The Democratic Republic of Congo military suspects Ugandan rebels to be the killers of six people found dumped in the north-eastern region of the country with stab wounds and bullet holes. The Centre of Study for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO), a local activist group, said that the bodies were found in the village of Kamakombu, more than 30km northeast of the territorial capital of Beni.CEPADHO said that it suspects the victims were killed by fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist group founded in Uganda that has operated primarily on the Congolese side of the border for the last two decades and is active in the illicit trade of minerals and timber.Local activists say that more than 500 people have been killed in overnight massacres in the Beni area since last October, mostly in machete attacks.Though the government and the UN mission in DRC have blamed most of the deaths on the ADF, a UN panel of experts said in a report released this week that many of the killings it had investigated did not appear consistent with known ADF attacks.
Loading… These events ensure that all athletes are guaranteed a consistent platform of world-class competition, with opportunities to develop their game and rise up the world rankings. Given the high number of participants at Contender events, they will take place in purpose-built sports venues and stadiums, allowing for a dynamic fan experience and strong broadcast product once more. High numbers of host country entries will also ensure that host countries can maximise the number of places on offer to their national players, giving them invaluable top-level experience and development opportunities. Experience and expertise WTT will be welcoming on board Stephen Duckitt as WTT Event Strategy Director. Duckitt boasts more than 15 years of corporate global sports industry experience, including management and marketing of top international tennis events on the ATP World Tour and WTA International Series. Duckitt will work alongside ITTF Competition Director, Vicky Eleftheriade, to take WTT events to the next level, ensuring the best possible experience for players and simply irresistible entertainment for fans. Tender timeline March 2020 – WTT releases promotional details to the market. Parties that register their interest will receive more information. 10th April 2020 – Deadline for potential hosts to submit their expression of interest. April 2020 – WTT releases Event Manuals and Final Bid Form to those who have registered an expression of interest. Read Also:ITTF-Africa Cup: Quadri, Edem Lose To Egyptian opponents In Final May 2020 – Potential hosts submit Final Bids. June 2020 – WTT evaluates Final Bids. June 2020 – WTT confirms hosts for 2021 events. June 2020 – WTT coordinates with potential hosts to conduct site inspections. July 2020 – WTT confirms commercial package. * Timeline subject to change. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Future of global table tennis is fast approaching with World Table Tennis (WTT) arriving in 2021. With a new, exciting event structure in place, now is your chance to grasp the opportunity of hosting one of the first-ever WTT events and put on a show that will catch the eye and live long in the memory! Aruna Quadri Benefits of being a WTT host city WTT events are much more than a table tennis tournament. They are events that will entertain and captivate your city. Hosting WTT events brings extensive benefits to a host city, region and country. From tangible financial and economic impacts, through increased hotel bed nights and associated spending, to destination marketing and increased levels of community engagement and social pride through volunteering, participating and spectating. WTT is looking for national associations, host countries, cities and private entities to bid for these events aligned to their national priorities and event strategies. WTT is determined to build a strong network of partnerships across the globe to deliver an exciting future for table tennis. An inclusive sport, table tennis does not require intensive infrastructure or equipment and is accessible to all. With entry places for host nations, staging these events will give countries and governing bodies access to elite competitions and ensure that home-grown talent will be able to participate in these highly competitive events. Putting your city in the spotlight WTT event hosts will enjoy the benefit of connecting into WTT’s world-class promotion team and global network of fans. WTT events will not just be promoted in the traditional way through print and digital advertising, but also through a myriad of modern promotional methods to obtain 360-degree boosting of your city through: New events. New opportunities! WTT has analysed the global entertainment market and liaised with all stakeholders to develop this modern event structure fit for professional table tennis players, fans, broadcasters, sponsors and, not least, the host cities and countries.Grand Smashes The Grand Smashes are the new pinnacle of professional table tennis. Think Wimbledon for tennis or the Masters for golf. The world’s best players competing for the biggest prizes and highest ever prize money in the sport. Held four times per year, these are the events that all players want to win and all cities want to host. WTT is