UAE Pro League launches pioneering Child Safeguarding programme

The UAE Pro League has become the first governing body in the Middle East to launch a pioneering Child Safeguarding programme aimed at ensuring children can enjoy their right to play football in a safe and inclusive environment and preventing any risk of harm to children involved in the game.

The initiative is part of the UAE Pro League’s commitment to promoting and protecting the safety and welfare of children, in line with FIFA’s stated objective to ensure that involvement in Football, in any form, is a positive experience for all children.

Set to be implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Interior Child Protection Centre (MOI CPC) and by working in alignment with the AFC & FIFA, the UAE Pro League’s safeguarding initiative targets four core objectives; Implementing safeguarding measures to create a safe football environment for children, facilitate the reporting of concerns, ensuring swift investigation of concerns and increasing awareness of children safety and protection within clubs.

Waleed Al Hosani, UAE Pro League CEO, expressed his delight with the launch of the programme, explaining: “Child protection and welfare have always been a priority for the UAE’s leadership, and it is our role to work with organisations such as FIFA, The AFC, UAE FA and the Ministry of Interior to ensure children of the UAE are safeguarded within the football environment.

“At the UAE Pro League, we intend to be a leading light in Asia by adopting a clear policy in Child Safeguarding; a step towards a brighter future for Football and all of its stakeholders. We are delighted to be the pioneers in this region and amongst the first in Asia to commit to delivering an effective safeguarding policy”.

Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, congratulated the UAE Pro League and said: “The AFC Executive Committee pledged to

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F1: Fernando Alonso would drive the wheels off Renault, one way or the other

“A mega race. What he did is unbelievable.”

The fact that those words are attributed to a Fernando Alonso drive does not surprise. However, it wasn’t a performance that earned the two-time World Champion a race win, or even a podium.

Instead, former McLaren racing director Eric Boullier made that statement after the Spaniard finished seventh at the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

A collision on the opening lap resulted in Alonso’s McLaren limping into the pitlane on two wheels with both tyres on the right side deflated, a hole in the floor and the front wing damaged.

How he managed to haul it back to the paddock is a mystery in itself.

Alonso finished two places above team-mate Stoffel Van Doorne and averaged half-a-second quicker per lap in a car that should’ve been half-a-second slower.

That race may be the ultimate testament to his remarkable ability to drag a sub-par vehicle to its limit and then some.

So if a third stint with Renault is now on the cards, his ability to score points for a team that’s in the midst of an intense midfield battle while working through a transitional period could prove priceless.

Sebastian Vettel leaving Ferrari at the end of the season has set in motion a chain of events that has somehow reopened the door for an improbable Alonso return to Formula One… again.

When The Prancing Horse announced Carlos Sainz Jr. as Vettel’s replacement, Daniel Ricciardo agreed to take his seat at McLaren. This vacated a spot for Alonso at Renault alongside the newly-signed Esteban Ocon.

The 38-year-old would bring a wealth of experience to the table that may compliment Ocon’s youthful exuberance and he would almost certainly drive the wheels off his Renault.

On the other hand, he’s also entirely capable of driving

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Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race cancelled this season

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race cancelled this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, after organizers chose on Thursday not to host it without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races cancelled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.

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