Mountain Mama: How to Commit to a Big Race

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I’m on the fence about running the Charleston Marathon. I’ve always wanted to run one, but I’m not sure if I have the time to train and still live a well-balanced life.What should I consider when deciding?Yours, Time-CrunchedDear Time-Crunched,Running a marathon is a big time commitment, training runs, eating right, and getting extra sleep, especially when the mileage increases, getting ready for 26.2 will take a big chunk of time. Start by finding a marathon training program appropriate for your lifestyle, expectations, and fitness level. Once you have a plan that maps out the frequency and distances of your weekly runs, sit down with a calendar and figure out when you’ll run. Will you set your alarm early to beat the dawn, pack a duffel bag to sneak out for lunch time trots, or use a headlamp for late night jogs? Ask yourself whether you have the time to train.After you’ve carefully mapped out your daily runs for the foreseeable future and taken pains to eat better and get eight hours of sleep, let go of the notion that your marathon training is going to go according to your plan. Perhaps the greatest fallacy of our times is the idea that we should aspire to live balanced lives – that we can control our days the way we do our checkbooks. Life isn’t a recipe – add two parts rest to one part running with a dash of speed workouts and voila, you have a perfect marathon. There will be sleepless nights. There will be muscle tweaks and pulls. There will be unanticipated work issues, intoxicating romances, sick children, social engagements, and family outings. There will be life.Like the night before my first long run. I had a plan. I’d confirmed the babysitter for 7 a.m. I set the alarm. I arranged friends to run with me. I picked out my running clothes. All systems a go.Except my soon-to-turn-three-year old wasn’t on board – at 3 a.m. he cried about bug bites. Three rounds of Twinkle Little Star, two applications of Benadryl, and one airplane band-aid later my little guy was fast asleep. But I wasn’t. Would my running friends each bring their dogs? Would their dogs get along? Would one of them get underfoot another runner that I’d planned to meet at the trailhead and get underfoot, resulting in said runner suing me and endangering my ability to pay for the preschool I’d yet to find to enroll my son next year?I paced the kitchen. I wasn’t even sleeping enough to run the very first Saturday on my schedule. I wondered how I’d ever be prepared enough to run the twenty-plus mile long runs. I was egotistical and bold and perhaps even crazy for thinking I could ever run a marathon in the first place.And then logic returned. The previous few nights I’d slept well and was relatively rested. I’d planned for the run and was ready. Besides, there was leeway in my schedule. I could cancel my plans to clean my house while my son napped that afternoon and instead catching up sleep.And so I caution you against planning your days down to the minute, running a marathon without letting go of other plans. Because when the unexpected happens, you’ll already be tapped out, with no room to rearrange, no give in your calendar. When nothing can give, something snaps. We miss one run and then another. Or train without sleeping or eating.Instead, let go of the idea that your days will be perfectly balanced. If you decide to run a marathon, by default you’ll be deciding not to do something else. For me, running Charleston means I’ll be living in a messy house and paddling less.Time-crunched, before committing to a marathon, consider what keeps you so busy right now and what obligations or activities you want to let go of in order to add mileage. Consult with your friends and significant other to see if they might be interested in joining you – that way running might encompass your social time. If nothing in your current schedule can give, you may want to take a pass this time around and wait until life settles down before tackling a marathon.Happy Trails,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