looking for four different host cities to stage the prestigious, annual Grand Smashes, each event lasting 10 days. The desire is to have brand new, purpose-built venues to provide a long-term home for these marquee events so that every year the city is taken over by a table tennis festival to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in the sport. WTT Cup Finals & WTT Champions Series Events purpose-built to entertain. With the whole tournament played exclusively on one table, WTT is looking for hosts to use their imagination and take the sport to unusual and inspirational locations. These could be in iconic buildings, such as New York Grand Central Station or the Giza Pyramids, theatres, nightclubs or facilities to show off a city or country at its best, ideal for destination marketing and perfect for broadcast opportunities. The events will not only host world-class table tennis matches, but also music, dance or relevant cultural content to ensure that the events are delivered as a complete entertainment package and brand new experience for table tennis and sports fans. The enhanced broadcast and commercial income streams will benefit both WTT and the hosts. 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Greensburg, IN—Monday afternoon, citizens in Greensburg were caught off guard by the parade of 28 police vehicles from all over the state traveling thru the city with lights flashing. Traveling in the center of the caravan was a Marion County Sheriff transport vehicle. The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office reports it successfully transferred all inmates from the old Decatur County Jail to our new Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center located at 601 S. Ireland Street in Greensburg. Officials say this was a large scale, joint operation assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. There was no word if inmates from other facilities were brought in during the transfer.
The Hammers have one win in nine matches in all competitions and exited the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night after a 3-0 home loss to Manchester City, who won the two-legged semi-final 9-0 on aggregate. West Ham are 18th in the Premier League ahead of next week’s trip to high-flying Chelsea and manager Sam Allardyce has targeted 22 points from the remaining 16 games for his side to retain their top-flight status. Press Association Kevin Nolan has called for West Ham to prove their critics wrong and turn the momentum of their ailing season around to secure Premier League safety. “Hopefully that’s going to pay dividends in the coming weeks. Once we’re in there, we’ll start doing what we normally do and that’s bagging goals. That’s what we want to do. “Our record speaks for itself in that respect, so hopefully, we’ll get our chance and, when we do, we’ll start taking them.” For all Manchester City’s stars, their leading performer at Upton Park was 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder Marcos Lopes. Lopes claimed two assists as Alvaro Negredo netted twice and Sergio Aguero was also on target in the victory. “It was a great night for me and for all the team,” Lopes told City TV. “It’s a different level, high-intensity 90 minutes, but it’s good for me to learn with these players and play these games. “I have to do my work and my job and hopefully I’ll get more chances.” With Samir Nasri (knee) injured, Lopes could be given further opportunities to impress and may yet get to play at Wembley in the League Cup final on March 2. He added: “It’s a dream to be in Wembley. I’ll keep working for that and I hope I can be there.” West Ham co-chairman David Gold has urged the club to regain their focus on Premier League survival after describing the defeat to City, and the 5-0 FA Cup third round loss at Nottingham Forest, as “a low point” for the Hammers. “We are out of both cup competitions having been beaten 5-0 and 9-0. This is a low point in the history of our great club,” he wrote on Twitter. “We must re-group and prepare ourselves for a tough relegation battle, players are returning from injury and together we can survive.” “We’ve got one focus and that’s just to stay in the Premier League,” Hammers captain Nolan said on whufc.com. “There are going to be so many battles now, from now until the end of the season. “We’re firmly up for it and we’re looking forward to it. I’m relishing it and hoping to prove a lot of people wrong come May. “There’s lots of hard work to be done, from now until Chelsea, then on to the next game and until the end of the season. One thing we’ve got to do is stick together, keep that camaraderie going, keep the unity and togetherness. “It’s going to be a load of battles now and hopefully we’ll enjoy it and win the war come the end of the season.” Allardyce hopes striker Andy Carroll, who made his first Hammers start since May against City by playing the opening 45 minutes, can prove the difference. And Nolan, who played alongside the England striker at Newcastle, plans to do extra training with Carroll in a bid to get the Hammers firing. “We came off on Tuesday and said we’re going to have to start working on a bit of stuff on our own, after training, link-up play and things like that. Just to get that little chemistry back, the little bits and bobs and the sharpness around the box,” Nolan said.
