Antwerp will host 2023 world gymnastics championship

Antwerp will host 2023 world gymnastics championship

The International Gymnastics Federation, FIG, has designated Antwerp as host of the 2023 world gymnastics championship. The federation, presided by Morinari Watanabe of Japan, had expected to award the hosting of the games to Japan. However, the Japanese bid was invalidated by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for being submitted too late. Watanabe, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee- since October 2018 – had defended his country’s bid even though it was submitted after the deadline of 15 December 2018 set by the FIG,…

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Former Molenbeek football club owner will bring Belgium before international court

Former Molenbeek football club owner will bring Belgium before international court

The former owner of the Royal White Star Bruxelles football club will bring legal proceedings against Belgium in an international court and will ask for a minimal compensation of €5 million. Djamel Ben Fehra’s decision to appeal to an international arbitration court reignites a conflict that has opposed two Molenbeek football clubs over municipality’s stadium since 2017. During that year, Molenbeek authorities ordered Ben Fehra’s White Star to relinquish its claim to Molenbeek’s Machtens stadium, in favour of rivalling club Racing White Daring (RWDM). The news fueled animosity between supporters…

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Documents reveal EU bowed to demands of pesticide lobbies

Documents reveal EU bowed to demands of pesticide lobbies

An environmental nonprofit has obtained documents showing the extent to which the European Commission has been lobbied by pesticide producers seeking to protect their interests, leading to a more lenient regulation of these controversial substances. The environmental group, Pesticide Action Network (PAN), has obtained over 600 documents from the Commission showing top EU officials fighting to “cripple” the bloc’s pesticide protection legislation. “The Commission has chosen the side of the industry,” PAN’s Chemicals Coordinator Hans Muilerman told De Morgen. In its report, PAN says that the documents show how top…

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