Days, 7 Good News: By the Numbers - A Couple of 1st Women, the 12th Man and 136 Chess Moves

LISTICLE | 12/08/2021
7 days, 7 good news stories: a heroic victory in the Tour-de-France, a head wash for the bathing cap ignoramuses and a football club taking a stand against racism.
Antonia Wille

We think: Every now and then you need good news. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news every week that make our - and hopefully your - sports heart beat faster. Because the news is fun. Because they are trend-setting. Because they show new trends. Because they sprinkle a pinch of absurdity in a much too serious world. Or because they simply bring joy. The main thing is to be in a good mood, that's our motto in this news format. And we're getting started right away. With new fan culture at Liverpool FC, a female champion at the London Velodrome, with the new BIG snowboarder and lots of music!


More Rights for the 12th Man at Liverpool FC

"You never walk alone": Liverpool FC has finally learned an important lesson: the fans are as much a part of football as the ball. And realised how important the 12th man is to victories - which, by the way, Liverpool FC fans have ...a study conducted in 2018... attests. In future, a dedicated fans' board - in good British "Supporters Board" - will be allowed to have a say in decisions made by manager Jürgen Klopp's club. There are 16 members on the new group, which was formed as a result of protests against the Super League that had been discussed in the meantime. The head of the supporters' board is also to take part in meetings of the main board in future.


She is the Champion!

Emma Hinze, already five times world champion in track cycling sprint, is the first Champions League winner of the sport. The new racing series with the name copied from football is obviously a hit. Because Hinze, who comes from Cottbus, was able to cycle in the sold-out Olympic Velodrome in London. The victory brought her 25,000 euros and the 24-year-old was pleased that the series was so popular: "It was really a great Track Champions League and someone has really thought very well about how to make track cycling more popular."


With a Smoking Head into the History Book

There was a lot of thinking going on in the heads: it took Magnus Carlsen 136 moves to win his sixth game in the World Championship chess match against Jan Nepomnyashchi. The 31-year-old Norwegian Carlsen thus secured a new entry in the history books: more moves have never been played in a World Championship duel. After five draws Carlsen's historic game paved the way to defending his title in the duel with the Russian.


Fight against Doping: A Woman Is Russia’s Hopeful

Perhaps female honesty will help: Russia, which has slid from one doping scandal to the next, now has a woman at the head of the anti-doping agency Rusada. Veronika Loginova takes over the post from which Yuri Ganus was dismissed. The Russian Sports Ministry announced a "culture of zero tolerance towards doping in Russia" with the appointment. We keep our fingers crossed and hope for a "clean" Russia. In any case, the new General Director has the full support of the Russian Lawyers' Association, whose representatives say: "Veronika Loginova can help put Russia back on the right track!"


Annika all BIG

Annika, that was really BIG: Annika Morgan, 19-year-old freestyle snowboarder from SC Mittenwald, has taken the first World Cup podium place for Germany in the Big Air contest. The success in Steamboat in the USA is therefore not only a case for the German history books of this cool new Olympic discipline. No, now there are also reasons for - tender - medal dreams at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. If Annika Morgan triumphs there as well, maybe the Big Air contest can become really BIG in Germany, too.


That’s Music to Our Ears

Now there's something for the ears: Wincent Weiss is the official face of the MOVE campaign of the Deutsche Sportjugend (dsj). The singer is a sporty all-rounder himself and was thrilled with the idea of the collaboration. "I said yes to the MOVE campaign straight away. The topic of movement is very important to me personally and I am 100 percent behind the initiative of the German Sports Youth." His appeal to the kids "Get moving!" Because "Exercise not only keeps you fit and healthy, it also makes you really happy." That's music to our ears!


With a Football Jersey against Sportswashing

Amnesty International has been denouncing the human rights situation in the desert state not only since the World Cup was awarded to Qatar. The Norwegian professional club Tromsö IL also repeatedly draws attention to its human rights violations. Even though Norway is not participating in the World Cup, the footballers are now stepping on the gas - in terms of sportswashing and human rights: In cooperation with Amnesty International, a football jersey with an integrated QR code was created. This leads to a website with all the important information. Also involved in the campaign: activist and blogger Malcolm Bidali, who himself has already been arrested in Qatar. He calls the football jersey a "brilliant move".

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Antonia Wille