London’s Wembley stadium to host climax of Euro 2020

first_imgBy Martyn HermanUEFA president Michel Platini’s vision of a European Championship spread across the continent came to fruition on Friday as London’s Wembley Stadium was chosen to host the climax of Euro 2020 with 12 other cities joining the party.The 90,000-seater Wembley, rebuilt from 2003 to 2007 and venue of the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals, will stage both semi-finals and the final of the 60th anniversary tournament dubbed a “Euro for Europe”.It will be the first time in the competition’s history when a tournament will be hosted by more than two countries.Wembley got the nod over Munich’s Allianz Arena, the other stadium initially bidding for semi-finals and final hosting rights. Munich had to make do with being one of 12 cities awarded one of the standard packages, comprising three group matches and a knockout round tie.The home of Bayern Munich will host a quarter-final, along with the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, Rome’s Olympic Stadium and the Zenit Arena in St Petersburg, Russia.Last 16 ties will take place in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels and Glasgow.Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium along with bids from Stockholm, Skopje, Jerusalem, Sofia and Minsk were all rejected.The vote for Wembley comes as a welcome tonic for the Football Association after its failed bids to host the 2006 and 2018 World Cup finals but FA chairman Greg Dyke denied any deal had been done with their German counterparts, the DFB.“There is no deal,” Dyke told reporters at the ceremony in Geneva. “Other than we will not bid (to stage) Euro 2024 because it would be a waste of time because we wouldn’t get it.”Dyke, however, hinted that England would support a German bid to host the 2024 tournament.DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, whose federation are believed to have pulled out from trying to host final and semi-final games with an eye on a 2024 bid, said: “I am very satisfied and happy that we could convince UEFA with our bid and have in 2020, after 32 years, European championship games again in Germany.”England has hosted only one major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, the much-praised Euro 96, the final of which between Germany and the Czech Republic was played at the former Wembley.“It’s nice to win one,” Dyke said. “Wembley is a great stadium and we are delighted to be hosting the finals of this tournament. Wembley has been completely rebuilt since 96 and it’s now a beautiful stadium.“I would also like to say what a good idea this is when you sit and watch all these capital cities across Europe, what a good idea to play a tournament across all those, so congratulations to UEFA.”“This bidding process was open to more than 50 UEFA countries so for Wembley to be ultimately recognised in this way is testament to a lot of hard work behind the scenes,” Dyke added on the FA website.“It will be a great honour to be part of what will surely be a superb celebration of 60 years of the European Championship.”Dublin’s inclusion in the tournament coincides with the Football Association of Ireland’s 100th anniversary.“This one off opportunity to host part of the European finals at our home stadium will provide a major boost for Irish football and the country as a whole,” FAI chief John Delaney said in a statement.There was relief too for Russia, given the current conflict near its border with Ukraine.“I want to congratulate all supporters of Russian Football,” Russian Minister for Sport Vitaly Mutko said.“Of course, there was a chance that because of the current political situation, the powers would refuse to let us host matches at Euro 2020. But we are really happy that the world of sport and politics are kept separate.”The choice of Rome’s Olympic Stadium for a quarter-final match, follows on from Thursday’s UEFA announcement that Milan’s San Siro would be the venue for the 2016 Champions League final.Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio said it showed the country is making strides after years battling problems with hooliganism and crumbling stadia.“From a sporting perspective our intention is to consolidate the international dimension of Italian football, contribute to the renewal of our stadiums and support the growth of the football movement, in particular at grass roots level,” he said.No French cities will be used although France is hosting the next finals in 2016.last_img read more

Empowering Women Through the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 30, 2010October 16, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This guest blog post was written by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases staff.According to the new maternal mortality estimates recently published in the Lancet, 342,900 women die annually while pregnant or from childbirth. This is a dramatic improvement over numbers released in 1980, but is still unacceptably high and must be addressed. Because of the inextricable link between maternal health and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), reducing the number of women suffering from hookworm and schistosomiasis for instance, will also greatly improve global maternal health—and the woman’s overall health and well being.According to a paper written by Dr. Peter Hotez, Distinguished Research Professor, Chair of his Department at George Washington University, and President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, titled “Empowering Women and Improving Female Reproductive Health through the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases,” one of the greatest risks to a pregnancy is anemia, a decrease in red blood cells caused by a lack of iron. Anemia during pregnancy can result in low birth weight, infection, miscarriage, or the death of the mother. It is estimated that 20% of maternal deaths in Africa can be attributed to anemia. One of the major causes of anemia is hookworm, an intestinal worm which infects an estimated 576 million people worldwide. That includes 44 million pregnant women worldwide and up to one-third of the pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. In one study in Nepal, hookworm was found responsible for 54% of anemia during pregnancy. By feeding on the blood of the host, the hookworm also robs the fetus of dearly needed iron and other nutrients. By treating this parasite, countless cases of maternal anemia could be avoided, leading to decreased maternal mortality and healthier children.Another major cause of anemia is schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia. This is a parasite, which infects over 207 million people worldwide, is endemic in the water supplies of impoverished areas, especially in Africa which, if untreated, can lead to cancer and organ failure. Schistosomiasis is especially dangerous because the eggs of the parasite can be deposited in the placenta, further complicating pregnancy.The good news is that there are proven, cost-efficient, and effective solutions for these diseases. Hookworm can be treated with Albendazole, which also treats other intestinal worms, and schistosomiasis can be treated by a single dose of Praziquantel. Both of those drugs are donated by drug companies or made available for sale at discounted prices. The inclusion of these drugs in antenatal care packages has proven to be successful at avoiding anemia and saving lives. By treating NTDs, we can stop many cases of entirely preventable maternal deaths and treat some of the most destructive diseases facing humanity in one fell swoop.Visit the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases website to learn more about their work–and take a look at their blog, End the Neglect. Share this:last_img read more