World Chinese 8-ball

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2018 WORLD CHINESE 8-BALL MASTERS HEATS UP WITH CNY¥1,000,000 PRIZE

The World Chinese 8-ball Masters is about to make its extraordinary marks in 2017 at the end of the season. Since the inception in 2006 and evolution as an international pool event in 2012, the World Chinese 8-ball Masters has been progressed through thick and thin. Remarkably in 2018 its grand prize for champion will skyrocket to CNY¥1,000,000, the highest of all time in view of the initial prize funds of CNY¥8,000! The 6th World Chinese 8-ball Masters in 2018, is set to be the most competitive edition!
 
 
Please also note that the China Finals of 6th World Chinese 8-ball Masters will take place during Dec.27, 2017Jan. 12, 2018. More than 297 players from more than 40 countries spread across six continents will travel to the Northeast Chinese City of Qinghuangdao scrambling to take a slice of the total prize fund as high as CNY¥1,000,000!
 
In spite of the jaw-dropping prize, the change of competition rules of World Chinese 8-ball Masters has also hit the headlines! Players, fans of billiards, and media were brought together to perform panel discussion of rules amendment. The details of rules improved are still waited to be reported!

Is Mo Farah the UK’s Sports Personality of 2017?

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MO FARAH TOOK THE CROWN AS 2017 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR LAST NIGHT, BEATING FAVOURITES ANTHONY JOSHUA AND LEWIS HAMILTON

The surprise announcement raises the question; who was truly the most influential sportsperson of 2017? Sports marketing agency Exposure has conducted research to answer this question.

Jamie Vardy and Sam Warburton are the most influential figures in UK sport, says new study

Only 50% of the top 20 is composed of active sportspeople

Inclusion of social media influencers shows changing face of UK sport

20% of the top 10 is female

New research has revealed the top twenty most influential Brits when it comes to encouraging people to attend, play, watch or engage with sport in the UK. Joint top of the list are Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy and Welsh Rugby Union star Sam Warburton.

The research, carried out by creative communications agency Exposure, showed that rugby influencers and those involved in athletics and swimming are as well-represented as high profile footballers. As well as current sportspeople, the list includes Olympic gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis (No.7) and former players and TV commentators like Gary Lineker (No.10) – and the heads of major sporting bodies such as the FA and the RFU.

Other major influencers are YouTube channel Copa90 (No.11), fitness coach and author Joe Wicks (No.12) and social media personality Spencer FC (No.13). Only half the top 20 is composed of sportspeople active in their field, showing the surprising diversity of people that are able to effectively influence how the British public engage with sport in this country.

The research employed a unique analysis tool to identify the 250 biggest names in UK sport and examine each person’s online influence through social media platforms like Twitter, offline influence such as appearances in books, newspapers and on TV and their personal ‘brand value’ based upon their current level of public interest, recent scandals and any charity initiatives that they are involved in.

The Top 20 most influential figures in UK sport:

Name Name Sport/Role Position
Sam Warburton Rugby 1=
Jamie Vardy Football 1=
Adam Peaty Swimming 3
Owen Farrell Rugby 4
Gareth Thomas Rugby presenter 5
Tom Daley Diving 6
Dame Jessica Ennis Athletics commentator 7
Marcus Rashford Football 8
Dame Katherine Grainger Chair, UK Sport 9
Gary Lineker BBC Sports presenter 10
Copa90 YouTube 11
Joe Wicks Social media influencer 12
Spencer FC YouTube 13
Harry Kane Football 14
Ian Ritchie Rugby – CEO of RFU 15
Andy Murray Tennis 16
Gareth Bale Football 17
Baroness Grey-Thompson Member of the House of Lords, Board Member of London Legacy Development Corporation 18
Justin Rose Golf 19
Martin Glenn Football – CEO of FA 20

The research demonstrates how influencers come from a wide range of sports, including rugby, swimming and golf, and not just the usual suspects like football.

There are people from the world of sport that wield an extraordinary level of influence and they aren’t necessarily the big names that sponsors automatically seek out. Organisation heads like Dame Katherine Grainger (No.9) and Ian Ritchie (No.15) also rank highly, due to their ability to affect every aspect of sporting life from grassroots development to international play. TV presenters and commentators are still the recognisable face of UK sport to those who watch sport on TV.

Andy Jephson, head of sport & culture at Exposure, comments: “Some of the ‘traditional’ big names of UK sport have been surpassed by players who fans have a closer connection to. From Jamie Vardy’s rise from the lower leagues to the emergence of young British stars like Marcus Rashford, our research suggests that football fans are looking for players who are authentic and real.”

While sportspeople dominate the top 20, the power of social media has changed the parameters of influence in UK Sport. Andy Jephson commented: “It’s incredible to see Joe Wicks, Spencer FC (Spencer Owen) and Copa90 in the top 20 as it is evidence of the democratisation of sport, where there are now opportunities for people outside of the establishment to get involved in the sports that they love.”