ATLA updates its efforts to assist 9-11 victims

first_img ATLA updates its efforts to assist 9-11 victims Jan Pudlow Associate Editor More than a year after the September 11 attacks, victims’ families are still so emotionally traumatized that communicating with lawyers trying to help them is very difficult.Even filling out a simple questionnaire was too much for many to complete.So Trial Lawyers Care, created by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America to provide free legal services to the families of thousands of victims of terrorist attacks, switched to a personal in-take process.That proved so devastating for staff members that many needed counseling.Such are the details outlining successes, failures, and unexpected challenges in a September 27, 2002, report from Miami lawyer Larry S. Stewart, president of Trial Lawyers Care, Inc., to Joshua Gotbaum, CEO and executive director of the September 11th Fund.“From a staff standpoint, we have grown to 21 members — all extremely dedicated individuals who work long hours and always seem to achieve the impossible. People who visit our offices invariably come away impressed and energized by the experience,” Stewart said in the report.“At the same time, we have learned that every aspect of this project has been more difficult and taken more time than anyone expected. We now ‘expect the unexpected,’ and our staff is fully prepared to deal with whatever new problem or emergency arises.”TLC averages 50 requests a week and currently about 1,000 attorneys represent 1,480 clients, Stewart reported. Sixteen cases were presented to the special master in July, and awards in 14 of those cases were recently received.“All were in excess of the basic presumptive award formula and demonstrate the need and value of presenting each families’ individual circumstances. Based on the results in the lead cases, it is clear that the TLC efforts will bring real value to the victims and victim families,” Stewart said.Stewart, who received the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award from 2001 Bar President Terry Russell for putting his practice on hold to volunteer for this huge project, stepped down as president in October and remains on the Board of Directors and active in TLC affairs. Leo V. Boyle, formerly vice president, is now president, and Richard A. Beider is the new vice president.The monumental TLC project set up a brand new law office in New York: renting space and equipment, hiring support staff, and rallying volunteer lawyers from around the country to take on potentially thousands of clients who may be eligible for compensation through an expedited federal fund set up for any individual (or relative of a deceased individual) who was physically injured or killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, who opt into the program. Claimants do not have to prove negligence or any other theory of liability. If they choose not to participate in the fund, victims may still pursue traditional remedies through the civil justice system.“Effectively reaching the victims has also been made more difficult by the actions of some attorneys who are recruiting clients for fees and have tried to undermine our work,” Stewart said. “Nonetheless, we have responded to every meeting and presentation request, and during this six-month reporting period (April 1 to October 1, 2002), out staff has attended more than 100 such events in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the Washington, D.C. area organized by affected companies, politicians, social service organizations, other September 11 pro bono lawyers, victim advocates, and referral agencies.“We were not satisfied, however, to simply handle requests from others and have actively sought other opportunities to communicate with the victims.”Those efforts include: • Disseminating over 6,000 information packets via local governments, companies, social service organizations, and consulates. • Making sure written information is available also in Chinese and Spanish, and providing Spanish-speaking staff to speak with claimants in person or on the phone. • Maintaining two toll-free phone lines—one in English and one in Spanish. • Creating a Web site and making sure that TLC is listed on critical Web sites and other victim resources. • Conducting an aggressive, ongoing media campaign to take full advantage of “free media.” “Although there is still much to do in this regard, we feel that our victim outreach efforts have been largely successful, since the requests for legal services from TLC have increased from 450 as of April 1 to over 1,500 as of September 26,” Stewart said.“Of those requests, we determined during our intake process that 65 were ineligible to make a claim in the fund, and those requests were denied. We currently have approximately 1,480 clients being represented by TLC attorneys.”Stewart reported that the project has been very successful in soliciting attorneys willing to volunteer their time to represent victims — but it has not progressed as he originally envisioned.In the weeks following 9-11, more than 2,000 attorneys nationwide volunteered, and that number decreased to about 1,350 after the qualification process. A large number were from areas of the country outside the Northeast, and out-of-state attorneys were only assigned with the client’s agreement.“We found that many New York and New Jersey victims wanted a ‘local’ attorney, and that required us to undertake significant recruitment efforts to meet the demand. Fortunately, we were able to utilize the efforts of some very talented members of the ATLA staff — at no cost to TLC — and we succeeded in recruiting hundreds of additional attorneys,” Stewart said.“As a result, we have maintained a pool of available attorneys, and no victim has had to await an assignment because of the unavailability of a ‘local’ attorney.”Stewart said he learned that there is a “substantial need to have our own staff attorneys in order to support the work of our volunteer attorneys. As a result of the complexity of the Fund process, the ambiguity of the application of the regulations and their application, and the fact that this is a unique and unprecedented endeavor, we have had to expend more time and resources than anticipated to make sure that we provide our volunteer attorneys sufficient assistance.”Three staff attorneys handle dozens of calls a day from more than 1,000 volunteer attorneys in the field.In his report, Stewart detailed problems with a company TLC contracted with for victim intake, data process, and data management.“It turned out that this was a mistake because (the company) was unable to deliver on the commitments that it had made. We first because aware of a problem in March, when the company suddenly delivered to us several hundred ‘new’ victims. As we worked through the process of getting them assigned to an attorney, we discovered that a number were not new at all and that their names had not been timely forwarded to us. We therefore instituted new protocols and checks to prevent a reoccurrence. We also developed and instituted new management procedures to ensure that new victims would be assigned an attorney within seven days, unless there is some extraordinary circumstance that prevents us from doing so.”Growing concerns with the company’s performance prompted TLC to completely take over all aspects of victim intake, data processing, and management, Stewart said, which required additional staff for computer operations and handling phone calls.“Unfortunately, despite all our previous efforts, in reconciling the data that was turned over we discovered an additional 289 client inquiries that had never been turned over for processing. We were very distressed about this discovery, but these inquiries are now being attended to, and we take some comfort in the fact that the entire process is now under our direct control and there should be no further problems.”Stewart said that TLC’s work to provide free legal services to the September 11 victims continues and will not end until approximately six months after December 21, 2003, the last date for filing a claim with the federal Victim Compensation Fund.“If the administration of the fund continues to be substantially delayed, as has been the case up to now, we will need to continue operations for a longer period,” Stewart said.“We also believe that even where clients do not decide to use TLC’s free services, our efforts have had a substantial positive effect on the fees that those clients are going to have to pay, since it has been widely reported in the news media that for-fee attorneys are, for the most part, holding their fees down to 10 percent of awards.” ATLA updates its efforts to assist 9-11 victims November 1, 2002 Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