At 10 under par, Bjorn held a two-shot lead over Ireland’s Shane Lowry, with Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello on seven under and the likes of Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy all four under. Stenson could need as little as a top-30 finish this week to replace Adam Scott as world number one, the Australian beginning the Crowne Plaza Invitational with a one-over-par 71. Bjorn missed the cut in last week’s Spanish Open and feared the worst in a tournament where he has produced just one top-10 finish – in 1998 – in 16 previous appearances. “You shoot great rounds in your career but to shoot 62 on this course, you can’t ask for more,” said Bjorn, who went on to win the European Masters in 2011 the last time he shot 62 on the European Tour. “I don’t really know where to start. Last week was awful and I was starting to feel a little frustrated with things. Practice this week I was not good either. “To step out on this course of all courses and play like I did today was surprising. Although I lived here for nine years it’s not a place where I think it’s going to be a great week, but I have to stick my head down now and focus on the rest of the week.” Bjorn, who looks set to qualify for his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2002, birdied the second, fourth and seventh to reach the turn in 32 before a superb scoring burst on the back nine. The 43-year-old birdied the 10th and 11th and holed from just six feet for an eagle on the par-five 12th, before picking up further birdies on the 14th, 16th and 18th. Bjorn hailed the best round of his entire career after carding a brilliant 62, a round completed just moments before the first of two suspensions of play due to the threat of lightning which left 33 players unable to complete their rounds. “I was signing my scorecard when the siren went and Stephen Gallacher looked at me and says, ‘You’re not having a very bad day, are you?'” Bjorn said. “We could kind of feel there was something going on in the weather, so it was nice to get in.” Asked to explain his renaissance after falling out of love with the game five or six years ago, Bjorn added: “Hard work. Determination to not let a golf career fade away. I’ve just been determined to get myself to where I can play with the best in the world and I’ll keep continuing to do that as long as my body allows me to. “I enjoy being out here, which I probably didn’t do for a couple of years. It’s very easy when you get past 40 to stop enjoying this after a long career. I have travelled with my golf clubs since I was 14 years old and sometimes you forget why you love the game and it becomes hard work.” Bjorn is currently third in the Ryder Cup qualifying race but added: “I still think I need to do a lot more. There’s a lot of guys playing great golf at the moment and over the last few weeks a few names are all starting to come back into the frame. “I’ve watched a lot from the sidelines (he has been vice-captain three times) and that can hurt a little bit, but I wanted to play in another Ryder Cup and I’ve got to stay focused and determined to keep playing good golf to get there.” Lowry’s round was twice disrupted by the bad weather, but the 27-year-old – who won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 – was not about to say a bad word about the tournament. “I love it around here,” said Lowry, who was fourth in 2011 and 12th last year. “It’s a great event. It’s a great golf course. “I’ve been struggling and my best finish this season was last week, tied 15th in the Spanish Open. I’ve missed a few cuts and haven’t really been putting that well but I managed to find something at home a couple of weeks ago and hopefully can keep it going. “I went back to an old putter that I used years ago and it brought back good memories maybe.” A knee injury forced Sergio Garcia to retire from the tournament after an opening round of 73, while defending champion Matteo Manassero slumped to an eight-over-par 80 which included two double bogeys and a nine on the 17th. Local knowledge and a fierce determination not to drift into obscurity paid massive dividends for former Wentworth resident Thomas Bjorn on a weather-affected opening day of the BMW PGA Championship. Press Association
