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Lewis Hamilton responds to Mario Andretti, Sir Jackie Stewart comments: ‘Just disappointing’

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Andretti quoted as stating Hamilton is ‘creating a problem that doesn’t exist’; Stewart said there is ‘no resistance to change’ in F1

Last Updated: 22/07/20 7:09am

Lewis Hamilton says he is disappointed with the recent comments made by Mario Andretti and Sir Jackie Stewart after it was claimed he had become a “militant” and that there wasn’t a “big problem” with diversity in Formula 1.

Hamilton has been a vocal and prominent campaigner against racism since the death of American George Floyd in May, while he has also launched a commission to encourage more diversity in F1, in which he is the only black driver. F1 have set up their own We Race As One initiative.

The six-time champion has also shown his support in 2020’s opening three races. Hamilton performed the Black Power salute on top of his Mercedes car and on top of the podium after winning the Styrian GP, while he has taken a knee before every race, urging drivers who have stood to join him.

But speaking before last weekend’s Hungarian GP, motorsport legend Andretti was quoted as telling Chilean newspaper El Mercurio: “I have a lot of respect for Lewis, but why become a militant? He’s always been accepted and he’s earned everyone’s respect.

“I think the whole point of this is pretentious. I feel that way. And it’s creating a problem that doesn’t exist.”

 Hamilton's Instagram posts reacting to Andretti and Stewart's comments

Hamilton’s Instagram posts reacting to Andretti and Stewart’s comments

Hamilton responded to the comments on social media, saying that he has always had respect for Andretti, who is famously an F1 and multi IndyCar champion, but called on the American to “educate himself”.

“This is disappointing but unfortunately a reality that some of the older generation who still have a voice today cannot get out of their own way and acknowledge there is a problem,” Hamilton wrote on an Instagram story.

“Again, this is plain ignorance but that will not stop me from continuing to push for change. It is never too late to learn and I hope that this man who I’ve always had respect for can take the time to educate himself.”

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Lewis Hamilton said the pre-race scenes at the Hungarian GP were ’embarrassing’, and has called on F1’s authorities to do ‘much more’ in the fight against racism and inequality

Lewis Hamilton said the pre-race scenes at the Hungarian GP were ’embarrassing’, and has called on F1’s authorities to do ‘much more’ in the fight against racism and inequality

Stewart, meanwhile, denied there was a major racism issue in F1.

“I think Lewis has been a great example to lots of people,” the Scottish three-time F1 champion said on Good Morning Britain last week. “He’s quite vocal about these elements, I don’t think there’s as big a problem as there might seem.

“There is no resistance for change if someone is clever and good at what they do. They will be accepted in Formula 1.”

In his following Instagram post, Hamilton wrote: “Again, another one. Just disappointing.”

 Hamilton and Andretti on the US GP podium in 2012

Hamilton and Andretti on the US GP podium in 2012

In the same interview, Andretti also said that the investigation into a ‘noose’ found in black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage – which was eventually discovered to be a door-pull – “became bigger than it should be” and that he wished “politics didn’t get mixed up with sport”.

He went on to speak about Mercedes changing their livery from the usual silver in 2020.

“Painting the car black, I don’t know what good it will do,” he added.

“I’ve met drivers from different backgrounds, races, and I’ve always welcomed them with open arms. In motor racing it doesn’t matter what colour you are; you have to earn your place with results, and that’s the same for everyone.”

Hamilton has said F1’s authorities, teams and drivers need to “do so much more” in the fight against racism and inequality – and called for more “leadership” on the matter – after pre-race scenes at the Hungarian GP he labelled “embarrassing”.



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Colorado Schools select sports moving to the fall

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COLORADO — The Governor’s office is giving schools the option to move football, field hockey, and sideline spirit to the fall, which was originally slated to start in the springs due to COVID-19.

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) requested variances for remaining fall sports but they are still being considered by the Governor’s response team.

