Daily Archives: January 21, 2017

Rummenigge warns of revolution over World Cup expansion

Berlin, Rabi’II 23, 1438, Jan 21, 2017, SPA — Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned clubs could revolt in response to football governing body FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, dpa reported.
“Fundamentally I’m not a fan of revolutions because they usually end in blood. But I fear that it will inevitably result in a revolution,” Rummenigge told Germany’s Fussball Bild magazine on Saturday.
Rummenigge also leads the influential European Club Association which has consistently opposed expanding the World Cup.
“The big clubs and also the leagues will perhaps ask some time: ‘Do we really need FIFA and its curious decisions, which at the end of the day only strain, not serve, football?'” he added.
The present 32-team World Cup format will remain for the 2018 and 2022 editions in Russia and Qatar respectively.
— SPA
20:54 LOCAL TIME 17:54 GMT

Minister of Culture, Sports Praises Qatar Superstock

Doha, HE the Minister of Culture and Sports Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali said that the State of Qatar attaches great attention to supporting the youth and developing heir skills in different fields, stressing that the Ministry of Culture and Sports will spare no effort for supporting and backing new motor racers.

HE the Minister said in remarks today that Ministry’s strategy is primarily designed to focus on youth, which was clearly evident in the Qatar Superstock 600, which features a large presence of young people.

He explained that a big number new race drivers and riders are competing in the championship, pointing that it will be the beginning of attracting more young people to participate in official races organized under the laws maintaining security and safety.

HE the Minister praised the efficiency in organizing the tournament, pointing that the races were strong and exciting an all its categories.

Qatar Superstock is a great opportunity for motor racing enthusiasts to take their hobby to the professional level and to participate in various local and international tournaments, HE the Minister said expecting greater popularity in the coming rounds of the tournament, especially after the significant success of the first round.

He pointed out that there are a lot of plans in collaboration with Lusaile Circuit Club and Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) to promote youth participation in the Touring Car Championship which has not seen large Qatari participation compared to the motorcycle race championship. He considered the first round to be just a beginning, and that the next rounds will see great success in terms of both participation and organization.

HE the Minister concluded his remarks saying that the tournament is witnessing the participation of a lot of young Qatari motorsport enthusiasts, not only in competition, but also in the areas of organization and administration, pointing out that the QMMF and Lusaile Circuit Club organize training programs to qualify Qatari cadres in organization, marshall and referee.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Children with Asthma More Likely to Develop Obesity

Washington, Children who are diagnosed with asthma are more likely to become obese later in childhood, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care. Treatment with rescue inhalers may help mitigate the risk, the researchers report.

“Asthma and obesity often occur together in children, but it is unclear whether children with asthma are at higher risk for onset of obesity or whether obese children develop asthma,” said lead author Zhanghua Chen, PhD, from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles in a press release. “Our findings add to the literature that early-life asthma history may lead to increased risk of childhood obesity.” To probe the relationship between asthma and obesity, Chen and her colleagues analyzed data on 2171 children who enrolled in the Southern California Children’s Health Study between the ages of 5 and 8 years and who were not obese at enrollment. Children in the study were followed for up to 10 years after enrollment. Children were measured and weighed each year to determine their body mass index, and parents or children reported their asthma status.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Car Bomb Attack Kills 5 Turkish Soldiers in Northern Syria

Ankara, Five Turkish soldiers were killed and nine others injured in a car bomb attack carried out by ISIS militants near Al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement.

The Turkish General Staff said the attack took place in Suflaniyah Village, northeast of Al-Bab, on Friday during the Operation Euphrates Shield.

Earlier on Friday, 23 ISIS militants were killed in northern Syria over the last 24 hours as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, the military said, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.

The Operation Euphrates Shield began in late August to tighten border security, eliminate the terror threat along Turkish borders.

Since the start of the operation, 3,014 improvised explosives and 43 mines have been neutralized, the military added.

Source: Qatar News Agency