IWG, IAPESGW and Womensport International, with other signatories, have released this media statement in regard to COVID-19. Read the release.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 
Editor’s Note: There are numerous articles on how the sports and fitness industry (workouts at home) is affected by the coronavirus – below a small sample:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): managing stress and anxiety — this tip sheet covers understanding common reactions in yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic, what you can do to look after yourself and manage feelings of stress, anxiety, or distress associated with COVID-19, and helpful resources and support. (University of Melbourne)

COFIT19 — a series of 3 #COFIT19 exercise infographics for kidsteens, and adults. (Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians and partners)

Sport, Exercise and Health in the Age of Corona [audio; 1hr]—join Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch as they discuss the impact of the pandemic, how and when normal sport may resume, the consequences of reduced training time and the role health and fitness play in the fight against the virus. (Real Science of Sport podcast)

 How To Stay Motivated To Follow Your Adapted Training Plan During The Self-Quarantine

Coronavirus: How the virus has impacted sporting events around the world—the spread of coronavirus has impacted the staging of sporting events around the world. (BBC Sport)

New COVID-19 distancing guidelines suggested for runners and cyclists—social distancing measures for runners and cyclists need to be greater than for people walking, because of the effects of slipstream, according to a study by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Eindhoven University of Technology. (Liz Terry, Sports Management)

Community sporting clubs will feel the pinch as coronavirus hits grassroots levels—as professional sporting bodies such as the AFL and NRL sweat on the financial cost of coronavirus, the impact on suburban and regional clubs at the amateur level should not be ignored, writes Richard Hinds. (Richard Hinds, op-ed, ABC

Six Gender Equality Advocates Announced As Winners Of The IOC Women And Sport Awards 2020 — ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today (Friday) revealed the names of the six winners of the Women And Sport Awards 2020, including Kitty Chiller (Australia). (International Olympic Committee)

Save the Date: The Australian Sport Officiating Summit 25-27 October 2020—hosted by the QUT Faculty of Health School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, this event will consist of comprehensive workshop sessions tailored to sport officiating in both team and individual environments, run by key industry and research partners in the field of Sport Officiating. (QUT Health)

ESSA celebrates the pioneering women in exercise & sports science industry for International Women’s Day — International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also marking a call to create a gender equal world: #EachforEqual. (Exercise & Sport Science Australia)

Sport & Gender Equity research hub (SAGE)—today we launch our new Sport & Gender Equity research hub. The purpose of Sport and Gender Equity at Griffith research hub is to lead innovative and impactful research that advances gender equity in sport through a multi-disciplinary research hub connecting scholars, practitioners, athletes and advocates. (Griffith University)

Women’s Rights Caucus Issues Feminist Declaration 

Marking 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Today, DIVA for Equality in Fiji joins more than 200 organisations in adopting the Feminist Declaration, an alternative to the political declaration that outlines the steps necessary to achieve gender equality. Read the Feminist Declaration here

Administration, Strategy, & Governance

Gender Equity is Good Governance – Lessons from the Sport Sector [Canada]—the gender makeup of sport, and sport leadership, is changing. In 2018, the Government of Canada made it clear that gender equity is a priority for all levels of sport, setting a target to achieve gender equality by 2035. (Greer Gemin, SIRCuit)


New improvements in women soccer: from Maryam Kouskie, Iran 
The first round of Asian women’s soccer matches was held this year. These competitions will be a tentative step towards expanding such an event. In the first Asian women’s soccer season, only four countries – Australia, Japan, China and South Korea – are involved and will be practicing for a bigger event in the future. Asian Soccer Confederation decide to permit all Asian countries to participate in women soccer. Asian Football Confederation seeks serious development of women’s club on by modeling the European Women’s Champions League.  