Speaking after his side’s roller-coaster 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw with Burnley on Thursday afternoon, he said: “I am a football player now and want to play for a few years more. I want to enjoy being on the pitch. “It’s not for now.” Assistant manager John Carver took charge of the team with Pardew in the stands for Palace’s trip to Aston Villa, and Coloccini admitted it had been a tough few days for the players. He said: “It is a difficult situation, but John Carver is with us. He has the experience to take the job. “Of course it is difficult, but it has not affected the team. When you go on the field, you have to leave all the problems behind you.” Carver’s audition – he has ambitions to return to management in his own right – looked to be going swimmingly after a good start. Newcastle dominated the first half as Burnley lost three men – skipper Jason Shackell, Dean Marney and substitute Kevin Long – to a combination of injury and illness, and led 2-1 at the break courtesy of strikes from Steven Taylor and Jack Colback either side of Paul Dummett’s own goal. However, comeback kings Burnley, who fought back from 2-0 down at Manchester City on Sunday to claim a point, responded spectacularly after the break and got their reward when Danny Ings headed them level. But having also hit the woodwork on four occasions, they looked to be heading for defeat when Moussa Sissoko restored the Magpies’ lead 12 minutes from time, only for George Boyd to dash the home side’s hopes with four minutes remaining. For Burnley boss Sean Dyche, it was another remarkable afternoon just five days after his side came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Manchester City. Dyche said: “There is a mentality here that is very, very strong, and it’s been there all season. People have said to me, ‘You must be pleased with the belief now’ – I was pleased with it at the beginning of the season. “The performances over this Christmas period have been absolutely outstanding. How we didn’t get anything against Liverpool is a head-scratcher in itself; we were excellent at Manchester City and I thought we were excellent today. “We have just played five out of the top 10 and taken five points over that Christmas period with a lot of games – very good signs about what we think we can do this season.” Dyche sent out the same starting XI for the sixth successive game, but the premature exits of Shackell, Marney and Long – he fears the latter may have suffered a serious ankle injury – tore his plans apart, although the manager was not about to feel sorry for himself. He said: “I don’t do excuses, I haven’t got time for excuses at any level of football, and certainly not at this level of football.” Carver was left to reflect upon what might have been after a classic game of two halves. He said: “I am actually sitting here so disappointed because we were so good in the first half and so poor in the second half that we actually have got away with a point. We didn’t deserve that. “I said to Sean at the end of the game, ‘We didn’t deserve that’, and I think he must have thought I was saying we should have won the game, but no, by no means. Burnley should have won the game.” Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has insisted he has no designs on the manager’s job with Alan Pardew’s exit imminent. The 33-year-old Argentina international was an early favourite with the bookmakers when news of Crystal Palace’s approach for Pardew emerged, although sources on Tyneside were swift to dismiss the speculation. Now Coloccini has re-affirmed his intention to concentrate on his playing career having first been linked with the post last year when Pardew found himself under intense pressure. Press Association
New Delhi: VVS Laxman has joined the list of former Indian cricket team players who have criticised former coach Greg Chappell. In his latest autobiography ‘281 And Beyond’, Laxman said the former Australia cricket batsman did not know how to run an international team and added that Chappell was ‘rigid and inflexible’ in his approach. Chappell’s controversial stint with the Indian team began from May 2005 and ended on April 2007, months after the team had exited in the first round of the 2007 World Cup. Laxman’s book is a candid account of Laxman’s cricketing journey right from his early childhood days to playing international Cricket, to the IPL and to being a commentator. Laxman said the goodwill and support which was built-up by Chappell’s predecessor John Wright was all undone.