In 2018, President Vladimir Putin boasted that the Sarmat was one of the new Russian weapons that could render NATO defenses obsolete.The US, which is reviving its space exploration program, recently celebrated its first crewed spacecraft flight in nearly a decade, sending two astronauts to the International Space Station in a privately-built capsule.The strategy document underlined that the US would “promote burden-sharing with our allies and partners.” The United States wants to prevent China and Russia from taking control of space and will look to allies for help, according to a new “Defense Space Strategy” unveiled by the Pentagon on Wednesday.The strategy document was the first since President Donald Trump announced the creation of the new Space Force military arm in December.”China and Russia present the greatest strategic threat due to their development, testing, and deployment of counterspace capabilities,” it said. “China and Russia each have weaponized space as a means to reduce US and allied military effectiveness and challenge our freedom of operation in space.”The strategy stressed that the US would strive to maintain superiority in space, in particular protecting GPS satellites on which the military as well as the emergency services, transport and even financial services depend.China is investing billions of dollars in space and puts many satellites in orbit. In 2007, Beijing also successfully tested a surface-to-air missile strike against a satellite, according to the Pentagon.Russia plans a test launch of its Angara heavy carrier rocket later this year, and is pressing ahead with the development of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Sarmat. Topics :
FIBA’s Foundation, the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), yesterday launched its new ‘Basketball for Good’ digital platform (http://www.fiba.basketball/foundation).The Foundation, according to a FIBA release, will use the power of basketball to initiate positive social change globally, contributing to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.Following their recent inclusion in the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework, FIBA said, “This is another aspect where FIBA is aligning with the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Agenda 2020 that endorses sustainability goals.”Integrated into the FIBA basketball website, the platform will showcase the diverse Basketball For Good projects the Foundation runs globally.As part of the new platform, IBF is also launching a “propose a project” form, enabling people to submit projects which require assistance and which align with the IBF’s vision and mission around ‘Basketball For Good’..The IBF started developing its Basketball For Good programmes in 2016 and now runs 15 projects in 64 countries, reaching 28 000 youths globally.The Foundation aims to grow the scale and impact of its Basketball For Good programme and this new digital platform will also become a central hub for the wider Basketball For Good community, including FIBA’s stakeholders such as national federations, leagues, clubs, NGOs and individuals that share the same vision of using basketball’s power to initiate positive change.Through the Basketball For Good platform, individuals can make donations, offer equipment or services to support the projects, or find out about volunteering opportunities.IBF president Horacio Muratore in a statement said: “We are very happy to launch our new platform as it will not only be a great way for us to display the impact that our projects have, but it will also allow us to showcase all the good that our basketball family creates throughout the world.”Patrick Haynes, the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) General Secretary and FIBA 3×3 Commission Member, is featured on the impact of the Foundation’s Antilles 3×3 project in the Caribbean region, saying, “Sport has the power to unite out communities – both the International Basketball Foundation and the Caribbean Basketball Confederation are dedicated and committed to developing and promoting the game of basketball, to bring people together, to unite our communities, and to make basketball the most popular sport in our communities.”The IBF’s new digital presence and social media platforms will be promoted on FIBA’s social media channels via Facebook and Instagram.