Tuesday, 21 May 2019

MSSA's Annual South African Schools National Championships - 15 & 16 June 2019

Scenes from 2018 school events.
Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) South African Schools' National Championships is the perfect start for players to launch themselves into top level competition.

Many of South Africa's top players who have represented South African Pro
tea teams in international competition have come through the ranks at such South African Schools' National Championships.

MSSA is proud of its reputation of promoting youth in its national teams, and as a result, most of MSSA's teams that have represented South Africa have had a component of players that were learners who were still in High School.


Thus it should be noted that such South African Schools' National Championships not only counts towards players earning Provincial and National Colours, but also counts towards MSSA's selection process.

All gamers are reminded that MSSA's South African Schools' National Championships are an open championship. In other words any registered player, who is currently a registered learner, is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live.

For additional information, please contact MSSA at mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

Details are as follows:


Championship Details:


Member clubs must enter their teams/players by downloading the entry form on Googe Drive and submitting it to 
mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com. The entry form may be found on: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VEYdTjmTj6FvqNDftSz9QdAYsiOiRaaI7EUY_rKxDUI/edit#gid=0



In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies re development programmes, entries are free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the member club formally request assistance. Such applications must be directed to the MSSA at: e-mail: mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 

Players who are registered with any school may participate.

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Creating an esports textbook.

Professor Gil Fried (University of New Haven) at IESF's 2018 Global Esports Executive Summit (GEES).
Esports needs a textbook, and now someone is doing something about it.

Professor Gil Fried (University of New Haven) is in the process of writing a new textbook on the esports industry.  Prof. Fried hopes to publish the book with Human Kinetics in 2021.  To do justice to such an  extensive topic, Prof. Fried shall be editing the book along with several other professors who teach esports related classes. 

However, to ensure that the work is the best possible, professionals in the industry who might want to write about specific topics are invited to do so.  It is anticipated these elements can be from around 4-10 pages on specific topics. 

It could be a great way for someone to tell a story about their company/business and reach a large number of future students studying sport and esport management.
The topics that Prof. Fried are looking for people to cover include:
  • Who are the various stakeholders and what are their roles.
    • Title developers- such as Activision Blizzard, Riot Games, Nintendo, Sony, etc…
    • Players- professional and amateur
    • Governance- IeSF, college, high school, leagues
    • Teams and leagues- how are they formed, structured, and managed
    • Promoters/event managers
    • Marketers- selling games, selling athletes, selling events, branding, sponsorship
    • Broadcasters
    • Coaches
    • Team owners
    • Gamblers
    • Fans
  • How are games developed
  • Tools used in the industry- Gaming equipment, platforms, programs, streaming, VR/AR, AI, etc….
  • Content management
  • Delivery services
  • Information technology
  • How are games marketed
  • Financial issues in esports
  • Legal issues in esports
  • What is involved in putting on esports tournaments?
  • Fairness, ethics, and cheating in eSports
  • Esports and gambling
  • Careers in esport
  • Esports entrepreneurship
  • Where is the industry going?

If you are interested in getting involved with this project please do not hesitate to contact Professor Gil Fried who can be reached off line at gfried@newhaven.edu.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Reminder: MSSA's 2019 Mpumalanga Provincial Championships - 25 & 26 May 2019.

Mind Sports South Africa
You want to be selected for the 2019 Protea Team, then read this.

MSSA's 2019 Mpumalanga Provincial Championships is part of the process of selecting the 2018 Protea teams that will attend the various World Championships and participate in various test matches.

All gamers are reminded that MSSA's 2019 Gauteng Provincial Championships are an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership.

You may contact MSSA at mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

Details are as follows:

Championship Details:

  • Hosting Club: Curro Secunda
  • VenueCurro Secunda, Cnr of Nelson Mandela and Coen Brits St., Secunda, 2302
  • Entry date:  Athough the entry date of 17 May 2019 has passed, MSSA is able to take in limited amounts of late entries in certain of the titles. Please contact mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com should you wish to submit a late entry.
  • Date25 & 26 May 2019.

Member clubs must enter their teams/players by downloading the entry form on Googe Drive and submitting it to 
mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com. The entry form may be found on: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c_Lu-tZwr4q_p7Je9DWooQHLsQXPSe5aEUbs_VynGzw/edit#gid=871100982

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WADA FOUNDATION BOARD MOVES FORWARD WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNANCE REFORMS


World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
On 16 May 2019  the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Foundation Board (Board) held its first meeting of the year in Montreal, Canada. The 38-member Board – which is composed equally of the Sports Movement and Governments of the world – met to discuss progress regarding WADA’s priorities and other important matters concerning the Agency and the future of clean sport. The full-day Board meeting, which was open to the media and observers, included a number of presentations, discussions and decisions.
 
On 15 May 2019, WADA’s 12-Member Executive Committee (ExCo) met and made several decisions and recommendations, which then came before the Board.
 
