9 www.birminghamlive.co.uk BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 News TEAM BIRMINGHAM! By STAFF REPORTER Birmingham 2022 CEO Ian Reid, Laura Zialor, Yasmin Javadian and Professor Sir David Eastwood THE University of Birmingham has been unveiled as an official partner for Birmingham 2022, signing the most comprehensive university partnership agreement in the history of the Commonwealth Games. The university will be a competition venue for both hockey and squash, the principal campus village during the Games and a major partner – demonstrating the university’s engagement with and commitment to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The agreement also confirms the University as an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay – International Leg, offering international promotional opportunities as the ceremonial baton travels through Commonwealth nations and territories in the run up to the Games. University of Birmingham ViceChancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood said: “Our place as both a civic university and as a global institution makes us well placed to partner with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and we are looking forward to playing our part in this success story for our region. “Our partnership with the Birmingham 2022 Games is the most comprehensive university partnership in the history of the Commonwealth Games. “Through this partnership we are delighted to be able to share our outstanding sports facilities and accommodation with athletes from across the globe, as well as providing opportunities for our staff and students to engage with the Games through their research, through volunteering and participation. “As a university we have a long and proud history of sporting success with staff, students and alumni competing at an international level and I wish the very best of luck to the Commonwealth Games hopefuls in our community.” Birmingham 2022 will also work closely with the university to offer UNIVERSITY UNVEILED AS LATEST PARTNER OF 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES with six students and 18 alumni taking part in the Gold Coast edition of the Games in 2018. Other alumni who have previously competed at the Commonwealth Games are husband and wife duo Luke Gunn and Hannah England. Both competed in the athletics competitions in Delhi in 2010 and Glasgow in 2014 and Luke also took part in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. For more information about Birmingham 2022, and to sign-up to be the first to hear about news and tickets, please go to www.birmingham2022.com the fifth official partner for Birmingham 2022, joining Official Legal Advisers, Gowling WLG; Official Timekeeper, Longines; Official Recruiter, GI Group and Host Broadcaster, Sunset+Vine, in supporting the biggest event ever to be held in the West Midlands. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8 2022. The University of Birmingham has a strong track record in sport science research, offering the UK’s first Sport Science degree course in 1946. It also already has strong links with the Commonwealth Games, Ian Reid, Chief Executive of Birmingham 2022, visited the University of Birmingham campus to support the partnership announcement. Reid said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the University of Birmingham has decided to take their involvement with the Games to the next level. “Obviously, we’ve already been working very closely with the university, as we’re taking advantage of its world-class sporting facilities to stage two of our sports and its fantastic accommodation to use as our main campus village.” The University of Birmingham is volunteering opportunities for staff and students on campus, providing them with valuable experience of working at a major sports event and guaranteeing that the teams staying there have the support of volunteers who are extremely knowledgeable about the university site. The Games, which is expected to have a global TV audience of 1.5 billion, attract more than one million spectators and welcome competitors from 72 nations and territories, will also provide an important platform for the University of Birmingham to promote its impressive teaching and research capabilities. ■ Football club in Covid scare told: Play on or face £400 fine A BIRMNGHAM local football team claim they have been threatened with a £400 fine if they don’t complete a fixture tomorrow – despite having a player with coronavirus. Non-league outfit Bartley Reds FC say they were warned of the hefty financial penalty if they don’t field a team for the Midlands Football League fixture. One of their players contracted coronavirus last Saturday and the team, who are an FA Charter Standard Club based in Bartley Green, informed the Football Association as per guidelines. However, with football not deemed a “close contact sport”, the club was informed the game should go ahead – with teammates not required to self-isolate. Martin Asante, manager, told BBC News: “Why can’t we do the best we can to protect others and their families?” The coach, who has a heart defect, added: “What is two weeks [to spend isolating] really in the scope of things? “We would have prevented damage rather than caused damage.” He continued: “We want to do the right thing, but we don’t understand the logic behind the league threatening us with a fine.” Nigel Wood, Midland Football League Secretary, said: “We are following FA guidelines and they state that football is not classed as a close contact sport and only the player has to self-isolate if they test positive. “That’s at all levels of football as far as we are concerned. “At the moment, the player who tests positive must do that and all others don’t have to unless they were in close contact with them. “All clubs have been told what they must do before during and after and we take it as read from what they tell us, that they are following the rules.” PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . 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