RSE: Opening conference in Latvia 23rd - 25th August 2021

Finally, the RSE project, with the main aim of relaunching the sports movement in the European Union after all restrictions, is holding an inaugural conference, originally scheduled for March. The conference will take place from August 23 to 25 in Sigulda, Latvia. The conference will be attended not only by the project consortium from all five member states - Romania, Greece, Spain, France, Latvia, but also by the Deputy State Secretary, Director of the Sports Department of the Ministry of Education and Science Edgars Severs and LSIIDP Board. The guest lecturer of the conference Eva Nolendorfa, Personnel Manager of Brabantia Ltd. Latvia will share her experience in promoting physical activities in the company also during the pandemic, observing all the restrictions set by the country.

The project consortium, in turn, will discuss the mobility dates and the teams represented and their composition, as well as the objectives to be achieved. A particularly important issue to be addressed will also be the dissemination activities of the project in order to reach not only the target audience mentioned in the project, but even a wider one, taking into account the multifaceted nature of the project consortium.

In order to promote cultural diversity and increase knowledge about the customs and cultural events of other countries, the project team will go on a tour of Sigulda City.

See the event in the gallery HERE.

BMX: International seminar on training safe 06.-07.09.2021.

BMX project pretends to promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development, with emphasis in coach training to improve the quality of sport career development and safety of young athletes. In this sense, the International Seminar on Training Safe taking place on the 6th and 7th September aims to contribute to the knowledge and dissemination of best practices in training. Conferences, round tables and workshops are programmed to deal with diferent aspects of safety as the adequacy of loads, first aids or the evaluation of training.

The International Seminar on Training Safe invites researchers to send contributions in the form of oral communication or poster. The contributions must be related to the three topics of the seminar:

Sport facilities

These contributions will be presented virtually. There will be a 100 euros award to the best poster and the best oral communication. The scientific comitte will be in charge of this decission.
The winner will be announced during the final session of the seminar.

The international conference is open to all interested parties by registering in the offical homepage of the conference. Join us HERE! The programme of the conference is available HERE by choosing section "PROGRAMME".

SWOST: Pink offers to pay fines for Norwegian women’s beach handball team 27.07.2021.

European Handball Federation fined players €1,500 for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms

Pop star Pink has offered to pay the “sexist” fines handed out to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team after they refused to wear bikini bottoms while playing.

The European Handball Federation, the sport’s governing body, fined the team €1,500 (£1,295) last week for “improper clothing” at the European Beach Handball Championships.

The American singer voiced her support for the women’s team for refusing to follow the official rules forbidding female beach handball players from wearing shorts like their male counterparts.

She tweeted “I’m very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting the very sexist rules about their ‘uniform’. The European handball federation should be fined for sexism.” She added that she would be “happy to pay” the team’s fines.

According to uniform regulations in the rules of the game, women must wear bikini bottoms and a sports bra when playing official games. Men can wear shorts and a vest shirt.

The Norwegian Handball Federation subsequently said that it was prepared to cover the fines, backing their players’ kit choices in a post to the team’s Instagram page.

“We are very proud of these girls who during the European Championships raised their voices and announced that enough is enough!

“We at NHF stand behind you and support you. Together we will continue to fight to change the rules for clothing, so that players can play in the clothes they are comfortable with.”

In an Instagram post on Sunday, the Norwegian team thanked Pink and wrote: “Wow! Thank you so much for the support.”

Player Katinka Haltvik told the Norwegian media outlet NRK that her team’s decision to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms was “very spontaneous” and that they “felt threatened by the regulations”.

“People cheered on us for going in front of several teams and taking the brunt. Not all teams can afford to pay such fines,” Haltvik said. “[Handball] should be an inclusive sport, not an exclusive one.”

SWOST: Women's interest in Olympics is growing 05.08.2021.

Hong Kong: A survey released Wednesday shows that women are becoming more interested in the Olympics and will start in the Japanese capital at the end of next week, so about as many women as men are enthusiastic about sports festivals. ..

Data analysis firm Nielsen Sports said that 45% of women in the world’s largest economy are interested in the Games, which will be held from July 23 to August 8 this year.

This figure is only 3 points less than the number of men who were interested in an event that was postponed for a year due to a pandemic when the survey was conducted in May.

Lindsey Douglas, head of the Nielsen Sports brand, said: “While this year’s Tokyo Olympics differ in many ways from previous Olympics, the potential for increasing gender equality in sports remains important.

“Men and women have about the same chances of winning medals, and the Olympics provide the most gender-balanced fan base of any major event.”

According to a Nielsen survey, the Olympic Games are the most popular sporting event in the world, with 47% of respondents in 13 of the 15 wealthiest countries interested in or very interested in the Summer Olympic Games. I have.

That number far exceeds the NBA, the next most popular non-Olympic event. In the NBA, 33% of people are interested. However, only 17% of women are interested in the US Basketball League.

At the Tokyo Olympics, more medals will be awarded to women as the International Olympic Committee () Edge close to gender equality.

Women’s events account for 156 and 494 gold medals available in Tokyo, and men’s events account for 165 gold medals out of a total of 530 gold medals.

The IOC has also introduced an additional mixed event that allows more women to win medals.

Women’s interest in the Olympics is growing, the research report says.

SWOST: One third of the population admits that gender inequality in Latvia is an unresolved problem

32% of the population consider gender inequality to be an unresolved problem in Latvia. In addition, 41% of respondents indicate that this problem has only been resolved in certain areas. People have identified the provision of equal pay and the reduction of stereotypes about so-called male and female occupations, as well as specific gender roles in everyday life, as the most important areas in which companies should work to improve gender equality.

According to the representatives of the company "Mars", gender inequality has been a topical problem for several years. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Organization (UNO) estimated that it would take more than a century to close the gender gap.

The UNO is now reporting that the pandemic has delayed progress in reducing gender inequality by 25 years. And the impact of this problem is particularly devastating among women.

A recent survey in Latvia found that, according to 32% of the population, gender inequality in Latvia is still an unresolved issue. The largest share of respondents who consider gender inequality to be a topical problem is among the youngest population aged 18-29 (45%). Meanwhile, 41% consider it a solved problem only in certain areas. 15% of respondents indicate that this is a solved problem, but that further work is needed to ensure that it does not recur.

Among respondents who believe that gender inequality is a problem, 22% are men and 8% are women.

The majority of respondents, or almost 40%, indicated that equal pay was one of the areas where employers should pay the most attention to improving gender equality.

By contrast, 26% said that companies need to reduce stereotypes about so-called male and female occupations and the specific gender roles in everyday life. But 12% stressed that organizations need to think more about additional support for new mothers. 10% of respondents agree that companies need an equal gender presence in management positions.

The survey was conducted by Mars in cooperation with the research company Norstat Latvija in March 2021. More than 1,000 respondents aged 18 to 74 took part in the survey throughout Latvia.