World Council provides FSB with CU relief suggestions

first_img continue reading » The World Council of Credit Unions generally supports the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) proposal on ways to improve stability of too-big-to-fail banks, but urged the board to make several changes in the final version to reduce potential regulatory burdens on credit unions.The FSB is the agency for maintaining global financial stability, the international version of the U.S.’s Financial Stability Oversight Council.In its letter, the World Council urged the FSB to limit its proposed “bail-in” requirements to systemically important banks only, because some other FSB standards, such as stress testing, are sometimes applied to credit unions that are not systemically important to the financial system.The World Council also: 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ripley County prosecutor: Association will oppose all marijuana legislation efforts

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The upcoming Indiana General Assembly could be a historic event. The session will likely hear proposals relating to medical marijuana, Sunday alcohol sales and handgun permit changes.The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc., Smart Approaches to Marijuana and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce held a press conference in Indianapolis yesterday.President of association is Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel. Hertel told the group his organization will oppose ANY measure regarding recreational or medical marijuana. He said, “The war on drugs is not over, it goes on everyday in every community and we’re not ready to throw in the towel.”Hertel said Indiana lawmakers should look at what has happened in places like Colorado, Washington D.C. and Washington State where marijuana laws have been relaxed. He also supports a Food & Drug Administration analysis on the drug to support their position.last_img read more

MBB : Carter-Williams turns in career performance; Boeheim moves into tie with Smith on wins list

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW YORK — It came out of nowhere.Michael Carter-Williams, the quiet freshman that takes the backseat to three other guards on the Syracuse roster, triggered an explosion in Madison Square Garden courtesy of a jaw-dropping dunk.‘That’s the best play of the year for us,’ point guard Scoop Jardine said.The 6-foot-5 Carter-Williams drove into the lane and took off. He soared high above the rim with the ball cocked back in his right hand and slammed it through the hoop, posterizing God’sgift Achiuwa in the process.That highlight-reel dunk was the exclamation point in the best game of Carter-Williams’ short Syracuse career. He scored a career-high 13 points in 17 minutes, hitting five of his six shots and drawing the praise of head coach Jim Boeheim. He was one of five SU players in double figures on Saturday en route to a 95-70 win over St. John’s.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Michael is a very good player,’ Boeheim said. ‘He just needs to get some time, and I just haven’t quite figured out how to play four guards.’Unfortunately for the former McDonald’s All-American, he plays behind a fifth-year senior in Jardine, a three-year starter in Triche and perhaps the best sixth man in the country in Dion Waiters.But Saturday, Carter-Williams provided a boost offensively when the Orange was struggling. He made back-to-back 3-pointers in the first half, injecting life into a Syracuse team that was 0-of-5 from long range at that point in the game.When his second 3 fell through the net, assistant coaches Mike Hopkins and Gerry McNamara erupted with joy on the sidelines. McNamara jumped off the bench screaming with delight. Hopkins clapped him on the back.‘I’m just happy that he played well,’ McNamara said. ‘He’s in a tough situation. Obviously a very, very talented player that hasn’t played as much as he would have liked to. So to come out and still be aggressive and still be confident, I’m just very happy for Mike because he’s continued to work hard.’McNamara said he has worked extensively with Carter-Williams on his jump shot, and to see him go 3-of-4 from long range on Saturday was the sign of hard work paying off.The hot shooting even seemed to surprise Boeheim.‘Michael got his first real good looks and hit both of them, and I thought he played very well,’ Boeheim said. ‘ … I was going to get him in there early, and obviously it’s a big bonus when he hits those 3s early. That’s big.’As his teammates roared all around him after the thunderous dunk in the second half, Carter-Williams retreated down court without so much as a fist pump.In the locker room after the game, the scene was the same. He spoke humbly and quietly, happy that he got a chance to contribute more than anything else.‘Any time I step on that floor, I’m just trying to play as hard as I can,’ Carter-Williams said. ‘ … We haven’t really given it to a team like we did tonight. We all played well, and we were just hungry to go out there and win.’Boeheim ties Smith on wins listIn typical Boeheim fashion, the Syracuse head coach shrugged off the significance of yet another record win. Even after he tied Dean Smith for third all-time in Division-I history with 879 career wins, Boeheim deflected that attention to the ongoing season.‘It’s great,’ Boeheim said. ‘It’s a great honor. But we’re focused on trying to get to the next game. That’s what we’re going to continue to try to do.’Boeheim can pass Smith with a win against No. 14 Georgetown in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. He surpassed Adolph Rupp for fourth all time earlier this year when the Orange knocked off Cincinnati.And while Boeheim paid little attention to the feat, Kris Joseph praised his coach for continuing to climb the all-time wins chart.‘That’s a great accomplishment for him,’ Joseph said. ‘I’m proud because he works hard. He works hard just as much as we do. That’s a great thing. I’m happy for him.’ center_img Published on February 3, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

