Markham hosts 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships November 5 to 18

Join the City of Markham to support Team Canada at the Li-Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018, hosted in partnership with Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario from November 5 to 18, 2018 at the Markham Pan Am Centre.

Cheer on Brian Yang, Canada’s first-ever Olympic Badminton medalist and top ranked male junior singles player. Brian competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and won the Canadian Junior Open in singles, doubles and mixed doubles back in March. He will lead Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships next week.

“Badminton is the number one participatory sport in Markham schools and the second most popular sport in the world,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Support Team Canada at the Markham Pan Am Centre, a global sports destination where exceptional athletes and role models strive to achieve greatness and make us proud.”

The World Junior Badminton Championships is an international sporting competition, featuring 400 athletes from close to 50 countries. Many of the Canadian athletes proudly call Markham, and York Region, home. This is only the second time in the history of the sport that the World Junior Badminton Championships will be hosted in Canada.

“Canada is hosting the best junior players in the world, athletes that are well on their way to the Olympic podium” says Marty Deacon, Chair, Li-Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018. “We believe this experience will help prepare our Juniors for the best success possible, as they continue their journey on the high performance athlete pathway.” Continue reading “Markham hosts 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships November 5 to 18”

Asia Cup kicks off on Hotstar Sept.15th!


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Asia Cup Highlight: India Versus Pakistan Match on September 19

 160 Days of Cricket on Hotstar starts with the Unimoni Asia Cup, which will feature some of the most prominent cricketing nations in the world. The tournament will begin with Bangladesh taking on Sri Lanka in Dubai on September 15. Participants include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong. Defending champion India will face arch rival Pakistan on September 19 in the marquee matchup of group play. India and Pakistan will be joined by Hong Kong in Group A, while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan compete in Group B. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4, and the tournament final will follow on September 28 in Dubai. Hotstar, the exclusive and official digital streaming partner for Unimoni Asia Cup, will live stream all the matches for the duration of the tournament.

To keep the momentum going, Hotstar has 160 days of cricket over the next year.  Continue reading “Asia Cup kicks off on Hotstar Sept.15th!”

Inaugural Global T20 Canada Shows Potential  of Twenty20 Cricket in North America

Strong performances by Canadian cricketers achieved key mandate of developing Canadian talent

Vancouver Knights’s victory Sunday in the Global T20 Canada (www.gt20.ca) championship match capped off a successful inaugural edition of the six-team league and provided glimpses of the potential of the first Twenty20 league to be fully staged in North America.

Played before a sellout festive crowd at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, the final, between Vancouver and Cricket West Indies B team, showcased the exciting Twenty20 form of cricket. On this stage, fittingly, a Canadian, Saad Bin Zafar made Canadian sporting history producing the performance of his career knocking in 79 runs to lead the Knights to the title, and the champion’s prize of C$500,000.

“Global T20 Canada brought the excitement of pro T20 cricket to Canada, along with many of the world’s top stars,” said Gurmeet Singh, Chairman, Global T20 Canada. “The final in front of a packed stadium and millions of fans watching via TV and streaming shows the sport’s potential not only in Canada, but also in North America, and we plan to achieve many more great milestones in future editions.”

Bin Zafar’s man of the match performance highlighted a strong showing by Canadians in the tournament, achieving one of the league’s key mandates of developing Canadian talent. Continue reading “Inaugural Global T20 Canada Shows Potential  of Twenty20 Cricket in North America”

BBC CONFIRMED AS OFFICIAL RADIO BROADCASTER FOR THE ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019

BBC Test Match Special has secured rights to broadcast ball-by-ball coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be held in England & Wales next year. Test Match Special will be broadcast to fans on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom, including on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website.  The broadcast of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is part of a long-term deal with Channel 2 Group Corporation, ICC’s Global Audio Rights Partner, who hold exclusive rights to sub-license audio rights to ICC events until 2023. The deal will ensure that TMS covers all the ICC’s major events through to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India – including the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2021 and the men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20 events.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Next year is going to be as big as it gets as fans look forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup with anticipation. That the ball-by-ball coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on BBC Test Match Special is great news, it is part of the fabric of our game and has tremendous reach on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom.”

