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first_imgFinance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Treasury tipped to benefit from FOBT stake cut 18th September 2018 | By contenteditor New research predicts consumers will simply switch to other gambling products Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Finance A new report suggests the cut in the maximum stake for FOBTs could lead to a £100m (€112m/$130m) annual boost for the UK Treasury.While it has been estimated that the change could cost the betting industry more than £8bn, research by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) suggests a combination of tax increases and consumer habits will benefit government coffers.The study, commissioned by amusement arcade trade group BACTA, estimates that while machine gaming duty receipts would decline by £287m a year, this would be more than offset by almost £420m of other benefits. CEBR cited a potential rise of Remote Gaming Duty to 20% whilst predicting that many gamblers would switch from FOBTs to other products and estimating that some users would divert their money to other, more productive parts of the economy.A spokesman for the Association of British Bookmakers told the Guardian that the research would do little to comfort the gambling industry and those whose jobs may be at risk.He said: “Recent announcements by major operators reveal the true impact of this decision, that thousands of betting shops will close and there will be thousands of job losses. Betting shops are now focused on the future of their staff, customers and suppliers.”UK bookmakers’ share prices tumbled in April when it was revealed that the government was to accept recommendations for a new £2 stake limit. Shares in William Hill fell by 14% just ahead of the announcement, with Paddy Power Betfair and GVC also well down.Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to reveal the date of the FOBT changes in the budget later this year. There has been criticism of the amount of time it has taken to introduce the cut, although the Treasury has said it wants to give operators time to implement technological changes. At a meeting of a cross-party parliamentary group on FOBTs last week, machine manufacturers told MPs and campaigners that the changes could be made within months.Speaking at the all-party parliamentary group on FOBTs last week, Labour MP Carolyn Harris said: “It is now clear that it is perfectly possible for the games manufactures to implement the £2 stake reduction in the very near future.”A spokesman for the Association of British Bookmakers said: “Recent announcements by major operators reveal the true impact of this decision, that thousands of betting shops will close and there will be thousands of job losses. Betting shops are now focused on the future of their staff, customers and suppliers.”The Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport, which is overseeing the legislation, has estimated that bookmakers stand to lose up to £540m per year between them once the change takes effect. Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bingo Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Bookmaker Betfred will not face any action over a television ad that attracted a consumer complaint after the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled that it did not breach its guidelines.The advert in question appeared on UK television on January 20, 2019, showing a woman in the bath, a man preparing a meal and a woman exercising, all while playing online bingo via mobile devices.A voice-over said: “Love to chill in the bath? Make it a thrill and a laugh with Betfred bingo. Forget those two little ducks, soak up the action and win big bucks. You can even join in whilst making the tea with games from as little as just 1p. Play with Betfred bingo and enjoy top promotions such as daily free bingo games, bonus back and more. Put the fun back into house. Kick back and bingo with Betfred”.A single complainant challenged whether the ad was irresponsible as it showed characters gambling while carrying out everyday activities, thus normalising gambling.In its response, Betfred said the ad did not suggest that people should play bingo excessively or that it should take priority over any other social interaction. The bookmaker also said the ad did not promote high-stakes gambling or present any unrealistic positive or negative emotions, which insinuated harm.Betfred also said that there was no suggestion the characters spent an excessive amount of time or money gambling, with the individuals instead shown playing bingo as part of their leisure time alongside other activities.The bookmaker added the characters were not shown as being isolated from family, friends, work or education, adding that the ad promoted the community aspect of bingo by showing chat names for each character and social interaction within the chatroom itself.Clearcast, a non-governmental organisation that pre-approves ads for British television, supported Betfred in its claims, saying that it did not believe gambling in the ad was shown as indispensable to the characters.Considering how the characters were shown gambling while taking part in everyday activities, Clearcast said no one was shown in a situation where they were ignoring family, friends or professional or educational commitments.Clearcast also noted that the three people seen in the ad were shown gambling once and on separate occasions, which ensured the same person was not seen gambling multiple times in different scenarios.In its ruling, the ASA said that the ad clearly showed playing bingo in conjunction with doing those tasks, rather than instead of them, and therefore gambling was therefore not shown as taking priority over those tasks or as indispensable to the characters.The ASA did concede that a scene where a player threw his pizza in the air after he won showed he was briefly distracted from his task, but did not consider that this scene portrayed gambling as taking priority in life.As a result, the ASA concluded the ad “did not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible, or portray gambling as indispensable or as taking priority in life”.Betfred will not face any further action or punishment over the advert. Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Bingo Betfred avoids ASA punishment over TV ad Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 17th April 2019 | By contenteditor Bookmaker Betfred will not face any action over a television ad that attracted a consumer complaint after the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled that it did not breach its guidelines. Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Topics: People Sports betting Strategy Horse racing Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Horse racing Jockey Club chief executive to stand down Regions: UK & Ireland 2nd May 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Race Track and Racino The Jockey Club, the largest commercial horse racing organisation in the UK, has revealed that Simon Bazalgette will leave his position as group chief executive by the end of 2019.Bazalgette became the first person to take on the role when he joined the Jockey Club in September 2008, but will now depart in order to transition into a non-executive career.He recently accepted an offer to become an independent non-executive director of the English Football League, the governing body for the three divisions below the Premier League.The organisation’s Board of Stewards, with support from executive search and talent advisor, SRI, will launch a recruitment process to identify a replacement. The Jockey Club said this appointment could come from within its organisation.“When appointed a little over 10 years ago, I agreed to do at least five years before going non-executive, but there’s always been plenty to do and great opportunities that have kept me fully engaged,” Bazalgette.“On the back of our tenth set of record results, and with a great team in place, now seemed the right time to make my transition. I’ll be standing down as group chief executive by the end of the year, but I do hope to stay involved in a non-executive or advisory role.”Roger Weatherby, senior steward of the Jockey Club, added: “Simon Bazalgette has made an outstanding contribution to British Racing as The Jockey Club’s first ever group chief executive.“We are keen that the Jockey Club and racing does not lose the significant knowledge and expertise that Simon has, and so we very much hope that he will continue to be involved in some way into the future.”Last month, the Jockey Club reported a 6.7% year-on-year increase in revenue to £214.6m (€250.0m/$280.0m) for 2018, but warned betting shop closures are likely to impact industry growth in 2019.Over the past decade, under Bazalgette’s leadership, turnover is up 68.2%, driven by growth in admissions, media, hospitality, commercial partnerships, events, training facilities and breeding services.Image: Roger Blake AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Jockey Club, the largest commercial horse racing organisation in the UK, has revealed that Simon Bazalgette will leave his role as group chief executive by the end of 2019. Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgLegal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), Sweden’s igaming operator trade association, and industry consulting company H2 Gambling Capital have called on Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen to drop proposals ban certain betting markets, saying the measures would push consumers to unlicensed operators.Both organisations were responding to a consultation on proposals put forward by Spelinspektionen last month. The amendment to Swedish gaming rules would see licensed operators prohibited from offering odds on rule violations such as yellow cards in football or faults in tennis.The regulator believes the measures will help tackle match-fixing by removing any potential reward for athletes that commit certain acts for to fix betting results.However, in its analysis of the proposals, H2 said that if Sweden were to adopt the measures, it could lead to a decline in gross gambling revenue for licensed operators in the country. As the rules would only apply to licensees, H2 said consumers would still be able to place such bets with unregulated operators, which could in turn harm those with a licence.H2 said the rule change would lead to a 7.5% decline in gross gambling revenue for licensed operators, but also a 30% rise in revenue for unlicensed companies as more players turned to unregulated sites to place these bets.“With the proposed product bans, we expect the unlicensed market will grow at a faster rate than the licensed market, leading to continued erosion of the degree of channelling,” H2 said in the report.However, also noted that it would expect the majority of players to continue to gamble with licensed operators, “as long as the majority of major European companies retain their licence”.H2 also noted that any move to ban licensed operators from offering this type of betting would harm sporting integrity, with consumers instead likely to bet with unregulated sites still able to accept such bets. Players seek operators that provide a “one-stop shop” for all forms of gambling, it explained, meaning that certain customers would shift all activity to the sites that could offer this.