Manchester City helps young Middle East footballers stay on form

Manchester City FC is helping young footballers and parents to stay fit and active at home with a series of  videos available for free across the UAE and the Middle East.

They have been recorded by the team of City Football Schools coaches in Abu Dhabi – showing everything from special skill tutorials to how to get parents involved, along with tips on healthy eating.

As well as highlighting different skills, the videos also advise on how to move both with and without the ball.

The training drills can all be completed at home or in small spaces, and have been designed to ensure young players across the UAE and the Middle East remain fit, healthy and active – as well as securing that all-important football fix – during this period.

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Roger Federer donates $1 million for COVID-19 relief in Switzerland

Roger Federer and his wife Mirka say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland.

Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.”

The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks.

Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”

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ONE: Lito Adiwang takes inspiration from Manny Pacquiao’s journey

Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang celebrates his latest win. INQUIRER PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYO

MANILA, Philippines—Lito Adiwang is considered among the most promising fighters in ONE Championship.

But before starting to make a name for himself in martial arts, Adiwang had to beat the odds outside the cage first.

“I was born the youngest in a family of seven children. Life was tough and we had to get through a lot of trials. My parents used to plant crops in an open lot so we would have food to eat, but it wasn’t enough,” Adiwang recalled.

“It really taught me a lot about overcoming adversity in life. I wanted to help my family, but I felt powerless. Then I lost my fourth sibling in a mining accident. My parents separated when I was a teenager. I just felt hopeless.”

But despite the tough circumstances, Adiwang found respite which he drew strength from and allowed him to discover his purpose.

“Growing up watching the rise of Manny Pacquiao, I was motivated to become a boxer just like him. I wanted to represent my country and make my people proud too. I wanted to help bring my family out of hardship and poverty,” said Adiwang.

“There used to be an old church on the streets where I grew up, where I initially started to learn how to box. I was 12 years old at the time. I would shadowbox and imagine I was Manny Pacquiao, fighting against legends like Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. I loved his relentless style. His opponents couldn’t handle him.”

And so far, the explosive Adiwang has proven to be too much for his foes as he’s remained undefeated in ONE Championship with his last fight ending by submission in the first round.

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