Days, 7 Good News: A Heart for Mihambo and Brother Duel in the NFL

LISTICLE | 09/22/2021
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 start right away. With a heart for long jumper Malaika Mihambo, a German brother fight in the NFL and a sports federation apologising for sexist camera work.


A heart for Mihambo

A heart for a hearty one: Malaika Mihambo, German Olympic champion in the long jump, receives the award "Sportswoman with a Heart". She will be honoured at the German Sports Press Ball at the beginning of November, for encouraging children to exercise every day on YouTube during the first lockdown with "Mihambo's Herzsprung". The fine idea has long since become an association that helps disadvantaged children - thank you very much, dear Malaika.


Sportswomen for self-determination

When 500 female athletes from across the U.S., led by soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe, emphasize the importance of abortion rights in an expert testimony to the Supreme Court, everyone must listen. And we commend that courage beyond the sports field. "As female athletes and people in sports, we must have the power to make important decisions about our bodies and have control over our reproduction." the statement said.

At the heart of the matter is the fact that the state of Mississippi is currently pushing hard to repeal the statewide right to abortion, which has been in effect since 1973. Mississippi has felt a tailwind since conservative Amy Coney Barrett was appointed to the US Supreme Court while Donald Trump was still in office - she now faces headwinds from female athletes.


Brotherly fight in the NFL

Hopefully there were no tears at the end like there used to be when brothers fought in the sandbox. Equanimeous St. Brown, German professional football player in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, has won the first German brotherly duel in the US league against his brother Amon-Ra St. Brown, three years his junior, and his Detroit Lions. For the 24-year-old Equanimeous, it was a double reason to be happy: he had been called up to the roster just a few hours before his Packers' game. The athletes with the unusual first names have a German mother, an American father and both citizenships - in the NFL, their careers are still in their infancy..


Cash boon for German summer sports

Potas fills wallets - at least if you're an athletics, table tennis or equestrian official: with the help of the potential analysis, abbreviated as Potas, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior wants to award grants of 38 million euros to the associations of summer sports. Although track and field athletes did not do particularly well at the Tokyo Olympics, the experts rated them best. A financial boom for this discipline. They were followed by the Table Tennis Association and the Equestrian Federation.

The German Basketball Association, the Fencing Association and the Taekwondo Union, on the other hand, have been given seltzer instead of champagne. Whether the money distribution system, which is only a few years old, will correct Germany's poor medal haul in recent years remains to be seen. "Therethere is a higher probability of success via this system, but there isno guarantee," says Dirk Schimmelpfenning, head of competitive sports at the German Olympic Sports Confederation..


Planless armoured car

They call him "tank car" - aimless tank car would be the appropriate addendum for his retirement: Tony Martin doesn't know yet what he wants to do after his career ends. The four-time world champion, Olympic silver medalist and ten-time German champion told the portal "Cyclingnews" quite simply: "For the first time in my life, I have no plans. At this moment, it feels good."

We think that sounds refreshingly relaxed after such a tightly paced career. We wish the 36-year-old a good time - after all, he is the first top German cyclist in a long time to have come through his career without any doping scandals.


Strong fans

Listen to the fans earlier, then you'll have less trouble: "Our patience is at an end!", the fans of Borussia Dortmund placarded about their team's new Champions League jerseys. Suppliers Puma initially wanted to do without the traditional BVB logo altogether for the jerseys.. In the win against Besiktas Istanbul, there was then after the fan protest a somewhat strange compromise emblem. We bet that this is not the last word - whoever messes with the Dortmund South Stand has completely underestimated the power of football fans.


Scolding for camera work - and an apology

This camera work did not work at all: The climbing world federation IFSC has apologized to the Austrian Johanna Färber for the pictures of her competition at the world championships. In close-up, the director zoomed in on the 23-year-old's buttocks while she was competing. This had nothing to do with climbing, it was blatant sexism. Now at least the federation recognized after protests his need to learn - hopefully it helps.

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