WADA Presidential Nominee
 
At the start of the meeting, WADA President Sir Craig Reedie congratulated Poland’s Minister of Sport and Tourism and former 400m sprinter Witold Banka who, on Tuesday, was nominated by the Public Authorities as their preferred candidate for the position of WADA President when Sir Craig stands down at the end of 2019. He also thanked Mr. Banka’s opponent in that nomination process, Marcos Diaz, Vice-Minister of Sports of the Dominican Republic, and pointed out the positive and respectful way in which the process was carried out.
 
By way of response, Mr. Banka thanked the Public Authorities for the confidence shown in him by nominating him as their preferred candidate. He also thanked Mr. Diaz and stated that he looked forward to working hard with him and all stakeholders to strengthen WADA.
 
The new President will be elected by the Board at the fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport, which will take place in Katowice, Poland, from 5-7 November, and will assume the role for a three-year term from 1 January 2020.
 
Governance Reforms
 
The ExCo approved a detailed timeline for further implementation of wide-ranging governance reforms that were agreed at the November 2018 meeting with work on that progressing well.
 
In particular, the ExCo approved the appointment of an independent agency to identify and vet members of the inaugural Nominations Committee, which will have a pivotal role in recruiting and vetting candidates to occupy senior governance positions within WADA in the future, such as President, Vice-President, Standing Committee Chairs and members of the ExCo and Board.
 
Sir Craig said: “Any strong organization will constantly review its governance structures and, last November, the Board approved a raft of far-reaching reforms intended to make WADA stronger and fit for the future. An important element of that is the formation of a Nominations Committee to help ensure that the right people in terms of the requisite level of skills and independence, serve in those key roles within WADA.
 
“The review of WADA’s governance model has been extensive and has clearly shown WADA’s willingness to adapt. In an ever-changing world, WADA’s role has grown and evolved since its current governance model was first formed. It is right that the structure should develop as well and should continue to be looked at in the future.”
 
The range of reforms approved in November are part of the beginning of an ongoing process of governance review within WADA.
 
Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA)
 
Further to the ExCo’s September 2018 decision to reinstate RUSADA as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), both the ExCo and the Board received an update regarding management of the data and samples collected from the former Moscow Laboratory earlier this year.
 
Since the Board’s November 2018 meeting, separate WADA delegations visited the Moscow Laboratory in Russia and, in January, extracted 24 terabytes of analytical data (equivalent to more than 24 million documents) and, in April, 2,262 samples, which were securely taken to a WADA-accredited laboratory outside of Russia.
 
The authentication process is still ongoing for some data but has already confirmed that a very high percentage of the data collected in the Moscow Laboratory is authentic and matching with the copy of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) had acquired through a whistleblower in November 2017.
 
Armed with this material, as well as other evidence, WADA’s Intelligence & Investigations (I&I) has started providing International Federations (IFs) with evidentiary packages, which IFs will assess with the view to taking the cases forward as Anti-Doping Rule Violations. WADA will work in close collaboration with IFs and, in cases where IFs choose not to take action, the Agency will review the facts, discuss with the relevant IF and reserves the right to bring them forward to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
 
Director of Intelligence and Investigations Gunter Younger said: “WADA continues to make real progress on this long-running and complex case. Thanks to the fact that we have been able to access the data and the samples, we are now currently in the process of building strong cases that we will present to International Federations. Indeed, we have already delivered some of those evidentiary packages and more will follow in the coming weeks and months.”
 
Conduct at WADA Meetings
 
Yesterday, WADA issued a statement in relation to allegations of improper conduct by two ExCo members at its September 2018 meeting. The findings of the full, independent investigation, carried out by US law firm Covington and Burling LLP, were discussed extensively at the ExCo and presented to the Board by the firm today.
 
The related report, which is published in full, is available for everyone to read. In addition, the ExCo took the step of releasing the unedited recording of the meeting in question, as well as transcripts. This has been done in the interests of transparency and full disclosure and are the actions of an organization determined to lay bare the facts of the matter. At every stage, WADA has taken this matter extremely seriously.
 
The investigation found there was no bullying or harassment and the September ExCo meeting will consider the four recommendations made by Covington relating to the Agency’s governance policies, training and protocols and is committed to making improvements as appropriate.

University Chair in Anti-Doping
 
The Board approved plans to establish a multi-disciplinary Chair on Anti-Doping and Sport at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, in order to respond to a demand for more education and research in this field. The intention is that this initiative will also create further partnerships with other universities in the world.
 
Clenbuterol
 
The Board approved an amendment to Article 7.4 of the World Anti-Doping Code which allows laboratories and results management authorities to close as “no case to answer” matters involving athletes testing positive for clenbuterol when established that it is as the result of ingesting contaminated meat products.
 
It has been scientifically established that an athlete can test positive for clenbuterol at low levels following ingestion of contaminated meat in a small number of countries where this is an issue.
 
The issue will be addressed in the forthcoming 2021 Code and International Standard for Results Management. However, until these instruments come into force, this interim solution is required so that valid meat contamination cases are dealt with fairly.
 
To this end, WADA will circulate details of this decision to all stakeholders in advance of 1 June when this amendment comes into effect.
 
