FIFA President Sepp Blatter to Step Down

Fourteen FIFA officials were charged with bribery, racketeering, and money laundering at the end of May.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

FIFA President Sepp Blatter to Step Down

In wake of soccer corruption scandal

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked soccer’s largest governing body to call a special congress so that he may resign, USA Today reported Tuesday.

Blatter was first elected in 1998 and last week won reelection for a fifth term as FIFA’s president. Blatter won reelection after his opponent, Jordanian prince Ali bin Al Hussein, conceded following an initial round of voting on Friday. When Blatter resigns, FIFA will need to elect a new president.

Blatter’s announcement comes amid continuing developments in corruption charges against FIFA. Last week, an investigation by U.S. authorities led to the indictment of 14 FIFA officials on charges of bribery, racketeering, and money laundering, according to USA Today

A full transcript of Blatter’s comments can be found here.  

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World's Most Bike-Friendly Cities Ranked

Copenhagen was ranked as the most bike-friendly city in Copenhagenize's 2015 list.     Photo: Grisha Levit/Flickr

World's Most Bike-Friendly Cities Ranked

Copenhagen takes top spot

Copenhagenize, a multinational urban design consultancy, has released the 2015 edition of the Copenhagenize Index, which ranks the world’s best cities for cyclists. This year, 122 cities around the globe were ranked according to 13 parameters, including safety, infrastructure, social acceptance, and “modal share,” which describes the percentage of the city’s travelers and commuters who get around by bike. Copenhagen, which finished second in the last two Copenhagenize rankings, took first place on the 2015 list.

“The Danish capital remains impressively consistent in its investment in cycling as transport and in making efforts to push it to the next level,” the report’s authors write on the Copenhagenize website. “With regards to a uniform network of urban design for bicycles, Copenhagen is unrivaled in the world.”

The only U.S. city in this year’s top 20—and the first U.S. city to appear since 2013—is Minneapolis. Copenhagenize’s analysts noted the city’s popular bike share system, 117 miles of bike lanes, and “an impressive—for America—modal share.” The difficulties of winter travel in Minneapolis by bicycle (or, indeed, any mode of transport) were not lost on the report’s authors, who suggested improving bike path clearance during months when the city’s streets are covered in snow.

“New cities storm into the top 20 at the expense of others,” Copenhagenize CEO Mikael Colville-Andersen said in a Wired article announcing the release of the 2015 list. While Dublin has gone from 11th to 15th place, Montreal has dropped from 14th to 20th. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Nagoya, Japan, fell out of the top 20 entirely. The U.S. cities of Portland, San Francisco, and New York City, all of which have appeared in the top 20 in the past, also failed to make this year’s list.

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WATCH: Trailer for Chinese Bike Racing Film

'To the Fore' is about a young man who wants to become a professional cyclist.     Photo: EMPMarketing/YouTube

WATCH: Trailer for Chinese Bike Racing Film

‘To the Fore’ set for August release

Ambition, action, love, betrayal—a new trailer for the upcoming Chinese cycling film To the Fore has it all. The actors cycled more than 62,000 miles while shooting. The film, from director Dante Lam, is set for an August 6 release.

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92-Year-Old Becomes Oldest Woman to Finish Marathon

Harriette Thompson ran the marathon to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.     Photo: teamintraining/Twitter

92-Year-Old Becomes Oldest Woman to Finish Marathon

Ran 26.2 miles in 7:24:36

When she crossed the finish line of the Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on Sunday, Harriette Thompson set a new record as the oldest woman to run 26.2 miles. The resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, a cancer survivor and former concert pianist, posted a time of 7 hours, 24 minutes, and 36 seconds, the Washington Post reports.

It was Thompson’s 16th Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. She started running to stay fit when she was 76 and set a world record last year for women over 90 when she posted a marathon time of 7:07:42. On Sunday, she beat the previous age group record set by Gladys Burrill, who completed the Honolulu Marathon in 2010 at age 92 years and 19 days. Thompson’s age is 92 years and 93 days.

Thompson will have to keep running for almost another ten years if she hopes to become the oldest overall marathoner. Although Guinness doesn’t recognize Faura Singh’s record because he didn’t have a birth certificate to verify his age, he ran his last marathon at age 101.

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