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Days, 7 Good News: New rules for queer swimmers & a big tennis comeback

LISTICLE | 06/22/2022
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.
Author:
Anja Heder

We think so: Good news is needed every now and then. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news items 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 get started right away. With real friends, a vegan shoe, and a tennis world star who just won't let it get him down.

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Tears Despite Medal

Germany's swimming star Florian Wellbrock and Ukrainian swimmer Mikhailo Romanchuk took silver and bronze at the World Championships in the 800-meter freestyle. Afterwards, the tears flowed. Because of the war, Romantschuk could no longer train in Ukraine, his father and his coach became front-line fighters. Wellbrock invited the competitor to train with the German team in Magdeburg. "Otherwise I wouldn't be here," Romanshuk said after winning the medal.

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First Flachau E-Bike Festival

E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular and are on the rise. This is also reflected in numerous new events. Among them is the first Flachau E-Bike Festival. From June 24 to 26, 2022, Flachau will become the worldwide center of e-biking and will also be the kick-off of the big E-Bike World Tour 2022. One of the highlights of the Flachau E-Bike Festival is the E-Tour of Salzburger Land. In the two-day UCI-recognized e-bike stage race, athletes cover a challenging 150 km route with a total of 5,000 meters of uphill and 6,000 meters of downhill elevation. The great thing is that participants of all levels are welcome - professionals and competition-oriented amateurs as well as lifestyle cyclists and e-bike beginners. Interested? More information is available here.

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New Rules for Trans People

It's a difficult decision. But at least there is now clarity at last. The world swimming federation Fina has issued new rules for transsexual swimmers.. In the future, they will only be allowed to participate in women's competitions if their gender reassignment has been completed by the age of 12. After arbitrariness seemed to dictate the treatment of trans people for a long time, Fina made the decision based on a scientific report. That found that transwomen retain a meaningful advantage over non-trans swimmers. The decision is bitter for U.S. Lia Thomas, who in March became the first trans woman champion at the highest level of collegiate swimming.

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The First Vegan Bike Shoe

Doghammer has launched the first 100 percent vegan bike shoe. The "Bike Graveler" from the Rosenheim-based company is made of vegan leather from Spain and is said to be particularly sustainable. For example, the leather is made of polyamide and is thus not based on petroleum. The sole is made of recycled cork. With SPD click system, the shoe in sneaker style is already available for € 159.90, as a flat pedal shoe it should come from mid-July for € 139.90 in the online store.

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A World Champion Writes Against Racism

World Cup soccer champion Lilian Thuram has written a book that describes racism from the perspective of a black man. The former footballer, now 50, got the idea for "The White Mind" when he saw a magazine in a bus shelter with an article about "black thinking." "I thought it would be interesting to change the way racism is perceived: namely, to question the white category that unconsciously or consciously benefits from racism," Thuram told the "taz." It was a book to himself as a young boy, he said.

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Against Mistreatment and Abuse

British gymnasts should finally put an end to mistreatment, humiliation and sexual abuse. Following the publication of a report on the destructive treatment of around 400 boys and girls at British Gymnastics between 2008 and 2020, the federation promised immediate consequences. BG chief executive Sarah Powell said, British Gymnastics accepts all the recommendations and key findings. "We will not shy away from taking the necessary action." For former gymnast Nicole Pavier, who in 2020 publicized a "culture of fear," the Whyte Review is a victory for the aggrieved.

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There You Are Again, Serena

Others would have ended her career, she is fighting her way back: Serena Williams returned to the tennis court after 357 days and a serious injury. She won her first doubles match in Eastbourne. Of course, the whole thing is just a small foretaste of Wimbledon: Thanks to a wildcard, the seven-time winner will also be able to compete in singles at the British grass-court tournament next week.

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Author:
Anja Heder