Ajay Sethi, Chairman – Channel 2 Group Corporation, said: “BBC TMS has an incredible fan base, who have been enjoying cricket coverage for over 60 years, and so we are thrilled to have partnered with TMS until 2023. We now look forward to securing additional radio broadcasters to ensure all cricket fans worldwide are given the chance to listen to coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.” Continue reading “BBC CONFIRMED AS OFFICIAL RADIO BROADCASTER FOR THE ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019”

Brampton’s Powerade Centre to be Renamed as CAA Centre

New naming rights agreement for one of the GTA’s largest sports and entertainment complexes commences this spring

BRAMPTON, ON (MARCH 22, 2018) – Realstar Group, one of Canada’s leading real estate investment and management enterprises, is proud to announce a new 10-year sponsorship agreement with CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) that includes transferring the naming rights of Brampton’s landmark 5,000-seat arena. It is expected that the rebranding transition from Powerade Centre to CAA Centre will be completed by late Spring 2018.

Built in 1998, the multi-purpose arena has become the city’s sports and culture hub, hosting hundreds of events each year including major sporting events, headlining concerts and trade shows, and is the home of ECHL’s Brampton Beast Hockey Club.

“On behalf of the City and my colleagues on the Council, we welcome CAA’s investment in Brampton. We look forward to many years of working together to bring Bramptonians exciting sporting and cultural experiences,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “This arena has been a visible landmark to the Brampton community and surrounding area. It has hosted and supported local sports teams and significant cultural events that showcase the wonderful diversity of our vibrant city.”

CAA recently made a significant investment to relocate and renovate its Brampton retail store, located at 215 Delta Park Blvd, and the new CAA Centre, builds on that established community presence.

The CAA Centre is part of a strategy to provide the 56 million CAA and AAA members across North America with increased access to cultural experiences and benefits beyond roadside assistance. Continue reading “Brampton’s Powerade Centre to be Renamed as CAA Centre”

The CAS Felicitates IAF Young Achievers in the Field of Sports

 Motivates them to Focus on Olympics 2020

In an impressive ceremony organised by the Air Force Sports Control Board in New Delhi on 12 Feb 2018, sportspersons who have achieved laurels for the nation and for IAF were felicitated by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff.  The ceremony was attended by top IAF officials.

During his address, the CAS expressed his happiness on meeting with the achievers and advised them to keep the momentum going on.  He told that the strong will power and desire to succeed combined with the correct technique is the mantra of success at International level competitions.  He further emphasised on the importance of possessing high degree of fitness, zeal, enthusiasm and a strong will in order to sustain and achieve excellence in the field of sports in today’s competitive world. He praised the hard work of young achievers and motivated them to focus on Olympics 2020.   He said that world class sports infrastructure has been developed at many AF stations for utilisation by our sportspersons and promised that all the required support will be rendered by the IAF in their quest to clinch glory for the nation. Continue reading “The CAS Felicitates IAF Young Achievers in the Field of Sports”

Stanley Cup Immortalized in Downtown Ottawa

David McGuinty, Member of Parliament (Ottawa South), today took part in the official unveiling of the Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument to mark Canada 150, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup and the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League.

Mr. McGuinty attended the unveiling on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. He was accompanied by Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa; George Hunter, Vice-President and Chair of the Board of Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Inc.; and representatives from the Ottawa Senators and the National Hockey League.

The Monument, located at the corner of Sparks and Elgin streets, is sure to delight both residents and visitors as they admire this inspiring work and learn about the importance of the Stanley Cup to our country’s sport heritage.

The unveiling of the impressive Monument is timely. The Government of Canada is in the process of installing a family skating rink on Parliament Hill, in partnership with the Ottawa International Hockey Festival. Canadians and visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to lace up their skates and participate in free skate time, as well as a variety of winter, cultural and sport activities.