“Chappell arrived in India to a groundswell of goodwill and support. He left the team in tatters, having played an influential part in the worst phase of my playing career. Results on the field might suggest that his methods worked to some extent, but those results had nothing to do with our coach,” Laxman added. The right-hander went on to say that Chappell sowed discontent in the team and lacked the basic man-management skills. Laxman reiterated that he had tremendous respect for Chappell the batsman but he could not say the same thing as coach.Read More |Happy Birthday Mithali Raj – an Indian legend at the crossroadsLaxman pointed out the trust deficit in the team under Chappell’s tenure. “The coach had his favourites, who were well looked after, while the others were left to fend for themselves. The team had disintegrated before our eyes,” he wrote in his book.Read More |This Australian cricketer can sing clear lyrics with mouth closedLaxman is not the only Indian cricketer to criticize Chappell. Sachin Tendulkar had said Chappell’s tenure was the worst in his career while Harbhajan Singh termed Chappell ‘two-faced’.Listened to his inner voiceLaxman had a poor tour of Australia in 2011/12, managing just 155 runs at an average of 19.37 as India were whitewashed 4-0. However, the Hyderabad right-hander surprised the world when he announced his retirement in August 2012, just before the start of the Test in front of his home fans against New Zealand. Laxman said he had listened to his ‘inner voice’ and did not leave out of differences.“My inner voice had not let me down. All my life, my actions had been dictated by this voice, but in conjunction with suggestions from those closest to me. This time, with greater maturity, I had gone entirely by it, disregarding advice from even my father. Sachin was at the NCA, and tried to convince me to defer the press conference. I had seldom disregarded Sachin’s advice, but I respectfully told him that this time, I could not honour his sentiments. I told him repeatedly during our one-hour conversation that my mind was made up,” Laxman said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Shanghai: Dominant Daniil Medvedev reached a staggering sixth final in a row but will need to beat Alexander Zverev for the first time to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The US Open finalist defeated fellow rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-6 (7/5), 7-5. In the other semi-final on Saturday, Germany’s Zverev eased past Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-3, 6-4 in a showdown between two more budding talents. With Roger Federer and world number one Novak Djokovic ousted in the quarter-finals on Friday, the next generation of men’s tennis stars has made its mark in China. The 23-year-old Russian Medvedev embellished his fast-growing reputation with a fifth victory in as many matches against Tsitsipas, 21. In contrast, he is yet to overcome the 22-year-old Zverev in four attempts. “I did say before this year and during this year in the beginning that Sascha (Zverev) was the best in our ‘Next Gen’ group,” the world number four said. He won three Masters when none of us were even close to doing this. “Positions have changed a little bit so I think I can contest him right now.”The seventh-ranked Tsitsipas, who dumped out defending champion Djokovic in three sets on Friday, said that Medvedev’s formidable serve had been the difference. “Same vibes, same thing all over again,” said Tsitsipas of yet another defeat to the red-hot Russian. “I don’t mean to be rude at all, but it’s just boring. It’s so boring that I hate myself for putting myself into that kind of situation where I have to play in his own terms and not in my terms.”Sixth-ranked Zverev, long touted as the man most likely to join the “Big Three” of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, has had a disappointing year, winning only one title. But the German defeated 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer on Friday and took that momentum into his last-four clash with the 23-year-old Berrettini.The Italian, 13th in the world, put up a better fight in the second set but was broken in the ninth game as his hopes of an upset faded. Zverev said the victory over Federer had given him a major confidence boost. But he said that past meetings with Medvedev stood for nothing because the Russian has improved markedly since their last match, in 2018. Also Read | Roger Federer Crashes Out Of Shanghai Open With Loss To Alexander Zverev”He’s different this year than previous years,” said a wary Zverev. “He’s been playing some unbelievable tennis in the last few months. He’s probably the best player in the world, making six finals in a row, winning a Masters (in Cincinnati in August) and making the US Open final. He’s definitely playing the best tennis of his life.” Nadal, the world number two and winner over Medvedev at Flushing Meadows, is not in Shanghai because of a wrist injury.