“By prohibiting the betting products that consumers can bet on from licensed companies, the regulator will not prevent betting in these ‘vulnerable’ areas, but will insteadshift activity to unlicensed companies,” H2 said.Instead, H2 said it believed the optimal solution to ensure the integrity of sport is for licensed companies to work with specialised integrity bodies and monitor all suspected cases of match-fixing; not just with these bets, but all gambling.Meanwhile, BOS also published its own response to the proposals, having last month already outlined its opposition to the plans. However, BOS criticised the regulator for only allowing a four-week period for consultation on the measures, saying more time is required to produce an in-depth analysis.That said, the organisation reiterated its concerns that by bringing certain bets out of the regulated market, authorities would then lose the ability to monitor suspicious betting and to effectively police match-fixing.The BOS noted licensed operators are able to monitor player activity and report any suspicious betting to the regulator as part of their licensing duties. However, unregulated operators, which would be unaffected, are under no obligation to do so and, it said, therefore would make it easier for fixers to use these platforms to place bets.The organisation added that the type of bets covered by the proposals represent a small part of the market, while the events they relate to are a normal part of the sporting events, such as yellow cards in football matches.“Based on an ethical approach, BOS would like to emphasise that there is no basis for prohibiting, for example, which players will receive yellow and red cards and which players will attract penalty kicks,” BOS said in the report.“These events do not violate the idea of sports. On the contrary, events like these are part of what is expected to happen during a regular match.”BOS also urged Spelinspektionen to consider adding a new licensing requirement whereby operators would need to join a monitoring organisation to help them to keep track of match-fixing. The organisation suggested the International Betting Integrity Association as a possible partner body to assist with efforts.Spelinspektionen should also have its own match-fixing department, according to BOS, in order for the regulator to properly tackle such issues and offer advice to its licensees, rather than limit them to what they can offer.Gustaf Hoffstedt, general secretary of BOS, said that the level of uncertainty around the new rules means the regulator should withdraws the proposals.“These companies cooperate with each other and with law enforcement agencies to combat match-fixing,” Hoffstedt said . “If Swedish licensed gaming companies are not allowed to offer and monitor the betting that takes place, the fight against match fixing goes blind.“We simply will not see what is happening out there and any manipulation will pass unnoticed.”The publication of the two reports comes after Svenska Spel also hit out at the proposed measures, arguing that the ban on betting on rule violations still leaves plenty of scope for manipulation. Hofbauer said the measures do not go far enough to protect sports, counteract gambling fraud or enhance consumer protection. Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), Sweden’s igaming operator trade association, and industry consulting company H2 Gambling Capital have called on Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen to drop proposals ban certain betting markets, saying the measures would push consumers to unlicensed operators. BOS and H2 urges rethink over Swedish match-fixing proposals Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting 17th February 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile OTB and Betting Shops DraftKings launches mobile and retail sports betting in Illinois Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced the launch of its mobile and retail sportsbook platforms in Illinois, via a partnership with local operator Casino Queen. Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced the launch of its mobile and retail sportsbook platforms in Illinois, via a partnership with local operator Casino Queen.The DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook app and the co-branded retail site at the bricks and mortar casino in East St. Louis, will allow registered players in the state to place wagers on a wide range of sports.“Illinois is home to some of the most passionate sports fans and most iconic sports teams in the entire country,” DraftKings co-founder, chairman and chief executive Jason Robins said.“DraftKings’ dedication to innovation and providing customers with a premier sports betting experience has made our app the top-rated option and we can’t wait for fans in Illinois to discover why.”DraftKings at Casino Queen president Terry Downey added: “The marriage of two iconic brands promises to create an unforgettable experience that can only be found at DraftKings at Casino Queen.“Fans will come to love the service, passion and innovation now available in our state.”Read the full story on iGB North America. Sports betting Regions: US Illinois Topics: Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 5th August 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Topics: Casino & games 27th August 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games Regions: US New Jersey Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Canadian sports betting and media giant theScore is to roll out online casino in New Jersey, after striking a market access agreement with Twin River Worldwide Holdings.The agreement will see theScore add online casino games to its theScore Bet app in the second half of 2021.The business’ sportsbook app launched in August 2019, as a sub-licensee of Monmouth Park Racetrack operator Darby Development.The casino roll-out remains subject to regulatory approval from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, and Twin River completing its acquisition of Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino.The $25m acquisition, agreed in April, is expected to be finalised by by March next year.Read the full story on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Canadian sports betting and media giant theScore is to roll out online casino in New Jersey, after striking a market access agreement with Twin River Worldwide Holdings. theScore plots New Jersey casino launch Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgThe payment must first receive shareholder approval before it is finalised, as it will see KAVO hold more than 20% of the shares of Bragg, making it a “control person” of the supplier. Topics: Casino & games Finance Strategy Online casino Slots M&A As outlined in October, Oryx managing director Matevž Mazij will be appointed to the Bragg board and KAVO will also gain the right to appoint up to two new directors to the board. Bragg announces details of final Oryx earn-out The $0.73 per share deal will be paid by 31 January, 2021 to KAVO Holdings, the vendor of the slot supplier and aggregator. 