BiH football player Edin Džeko will have a huge support at the exhibition match of Manchester City and Chealsea which is being played on 23 May in St. Louis in the USA, reports klix.baTickets for this match can be bought at a price of 30 USD, and there is a great demand by citizens of BiH descent who live in St. Louis.”It is in our blood”, said Anel Mujkanović explaining the interest for BiH citizens for football. Apart from that, most of them will come to watch Džeko play against City.Around 65 000 BiH citizens live in St.Louis and Mujkanović said that they’d all love to come and watch Džeko.
Barefoot on the park: Myanmar’s Little Dragons rugby team train in the North Dagon townshipYangon, Myanmar | AFP | Sidestepping cowpats and garbage, Myanmar’s only home-grown junior rugby side train on the outskirts of Yangon, preparing to take on children from the city’s well-heeled international schools.When the Little Dragons aren’t running barefoot on the litter-strewn dirt, the makeshift field on the outskirts of Yangon is sometimes used as a cockfighting ring or a fairground.But every Sunday, boys and girls aged five to 18 from Yangon’s North Dagon township can be seen playing touch rugby, an incongruous sight in a country where the sport is barely known.As novice monks file past collecting alms, the players shoo away cantankerous cattle to begin warm-up drills under the tutelage of their coaches, a mix of locals and expatriates.In the monsoon the training ground is shin-deep in mud, but during the hot season the surface is baked into an unyielding, crusty mosaic.Yet many of the Little Dragons play in bare feet.Youth worker-turned-coach Aung Kyaw Lin, 24, helped set up the team four years ago to run alongside English and maths lessons, and workshops on fire safety and health.“Children here used to spend their free time in gaming shops,” he says.“When they started playing rugby, they stopped arguing and worked together.”Although the organisers ran out of funding to keep their education centre going, the rugby continued.Few women play sport in conservative Myanmar, yet half of the 40 or so Little Dragons are girls.Nann Shar Larr He’s older sister used to scold her for wanting to play with the boys, but now most of her family come to watch the training sessions.“There’s no difference between girls and boys when we play rugby,” the 15-year-old smiles.– Second-hand trainers – As the only homegrown junior team in the country, the Little Dragons look to Yangon’s international schools for matches.In May, they took part in Myanmar’s first junior tournament — partly played on a full-sized, artificial grass pitch at one of the schools.Out of 10 teams in each age group, Little Dragons sides finished second and third in the Under-14s, and second in the Under-11s.“These kids ran rings round them,” says coach Bradley Edwards.One baffled team even tried removing their trainers to see if that was the key to the Little Dragons’ agility — an experiment that lasted only a couple of minutes on the hot, rough surface.“We felt like crying when they scored, but we just tried even harder,” says 12-year-old Dragon Kyaw Kyaw Lin.The schools are helping out the team, donating second-hand trainers and sharing transport.But the Dragons are looking for sustained funding to support them and resurrect the now-closed education centre.An interested international sponsor backed away last year, concerned about Myanmar’s “political climate” — a reference to the global outcry triggered by the mass expulsion of Rohingya Muslims in 2017.Edwards sees this as counter-productive, arguing that sport can be a unifying force.“There are so many things separating communities now in Myanmar and in rugby one of the key values is respect,” he says.The next step is to introduce the players to rugby sevens — but fellow coach Josh Peck says they are eager for more.“These kids are fired-up and ready. They want to play (full) contact.”Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook118Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysOnly at Olympia Harbor Days, an Olympia Kiwanis Event this weekend August 30 – September 1, will you find over 20 vintage tugboats of the Puget Sound for a climb aboard show Saturday and races on Sunday. Final plans for this free and family friendly festival are headed for the finish line, making way for the 46th Annual Edition of Olympia Harbor Days Vintage Tugboat Festival and Races, South Sound’s largest maritime festival at the Olympia waterfront. Over 55,000 are expected to attend. The award winning event is presented by the Olympia Kiwanis Club with title sponsor the Squaxin Island Tribe. “46 years and we keep growing – bringing new and exciting features and landside activities as well as increasing the tugboat and harbor ship participation.” says Executive Director Carol Riley.By Sea: Tugboats and Ships of the Harbor ships of all shapes and sizes will join Tug Sand Man and start filling the docks at Percival Landing starting Thursday. Expected are 20 tugboats which are open for dockside touring Saturday, August 31 and racing in the channel of Budd Inlet on Sunday, September 1. One tug will also be hosting live music on deck on Saturday. Joining the tugs will be retired Coast Guard Cutter and WWII floating museum Tug Comanche. On Tuesday of this week the Tall Ship Lady Washington will arrive at the Port Plaza dock and is open for touring and excursion sailings. One of the last remaining historic Mosquito Fleet ships, the Virginia V will arrive Friday with 120 passengers on board, most of whom will spend the weekend in Olympia. The Kiwanis want to thank Capital Heating & Cooling, the Ships of the Harbor sponsor.By Land: Kick off Friday, August 30 with a Walk-About the Harbor with the Capitol Volkssport Club. Registration starts a 2pm at Batdorf and Bronson Tasting Room on Market Street. Olympia Harbor Days officially opens at 5pm with a tribal blessing followed by a great show by Rich Wetzel and his Groovin Higher band and some fun circus performers nearby. A great assortment of vendor booths line the boardwalks and Columbia Street. Seafood lovers will enjoy the offerings of salmon, oysters, lobster, fish tacos and more at the Percival Landing Food G’Alley . On Saturday starting at 10am find the 2-day Harbor Display built of Legos and create your own tug, train, plane or pirate ship, thanks to sponsor Heritage Bank. Kids will love Olympia’s award winning Hands On Children’s Museum’s Rumble Tug make, race and take activity. Also find remote control model tugboats and robotics displays. The festival is offering for the first time a maritime sea school for teens.Sand at the Harbor continues its third year with a giant sand carved display created by the professional sand carvers of Form Finders. Watch them compete in a quick carve contest Sunday at the Midway Stage near the Marinas.The Squaxin Island Tribe, title sponsor, will again offer tribal arts and cultural activities at the Port Plaza. Come learn about the culture and tribal history of the South Sound, watch tribal carvers and shop the Native American arts booths, all weekend at the Squaxin Island Salish Seaport at the Port Plaza. The area also hosts a beer/wine/cider garden, roasted corn and the famous Kiwanis Hot Dog Stand.A wide array of music will be found on Washington’s Lottery Main Stage and Midway Stage at Percival Landing. Enjoy Sea Shanties, the Army’s First Corps Jazz Band, and many of Olympia’s classic rock bands. Kids will enjoy nearby Pirates, Balloon Artists, Face Painters, Caricatures, and so much more. There is even a Treasure Chest at the Harbor House for those kids that come to the festival dressed like a pirate.“We have enjoyed our many years at Olympia Harbor Days (OHD). We started doing OHD because our daughter lived down that way and she helped us every year. Now they have their own business so we have passed the torch.” Randy Yaple, Yaple Kettle Corn.Riley wants to thank the many community businesses and maritime partners for continued and new sponsorship to keep the tugs and ships coming to Olympia and allowing the expansion of land side offerings. “Without the support of the community and sponsors, this festival would not have been able to become what it is today” says Riley.For a complete schedule and all festival details or for more information, please visit www.HarborDays.com. While the festival is free, they do ask for a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Net proceeds and donations support Kiwanis scholarships and activities that benefit kids and their families.