Sports

Swimming is one of the oldest sports and regular contact with water has always been an effective way of staying healthy Swimming is possibly the oldest means of survival, for humans as well as animals. Over the years, though, swimming has evolved to take on a more integral part of our lives as a means of sport, therapy and leisure. As an activity, it’s extremely important for neuromotor development, especially among children an adults aiming to improve their fitness. Swimming is one of the most beneficial activities for the human body; by using all four limbs, swimming promotes muscle development,…

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For those who like to mix sports with beautiful locations, theregion of Veneto has the perfect blend Located in the northeast of Italy, Veneto is bordered by Austria. Its seven provinces are Vicenza, Padua, Belluno, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice and Verona. Each have plenty to explore and are amply equipped to satisfy even the most diverse of tastes. Veneto’s heritage is wonderfully rich in terms of history and culture. It’s also the most visited part of Italy, with about 60 million tourists every year. In addition to Italian, most of the locals also speak a Venetian dialect. Venice is the capital,…

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Martial arts, Brazilian style Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art of uncertain origin. The direct translation of Jiu-Jitsu is “versatile, gentle art”. The objective of Jiu-Jitsu is to try and use the strength and weight of your opponent against them, as you try to throw your opponent to the ground. Forceful blows and self-defence are both deployed. However, the main moves in Jiu-Jitsu are those that aim to immobilize and neutralize one’s adversaries, through locking onto their joints and twisting their arms, ankles etc. There is no historical consensus about the early beginnings of Jiu-Jitsu. The most commonly practiced version originated…

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Take a look behind the scenes of some of London’s top clubs Fancy gaining access to some of the areas reserved exclusively for the professionals, whilst going behind the scenes and exploring parts of the stadium rarely seen on TV? Grab a backstage pass to some of Britain’s favourite teams. Wembley Stadium Tours, Brent, North West London Follow in the footsteps of football legends, like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham, and explore the “Three Lion’s” HQ. Wembley Stadium, the UK’s largest sporting arena, offers a 75-minute tour that gives access to key backstage areas, such as the England…

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A short set and quick breakers? Or perfect tube formations? Beginners, advanced and even professional surfers can find a vast range of options along the extensive Brazilian coast Few images better capture the spirit of summer beach culture than surfing. It is a therapeutic sport and one very close to the heart of every Brazilian. No wonder: with so many stunning beaches that marry the picturesque landscapes and beautiful waves, the Brazilian coastline is mecca for surfers of all abilities! Introduced to Brazil in the late 1930’s in Santos, surfing was soon adopted by the Cariocas and spread all along…

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The race of love Ever thought about planning something completely out of the ordinary for the love of your life on Valentine’s Day? This year’s “Valentine’s 10K” run will be take place two days before the big day (14 February), on the Sunday. They say that couples who run together, stay together… When: 12 February Where: Barwell Business Park – Leatherhead Road, Chessington KT9 2NY Read about Chinese New Year

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Feel like starting off 2017 at full steam ahead? The annual Serpentine Fun Run is a chance to make the first day of the year one of its most exciting. On a day when it can be hard to find things to do, going for a brisk jog to shake off the chill is a great idea. With prizes for the first three men and women who complete the circuit and medals for everyone who makes it to the end, the Fun Run – which will cover 10 kms – starts on Main Street and makes its way across some…

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The idea of Brazilian photographers Zeka Araújo and Miguel Hijar is to present a photography exhibition based on Frescobol, the popular Brazilian Beach Tennis sport. Also known as Matkot (from the Hebrew for ‘racquets’), Frescobol is a beach sport created in Rio de Janeiro during the 20th century. One of the sport’s inventors was Millôr Fernandes, a Brazilian intellectual, journalist, writer, comedian and Shakespeare translator. The concept behind the exhibition is to unite art and sport. Where: Embassy of Brazil in London | Gallery 32 When: 9 to 29 September Time: 10am to 6pm

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With the Rio Paralympics Games, accessible tourism is once again put in the spotlight. It is a movement that is continuing to grow and is attracting more and more attention from tour operators, agencies and travellers alike, all around the world. Brazil is no exception and the country has worked harder than ever to improve travel options for tourists with disabilities. Ahead of the Paralympics, the Brazilian government has increased its support of initiatives that increase social inclusion, including developing adventure retreats and barrier-free projects that enable more people to travel to the country and enjoy the natural and cultural…

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Athletics, swimming and basketball are all Olympic sports which we are used to seeing. But did you know that there are a few events which have been part of the Games in the past and, perhaps due in part to their slight oddness, have fallen by the Olympic wayside? Here is a list of 10 somewhat different sports which have played (or still do play) a part in the Olympic roster: Individual synchronized swimming One swimmer, synchronised with themselves! Believe it or not, it did actually happen, in the LA 1984 Games, to the swimmer Tracie Ruiz. Maybe…

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The song “Eu sou do mundo, um vencedor” (I belong to the world, a winner), was written by the Brazilian footballer and musicians Jhama and Pablo Luiz The Paralympic Ambassador Ronaldinho, together with his friends, the Brazilian musicians Jhama and Pablo Luiz, has presented the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) with a song to inspire the Brazilian athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Available for download at the CPB’s site, and soon to be released to the wider world, the song was written to praise the grit, determination, courage and perseverance of the Paralympians, according to Ronaldinho. “We wrote…

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With a delegation made up of 257 athletes, including a number of previous Olympic champions, Team Great Britain is looking to go one better than their memorable campaign at London 2012, when they finished in third place in the overall medal table, with 120 medals (34 golds). Highlights of the Athletics team are London gold medallists David Weir, Richard Whitehead, Aled Davies and Hannah Cockroft. Other members include Libby Clegg, 200 metre world record holder, and Jonnie Peacock. Cycling is another sport in which the Brits expect to excel. The big-hitters in the team are Dame Sarah Storey,…

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Wheelchair Rugby has been an exciting part of the Paralympics since the Sydney 2000 Games. The sport requires a great deal of skill and strength, with athletes regularly pushing themselves to the limit over the course of a match. Have a read through to understand a bit more about how the game works. Wheelchair Rugby includes one or two adaptations from the regular version of the sport. The ball used is the same as that in Volleyball, and matches take place on a Basketball court. Teams have up to 12 players, with only four playing at a time. Matches are…

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With its astounding feats of endurance, Paralympic Road Cycling has been a part of the Paralympics since New York 1984. Adaptations usually have to be made to the bikes. There are three categories: – Hand bike: used by paraplegic or amputee athletes, who have to power the bike with their arms – Tricycle: a more stable ride for athletes with cerebral palsy. – Tandem: used by vision-impaired athletes, they have two seats – the front one is for the guide-cyclist, who acts as a pair of eyes for the athlete behind him. Conventional bikes can be adapted according to the…

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Wheelchair Fencing has been a part of the Paralympic Games since Rome 1960. With more than a hint of medieval chivalry, the sport is utterly captivating and promises to provide plenty of excitement at the 2016 Games. The weapons – Sword, Rapier and Sabre – are slightly larger than in traditional Fencing, and the objective is to strike the opponent in specific spots. Athletes wear a system of sensors which detect whether or not their opponent has struck a successful blow. In the team version, the winner is the first to 45 points, or whoever has more at the end.…

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