Introducing an interesting article:  
Experiences in Sport, Physical Activity, and Physical Education Among Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu Asian Adolescent Girls 
Kaori Araki, Iku Kodani, […], and Diane L. Gill 

Multicultural scholarship in sport and exercise psychology should help us understand and apply cultural competencies for all to be physically active. In the present study, two Asian countries, Japan and Singapore, were chosen. The participation rate for physical activities among adolescent girls tends to be lower than that of boys in both countries. Thus, the purpose of the project was to gain knowledge and understanding about sociocultural factors that may explain adolescent girls’ perceptions and behaviors toward sport, physical activity, and physical education (PE). A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews with focus groups was used to understand meanings of physical activity among Buddhist Japanese, and Hindu Indians and Christian Chinese from Singapore. Each focus group consisted of four or five girls and female researchers. Based on the analysis, we created four themes which were “cultural identities,” “Asian girls and sport/physical activities,” “PE experiences,” “motivation for future involvement.” The Buddhist Japanese, Hindu Indian, and Christian Chinese participants each reported unique physical activity experiences, and all the participants were aware of how Asian culture may affect being physically active. Experiences of PE classes were similar, but perceptions of their PE attire were different for Christian Chinese and Hindu Indian adolescent girls. Based on the results, the importance of nurturing cultural competencies and ways to encourage girls to be physically active throughout life were discussed. 

Athlete Well-Being 

Managing the Risk of Athlete Burnout With or Without Early Specialization [Canada]—parents who dream of their children becoming professional athletes, and coaches who believe that single-minded dedication is the only way to reach the top of their sport, have contributed to an increase in early sport specialization. However, there are many researchers, coaches, and athletes who have been pushing back on this trend, citing a range of negative repercussions relating to skill development and the risk of physical and psychological harm. (Dr. Heather Larson, Sport Information Research Center)

Pyeongchang Champion Jessica Diggins Inspires Her Sport To Tackle Body-Image Troubles—“After the Olympics, I decided I had a chance to make a difference and that I was not OK with not sharing my story if I felt like I could help even one person,” Diggins said, referring to her decision to reveal to the world that she had suffered from a devastating eating disorder in her late teens. (


Her World, Her Rules program sees growing activity to start 2020—the new year has seen the same drive from the National Federations across Europe with more activity taking place to promote girls’ basketball at the start of 2020 as part of the Her World, Her Rules program. (FIBA

Coaching & Leadership 

Playing to Win: A conversation on Australian female leadership —in light of International Women’s Day we thought we’d get together some strong Australian female leaders on the international stage to talk about their experiences and also give a little bit of advice of how it is to take on leadership. Video features three current Matildas players. (

Breaking the glass ceiling in sport—women’s leadership in sport is key to achieving gender equality: Matilda Mwaba from Zambian NGO NOWSPAR talks to sportanddev. (Nicola Love,

The Gender Of A Coach Shouldn’t Be Important—on the occasion of International Women’s Day, and just a few days after the IOC made landmark decisions demonstrating that gender equality is a reality at the Olympic Games, British tennis star and two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray shares his views on the role that women, including his former coach Amélie Mauresmo, have played throughout his career, and the barriers that still need to be overcome. (Sir Andy Murray,

No boundaries for women and girls in sport and physical activity—outlines goals for gender equality in sport and highlights the roles that the sports sector, governments, businesses, media and fans alike can play in achieving further progress. (Australian Women in Sport Advisory Group)  

A Level Playing Field: the case for investing in women’s sport—harnessing the full potential of women in sport would create positive social and economic change, with benefits for individuals, communities, sporting organizations, the broader sporting industry, and Australia’s global standing. (Australian Women in Sport Advisory Group

Concussion & Head Trauma 

Demystifying Concussion: Free Online Course Open to Anyone, Anywhere—to learn how to prevent, identify and manage concussions, the University of Calgary and Université Laval have partnered to create a MOOC (massive open online course) with the goal of improving concussion prevention, detection and management. Dubbed Demystifying Concussion 101, a second iteration of this successful course is now open for registration with the course running between April 6 and May 25, 2020. (University of Calgary, SIRC) Cricket

Australia Claim T20 World Cup Crown—inspired by a swashbuckling 75 by player of the match Alyssa Healy (whose brother-in-law Brandon Starc won Commonwealth gold in the high jump on the Gold Coast) and an unbeaten 78 by player of the tournament Beth Mooney, Australia claimed back-to-back T20 World Cup crowns. (Commonwealth Games Australia)

Huge MCG crowd turns up for World T20 final but anger at ‘disgusting’ TV decision—attendance records tumbled at the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup final, with 86,174 fans turning up to watch Australia beat India and win their fifth title at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but the decision by Channel Nine to broadcast such a momentous match on its secondary channel prompted criticism in some quarters. (Guardian sport)