9th November 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bragg – then known as GiveMeSport – acquired Oryx Gaming in August 2018, in its first move into the gaming space.center_img M&A Bragg will also make its first earn-out payment by 31 January, 2021. This payment will consist of €10.55m in cash. Bragg had agreed at the time of the acquisition that the second payment would consist of 45.5m-47m shares worth €22m, depending on the share price. With the later date of the earn-out payments, Bragg also announced that Richard Carter, former chief executive of SBTech, joined its board as non-executive chair Gaming content supplier Bragg Gaming Group has announced it will make an earn-out payment of 47m shares worth €22m (CAD$34,289,200) as the final part of its 2018 acquisition of slot developer Oryx Gaming. Tags: Bragg Gaming Group Oryx Gaming Matevž Mazij Initially, the earn-outs were to be paid by 30 September 2020, but this date was pushed back just before the deadline. Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img By Kunal Dhyani – December 26, 2017 Previous articleStar channels may go off air from Reliance Big TVNext articleGautam Thakar appointed Star Sports CEO Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brands Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Indian women cricket team and 52 other stars feature in Nike’s film, narrated by World cup star Megan Rapinoe TAGSGrassroots sports developmentJitendra JoshiSportzconsult SHARE PV Sindhu’s Stayfree digital campaign breaks record, clocks 12+ million views Brands Brands Sports Business : Adidas launches ‘What’s One More’ campaign to celebrate athletes preparing for Tokyo Olympics Brands All through 2017, Indian sportspersons from numerous disciplines not only made it to the headlines but also fascinated fans in India and around the world by emerging as victors in the battle of will, guts, resilience and supreme skill.Mirabai Chanu bagged the gold in Weightlifting World Championship. Within four years of launch, Indian Super League has led to the resurgence of football’s popularity in the country. The game in India has received a major boost after India successfully hosted the FIFA U-17 Football World Cup. While the ‘Men in Blue’ continued their dominance in all forms of cricket, the ‘Ladies in Blue’ reached the finale of World Cup only to be beaten by a marginally better team on the D-Day. Sundar Singh Gurjar won the gold medal for India in World Para Athletics Championship. One of the best things to have happened this year was Olympic Medalist and true sports champion Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore taking charge as the Minister for Sports Youth Affairs in the Central Government. Cricket Business : Nike declines to renew, BCCI invites bids for Team Kit Sponsor and Merchandise Partner rights WWE adds several matches for tonight’s episode of Monday Night RAW Brands Chennai Super Kings Suresh Raina appointed as Brand Ambassador for BharatPe Facebook Twitter Adidas to play with more heart and harness the power of the game in new film narrated by athlete and icon, Siya Kolisi Brands IPL 2020 : Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma signs with Oakley eyewear Brands 2017: A great year for Indian Sports and SportzConsult!! 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Srikanth became the first Indian to win back to back Super Series titles and achieved an all-time career-high, No 2 BWF Ranking.Recapitulating the year gone by, it can be said with certitude that 2017 was a great year for SportzConsult as well. The versatile sports management and consultant company worked with some of the biggest brands and leagues in the country (Star Sports, Reliance Foundation Youth Sports, Tata Tea, TI Cycles, Nestle Milo, Mattel Hot Wheels, Mattel Scrabble, Axis Bank, Nike, BBC Sports, Golds Gym etc.) Earlier this year, SportzConsult helped Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA set Guinness World Records Title with over three thousand kids participating in the largest basketball lesson.Established in 2003, SportzConsult facilitated playing opportunities for over four million Indians in 2017 (including young kids, youth, adults, and corporate executives). This year, the team won three awards at WOW Asia including a Gold for RF. NBA Jr. program. Applause and accolades continued for the squad at SportzConsult when they received three more Awards at Exchange4Media BW Applause Awards, including a gold for Rajasthan Government’s Women Empowerment Project.Jitendra Joshi, the Co-founder and Director at SportzConsult was conferred with the prestigious Public Relations Council of India’s ‘Entrepreneur of The Year’ award for SportzConsult’s phenomenal contribution towards grassroots sports development in India. SportzConsult’s core competency lies in consulting and connecting the dots – be it connecting the brand managers with their Bull’s Eye TG or be it connecting the dots when it comes to leagues and massive grassroots sports development programs.Speaking to InsideSports, Jitendra Joshi (Jitu) appeared to be visibly euphoric as he proudly stated “We worked with marquee brands and leagues this year and ensured we carry the brands to a different league and made strong brands out of the leagues