Daily Digest: Emma Hayes analyzes the EURO 2020 final between England and Italy
In Today’s News: Emma Hayes gets a role on ITV for the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy, Allyson Felix launches a childcare program for athletic mothers and Toni Duggan joins Everton.
Emma Hayes takes on ITV role for the Euro 2020 final
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes will play again for ITV at Wembley Stadium, this time for the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy.
She will contribute to the analysis of the game along with Manchester United expert and former player Gary Neville and will perform on the pitch with host Seema Jaswal and Chelsea legend Ashley Cole before the game starts.
Hayes was selected for a similar role during the England v Denmark semi-final match after the 44-year-old proved hugely popular with Euro 2020 viewers. She received special praise for her analysis of the dramatic round of 16 between Croatia and Spain.
England will face Italy for the European Championship at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is 8 p.m. UK time.
US sprinter Allyson Felix launches childcare grant program
Six-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix has jointly launched a childcare program for athletic mothers. The program – The Power of She Fund: Child Care Grants – was launched in collaboration with the Women’s Sport Foundation and Felix’s sponsor, Athleta.
The initiative is providing $ 200,000 (£ 144,000) to fund childcare costs for athletic mothers traveling to competitions. A total of nine athletes, six of whom will be traveling to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will each receive US $ 10,000 (£ 7,200) from the fund. The next group of recipients will be announced in October.
“It was important to me and Athleta that our partnership reflected that I am more than just an athlete,” said Felix. “But not everyone has access to this type of support from a partner or sponsor. The aim of these scholarships is to show the industry that all mom athletes need the same comprehensive support in order to be able to participate in their sporting activities. “
Star forward Toni Duggan returns to Everton
Toni Duggan has returned to Everton on a two-year contract after an eight year absence. The striker has worked at Manchester City, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid but has decided to return to her first professional team.
The 29-year-old, who made 76 appearances and scored 22 goals for England, said it was “good to be back home” and said it was a “dream come true” to get Everton a place in the Champions League to help next season.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be back now,” Duggan continued. “As soon as I knew I could go back to Everton, I came back.”
Artistic swimmers Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe talk about body image problems
British art swimmers Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe spoke about the abuse they received for their athletic bodies. The couple, who represent Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, appeared on Radio 1 Newsbeat to talk about body image issues.
Shortman and Thorpe also featured in a beauty campaign for British lingerie brand Bluebella. They want to help encourage women and girls to tackle the number of dropouts because of their physical confidence.
“We’re trolled and proud to be able to take photos in more revealing clothes,” said Shortman.
“Body image [concerns] are not only reserved for people who do not find themselves thin enough, but also for people who consider themselves too sporty, too tall, too small. We are proud to be where we are today and are happy and confident in our bodies. “
Final decided in the women’s doubles at Wimbledon
The Belgian Elise Mertens and the Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei will meet the Russian Elena Vesnina and Veronika Kudermetova in the women’s double final at Wimbledon.
Mertens and Hsieh defeated number five seeded Japanese Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the semifinals.
“I was very happy to have won the last game because you never know what will happen afterwards,” said Mertens. “I was happy to serve it. At some point we got it, so I was so relieved. “
Their Russian opponents defeated the American Caroline Dolehide and the Australian Storm Sanders in the last four. The final is to be played on Center Court tomorrow at 3:15 p.m.