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Mosque on wheels rolls in to help Muslims pray at Tokyo Olympics

first_imgThe organisation’s CEO Yasuharu Inoue hopes athletes and supporters alike will use the truck.”I want athletes to compete with their utmost motivation and for the audience to cheer on with their utmost motivation as well. That is why I made this,” said Inoue, pointing to the white truck parked next to Tokyo Tower on Wednesday.”I hope it brings awareness that there are many different people in this world and to promote a non-discriminatory, peaceful Olympics and Paralympics.”Tokyo 2020 said on Wednesday that they were looking at various avenues to provide appropriate facilities for all religious groups.”The Organising Committee is preparing a list of religious or faiths centres that could be contacted or visited if requested by residents of the Villages during the Games,” Tokyo 2020 told Reuters in an email.”In the Games’ venues, multi-faith prayer spaces for athletes and spectators are under consideration in venue operations planning.”According to a investigation by Waseda University, there were 105 mosques in Japan at the end of 2018. But with these spread across the country and many of them small and on the outskirts of Tokyo, it may be difficult for Muslims who need to pray five times a day.Inoue said he has already spoken to several Olympic committees, including most recently Indonesia, about helping their athletes.Topan Rizki Utraden, an Indonesian who has lived in Japan for 12 years, came to the Mobile Mosque for the first time with his daughter.He said it can be challenging to find a quiet place to pray in Japan, particularly outside Tokyo.”It is really difficult to find mosques near your place,” said Utraden.”If you are in the city there is no problem but if you take a road trip outside Tokyo it is difficult.”Sometimes I pray in a park but sometimes the Japanese look at me like ‘what are you doing?'”Topics : There is also a dearth of prayer spaces in hotels and public areas across the Japanese capital.This is where the Mobile Mosque, a fully-equipped 48-square-metre prayer room that opens up on the back of a parked truck, comes in.The back of the modified truck can be widened in seconds and the vehicle also includes Arabic signage and outdoor water taps for pre-worship cleaning.The Yasu Project, the organisation behind the enterprise, plan on pitching up outside venues during the Olympics, which run from July 24 – Aug. 9. For the thousands of Muslim athletes, officials and supporters arriving in Tokyo for the Olympic Games later this year, it may be a struggle for them to find an appropriate place to pray.The answer might just be found roaming the streets of Tokyo on the back of a truck.By the time the Games start in July, there will be prayer rooms available at the currently under-construction athlete’s village. However, some venues may not have a designated space.last_img read more

Betclic secures tough Polish sports betting licence

first_imgShare Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 French online gambling group Betclic Everest has been granted the right to service the Polish online sports betting market by the nation’s Ministry of Finance.On 26 September, the Polish government updated its list of approved sports betting concessions, which are allowed to operate within its regulated market.Betclic Everest has secured a Polish sports betting licence, under the domain ‘BEM Operations Ltd’. However, the French operator has yet to confirm whether it will enter the market.Under the leadership of new CEO Nicolas Béraud, Betclic seeks to develop its sports betting prospects beyond its home market of France.The operator has detailed strong progress for its Betclic Portugal sportsbook brand launched in 2016. Nevertheless, the Polish market remains a much tougher prospect for new betting incumbents.Revamping the code of its ‘Gambling Law’ mandate in 2017, the Polish government introduced a 12% turnover betting tax on all operators, a move that was deemed unworkable by industry stakeholders.Furthermore, the Ministry of Finance requires that all licensed online gambling firms service an active operational presence within the country.Poland’s tough landscape has seen multiple European operators such as William Hill, bet365 and Energybet withdraw from the jurisdiction.Betclic joins Stockholm-listed Cherry AB in securing an official Polish sports betting licence. In its July update, Cherry governance confirmed that it would be launching a Polish dedicated brand, which will be operated from a new Warsaw office. StumbleUpon Related Articles Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Ghana successfully hosts first ever Speedcubing competition

first_imgGhana witnessed its first ever Speedcubing competition on Saturday, 6th April 2019, at the Al Rayan International School in East Legon, Accra. The maiden event was put together by Edulearn Ghana in partnership with the World Cube Association (WCA) and with support from the Hungarian Embassy in Ghana. The competition brought together 65 cubers overall representing 13 different nationalities and 10 schools who took home various prizes. The participants competed in four different events 3×3, 2×2, Skewb and Pyramix. The best of five average was taken as the final score. At the end of the contest, Master Krishang Agarwal, a pupil of the Roman Ridge School emerged the winner after winning three categories of the Skewb, 2×2×2 Cube, and 3×3×3 Cube. He went away with trophies and printers for the various categories.  Shreya Basak won the ultimate prize in the Pyramix category.World Cube Association Delegate for Africa, Mr Philipe Virouleau was overwhelmed with the participation level at the event. “It was awesome, the whole competition was very great. We had way more competitors than we expected. We expected about 30 competitors and we got 60 so it was nice. All in all, the event went very well.”Speedcubing is a sport involving solving a variety of twisty puzzles, the most famous being the 3x3x3 puzzle or Rubik’s Cube, as quickly as possible. The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian professor of architecture, ErnÅ‘ Rubik.The Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Andras Szabo, who was the special guest of honour was impressed with the level of competition amongst participants.  “It was the first officially organised competition here in Ghana so now you (Ghana) are a member of the international community when it comes to Rubik competitions.”“We will hope that we will see more kids in the future. There were some brilliant kids at the event solving the cube in less than 30 seconds which is completely crazy. I think these are the events that should be organised and I’m so proud I came.”Al Rayan International School director Dr Fatma Odaymat explained why the school decided to host the competition. “The main reason why we put so much interest in these extracurricular activities, although I prefer to call them extended learning opportunities because learning is not something that is supposed to happen only in the classroom,” Dr Fatma said.  “There is going to be a bright future for the Rubik’s cube competition. Playing a game because it is an interest is different, but competing with the game requires another set of skills and competencies that we need to see in these students.”“It’s not the just solving the cube with the algorithm but the discipline to sit down and practice helps build character. I feel this is what we get with the competitions.“The character, discipline and the skills necessary to move these kids to the next level. It’s the same as the other sports, you can enjoy playing football or basketball, but when you actually compete you harness a new set of skills and this is the development we want to see in our kids,” she added. The speedcubing competition in Ghana was the dream of Mrs Pooja Gokaldas who was the organiser of Speedcubing Ghana. “I have been teaching how to solve Rubik’s cube to children for over a year now. It only made sense to put that spirit of competition together and organise it as an event. Speedcubing competitions are very common in the world. It was a dream to bring it to Ghana and today it happened. Initially, we thought we could only bring a few kids together. We had an overwhelming response, we had 65 kids from 13 different nationalities and 10 schools around Ghana who came together and spent the whole day with us solving the different types of cubes”Although this was the maiden competition, Mrs Gokaldas started to look at what the future holds for the Speedcubing competition in Ghana. “We hope to have one every six months and we hope to continue the tradition so that from 60 participants, hopefully, the next time we may double and triple and then it will grow into a bigger competition.”—last_img read more