Federer voices match-fixing concerns



Roger Federer revealed his concern that corruption may be having an impact on top-level tennis. And the Swiss superstar has urged the sport's governing bodies to show no mercy if any cheating of the system can be proven. It has emerged tennis authorities are looking into betting patterns on a Wimbledon match. The online bookmaker Betfair alerted the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) after £700,000 was gambled on the first-round contest in which Austrian number 26 seed Jurgen Melzer beat American Wayne Odesnik by three sets to love. Some bookmakers suspended betting on the match as the wagers flooded in. But it is believed the surge in betting could have been down to rumours circulating that Odesnik was suffering from an injury. Federer was asked for his view on the overall suspicious betting issue and said: "We don't talk about it in the locker room. But it's happened more frequently than we talk about it. "If it's happening or not, we are suspecting. We're not sure. But, of course, it has no place in tennis. "But it's hard to control. But I'm sure the ATP (Association of Tennis Professional) and the ITF (International Tennis Federation), we're trying our best to catch those guys - if there are any out there. "I think we should have massive bans on those who get caught so they get really scared of doing it. "We talk about it in the Player Council, Player Board. "Those are things definitely we're trying to fight. We have a good set-up, so we can't avoid that there are some funny results sometimes here and there. That doesn't mean it's really happening." The world number two was also asked whether it would be difficult to control a flow of information reaching bookmakers. "I don't know. I've never been approached," Federer said. "I never knew it existed until a few years ago when all of a sudden I heard about it. So I've been shocked to hear it. "Well, we always hope that the players also want the best for the sport. That is, at the end of the day, what it comes down to." American Odesnik, ranked 109 in the world, was not expected to win against Melzer even if fully fit. Before the match the odds on a 3-0 win went from even money to 1-5. Odesnik, 23, said last night: "I have no idea about this. I don't know why someone would bet for me to lose. This was my first tournament on grass this season. "Yesterday, I had a little bit of a strain in my thigh but it was not a question of not being able to play." He said he would not do anything to jeopardise his future. And speaking before a practice session today, Melzer, who is not under suspicion, said: "I played my match. I won in three sets. I didn't have any knowledge of any betting. I was surprised this morning to read it in the papers. "Even if he was fit, I would beat him on three sets on grass. "The odds would be that I would beat him in three sets. Any set I would lose would be a surprise. "I'm now in a strange position. I'm getting asked questions about something I have nothing to do with. "It's bad for tennis."

Odesnik, 23, said last night: "I have no idea about this. I don't know why someone would bet for me to lose. This was my first tournament on grass this season. "Yesterday, I had a little bit of a strain in my thigh but it was not a question of not being able to play." He said he would not do anything to jeopardise his future. And speaking before a practice session today, Melzer, who is not under suspicion, said: "I played my match. I won in three sets. I didn't have any knowledge of any betting. I was surprised this morning to read it in the papers. "Even if he was fit, I would beat him on three sets on grass. "The odds would be that I would beat him in three sets. Any set I would lose would be a surprise. "I'm now in a strange position. I'm getting asked questions about something I have nothing to do with. "It's bad for tennis."

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WORLD RECORD FEES FOR GOALKEEPERS

1) Kepa Arrizabalaga, Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea (£72m)

2) Alisson, Roma to Liverpool (£67m)

3) Ederson, Benfica to Manchester City (£35m)

4) Gianluigi Buffon, Parma to Juventus (£33m)

5) Angelo Peruzzi, Inter Milan to Lazio (£15.7m

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Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
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Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

Gender equality in the workplace still 200 years away

It will take centuries to achieve gender parity in workplaces around the globe, according to a December report from the World Economic Forum.

The WEF study said there had been some improvements in wage equality in 2018 compared to 2017, when the global gender gap widened for the first time in a decade.

But it warned that these were offset by declining representation of women in politics, coupled with greater inequality in their access to health and education.

At current rates, the global gender gap across a range of areas will not close for another 108 years, while it is expected to take 202 years to close the workplace gap, WEF found.

The Geneva-based organisation's annual report tracked disparities between the sexes in 149 countries across four areas: education, health, economic opportunity and political empowerment.

After years of advances in education, health and political representation, women registered setbacks in all three areas this year, WEF said.

Only in the area of economic opportunity did the gender gap narrow somewhat, although there is not much to celebrate, with the global wage gap narrowing to nearly 51 per cent.

And the number of women in leadership roles has risen to 34 per cent globally, WEF said.

At the same time, the report showed there are now proportionately fewer women than men participating in the workforce, suggesting that automation is having a disproportionate impact on jobs traditionally performed by women.

And women are significantly under-represented in growing areas of employment that require science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, WEF said.

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Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
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Four motivational quotes from Alicia's Dubai talk

“The only thing we need is to know that we have faith. Faith and hope in our own dreams. The belief that, when we keep going we’re going to find our way. That’s all we got.”

“Sometimes we try so hard to keep things inside. We try so hard to pretend it’s not really bothering us. In some ways, that hurts us more. You don’t realise how dishonest you are with yourself sometimes, but I realised that if I spoke it, I could let it go.”

“One good thing is to know you’re not the only one going through it. You’re not the only one trying to find your way, trying to find yourself, trying to find amazing energy, trying to find a light. Show all of yourself. Show every nuance. All of your magic. All of your colours. Be true to that. You can be unafraid.”

“It’s time to stop holding back. It’s time to do it on your terms. It’s time to shine in the most unbelievable way. It’s time to let go of negativity and find your tribe, find those people that lift you up, because everybody else is just in your way.”

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Estijaba – 8001717 –  number to call to request coronavirus testing

Ministry of Health and Prevention – 80011111

Dubai Health Authority – 800342 – The number to book a free video or voice consultation with a doctor or connect to a local health centre

Emirates airline – 600555555

Etihad Airways – 600555666

Ambulance – 998

Knowledge and Human Development Authority – 8005432 ext. 4 for Covid-19 queries

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