USC gives up 34 unanswered points to Utah in crucial conference loss

first_imgThe Trojans opened their matchup against the Utes strong, taking a 14-point lead early in the game. But USC slowly let the lead slip out of its hands, allowing 34 unanswered points throughout the first three quarters in a 41-28 loss at Utah on Saturday.“I love their effort. I’m going to put everything on me, as far as performance,” head coach Clay Helton said. “My job as head coach is to make sure we’re performing at a high level, and we didn’t do go enough to win the football game.”The loss has serious Pac-12 implications for the Trojans, as they will now need to rely on a Utah conference loss in order to have a chance to win the Pac-12 South.“We have a three-horse race right now with three teams sitting at the top [with Utah and Colorado],” Helton said. “We have no time to feel sorry for ourselves.”JT Daniels left the game in the fourth quarter with a possible concussion – Josh Dunst | Daily TrojanUSC lost freshman quarterback JT Daniels to a possible concussion in the fourth quarter, with redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt Fink playing the last several series. Fink was able to put together some offensive production, throwing for 43 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback coach Bryan Ellis took some of the responsibility for Daniels’ struggles,“We’re doing this as a team together,” Ellis said. “When we can’t run, we have to throw it. And if we can’t throw, we have to be able to run. That’s part of being a football team. I think we have a lot to correct, and it starts in the quarterback room, and it starts with me first.”The second half showed a USC defense that ran out of gas after a tough first 30 minutes. The Utah offense was able to march down the field drive-after-drive to continuously put up points. The offensive pressure started with the very first drive, resulting in a touchdown to extend the Utes’ lead to 27-14. Utah maintained control throughout the second half to close out the win. “I thought we put a lot of stress on our defense,” Helton said. “Early, we get up 14-0 which is exactly where wanted to be, and then made some mistakes that allow Utah to get back in it and get back in their game to be able to run play-action rather than a drop-back pass.”USC’s offense was stagnant after a 14-point first quarter. The lack of production forced the defense to spend an increasing amount of time on the field, which allowed the Utes to lay into the Trojans. The USC offense recorded just 73 rushing yards and 132 passing yards compared to Utah, which nearly tripled the Trojans with 200 on the ground and 341 through the air, despite USC recording its most sacks in a game (five) since UNLV.“I got to look at the tape and talk about tonight. We had some times when we had successful runs. [Sometimes] we couldn’t bounce around. They were too fast, too physical to dance,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said. “It was going to be a tough, grind-it-out running game, we knew that. But they were able to slow us down and play Cover 2. We haven’t had a night like that since Alabama in [20]16.”Senior linebacker Cam Smith, who sat out last week with a hamstring injury, was not listed as a starter but came in on USC’s first defensive drive. He left the game not long after.The Trojans first scored after a fourth-and-one stop by junior defensive end Christian Rector to grant the offense great field position. A face mask penalty against Utah advanced the Trojans to the 34-yard-line. After nearly being sacked for a big loss, Daniels completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Michael Pittman, which slipped through the hands of two Utah defenders.Apart from that drive, deep completions were notably missing from the Trojan offense. “You can’t just go into a game and say, ‘do this’ when you don’t know what they’re going to play,” Martin said. “You go in planning for all the different coverages, all the pressures, things of that nature when you see what they’re going to do. Tonight was a night where another team again comes in and totally changes their character to defeat what they felt was the strength of our offense.”Jay Tufele runs in for a touchdown after recovering a fumble. – Josh Dunst | Daily TrojanOn the ensuing drive, USC’s pass rush was too much for junior quarterback Tyler Huntley to handle, as junior inside linebacker John Houston stripped the ball. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jay Tufele recovered the ball and scored a 48-yard touchdown to add to the Trojans’ early lead.The Utes quickly responded with a 46-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Britain Covey after a missed tackle by senior cornerback Ajene Harris.That solid defense was lost halfway through the second quarter as a missed sack from Rector allowed the Utes to break into the red zone and score a touchdown at the hands of Huntley on an run-pass option that the Trojans couldn’t handle. This granted the Utes a 17-14 lead.The last two drives of the first half ended in field goal attempts, with USC missing its attempt and the Utes adding another 3 points to close the first half with a 20-14 lead. The Utes’ solid rush defense held the Trojan running backs to just 88 yards. None of USC’s three running backs were able to break 50 yards. The lack of a running game paired with a struggling passing game proved to be detrimental to USC’s offense. “We were trying to apply pressure, we ran as hard as we could, and the O-line giving it their all,” sophomore running back Stephen Carr said. “Their defense was applying a lot of pressure, but they just had the upper hand.”If USC wants to secure a spot in the Pac-12 Championship, it will need help even if it wins the remainder of its games. USC will return to the Coliseum with a 4-3 record to face Arizona State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.last_img read more

