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Iranian women enjoying their first sporting experience as fans gear up for Iran-Spain

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Iranian woman enjoying live sport for the first time (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

 

Iran and Spain supporters blew trumpets and banged drums in Kazan’s streets on Wednesday afternoon ahead of their teams’ Group B game.

Some Iranian women who travelled to Russia to support their national team experienced watching a game in a stadium for the first time when Iran beat Morocco on Friday.

They were looking forward to cheer for their team again at the Kazan Arena.

The Islamic republic has barred women from attending male soccer matches and other sports fixtures partly to protect them from hearing fans swear.

But that is about to change as Tehran’s Azadi Stadium will admit women to watch Iran take on Spain live on a big screen.

Spanish supporters who could be seen chanting side by side with Iranian supporters were confident of their team’s victory but still enjoyed the good spirit of their interactions with the opposing supporters.

One La Roja supporter from Peru was encouraged to see steps being made to allow more women to enjoy the world cup experience.

The 2010 champions head into the second match at Kazan Arena eager for a win under new coach Fernando Hierro, having been held to a 3-3 draw by Iberian rivals Portugal. — Reuters

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Off-season playoffs to kick off on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

 

UNTV Cup Executive FaceOff Playoffs

PNP Responders fortify its indomitable status following a sweeping victory in the elimination rounds of the UNTV Cup Off Season Executive Face-off.

PNP dominated the games with 7 wins and zero losses after pounding its last opponent, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 97-90.

Best players, Police Superintendents Joel de Mesa and Anthony Padua bucketed combined 40 points to protect PNP’s top spot but Malacañang-PSC’s main gunner, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go gave explosive 46 points.

Go says they still gave their best though it’s a non-bearing game for the already-eliminated kamao team and only eight of their members were able to play.

“Talagang hinabol namin sila hanggang sa huling minuto, lumaban kami… puso ng Pilipino talaga… laban! Pero natutuwa naman ako nanalo mga kapulisan natin,” SAP Bong Go said.

(We really went after them and fought against them even at the last minute. Fighting is in the heart of the Filipinos. But I am happy for the victory of the PNP Responders.)

The Responders now holds the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs which is set to commence on Sunday, July 15.

Set to play against the PNP is the Senate Sentinels who landed in the fourth spot after suffering defeat against the now third-placer Judiciary Magis, 69-61.

Best players, Joey Yabut and Judge Manuel Gerard Tomacruz registered combined 44 points with 22 rebounds, clobbering Senator Sonny Angara’s efforts to lift the Sentinels by bucketing 24 points and six rebounds with one assist and steal each.

“Alam nyo naman injured yung best player namin si Senator Joel, so naramdaman namin yung pagkawala nya… yung leadership, yung scoring, yung passing, yung threat sa offense, medyo naging predictable kami sa opensa. But no excuse magaling nilaro ng Judiciary.”

(You know that our best player, Senator Joel [Villanueva] is injured so we felt his absence. The leadership, the scoring, the passing, the threat in offense. So we might have been predictable in terms of offense but no excuses, the Judiciary played well.)

Sen. Joel Villanueva said, “Wala ako magawa kundi mag-cheer lang. But I’m positive next game sana makalaro na, daming injuries eh.”

(I can’t do anything save for cheering the team on. But I’m positive that in the next game, I will be able to play. I’ve got so many injuries.)

Based on the rules, top 3 Judiciary Magis will go against second placer Ombudsman Graft Busters who also hold twice to beat advantage.

The off-season playoffs will kick off at three in the afternoon in the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV New & Rescue

 

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North and South Korea hold talks on sports exchanges

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon as they exchange documents after their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Yonhap via REUTERS

North and South Korea held a meeting at Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone on Monday (June 18) to discuss sports exchanges.

The South Korean delegation, led by the Secretary-General of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, Jeon Choong-ryul, and their North Korean counterparts headed by Vice Minister of Physical Culture and Sports, Won Kil U, discussed joint participation in the upcoming 2018 Asian Games and a unification basketball game.

Earlier this month, Seoul’s Unification Minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, held high-level talks with the North and agreed to hold additional meetings on family reunions, military, and sports exchanges.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is a supporter of the so-called ‘Sunshine policy’, a principle from two decades ago that said engagement through dialogue and economic and cultural exchanges would bring about a change in the North and foster peace between the two Koreas. — Reuters

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Thousands protest in Madrid as five cleared of gang rape at San Fermin Festival

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018

People shout slogans during a protest after a Spanish court condemned five men accused of the group rape of an 18-year-old woman, in Malaga, Spain, April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Thousands of people have been protesting across Spain, after a court acquitted five men of rape charges for an attack on a young woman during a bull-running festival.

Angry demonstrators packed central Madrid and other cities shouting.

The five were jailed for nine years for sexual assault, but many saw the sentence as too lenient.

Both the woman and the defendants say they will appeal against the verdict. — Reuters

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