“I think they looked at the numbers and they looked at what can be done to safely put students back on the field,” Bert Borgmann, Assistant Commissioner with CHSAA.

Originally, the athletic schedule put in place for this school year was for football, field hockey and cheer to kick off in the spring. Schools like Harrison School District Two are sticking to that format.

“The original plan gave our athletes the opportunity to get on a field and participate, “said Dave Hogan. “There were state championships there and there were there for everyone.”

But others like D11 are bringing Friday night football back this fall. D11’s Athletic Director, Chris Noll says it’s partly due to the lessening of current restrictions.

“We just felt like we need to get the kids back to some normalcy,” said Noll. “We feel we can return safely.”

Regardless of what each school choses to do, CHSAA has a schedule for both seasons.

“A champion will be crowned in both A and C seasons and if there are some limited teams in C there will be some different types of scheduling that will be created,” said Borgmann.

Prior to the decision, several students and parents voicing their concern on there not being football in the fall.

“The reality of recruiting is, if you are high school senior at this point and don’t have a Division One offer, you’re not getting a Division One offer,” said Borgmann.

As for other fall sports who didn’t get lumped in with this current variance like boys soccer and girls volleyball, CHSAA says the governor’s office has yet to approve.

“We were disappointed we wanted our volleyballers to have an opportunity, they will compete till just be in season C,” said Noll.

As of Thursday, Harrison, Sierra, Canon City and the Classical Academy have decided to not move to the fall.

Response from the Governor’s Office:

“CDPHE responded to the requests that were submitted to the agency on Saturday of this past week, which included requests for football, field hockey, cheer and dance and volleyball. CDPHE provided conditional approval for the increased rosters for all of the outdoor sports that were listed in the letter, but denied the request for variances related to indoor sports. Soccer was not one of the sports included in Saturday’s letter.”

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Coronavirus: Big White Ski Club cancels annual ski, board and sport swap – Okanagan

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has waylaid yet another popular event: Big White Ski Club’s annual ski, board and sport swap.

The popular event was scheduled to take place Oct. 23-24 at New Life Church along Harvey Avenue in Kelowna.

This week, though, organizers said this year’s gathering has been cancelled because of coronavirus guidelines and concerns.

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“This was a difficult decision to cancel our 50th annual ski, board and sport swap, but Covid-19 restrictions on group sizes and safety protocols would make it impossible to operate our largest fundraiser of the year,” said club president Dave Willoughby.

Funds raised by the swap help support around 150 youth athletes, says Willoughby. But this year’s cancellation is expected to have a significant impact on the non-profit club’s finances.

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Willoughby, however, is hopeful the swap will take place next year.

For more information about the Big White Ski Club, including how to donate, click here and here.




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Metro Schools’ sports to begin playing games next week

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Football at high schools within Metro Nashville Public Schools will be allowed to resume on September 25.

Dr. Adrienne Battle, director of MNPS made the announcement during Mayor John Cooper’s weekly news conference.

Dr. Battle also announced girl’s soccer can return September 23.

“I’m proud to be able to say that high school students will be able to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities in person, whether they attend school in person or remain in the virtual environment,” she said.

Fans won’t be able to attend games yet, but Dr. Battle said they are working on ways to add to the school spirit.

“We will allow cheerleaders and marching bands to be at games in a way that will provide for both social distancing and a bit of game time atmosphere.”

Live streaming technology is being added to stadiums for home games as well.

Football coaches in the district were given approval to start contact practice last Friday.

Previously, district leaders said contact practice was on hold until COVID-19 conditions improved for the city.

“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 metrics to make further determinations regarding starting games and competitions,” MNPS Spokesperson Sean Braisted said in a statement.

He added that all extracurricular social distancing guidelines and precautions have to be followed, and the district will begin to phase in extracurricular activities as conditions allow. That goes with the district’s phase-in approach to in-person learning.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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