South Florida Cricket Round-Up: Tropics United Crush Palm Beach Titans

first_imgTropics United crushed Palm Beach Titans by 82-runs last weekend at the Miramar Regional Park South in the lone South Florida Cricket Alliance (SFCA) 40-over game.After rain interrupted play in the morning session causing the overs to be reduced from 40 to 35, Palm Beach Titans won the toss and asks Tropics United to bat.Tropics rattled up 249 for 9 in their allotted 35 overs. Leading the way in scoring, Philerm Davis got a quickfire 86 from 33 balls, which contained 11 fours and two sixes. The other contributors were Bert Davis, 40; St. Christopher Brown, 25 and Marcel Graham, 19.  The pick of the bowlers for Palm Beach Titans were Tanmay Kadam 2 for 20 and Andre Fraser 2 for 40. Palm Beach Titans, needing 250 runs to win, was bowled out for 167 in 33.4 overs. Praveen Viswanathan top scored with 34, Errol Rattigan, 19 and Andre Fraser, 18 while Tanmay Kadam was not-out on 31. Bowling for Tropics, Marcel Graham bagged 3 for 11 from 6 overs; Ernie Joseph, 2 for 4 and Olive Taffe, 2 for 46.last_img read more

Watch: Wydad supporters fired up The Moroccan Casablanca Derby by putting a freaking Dragon…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AD Sports/afrik-foot.comAdvertisement al19s1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6l6qsvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Euxe( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) jqpWould you ever consider trying this?😱nxCan your students do this? 🌚8nRoller skating! Powered by Firework Derby matches in Football are a sight to see. The historical rivals, be it a top tier league or in a low ranking country, put up the most extravagant tifos to prove their superiority over their sworn enemies. The famous ‘Casablanca Derby’ between Raja Club Athletic and Wydad Athletic Club is a heated one, and the latter took it to the next level by bringing in a red-hot-fire-breathing Dragon!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AD Sports/afrik-foot.comNot a real dragon, of course. Yesterday’s Arab Champions Club round of 16 first leg face off between the clubs at the Stade Mohammed V ended in a 1-1 draw. Just into the half time, Wydad fans displayed a huge fire breathing red dragon taking a walk in the stands with holding the tournament trophy.A clip of the gigantic tifo was uploaded by Sports + on their Facebook page. Check it out below-Advertisement  The Wydads took the lead in the 32nd minute as winger Ismail El Hadad netted one in from inside the box. However, the lead was short lived as the Rajas’ Congolese midfielder Fabrice Ngoma scored the equalizer, 47th minute into injury time.The adversaries will see each other again in the second leg of the round of 16 match on 24th November. Advertisementlast_img read more

