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    FESI announces a “StrongHER” sports campaign for girls


    At opening ceremony in Bled, Slovenia of the annual European Week of Sport, which is being held all over Europe on Sept. 23-30, the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) pledged its support for HealthyLifestyle4all (HL4A), a new initiative of the European Commission. Specifically, it will be launching ...

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    FESI supports the new GSP in part


    The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) has released a statement that welcomes the proposed adjustment and extension for the new ten years of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Regulation (GSP) by the European Commission, while recommendation a clarification of the definition of “sensitive” products. The GSP grants ...

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    WFSGI boosts the representation of the bike and manufacturing sectors on its board


    The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), which held its World Cycling Forum in Munich in connection with the IAA Mobility show earlier this month, has announced the election of two prominent new board members from the bicycle industry and of a new representive of Apache Footwear on ...

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    New Balance faces new complaint over its made in USA label


    A consumer advocacy organization,, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking it to investigate the validity of New Balance’s “made in USA” label, which it uses in at least a dozen models of footwear. According to the complaint, NB claims “a domestic value of ...

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    Sports Direct is fined for spamming customers


    The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Sports Direct and two other firms for spamming consumers with unwanted marketing messages over the internet, according to The Telegraph. The British sporting goods retailer has been fined £70,000 (€81,500-$95,600) for sending 2.3 million e-mails to former customers from December 2019 to ...

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    Europe's winter sports industry calls for uniform anti-virus protocols


    The European Sporting Goods Industry Association, FESI, is circulating a statement calling on national government authorities to avoid “another catastrophic season” for the winter sporting goods industry, particularly in view of recent increases in the number of Covid infections in certain countries, which are creating the risk of “localized waves.” ...

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    Peloton scores a victory in patent suit


    A federal court in Texas has dismissed claims of patent infringement made by Mad Dogg Athletics against Peloton Interactive. Mad Dogg argued that Peloton’s business model was infringing on two patents it held for its own exercise bikes. The court rejected the claims, argueing that the two patents were abstract ...

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    French advertising body agrees that Adidas has stretched its sustainability claims


    The ARPP, a non-governmental association for the self-regulation of advertising in France, has sided with a consumer against Adidas. The consumer contends that the German brand’s claims made earlier this year with regard to both the recycled content of its Stan Smith Forever shoes and the extent to which the ...

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    New hurdles in JD’s takeover of Footasylum


    Leaving the door open for other comments by Sept. 16 before making a final decision in October, the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) restated on Sept. 2 its provisional ban on JD Sports Fashion’s already completed acquisition of the Footasylum, in spite of criticism expressed by the Competition Appeal ...

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    Peloton faces governmental inquiries


    Peloton Interactive has revealed that it is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security about its reporting of the treadmill accidents that resulted in a much-publicized product recall earlier this year. Peloton is also being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, ...

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    ​Nike is suing John Geiger over his GF-01 sneaker


    Nike has filed a lawsuit against John Geiger’s John Geiger Co and La La Land Production and Design Inc. for allegedly infringing on Nike’s classic Air Force 1 silhouette. Nike claims that Geiger’s “GF-01” sneaker looks too much like Nike’s Air Force 1 and can generate confusion. In response, Geiger ...

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    Anti-counterfeiting initiative seizes nearly 10,000 fake golf clubs


    In a broad crackdown on the sale of counterfeit golf products, the U.S. golf manufacturers’ anti-counterfeiting task force (The Golf Group) has identified 9,769 clubs and numerous golf accessories, as well as more than 10,600 branded tags and labels, according to the Keep Golf Real website. The items found and ...

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    Businessman jailed in the U.K. for running an “industrial scale” counterfeit clothing factory


    Inderjit Sangu was sentenced to four years imprisonment by the Birmingham Crown Court on Aug. 23 after pleading guilty for manufacturing and selling fake designer clothes. The 67-year-old businessman ran an “industrial scale” operation in Hockley, a central inner-city district in the city of Birmingham, England, which supplied market stall ...

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    Taliban assure support for men’s cricket in Afghanistan, fate of women’s programs unclear


    The Taliban have assured that they will not interfere with the Afghan men’s national cricket team, the country’s most popular sport. The Taliban told the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) that work for the men’s team could continue as planned, Reuters reported. ACB said that two training camps in Kabul have ...

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    New Balance sues Michael Kors over allegedly similar “N” mark


    New Balance has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Michael Kors, claiming that two models of its sneakers use an “N” in their design that is “confusingly similar” to the iconic “N” in New Balance footwear. New Balance specifically targeted Michael Kors’ Olympia and Pippin shoe collections. The case was ...

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    Decathlon Australia fined over incorrect safety warning labels


    The Australian branch of Decathlon has been fined A$1.5 million (€928,000) by Federal Court Justice John Nicolas for selling portable pools and basketball hoops that failed to comply with Australian safety standards between 2016 and 2019. The warning labels were either too small or lacking the mandatory wording: “Children have ...

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    Allbirds launches CO²-labelled activewear, but faces greenwashing claims


    Allbirds, the San Francisco-based brand of sustainable footwear, has just released its first athletic apparel range, consisting of five women’s styles and two for men, made from different woven and knitted fabrics that integrate recycled polyester and nylons, Merino wool, eucalyptus tree fiber and Tencel Lyocell. Consisting of tank tops, ...

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    JanSport sues wholesaler for reselling backpacks as “new”


    JanSport Apparel Corp., a subsidiary of VF Corp., is suing Los Angeles-based Bravo Wholesale of Los Angeles for allegedly selling inferior JanSport products on and other online stores. According to JanSport, Bravo obtains JanSport products from unauthorized dealers and markets them as “new” while they are often used or ...

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    Russia is eyeing a bid for the 2036 Olympic Games


    Russia is considering the possibility of organizing the 2036 Olympic Games in St. Petersburg or another Russian city. Several other cities have already submitted their bids, said the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, at a meeting with Olympic champions and medalists in the Sambek village, in Russia’s southern Rostov Region, ...

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    UKactive and Sport England launch digital strategy for the fitness sector


    UKactive has announced the launch of its Digital Futures strategy, in partnership with Sport England , to improve the digital processes used by fitness and leisure operators. The strategy will support them with the latest benchmarking tools, providing guidance and insight to modernize and grow. Digital Futures ...