Back in 2015, we launched a petition urging our United States government to sign the BOTS Act (aka Better Online Ticket Sales Act) effectively criminalizing the use of ticket bot software to hack websites and purchase tickets before average consumers. At the time, the bill was being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, and his influenced helped Governor Andrew Cuomo sign similar legislation into law for New York State.Shortly thereafter, Congress actually passed the BOTS Act through both houses, sending it off to President Obama for his approval. Today, we’ve learned that the BOTS Act has been officially enacted into federal law!The summary for the new act explains that it “prohibits the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events.” The new legislation even allows the federal government to file civil lawsuits for those who were affected by scalpers using ticket bots. Of course, the real challenge will be enforcing this new law, but putting this into the country’s legislation is a huge first step in the fight against ticket scalping. Let’s hope this means fairer ticket buying for all.
Ghana’s Sulemanu Tetteh will be representing the country in this year’s Olympics Games boxing tournament in Japan after he grabbed a ticket by placing 3rd in the African qualifying tournament on Friday in Dakar, Senegal.Tetteh, who is the captain of the Black Bombers team, managed to get a 4-1 decision over Juliano Marina of Mozambique in the men’s flyweight playoffs.Across three rounds, Tetteh managed to land some good punches and use his experience to get the result. He won the first and third rounds and that helped him get the decision going his way.Tokyo 2020 will be Tetteh’s second Olympic Games after he took part in the 2012 Games in London.He will hope that his team mates- Samuel Takyie, Samed Shakul and Jesse Lartey- will also win their playoff bouts on Saturday so they can also book places in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Government has not neglected their maintenance plans for the various state-owned stadia, according to Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah.The maintenance culture at the country’s main stadia, ie, Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast, have come under immense scrutiny in recent weeks.Revelations made in the Auditor General’s report on the activities of the National Sports Authority and the Sports Ministry, pointed out the absence of a maintenance policy for the country’s major stadia.But Asiamah has defended his outfit, and is adamant government has done a good job with the maintenance of state owned stadia since taking office.“Before we came in, Accra Sports Stadium was dead; now it’s back to life,” he said.“When you go to Kumasi Sports Stadium, it’s closed down for renovation. When maintenance is not routine, we incur more cost to bring the place back to life. “When we are done with renovation works, every venue will have a maintenance manual that will be followed religiously,” he added