OTHER MATTERS
 
Hosting agreement with MontrĂ©al International 
 
Following the celebration on 15 May marking the extension of WADA’s agreement with Montreal International for the Agency to remain in the city until 2031 at least, Canada’s Minister for Transport, the Honorable Marc Garneau addressed the Board on the importance of WADA’s continued presence in Montreal.
 
Mr. Garneau pledged the Canadian government’s support for WADA and for clean sport, stating Canada’s full confidence in WADA’s ability to regulate and oversee the global fight to protect clean sport and committing to partnering with WADA in that process.
 
Sir Craig thanked the Minister for his presence at the meeting and for Canada’s longstanding and ongoing support.
 
Athletes
 
The Board heard a report from Chair of the Athlete Committee Beckie Scott, including an update on the working group set up to look at the global representation of athletes with the view to strengthening the athletes’ voices further on the WADA ExCo and Board. Broader consultation and the development of a new draft will be the next steps.
 
Fellow Athlete Committee member Ben Sandford updated the Board on the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, which will be tabled for endorsement at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in November, as well as the proposal from WADA’s Athlete Committee to create an Athlete Ombudsperson position for anti-doping matters. Discussions on this proposal will continue over the coming months.
 
Laboratories
 
The ExCo approved the application for King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to become a candidate laboratory as it seeks to gain WADA approval to carry out blood sample testing as part of the Athlete Biological Passport program.
 
The ExCo approved the removal of candidate laboratory status from the Anti-Doping Analysis Laboratory of the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile.
 
Code Review
 
The Board received an update on progress with the ongoing review of the Code and the International Standards, which continues as per the agreed process. The intention is for them to be approved at the 2019 World Conference on Doping in Sport and come into force on 1 January 2021.
 
Finance
 
The Board received an update on the finances of the Agency and approved the accounts for the year-end 2018.
 
Next Meetings
 
The ExCo will next meet on 23 September in Tokyo, Japan. The ExCo and Board will both hold meetings during the World Conference on Doping in Sport in November in Katowice, Poland.

Monday, 13 May 2019

MSSA's 2019 Mpumalanga Provincial Championships - 25 & 26 May 2019.

Mind Sports South Africa
You want to be selected for the 2019 Protea Team, then read this.

MSSA's 2019 Mpumalanga Provincial Championships is part of the process of selecting the 2018 Protea teams that will attend the various World Championships and participate in various test matches.

All gamers are reminded that MSSA's 2019 Gauteng Provincial Championships are an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. 

You may contact MSSA at mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

Details are as follows:

Championship Details:
  • Hosting Club: Curro Secunda
  • VenueCurro Secunda, Cnr of Nelson Mandela and Coen Brits St., Secunda, 2302
  • Entry date:  17 May 2019.
  • Date25 & 26 May 2019.

Member clubs must enter their teams/players on the entry form sent to member clubs.

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Never forget!

Amanda Pakade, MSSA President, proudly wearing MSSA's logo as designed by the late Fred Brownell.
The Department of Arts and Culture has paid tribute to 79-year-old Fred Brownell who passed away on the night of Friday, 10 May 2019. Fred Brownell was the man who designed SA's iconic democratic national flag. 
Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa said he was distraught to learn of the passing "of a true South African hero whose name is etched in history"
Although the name of Fred Brownell is one that is synonymous with the designing and producing the flag of post-democratic South Africa, Mr. Brownell also designed Mind Sports South Africa's logo in 1991.
As State Herald, Fred Brownell designed the logo specifically for the MSSA in 1991 to best represent all the games as administered by the MSSA. Thus the Janus Knight for MSSA came into being.
Amanda Pakade, MSSA President, stated that his passing, "is a great loss to South Africa", and "the true value of his contribution to South Africa will never be fully appreciated".

The logo is made up of the following aspects:

The double-headed knight chess piece: The knight chess piece is already an international symbol for army battle school. The symbol represents tactical and strategic thought and training. By making the symbol a double-headed knight, it also incorporates the concepts of considering the opponent's moves and shows the mental versatility of gamers.

The circle: The circle represents the rules to which all the games are played, and the unity of all the games that the MSSA represents.

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Sunday, 5 May 2019

Executive Meeting has been called.

Amanda Pakade, MSSA President, has called an Executive Committee Meeting for 31 May 2019.
In terms  of Mind Sports South Africa's constitution, MSSA's president is required to call two Executive Committee Meetings per annum.

The Executive Committee is just one of the checks-and-balances on the Management Board as such Executive Committee includes a delegate from every member club affiliated to, and in good standing with, Mind Sports South Africa.

It is at such Executive Committee Meetings that Regulations and Bye-laws may be amended and/or introduced.

Thus notice is given that MSSA shall be holding an Executive Committee meeting on 31 May 2019.

As such all member clubs are advised that should they have any motions that they want presented, such motions must be submitted to the General Secretary on or before 7 May 2019 on mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

Motions may be submitted on any aspect of the Reguations and Bye-laws, but they cannot be in conflict with MSSA's Constitution or any South African legislation.