Here are the stories impacting sports and business news on June 9.
The UFC Heads to...an Island?
The coronavirus has put a restraint on a lot of travel plans this summer. But the Ultimate Fighting Championship plans on knocking out travel restrictions by taking its event to Fight Island. UFC President Dana White announced on ESPN that UFC 251 will take place on July 11 from Fight Island which is located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
The Mixed Martial Arts governing body plans on hosting four events from the island in July. UFC 242 was held on Yas Island which features a hotel, restaurants, training facility, and arena.
A Coronavirus Update
There are over 7.1 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with 407,000 deaths.
The U.S. is inching towards two million cases—the total case count currently stands and 1,965,000 cases of the virus across the states. The U.S. has over 111,000 deaths.
Brazil is quickly rising in its case count. The country now has over 707,000 cases, with over 37,000 deaths.
On Monday, the World Health Organization said that data from the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic had led them to believe that it was “very rare” for an asymptomatic carrier of the virus to be able to spread the virus. This came after preliminary evidence from the outbreak pointed to people who were asymptomatic as spreading the virus to others. The W.H.O. pushed for governments to focus on detecting and isolating symptomatic carriers.
But on Tuesday, the World Health Organization walked back the comments about transmission. The W.H.O. said that the claims that it was ‘rare’ for an asymptomatic carrier to spread the virus were 'misleading.'
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USWNT Demands Repeal of Anthem Policy
The United States Women’s National Team is demanding the U.S. Soccer Federation repeal the Anthem Policy.
In a letter sent to the Federation, the USWNT says the policy, which prohibits kneeling during the National Anthem, “will continue to perpetuate the misconceptions and fear that clouded the true meaning and significance of Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe and other athletes taking a knee.”
Rapinoe has been on the USWNT since 2006 and kneeled during a match in 2016 to show support of Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice in America.
In 2017, the US Soccer Federation implemented a no kneeling policy during the national anthems at any event. The USNWT closed their statement with the following: “We are committed to rising up against racist, hateful and unjust acts to effect change. Black Lives Matter.”
The US Soccer Federation has not released a comment.
However, sponsors of the USWNT have released their own statements about racial inequality. For example, Johnson and Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky put out a statement on June 2, saying, “Our company is committing $10 million to fighting racism and injustice in America—a pledge that will span the next three years. We will kick it off by extending our support of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and its initiatives, such as the "Talking About Race” program.”
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