Published on September 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm Standing among Syracuse fans in the Carrier Dome end zone after April’s spring game, Marcus Sales blended in as just another one of Syracuse’s players. Nary a reporter or fan approached the second-string Sales, as the wide receiver basked in the obscure glory of his 158-yard, two-touchdown performance against SU’s second-team defense. For Sales, the wide receiver of very few words, the postgame was ideal. He could stay to himself and know what exactly the performance he put out on the field that day was. He was just doing his job. ‘That’s my job, to catch the ball,’ Sales said after the spring game. ‘It’s just my job to go out there and do work.’ Fast forward five months, and the mentality is still the same. Sales still knows he can do it. But there is only one problem. Through three games, his coaches — through their decision to not play him — have exhibited they think he can not. The junior has not stepped on the field once in three games — not even receiving garbage-minute reps last week against lowly Maine after the No. 3 wide receiver spot opened up with the season-ending injury to Aaron Weaver. Sales has been forgotten. But the mentality is the same. He still swears, silently, he has it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘I actually still feel the same way. I never lost confidence,’ Sales said Wednesday. ‘I have been getting mentally stronger through this process that I am going through. Not playing and encouraging my teammates and things like that.’ To Sales, it has been exactly that: a process. It is a process of doing some things he is familiar with: speaking softly. But at the same time, doing something he is not familiar with: speaking softly, but doing it in complete 60-minute trials as a leftover piece to the puzzle on the sideline. That wasn’t always the case. Last season, he hauled in 28 receptions for 324 yards and three touchdowns. Against Connecticut, he made seven catches for 89 yards. Now with Weaver out, Sales is competing with junior Dorian Graham, walk-on Cody Morgan and, perhaps his greatest competition, freshman Steve Rene, for that third wide receiving slot. Sales is the favorite, listed in that third spot on the depth chart. It hasn’t been a secret Sales is that ‘What happened to him?’ guy on the depth chart. Numerous times throughout the summer and fall, SU head coach Doug Marrone has brought up Sales’ name in press conferences. Sometimes at his own will. It has almost been a waiting game for Marrone and the coaching staff with Sales. Waiting for him to do something. Anything. ‘Marcus Sales will play more, and we need to see him step up and play well for us,’ Marrone said Monday. ‘Dorian Graham will also be in there and Cody (Morgan). Marcus Sales has the most experience, and he can play two positions, so we have him backing up at X and the third Z right now. We look at it to increase his playing time.’ But thus far, it has been a waiting game for Sales, as well. He hasn’t had the chance to do something, or anything. But the confidence is still there. The silent sureness remains. Sales thinks he has the advantage, by far, at receiver. He is the most advanced, he said. He is just waiting for that silence to become opportunity on Saturday. It is almost as if he is promising it after five months of nothing. ‘I am the most advanced receiver in the group, so I think I have an advantage,’ Sales said. ‘I think we will find out after Saturday who the third receiver is. Hopefully it will answer everyone’s questions about who it is.’ The story behind ‘catch one for Aaron’ As Aaron Weaver’s best friend and roommate, Jose Cruz knew he needed to give him four hours. After a season-ending injury, even best friends need to give a guy in Weaver’s situation four hours to be. Four hours to just remain alone. After those four hours — and about 76 hours after Weaver left SU’s practice last Wednesday knowing his season, and maybe career, was over — Cruz did everything he could for Weaver. It included writing his fallen former Hofstra teammate’s name and numbers on his arm. It included consolation that Wednesday night. And 76 hours later, it included catching the game-swinging touchdown for Weaver. And it concluded with an immediate embrace on the sidelines. ‘We have been through a lot together,’ Cruz said. ‘I gave him his space for a little while. I think he went home around 5 or 6 (p.m.), I didn’t talk to him until around 10 at night or so.’ Added Cruz: ‘That’s my roommate. So the first person I wanted to see was Aaron. He was the first person I went up to on the sidelines behind the coaches on the sidelines. For me it was something special, my first touchdown ever in college. First person I thought of when they confirmed it was Aaron.’ Never, ever look up into the stands What is the main piece of advice Ricky Krautman — SU kicker Ross Krautman’s brother and a former Orange kicker in his own right from 2003 to 2005 — gives to his sibling daily? Never lift your head any further than you need to. Ever. The sightline must be the field. ‘I talk to him almost every day, and he says to never look up in the stands,’ Ross said. Thus far this year, it appears little brother has been listening. Krautman, a freshman walk-on who won the starting job over returning starter Ryan Lichtenstein in preseason camp, is 4-for-5 on field goals with a long of 47. For Krautman, who looks to be securing his spot for the rest of the season daily, his success comes down to that Krautman-bred focus. It’s about the sightline. It’s about not looking into any stadium’s stands until the time you leave the tunnel. It’s about being a kicker with vertical blinders. From there the mind is blank, and nothing goes through Krautman’s head. Excitement and comfort are not allowed. Just the life of a kicker. A Krautman kicker. ‘You tend to lose focus,’ Krautman said. ‘It’s always just stay focused in the game. You never know when you are going to go out and kick.’ email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Shedding light on gender identity issues among student-athletes, USC’s LGBT Resource Center sponsored an ally discussion Thursday about the new policies the NCAA has made for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college athletes.Support · Vincent Vigil, director of USC’s LGBT Resource Center, has worked with USC Athletics staff members on LGBT ally training. – Lisa Parker | Daily TrojanThe new NCAA policy defines regulations for transgender athletes, stating that a transgender man can play on a men’s team but is not eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing the team status to a mixed team. A transgender woman also can compete on a men’s team but not on a women’s team without changing its status to a mixed team.The change aims to allow student-athletes to maintain their gender identities while still upholding the competitive quality among sports teams, according to Lani Lawrence, a doctoral student at the University of Denver.“The NCAA was proactive in developing guidelines to support [LGBT] individuals,” Lawrence said. “One thing they wanted to focus on was how to maintain equity between the sports. It’s a tricky subject, and it’s not very clear-cut. [The] NCAA is trying to find a balance, and this [policy] is one of the first times it is really trying to question the guidelines.”The NCAA also created an Inclusion Initiative Framework that states how the organization will “provide or enable programming and education which sustains foundations of a diverse and inclusive culture,” honoring athletes’ differences in gender expression or sexual orientation.Though the initiative is a step in the right direction, many still believe the framework will not bring about direct change, Lawrence said.“The general framework is pretty broad,” Lawrence said. “The policy is not very specific in generating certain types of programming, and it doesn’t name how these initiatives can be created.”The changes in NCAA policy were created proactively by the organization without being incited by court cases of discrimination, Lawrence said.“It was something that the NCAA wanted to go ahead and put up front as a way to be inclusive,” Lawrence said. “They do want [LGBT] athletes to compete and realized the issue is something that they should take up and discuss. It’s not perfect, but it’s a step in a good direction to figure out what the guidelines should be regarding LGBT athletes.”Mirroring the strides made by the NCAA, USC is also working to provide more adequate support for student-athletes, said Vincent Vigil.“Something as simple as adding the LGBT center as part of USC student resources is a step for us in making sure that our student-athletes know that our center exists,” Vigil said. “We’re also doing an ally training with our student affairs staff members at athletics. We’re making certain that our athletics personnel is aware of the services we provide and that our students know that there are resources available.”Drawing on her own experiences as a college athlete, Lawrence said the NCAA has made progress but the issue still requires more communication and action.“This new policy wasn’t around when I was an athlete,” Lawrence said. “So the NCAA is right in putting out statements that they want to be inclusive and want there to be more programming. If people want to create [LGBT programs], they won’t be put down but will be encouraged to become more known to our student-athletes. It’s becoming better now, but there is still a struggle.”