There are also signs that women’s sport is becoming more influential in the UK. The fact that only 15% of the top 20 is comprised of women might on first glance appear to reinforce traditional gender imbalances in sport. Women represent 20% of the top 10 and 250 most influential people in UK sport – when viewed in context of the scale of men’s sport and how established it is, this figure can be seen as evidence that the influence of women upon UK sport is growing.

Methodology:

Exposure used its unique scoring system to find the UK’s most influential figures in sports, focusing on those who can influence people to participate/engage with sports – whether that be through attending games, watching games at home or in the pub, buying merchandise, following their every move online, or participating in the sport itself.

The research factored in each person’s online influence, offline influence and their brand value (i.e. is there public interest in them, any recent scandals, are they ambassadors of a charity or perhaps have their own charity etc.). The extensive list analysed over 250 people involved in UK sports including athletes, presenters, journalists, social media influencers and publications.

More detail on the research:

The research included more than 2,000 individual measurements split into three equally-weighted categories, including:

Online: Presence; frequency and quality of content; number of followers; engagement; and objectives of their social media channels.

Offline: Ability to affect the laws; number of people currently participating in their sport; increase or decrease in people participating in their sport; appearance in offline channels such as books and TV; and how often the sport is covered in mainstream media.

Brand Strength: Whether they are international, national or local champions in their sport; recent performance compared to expectations; public interest in them increasing or decreasing; involvement with charitable causes, be it face of a campaign or spokesperson for change in their own sport; recent involvement in any scandals, both personal and professional; and if they are considered inspirational or ground-breaking in their area.

FIFA’s General Secretary

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FIFA GENERAL SECRETARY TO RT: I HAVEN’T SUFFERED ANY RACIAL ISSUES

Famous football players and the Secretary General of the International Football Federation (FIFA) joined RT for an exclusive interview about their impressions of Russia on the eve of the final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Hosting the special RT coverage will be football legend from Man Utd Peter Schmeichel and Liverpool’s former striker Stan Collymore.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura talked to RT about her visit to Russia for the Confederations Cup in 2017: “I really was fascinated by the level of commitment by local authorities, and more importantly, by the warm welcome…When I came for the first time in Russia it was in July last year. One month after my assignment. And definitely like every African person I was just fearing to be treated differently. I was ready also to help people think about Africa and Africans differently. But as we speak, I’ve been here for at least 20 times altogether. I haven’t suffered any racial issues.”

Marcel Desailly, famous French footballer for club teams Milan and Chelsea and the French national team, praised the level of preparation for the World Cup in Russia during an exclusive interview with RT. “FIFA have put enough pressure on the Russian organization to have a very good World Cup. About the crowd, no worries. People will come. People will enjoy it. People will know that they are secure on the various FIFA fun part we are going to have all over the various cities. We are quite confident about a great World Cup. The only thing we don’t know is how the team is going to entertain us during the game.”

The legendary football player for Barcelona and the Spanish national team Carles Puyol, who will participate in the draw ceremony, discussed with RT his expectations for the final part of the championship: “I am very happy to be here; I am glad of this opportunity to participate. To experience the World Cup from the inside is a wonderful experience. We’ll see what happens to us. This year the Spanish team has a very good line-up, and it is a favorite of mine. Of course, the surprise absence of Italy is a historic event. Great country with an excellent team and a long football tradition, but, unfortunately, they failed to qualify. Sweden also has a great team, and I think they will be performing at a high level.”

Leading the special coverage of the draw for the 2018 World Cup on RT will be journalist Neil Harvey and legendary Danish footballer and former goalkeeper for England’s Manchester United club Peter Schmeichel. Guests of the special studio located in the heart of Moscow will be football stars, representatives of FIFA and sports experts. Ex-striker for Liverpool and England’s national team, commentator and football expert Stan Collymore, who hosts the RT program “The Stan Collymore Show,” will provide exclusive commentary directly from the draw ceremony set to begin at 18:00 Moscow time inside the Kremlin.

Latin American football legend and the record holder for the number of matches played on Colombia’s national team, Carlos Valderrama, will be leading the special coverage of the draw on RT Spanish.

RT is also launching a special multimedia project dedicated to the 2018 World Cup. The site, available in Russian, English, Spanish and Arabic, will provide the schedule of the matches, information on the teams’ players, current standings, as well as news, exclusive interviews and analysis. During the tournament, visitors will find live broadcasts of the matches, as well as reports by RT correspondents.

RT is a global TV news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow, Washington, DC, and London. 70 million people in 38 countries watch RT channels every week. 35 million – watch RT daily; RT is among the top-5 most watched international TV news channels in the US, with a weekly audience of more than 8 million viewers (Ipsos). It is also the most watched TV news network on YouTube with more than 5 billion views. RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for best 24-hr broadcast, and the only Russian TV channel to be a five-time Emmy finalist for news programming.