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    Thomas Bach has been re-elected IOC president


    Thomas Bach has been re-elected for an additional four-year term as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 137th Session of the IOC, which was held virtually on March 10. The 67-year-old former fencer and Olympic champion received 93 yes votes out of the 94 valid ...

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    FESI calls for harmonized sustainable corporate governance rules


    The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry ( FESI ) has issued a statement in response to a non-binding report on corporate due diligence that the European Parliament has just approved. This report, presented by a Dutch member of the Parliament, Lara Wolter , is linked to the ...

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    Tokyo 2020 will likely go ahead without foreign spectators


    The Japanese government has reportedly decided to prevent overseas spectators from attending the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer over concerns for the spread of coronavirus and its variants. A formal decision on this matter will be made by the end of this month, and the number of ...

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    Court upholds one of Cocona’s patents, overruling TNF’s appeal


    In a lawsuit first filed in 2017 by Cocona Labs against The North Face ( TNF ) and Columbia Sportswear , a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed on March 4 the validity of key claims of one of Cocona’s patents on its 2.5L ...

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    European Fishing Tackle Trade Association to move HQ to Brussels


    The European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) is planning to move its headquarters from London to Brussels later this year. According to a report in Angling International , the move is set to be completed in September. The decision is consistent with the activity of the organization, which conducts ...

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    Tokyo 2020 adds 12 women to executive board to promote gender equality


    Tokyo 2020 has appointed 12 women to its executive board, bringing the total number of women in the organizing committee’s board to 19, namely 42 percent of the total. The move follows the recent sexism scandal that led to the resignation of the former president of the committee, Yoshiro ...

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    Further development of the FEDAS Key


    SGI-DHO, the European organization that stands for the Sporting Goods Data Harmonization Organization is focusing on the further development of the FEDAS Key , for which it is responsible, in the “training/fitness” and “travel/outdoor equipment” categories. It has already adjusted the bike category and developed a new classification ...

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    Germany extends lockdown - with easing options


    On March 3, the federal-state conference in Germany decided on how to further extend its present lockdown for non-essential retailer operations until March 28, to help fend off the Covid-19 virus. Like in the U.K., it will be phased out in stages, but retailers are furious, partly also because many ...

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    Ukraine seeks to involve other countries against Sportmaster


    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has instructed his government to try to urge the U.S., the European Union and other foreign allies to impose similar economic sanctions as those that it has recently imposed on 27 persons and companies including Sportmaster Operations , the parent company of the Russian ...

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    Russia may curtail counterfeiting within 12 months, Unichel feels


    The mandatory tagging of footwear, coupled with increased controls in the Russian market, could curb the share of counterfeit shoes sold in the country, said Vladimir Denisenko , the head of Russia’s main footwear producer Unichel . Denisenko was initially critical about the tagging project when it was launched by ...

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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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    Ukraine imposes sanctions on Sportmaster


    Sportmaster-Ukraine has been included in a list of sanctions imposed on Feb. 19 by the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council through a presidential decree notified to Sportmaster Operations Pte . the company based in Singapore that controls Sportmaster’s operations outside Russia. The sanctions have been levied against Sportmaster ...

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    Crocs may have won the battle for its clog’s patent


    A panel of three judges in a U.S. Federal Circuit court confirmed a previous verdict by the Trademark and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent Trademark Office ( USPTO ) that validated Crocs ’ core patent (N° D517,789) on its clogs. The board had responded to an appeal ...

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    Peloton wants Mad Dogg’s Spinning trademarks cancelled


    Complaining that Mad Dogg Athletics has been “abusively enforcing” the trademarks it registered in the U.S. for Spin and Spinning , Peloton has asked the Trademark and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent Trademark Office ( USPTO ) to cancel them. Peloton argues that 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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    Tokyo 2020 appoints new female president


    Seiko Hashimoto , a former Japanese minister and seven-time Olympian, has been appointed as the new president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee. She replaces the 83-year-old former president, Yoshiro Mori , who quit earlier this month after causing a firestorm of critiques internationally for ...

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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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    Some internet platforms will have a harder time in Germany


    German authorities have passed an amendment to the German Competition Act, published in the Federal Gazette on Jan. 19, that will allow the country’s strong Federal Cartel Office (FCO) to ban large internet platforms like Amazon from engaging in certain types of conduct much earlier than before. The ...

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    Council of Europe adopts two resolutions on sports


    The 16th Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport of the Council of Europe has adopted two resolutions . The first one, titled “A European approach to sport policies: the revision of the European Sports Charter,” is meant to “facilitate access to sports for all layers of society,” largely through investments ...