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No plastic in the races

The drastic reduction in the use of plastic during sport competitions must be a goal of the organisers.

The solution introduced in the London Marathon seems effective. In the 2018 edition, 919,000 plastic bottles were used, the use of which was reduced to 700,000 in 2019. These will be reused to build new plastic bottles.

200,000 bottles have been replaced with the use of bubbles containing water or mineral salts that could be ingested by runners consisting of a totally edible membrane derived from a natural algae. The casing can also be thrown away and biodegrades in 6 weeks instead of 450 years, as is the case with plastic. It is produced by the company Skipping Rocks Lab


Seaweed pods filled with sports drink.

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Do like in Manchester to win terrorismo fear

The events of recent weeks have driven us to be afraid to go to the public events or take a trip to London but the response should not be to close inside home but to do as in Manchester, 50,000 people together again to say that we trust and believe in freedom. We live in a present dilated at global dimension. Whatever happens somewhere in the world we immediately know, from bombs in Kabul, the attack in London until the panic of the crowd in Turin. They are different stories but linked by the information; we are constantly overwhelmed in real time. This continuous whirl of news has made smaller the world in our perception, because this instant sharing reduces geographical distances and stimulates us to feel in danger. The attacks want to achieve this goal by hitting our lifestyle, the freedom to walk freely in the streets, going to concerts, having fun, going to a game or see it in a square. The speed of information is an additional weapon used by the terrorists, as we know all the while after that happened, without being prepared to mitigate the backlash on our minds. To not feel crushed by the weight of these news and insecurity that can generate, we must then learn to reassure ourselves and who lives with us. In fact, there is no ready way to respond to these tragedies and fears that we seek, we have to keep doing what we’ve always done. Sports and music can help, because they are passion shared and meet in deep the desire to be together. They represent, therefore, an antidote to the unspoken tension lived under skin, which accumulates every day if not melted in the practice of interests that unite, feeling shared emotions and which enrich our existence. We must continue to spread the culture in all its forms from sports to music and art. As individuals we are the keepers of our culture, that we must be able to demonstrate freely, don’t forget it when we’ll we have the doubt to go to a game, to participate in a race or allow our sons to go to a concert.

Time of London Marathon in the different aged group

The activity-tracking appStrava – has released some information looking at the habits and activities of London Marathon runners from last year. And it’s good news for the most experienced runners.

  • Runners on Strava in the 35-44 age group posted the fastest finishing time, followed by the 45-54 age group who finished in an average 3 hours 56 mins with the youngest age group (under 25s) in third, with an average finish time of 3 hours 59 mins.
  • The 25-34 age group (the same age group as the majority of the elite field) was one of the slowest, only 15 seconds ahead of the 55-64 age group – potentially illustrating differences in lifestyle, level of experience and pacing strategy.
  • Across all age groups the average finish time for female runners was 4 hours 23 mins, and for men, 3 hours 48 mins.
  • Mile 4 was the fastest for both men and women

Less gender differences, more medals won

If countries are hoping to come out on top during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, they better start minding their gender gaps. According to a new study by the University of British Columbia, countries with more gender equality tend to win more Olympic medals.

“I think there’s a stereotype that more macho nations that valorize masculinity or male dominance might be more dominant in male sport, we found that it’s actually the opposite,” says lead author Jennifer Berdahl, a professor of diversity and women’s studies at the UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

Berdahl studied 121 countries using data from the World Economic forum’s 2013 Global Gender Gap Report and compared it with the medal counts for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi using a statistical model that controlled for factors such as GDP, income inequality and population size. Her findings reveal that both women and men tend to win more medals if their country exhibits greater gender equality, especially when it comes to educational attainment.

“Our study makes apparent that gender equality has a tendency to lift everyone up within a country,” Berdahl says. “Olympic glory is likely only one example of how whole societies can benefit from greater parity between the sexes.”

To corroborate her conclusions and account for countries’ performance differences in the winter versus summer games, Berdahl also studied the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London and found the same results.

The findings contradict society’s belief in what Berdahl calls a “zero-sum game” when it comes to gender rights, which is the idea that affording more opportunity to women tends to limit opportunity for men.

“Rather, gender inequality is likely to hurt both women and men by encouraging stereotypes that limit their ability to reach their full potential as individuals,” Berdahl concludes in the study. “Eroding false and antiquated norms regarding what men and women can and cannot do is a ‘win-win’ that allows members of both genders to realize their true potential.”

Decisions for an eco-compatible style of life

While in Roma many argue are against the decision of the major, Ignazio Marino, to close the Colosseo area to the car traffic. In London 50,000 cyclists are expected to ride the eight-mile traffic free route through central area over the two-day London FreeCycle to diffuse an eco-compatible life style.

RideLondon: Cyclists on a tandem take part in the Freecycle event

London Marathon: silence for Boston bomb victims



Run without fear in London

The champion Wilson Kipsang said athletes should not be nervous running in this Sunday’s London Marathon, just six days after bombs along the course of the Boston Marathon killed three people.

The Kenyan, who is among the favourites to beat a field of 36,000 around the capital on Sunday in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators, said: “When you are running and you are thinking something like that can happen, you can’t concentrate. We should have no fear during the race because security matters will be put in place and we will run feeling free.”

While none of the elite field who competed in Boston are due to take part in London, two-thirds of the elite wheelchair field will race in both events.

Marathon organisers announced that runners would observe a 30-second silence before each of the three starts. Participants will be encouraged a wear a black ribbon given to them when they pick up their race number.

Read more at http://www.athleticsweekly.com/news/run-without-fear-in-london-says-kipsang/#smuCOdZcSOKSCp1F.99 and http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/apr/16/london-marathon-tributes-boston-bombing

Italy win: archers and shooting

Tesconi and the archery team  gave us the first two medals, one silver and one gold. Concentration and stress management are the keys to these results. This is evident by the scores. Arc: Italy 219 points and USA 218. Shooting: Tesconi three points on more than 500 from the first and 1/2 point ahead of third. Incredible concentration of these guys.

Hypothesis about Italian medals at London

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