Continue reading “Stanley Cup Immortalized in Downtown Ottawa”

Idris Elba to host The Best – British Rock giants Kasabian to perform

With The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2017 coming to London on 23 October, this year’s hosts and music acts are set to have a best-of-British feel.

Hosting the ceremony at the London Palladium will be Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG)-winning actor Idris Elba, who has appeared in high-profile films such as The Mountain Between Us, Beasts of No Nation and Thor, not to mention the critically acclaimed television series Luther. A passionate Arsenal supporter, Elba counts Ian Wright, David Seaman and Thierry Henry among his all-time favourite Gunners.

Joining Elba will be additional presenter Layla Anna-Lee. The London-born Brazilian television presenter and social media star was chosen by director Danny Boyle to narrate the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London 2012 to a global audience of 1 billion. Lee has also presented an array of highly successful online content, including the popular FIFA World Cup™ series The Dugout, and says Pele is her all-time favourite player.

With Great Britain having given the world legendary bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clash, it seems fitting to have giants of modern day rock-and-roll perform at The Best. Leicester’s Kasabian, who released their sixth studio album this year, are no strangers to performing at the world’s biggest festivals. Continue reading “Idris Elba to host The Best – British Rock giants Kasabian to perform”

Royals and Rockstars honor Invictus Heroes at Closing Ceremony!

Last night, the Invictus Games capped off a weeklong event of sports competition at a closing ceremony in Air Canada Centre. The ceremony celebrated war-wounded athletes’ successes and passed the torch to the 2018 hosts from Sydney, Australia. The two-hour show brought out two famed rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams together on stage for the first time ever.

Prince Harry presented a participation medal to the captain of each team after the 17 country parade of nations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau delivered a warm message saying “These Invictus Games are a celebration of your fearlessness,” she said.

Video screens across the theatre displayed highlights from the week and musical performances by Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Coeur de pirate, Kelly Clarkson and Bachman & Turner were interwoven between speeches.

United Kingdom’s Mark Ormrod was the winner of the Jaguar Award for exceptional performance, determination and dedication. Team Afghanistan won the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award for sportsmanship, commitment and spirit.

Ontario’s Premiere Kathleen Wynne also thanked the volunteers and introduced the flag handover segment as Invictus Games Foundation chair Sir Keith Mills passed the flag to the Australian delegation. Continue reading “Royals and Rockstars honor Invictus Heroes at Closing Ceremony!”

Invictus Games 2017 Opening Ceremony: Fusion of Salutations and Celebrations!

Toronto’s glittering culture and its talent for visually striking performance powered the Opening Ceremony of Invictus Games last night, at Air Canada Centre. Organizers unleashed parades, bands, drums, singers and dancers in a display aimed to delight a worldwide audience.

Prince Harry, the founder of the games was present at the spectacular ceremony   to initiate the proceedings and mark the official opening. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was the first speaker, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Melania Trump joined him at the festivities.

The evening was abounding with inspiring speeches and entertainment, starting with Luca “Lazy Legs” Patuelli, a Montreal break dancing performer with arthrogryposis, a neuromuscular disease that affects the use of his legs.

The show   kicked-off with a parade that celebrated the arrival of more than 500 athletes from 17 countries in the stadium.  In the Parade of Nations, where the athletes walk through the stadium, the delegations were announced in alphabetical order and the Canadian Team, led by flag-bearer Phil Badanai made a grand debut amidst loud cheers at the end.

Mike Myers, a Canadian comedian and Ambassador for the Games said “he was Brit by birth, American by God’s Grace and Canadian by divine intervention.” He spoke about his military family as both parents served in the Second World War. Rick Hansen and Captain Trevor Greene also gave emotional, awe-inspiring speeches. Continue reading “Invictus Games 2017 Opening Ceremony: Fusion of Salutations and Celebrations!”