India’s women’s cricket team changing perception for girls back home—playing sport as a girl in India is not always widely accepted, but India’s cricket stars hope their stunning World Cup run can make life a bit easier for the next wave of girls. (Chloe Hart, ABC)

This is how a record cricket crowd can play a critical role in gender equality—last night’s T20 women’s cricket match was more than just a game — its impact on gender equality in sport will reverberate for years to come, writes Kate O’Halloran. (Kate O’Halloran, ABC)

If you build it, they will come: Historic day for women’s cricket at T20 World Cup final—from small crowds and no coverage to filling the biggest stadium in Australia — the speed of the change in women’s cricket defies belief, writes Geoff Lemon. (Geoff Lemon, ABC)

Drugs in Sport

We Can Now Estimate the Effect of Blood Doping—Russian women got slower after the Athlete Biological Passport was introduced in 2012. Anti-doping officials think they know why. (Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online

FootballFind your FOOTBALLMoJo during the Corona Virus ‘lockdown’

WSNet is making the content of FOOTBALLMoJo available FREE worldwide during the CV Pandemic. The effects of this virus are hitting all sports and may put back the growth of sport for women/girls back years! So we’re giving it away FREE to help you and your team/pupils/children become better players and go on to be stong and confident young women.

FOOTBALLMoJo is an inspiring educational resource that has been voluntarily written by top sport scientists, leading coaches and educational tutors. FOOTBALLMoJo aims to empower girls and women with information on how to be the best footballer they can be, while also gently building confidence to tackle specific challenges girls often face in sport and life. The workbook format has embedded video links which add info or demonstrate routines/exercises and can be downloaded to your PC or smart device.

Click on the page below and then click through to follow your chosen page. You can also still order hard copies (£5.99 inc P&P) during the CV crisis – work on your skills and confidence at home with your daughter, sister, mum. All profits go to help get girls in Sub-Saharan Africa playing sport via our MoJoAFRICA program. If you enjoy your FREE digital copy you can donate here:  

Please do pass this offer on to your friends, club, team, pupils – to help continue the growth of girls’ football.

International Sport Systems 

Loans to support sports industry in Hebei [China]—the Bank of China will provide 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) in loans to sports-related companies in Hebei province to help them get through the novel coronavirus epidemic, the province’s sports regulator said. (Zhang Yu in Shijiazhuang, China Daily)

Masters Sport 
Editor: I can endorse this article and its conclusions, as a master’s basketball competitor over many World Masters Games and Australian Masters Games. It is about fun, fitness and friends and staying healthy and active:
The Benefits of Masters Sport to Healthy Aging—Carol LaFayette-Boyd is one of Canada’s rising athletics stars. Notably, LaFayette-Boyd is “rising” to exceptional athletic status at the age of 77 years. (Jordan Deneau, Rylee Dionigi and Sean Horton, Sport Information Resource Centre)

NetballFind your NETBALLMoJo during the Corona Virus ‘lockdown’

WSNet is making  NETBALLMoJo available FREE worldwide during the CV Pandemic. The effects of this virus are hitting all sports and may put back the growth of sport for women/girls back years! So we’re giving it away FREE to help you and your team/pupils/children become better players and go on to be strong and confident young women.

NETBALLMoJo is an inspiring educational resource that has been voluntarily written by top sport scientists, leading coaches and educational tutors. NETBALLMoJo aims to empower girls and women with information on how to be the best netballer they can be, while also gently building confidence to tackle specific challenges that girls often face in sport and life. The workbook format has embedded video links which add info or demonstrate routines/exercises and can be downloaded to your PC or smart device.

