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A leap into the future with eSports

ASHLEY MAGWINDIRI AND NTOMBI MKHANDHLA

Digital athletes have been around for some time, their popularity has risen because of the continuous technological enhancements. E-sports involve competitive tournaments of video games, especially among professional gamers, they have been improved over the years due to the increase of participants from all over the world.

The main difference between eSports and traditional sports, is that e-sports are played in the virtual world whereas the traditional sports require physical movement. One of the first video games competition was held in 1980 by Atari. This competition attracted thousands of participants which slowly led to the rise of e-sports. In 1990, Blockbuster and Nintendo started sponsoring most of the competitions, and later in that year, PC gaming was introduced. In addition, arcade and console tournaments also became popular. Platforms to compete and the video games kept advancing, which then led to the launching of the World Cyber Games and the Electric Sports World Cup in 2000. Today we have improved video games which include FIFA 18 and the upcoming EA Sports UFC 3.

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FNB Varsity Cup cuts ties with Steinhoff International

NTOMBI MKANDHLA & CAITLYN WALSH

Only a short while after announcing their decision to withdraw as sponsors from South Africa’s national rugby 7’s team, the Blitzboks, Steinhoff International cut ties with FNB Varsity Cup. This was confirmed in a statement released by FNB Varsity Cup on 10 January. Steinoff International was a second tier sponsor for the FNB Varsity Cup annual inter-varsity rugby tournament.

The ending of the partnership between Steinhoff International and FNB Varsity Cup was a result of the financial crash of the stock price in the retail company. Times Live reports that in December 2017, Steinhoff International reported “accounting irregularities”, resulting in its market value falling by approximately 85% or the equivalent of R187 billion. SA Rugby Mag adds that the revelation of the company’s financial woes resulted in their stock price rapidly descending by 61%.

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Reasons to consider TuksDance

CAITLYN WALSH

Dancing teaches many valuable skills such as self-control, posture and grace, coordination and patience. TuksDance offers all of this to students through diverse styles of dance such as ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, Latin and ballroom dancing. Ballroom and Latin dancing are offered on three levels, namely beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Each of these levelsare completed over a period of six months with each practice session being approximately an hour long. Ballet and contemporary practices occur twice a week whereas ballroom and Latin practices are once a week. Students may go onto a medal programme should they wish to continue with dancing after they complete the advanced course. TuksDance practice sessions for various dance styles differ from one another. Ballet and contemporary dance sessions work through a routine and perfect the technique of the dance. Ballroom and Latin dance sessions usually consist of the dancers going over several types of dances that belong to each style. Ballroom for beginners consists of learning the Rhythm Foxtrot and the Slow Waltz whereas Latin for beginners focuses on the Jive and Cha-Cha. The dance instructors come prepared to each session with what they specifically have in mind to teach after reviewing steps from previous practices.

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The road to recovery after a sports injury

CAITLYN WALSH

Sports injuries can sometimes be final for an athlete, however, they can be treated and an athlete can even make a full recovery. If injured out on the field, an athlete should take immediate steps to ensure full recovery from the injury. After any type of leg injury occurs on the sports ground, the first thing to do is RICE. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. This will help to start healing the injury immediately. Resting the leg will help to prevent any further damage to the injury and applying ice every 20 minutes in each hour for at least a day will aid in minimizing pain and bringing down swelling. Compression and elevation of the leg are both also to help reduce the swelling of the injury.

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Tuks fitness guide: Avoid first year spread

NTOKOZO ZONDO

Many first year students are away from home for the first time when university begins and the change of environment often results in anxiety and stress. They get their first taste of freedom and this leads to erratic and sometimes irresponsible behaviour in the following areas: drinking, eating, sleeping and budgeting. Lack of planning results in many students missing breakfast to rush to early morning classes which forces them grab a quick unhealthy snack on campus which can lead to the dreaded “first year spread”. Instead of falling prey to becoming what you eat, get ahead of the spread and participate in the fitness avenues UP has on offer.

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