medicine.
The textbook is available in English, French, Korean, Russian and Spanish. It is accessible free of charge, along with the support material for instructors, through an online platform, the Anti-Doping Learning Hub.
The programme pilot phase was held over 2014-2015, with an official launch for the 2015-2016 academic year during the 2015 FISU Summer Universiade Conference in Gwangju.