Download your FREE digi-copy hereYou can also still order hard copies (£5.99 inc P&P) during the CV crisis – work on your skills and confidence at home with your daughter, sister, mum. All profits go to help get girls in Sub-Saharan Africa playing sport via our MoJoAFRICA program. If you enjoy your FREE digital copy you can donate HERE  

Please do pass this offer on to your friends, club, team, pupils – to help continue the growth of girls’ netball worldwide.
Northern Ireland Report – Women’s Sport Awards 

Click here to read the good news from Northern Ireland  

Olympic & Paralympic Games

Rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics to open on July 23 in 2021—the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will open on July 23 next year, with the Closing Ceremony taking place on August 8. (Michael Pavitt, Inside the Games)

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics set for August 2020—Paralympics will take place 24 August-5 September 2021IPC to establish new qualification criteria. Athletes already qualified for Tokyo 2020 remain qualified. (International Paralympic Committee)

While at home, teach children about Paralympic sports!—sample of I’m POSSIBLE education materials now available for download. (International Paralympic Committee

Information for Para athletes and IPC members regarding coronavirus [updated 9 April 2020]—in order to keep Para athletes, IPC members and other stakeholders informed of the latest situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the IPC will now publish a weekly update each Thursday, until further notice. (International Paralympic Committee)  

Frequently Asked Questions About Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 [updated 9 April 2020]—this Q&A has been designed to provide current answers to questions related to the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. It will continue to be updated in order to take into account the changing nature of the situation. (International Olympic Committee)

Belgian Paralympic Committee shares inspirational video amid pandemic—the Belgian Paralympic Committee has shared an inspirational video of its athletes amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Nancy Gillen, Inside the Games)

IOC faces huge cost blowout after Tokyo 2020 postponement—the International Olympic Committee will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games, the body’s president said. (Stephen Wade, New Daily)

Pound warns IOC should plan for coronavirus impacting Beijing 2022—the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should be planning for the possibility that the coronavirus pandemic impacts Beijing 2022 and leads to a loss of revenues for an entire Olympiad, according to the organization’s most senior member Richard Pound. (Liam Morgan, Inside the Games

Persons with Disability 

5 group games kids in wheelchairs can play—kids in wheelchairs may be seated, but that doesn’t mean they have to be sitting still. (Briana Tomkinson, Active for Life)  

Physical Activity 
How to Train and Eat to Boost Your Immunity from Coronavirus—practical advice on running and your immune system straight from the world’s leading exercise-immunity researcher. (Amby Burfoot, Podium Runner)

In Seville, Spain they are not accepting quarantine as an excuse for not working out —this fitness instructor hosts a workout from a rooftop and people join his class on their balconies (stjamesiii, Instagram)

This Girl Can partnership boosts parkrun turnout—more than 1,300 women and girls took part in their first ever parkrun during a special event to mark International Women’s Day. (Sport England)

Community Sports Enterprise – the future for delivery of community sport and physical activity—in these challenging times and maintaining the status quo is not an option for in sport and active activity providers. (Svend Elkjaer, Sports Marketing Network)

How to stay active while you’re at home—we’ve compiled some of the most useful tips on how you can get active when you’re at home, if you’re well enough. (Sport England)

School’s cancelled—what now? Here are 200+ activities you can do with kids at home [Canada]—school is cancelled in many parts of the world in order to slow the spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus COVID-19 and kids across the country are staying home due to the pandemic. Thankfully, learning doesn’t only happen in classrooms. Even while social distancing or self-isolating, your kids can keep on learning through play, using active games to keep them moving and learning at home. (Susan Scandiffio, Active for Life)

Should I exercise during the coronavirus pandemic?—experts explain the just right exercise curve, sports and other forms of social engagement are on indefinite hold, by a dangerous virus named after a (regal) crown. (Tamara Hew-Butler & Mariane Fahlman, Wayne State University, The Conversation)

How to stay active while you’re at home—we’ve compiled some of the most useful tips on how you can get active when you’re at home, if you’re well enough. (Sport England)

Physical activity contributes to positive mental well-being in menopausal women—postmenopausal women have more depressive symptoms than peri- or premenopausal women. The results also suggest that a high level of physical activity was linked to fewer depressive symptoms, higher satisfaction with life and higher positive affectivity in menopausal women. (University Of Jyväskylä/ EurekAlert!)