Madrid more alive than ever

first_imgMadrid, with its predilection for the Champions League, was having a bad time holding various fronts. Last season, February began having experienced a change of technician (from Solari to Lopetegui) and to seven points from Barcelona and five from Atlético. The League seemed almost a utopia. In the previous one, 2017-18, it was the Leganés which at the end of January cut off the hopes of Madrid’s coperas. An elimination with the return in the Bernabéu that angered Zidane greatly. “I am responsible, it is a failure”he said grimly. That left its mark on the Marseilles, which also failed to start February live in the Cup in its best year on the white bench, the double (2016-17). That time it was Celta who threw Madrid on January 25 in 2017 with a 2-2 lap lap in Balaidos. Zidane, on the white bench.EFE From the first ‘Carletto’ …The convulsive 2015-16 season was catastrophic in both Liga with Benítez and Copa, with the controversial Cheryshev case in Cádiz, and the previous one with Ancelotti was again the Cup that unbalanced Madrid, this time at the hands of Atlético in the round of 16. It was Carletto, However, the last to take Madrid to February with everything yet to be decided. In the league championship he was third, but just one point from Barça and Atletico, and in the Cup he not only continued sailing, it is that in the end he raised it in the final of Mestalla in which Bale defunct Bartra. That beginning of February 2014 had not been relived until now. The Real Madrid had used to start February, when the sirloin of the season begins to be profiled, having been attached from any of the three competitions. Whether he was off the League or eliminated in Copa del Rey. That with this Zidane from 2019-20, it’s over. The triumph in the derby holds the white league leadership and that, together with the more serious White Team Cup, confirms the intention of the French coach that “day by day” is important. With Zizou, competitions are not prioritized … The panorama is encouraging to keep it that way, without clouds. The garter calendar is favorable to white interests After having completed, and without losing, the departures to Camp Nou, Metropolitan, Pizjuán, and Mestalla, and also the arsenal will be reinforced shortly with the return of Hazard. In the Cup, Madrid dodged in the draw for Barcelona and has the quarterfinals match next Thursday (7:00 p.m.) against Real Sociedad a single match and with a factor in the pocket that can be more than differential, it will be played at the Bernabéu. At the end of February, the City in the Champions League. And this Madrid, for the first time in the last five years, I live in everything …last_img read more

Champions League aims for Final Four in Turkey

first_imgUEFA is preparing a revolutionary formula to close European competitions. The plan is to turn to Final Four format. The four teams that reach the semifinals they will dispute the title in two semis to single match and in the final. The three clashes would be disputed en a single city, Istanbul, which was destined to host the traditional Champions League final on May 30. The same plan, the final to four, would apply in the Europa League, which would host the last four teams in the Polish city of Gdansk.The project will be voted on Tuesday, at the meeting to be held by representatives of the 55 UEFA federations who will be consulted by videoconference. The organization’s secretary of competitions, Giorgio Marchetti, is in charge of presenting the plan, which is seen as the most feasible given that nobody knows at this time when the coronavirus crisis can be stopped.UEFA, which has been widely criticized for its delay in suspending competitions, it has already assumed that the governments of the different countries of the European Union are not willing to risk the outbreak of the disease. And that requires the prohibition of crowds, such as those that occur in stadiums. UEFA’s priority at the moment is close the round of 16 (Real Madrid must still play the return leg against Manchester and Barça against Naples because Atlético has already eliminated Liverpool) and from this moment proceed to the draw for the quarterfinals. In that sense, it would be necessary to decide where those shocks are played. One option would be in a neutral stadium and another, in one of those involved in the crossing, but by lottery.Thereafter, the Final Four formula would be chosen. It would allow concentrating the semifinals and the final of the Champions League and the Europa League in a period of only four days, which would open more gaps in the calendar to close the different league championships that have been postponed throughout Europe, and at the same time concentrate to hobbies in a single city, which would reduce the risk of more travel throughout the continent.For the UEFA plan to go ahead, In addition to the favorable vote of its 55 federations, you will need the approval of FIFA, who should give up the dates of the Club World Cup to make room for Euro 2021.last_img read more