we handled. We end the year on a high!! SportzConsult bags mandate for venue management operations for Vodafone Premier Badminton League 2017. Today, regarded as India’s No.1 grassroots sports development company, we have been assigned the Delhi and Lucknow chapters for this edition of Vodafone PBL. We believe in creating great sports experiences and therefore preparations are in full swing. The team is excited and geared up.”It was a busy year for SportzConsult on various counts. In January, the company released the first ever White Paper on ‘Experiential Sports Marketing’. The aim was to help brand managers looking to gain a competitive edge by developing a positive brand image among its target audience. In May, “Leaderonomics” a Malaysia-based business magazine which focusses on developing leaders, published Jitu’s article on Sports Parenting titled “Parents kill child’s source of happiness”.Sports Fraternity and key stakeholders valued ‘Our View Point’ on “A Practical Approach towards building A Sporty Nation” and it has been discussed in detail at forums organised by ET NOW, CII, IISM, ISB, India Sports Forum, Indian Football Forum and PRCI.Jitu further emphasized on the fact that SportzConsult is thankful to all those clients who gave it an opportunity to partner with them, broaden the core team’s horizons, learn through these projects, sharpen the focus and enhance the expertise.“We look forward to another exciting year ahead, and wish everyone ‘health, happiness and holistic growth all through 2018’. The new year is synonymous with New Year Resolutions… We don’t have any new resolutions for the year… We will keep working relentlessly towards our credo of making India a sporty nation!!” quipped Joshi who believes strongly in the doctrine of Karma. YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionWhat ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Were Actually Supposed To Look LikeDefinition|SponsoredSponsored Sachin Tendulkar says, ‘spare a thought for Barbers’ in Gillette’s new Campaignlast_img read more

first_imgSport SAAF-AFI online seminar draws massive attendance By Kunal Dhyani – April 27, 2020 Euro 2020: Portugal Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know Football Euro 2020: France Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know Euro 2020: Matteo Pessina replaces injured Stefano Sensi in Italy squad SHARE Latest Sports News The Athletics Federation of India’s online seminar for track and field sport’s technical officials attracted as many as 911 participants from across South Asian Athletics Federation member nations.During the seminar, Ireland’s Pierce O’Callaghan erased doubts about judging race walking and Luis Saladie of Spain helped with drawing up timetables for competition. NBA 2020-21 NBA Draft Lottery: 4 Teams that have won the NBA Draft Lottery most number of times Tokyo Olympics: Big kit drama for Indian athletes, under pressure IOA drops Chinese brand Li Ning as India’s kit sponsor Sport Football Euro 2020: Switzerland Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know center_img Tokyo Olympics: Good show in the first match will give team right momentum, feels Ramandeep Previous articleWas on course for top-15 ranking: Teen shuttler Lakshya Sen counts losses amid COVID-19 lockdownNext articleFacing financial crisis, East Bengal still sign Sehnaj, Jairu, Lobo Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Euro 2020: Germany Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Facebook Twitter Hockey Answering a question on why there were more disqualifications in race walking than in other events at the world championships, O’Callaghan said there could be a number of reasons, including a walker trying too hard or being too nervous and making mistakes as well as coming through to the biggest event after passing scrutiny by inexperienced or lenient judges.Race walking accounts for more than a third of the 885 disqualifications in the IAAF World Athletics Championships since 1983.“Obviously, they have been disqualified because they were found to be not complying with the rules. For, race walking is a borderline very sport,” he said, after showing the participants common violations made by race walkers.O’Callaghan also sought to allay the fears of track and field officials that prevents many of them from talking up race walking judging, reassuring them that it is not so technical and complicated as many imagined it to be.“It is a simple sport, race walking. Very basic human movement. Not everyone will jump a hurdle or throw a javelin, but everyone walks,” he said.The simplicity with which O’Callaghan spoke about judging race walking enhanced the knowledge of the technical officials.“I am sure that whether or not they become race walking judges, they will all be able to enjoy watching the event the next time they are in any athletics meeting that includes race walking,” he said.A regular visitor to India, including for conducting race walking judges courses, O’Callaghan said that with its population, passion and enthusiasm, South Asia is the sleeping giant of world athletics.He said the seminar, a brainchild of AFI president Adille J Sumariwalla and AFI Planning Committee chairman Lalit K Bhanot, was a step towards awakening the giant.O’Callaghan was addressing 911 technical officials from eight South Asian countries who attended the third day’s session in the five-day online seminar.The seminar, designed to update the knowledge of the technical officials in the region, will conclude on Wednesday.At the inaugural session on Saturday, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said that, in his estimation, the SAAF-AFI Seminar was the largest online gathering of technical officials. Football Football Euro 2020: Turkey Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know NBA: Philadelphia 76ers’ Daryl Morey fined $75k over controversial tweet NBA 2020-21 Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more