Physical Literacy

Children’s perception of abilities affects physical activity participation, study says—children’s perception of their ability to do basic movements such as running, hopping, skipping and jumping plays a key role in their decision to take part in physical activity, a new study suggests. (Shauna Bowers, Irish Times)


Keeping Girls in the Game – Women’s Sports FoundationA survey-based research project from the USA Read Now   

Sport for Development

Challenging gender stereotypes in Asia Pacific through sport—how ChildFund Pass It Back is using sport as a platform to engage women and men in actively challenging gender stereotypes that prevent communities from reaching their full potential. (ChildFund Pass It Back,

Using the power of basketball to create change—the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace celebrates sport as a driving force towards inclusion, unity, equality and peace. It is also the opportunity to celebrate the work of the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) whose very mission is to use the power of basketball to initiate positive change.  (

Sport Participation

Taking Action: Community Sport Organizations and Social Responsibility—community sport organizations (CSOs) are a central thread in the fabric of Canadian society, providing a meaningful place for people to play, compete, volunteer, coach, and interact with others who may share their interests and values. As a foundation of the sport development system, we look to them to provide high quality, fun, and safe experiences for their members (Katie Misener, University of Waterloo, SIRCuit)

Sport Nutrition

Top 10 Nutrition Tips to support immunity—new factsheet. (Australian Institute of Sport)

Strength and Conditioning

4 Training Principles to Make the Most of Your Speed Work—with the current global pandemic, you’re seeing more and more people training outside. I don’t think I’ve seen this many people going for walks, going out for long distance runs, and even sprinting since I was in elementary or middle school (before the internet became popular). (Derek Kambour,

The Effects of Resistance Exercise Selection on Muscle Size and Strength in Trained Women—to achieve optimal gains in muscle strength and hypertrophy through resistance training (RT) it is necessary to manipulate many variables including order of exercise, time under tension, rest interval, training frequency, number of sets, and exercise selection (Matheus Barbalho, Daniel Souza, Victor Coswig, James Steele, James Fisher, Odilon Abrahin, Antonio Paoli, Paolo Gentil, International Journal of Sports Medicine)

Women in Sport 

  • What do Indians think about women in sport?—are women as good as men at sport? A large number who participated in a BBC survey in India say yes. The research about attitudes towards women in sports also found a majority speaking in favor of equal pay for female athletes. (

  • Building a female sporting future—Australia has become a hotbed for women’s professional sport. Today, young girls and women can see people like them across the upper echelons of the nation’s professional sports – even in codes that have long been the strongholds of Australian men and masculinity, such as cricket and football (Kathryn Henne and Madeleine Pape, Asia & The Pacific Policy Society)

  • Rapid rise of women’s sport at risk of being halted by Covid-19 outbreak—as the unprecedented pandemic tightens its grip, vigilance is needed to ensure the women’s game is not relegated to the sidelines (Madeleine Pape, The Guardian)

  • Hrdlicka encouraged shared support and strength as International Women’s Day events were celebrated in Melbourne. (Tennis Australia)

  • International Women’s Day is a time to recognize how far equality has come—fairness is still a way off but, compared with the widespread disdain and leering of yesteryear, progress has been immense. (Tanya Aldred, The Guardian)

  • International Tennis Federation releases gender equality campaign video on International Women’s Day—former Grand Slam champions Billie Jean King and Lindsay Davenport are among the female role models lending their support to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Advantage All gender equality initiative, appearing in a new campaign video released on International Women’s Day. (Neil Shefferd, Inside the Games)

    Women’s Sports: Harlequins’ research shows girls are four times less likely to pursue a career as an athlete—new research from rugby side Harlequins has shown girls are four times less likely than boys to pursue a career in sport. (Charlie Ashworth, Give me Sport)
  • “Gender cannot stop me from making my dreams a reality”—three sportswomen speak to sportanddev about how grassroots sport opportunities have empowered their lives and challenged gender stereotypes in rural India. (Nicola Love,
  • Building Australia as a global powerhouse for women in sport—a new vision for gender equality in sport and comprehensive, national scorecard tracking progress will be released at an International Women’s Day Forum being held at the MCG this Sunday prior to the T20 Women’s World Cup final. (Mirage News)

  • VASANOC helps hold inaugural women’s sport leadership workshop—the Vanuatu Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) teamed up with the Vanuatu Women in Sport Commission (VanWIS) to deliver the first women’s sport leadership workshop to mark International Women’s Day. (Michael Houston, Inside the Games)

  • From Pro Sports To Paving The Way —what began as a one-week project to highlight women in sport, has now become a much bigger movement spreading across numerous industries and with a focus on gender equality for both males and females. (Stacey Copeland, TEDxManchester/YouTube)

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