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    Italian mountain areas call for a dedicated ministry


    Italy’s Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani ( Uncem), the national organization of mountain municipalities, is calling for the creation of a new post of minister or undersecretary for mountain areas – “Ministero alla Montagna e alle Aree Interne” (Minister for the Mountains and Internal Areas), it suggested. The ...

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    Polygiene reports record quarterly sales


    Polygiene said that the fourth quarter of 2020 was the best in its history, with sales rising by 40.0 percent from the year-ago quarter to a record 26.6 million Swedish kronor (€2.7m-$3.2m). The growth was largely due to the success of Polygiene’s ViralOff in the context of the ...

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    Frasers takes a hit with English retail lockdown due to end on Apr. 12


    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that non-essential retail stores may reopen in England on April 12 after having been closed since Jan. 4 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms are also due to reopen on that date. Like in other ...

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    ÖSFA fair in Salzburg is cancelled again


    The 108th winter sports edition of ÖSFA , the Austrian trade fair, which was planned as a physical fair in Salzburg’s Brandboxx from Feb. 23 to 25, has been cancelled by order of the local health authorities due to coronavirus restrictions. “We have fought like lions for the realization of ...

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    Sharing sports equipment presents low risk of coronavirus transmission, a study suggests


    A recent study, led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine , suggests that sports equipment is unlikely to be a major cause of virus transmission. For the purposes of the Strike study , the researchers applied a dose of coronavirus to different types of sporting equipment, including red and ...

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    Italy blocks the reopening of ski lifts


    Ski resorts were supposed to reopen in Italy on Monday, Feb. 15, but the Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza , abruptly signed a decree on Sunday, extending the ban on recreational ski resorts until at least March 5, in connection with the spread of the British variant of the coronavirus ...

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    Uvex safety group starts production of respiratory protection masks


    Source: Uvex Saety Group uvex silv-Air lite mask To secure the supply of high-quality respiratory protection products, the Uvex Safety Group is investing in an in-house production facility for FFP2 respiratory protection masks in cooperation with a manufacturer of household products, Fackelmann . ...

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    Better-than-expected sales for Champion’s parent company


    Hanesbrands , the parent company of Champion USA , saw its revenues for the fourth quarter grow by 2.9 percent to $1.8 billion, led by Champion. The revenues were well ahead of Wall Street’s consensus of $1.6 billion and caused the share price to surge by 25 percent. However, ...

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    Golf is thriving in the U.K. despite Covid restrictions


    Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) reports that somehow in the age of Covid-19 and despite the course closures in November, rounds of golf played in the U.K. during the fourth quarter of 2020 were up year-on-year by 41 percent. They were already up in the third quarter by 59 percent. ...

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    Salomon introduces a sports mask


    Working with Chamatex , the design office of Groupe Zebra and Bosch , Salamon has developed an anti-pandemic mask for athletic training and competition. It will hit the market in Feb. 15, at a price of €18, coming into two varieties: running and winter. Nine months of R ...

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    Denmark walks together


    A new initiative was launched on Jan. 25 to get the Danish people to walk more for a month. Working with Danmarks Radio , the national TV station, the Danish Sports Company Association ( Dansk Firmaidrætsforbund ) has asked participants to record how many steps they take daily on ...

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    Sport 2000 obtains high carry-over contingents from the ski industry


    Retailers affiliated with Sport 2000 across national borders have been able to secure a considerable increase in the number of ski products that suppliers will continue to offer as part of their collections during the winter 2021/22 season. The share is now 65 percent for alpine skis and 78 ...

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    McKinsey + WFSGI: Winners and losers in a market that fell by 7% in 2020


    Performing better than general apparel and other consumer goods sectors, the global sporting goods market declined by around 7 percent to around €285 million in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a preliminary estimate made by McKinsey Co. in a webinar hosted by the World ...

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    Casall Sport collaborates with Polygiene


    Casall Sport is releasing a training glove treated with Polygiene ’s ViralOff , which has received an ISO18184:2019 certification for its elimination of more than 99 percent of viruses (the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind Covid-19 included) within two hours. The glove went on sale on , at Casall’s concept ...

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    Switzerland’s Expo des Neiges 2021 is cancelled


    Due to the Swiss Federal Council’s directives and the ban on events, Expo des Neiges 2021, scheduled to take place in Aigle from March 30 to April 1, has been cancelled. The first edition of the new ski show has thus been postponed until March 2022. An exact date ...

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    Record market capitalization for Zalando as it expands in the Nordics


    Zalando ’s Connected Retail program has attracted many retailers in the Nordic countries, where it has been expanding recently its reach among consumers, notably with the creation of a dedicated Swedish website. Without specifying how many of them are sports stores, a spokesperson for the company said it has now ...

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    DPD resumes U.K. road services to EU but post-Brexit disruption goes on


    Shipments to and from the U.K. are just now beginning to return to normal after a major disruption connected with Britain’s formal separation from the EU on Dec. 31, complicated by Covid-19 tests at border points, according to several sources, although U.K. consumers are reportedly facing higher charges because of ...

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    French and Italian ski resorts to remain closed


    The French government is expected to announce tomorrow that cable cars and other ski facilities will not open until Feb. 1 at the earliest, or even throughout the month of February,because of the continued high level of coronavirus contaminations. They have been shut down for the general public since Dec. ...

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    Germany gives more aid to retailers affected by the extended lockdown


    As expected, the German government has agreed with the federal states on a further extension of a lockdown for retailers that sell non-essential products until Feb. 14. In response to requests made by fashion and sports retailers that are heavily dependent on the sale of winter products, especially seasonal clothing ...

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    The UN should rule on the Tokyo Games, former IOC exec suggests


    Kevan Gosper , a former International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president, has suggested that the United Nations (UN) might be involved in deciding whether or not the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games should ultimately take place. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its recent resurgence in ...