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IEDP Issue  93                                                                                     July 2021

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone!

Well summer is here (sort of ) and of course while we try to enjoy the intermittent heatwaves that are typical of our inconsistent summers we are also having to navigate our personal perspectives on the easing of COVID 19 restrictions …to mask or not to mask…and other such questions. 
This last month was made memorable by big international sporting events namely Wimbledon and the European Cup football. It was disappointing to see that what should have been a celebratory event spiralled into a shameful exhibition of toxic racism.

But on the plus side, it was uplifting and inspiring to see the young black footballers who took the penalty shots ….(the youngest Bukayo Saka being 19) demonstrate dignity and resilience in the face of so much pressure.

But let’s not forget that after all racial abuse takes its toll and the long term does affect mental health and emotional wellbeing. So for these young men to have done their best and in return be rewarded with torrents of racial abuse is a national disgrace but hopefully the outpouring of love, support and appreciation from the rest of the country helped to drown out the noise from the small minority of hateful people. 

Of course, the other major sporting event currently taking place is the hotly debated Tokyo Olympics which are going to be remembered for bringing mixed-gender teams together in swimming, judo and track events in particular which in 2021 is welcome and feels long overdue.

Mental health and wellbeing have been at the forefront thanks to the confidence and willingness of so many athletes to step up, speak out and take action to manage their well-being publicly, which is an inspiration and a reminder to us all to make mental health and wellbeing a priority.  
All that remains is for me to wish you a wonderful August and to say that the next newsletter will be the September issue.

If any of you would like to contribute an opinion piece please send us an email at


Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

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The deadline for contributions to the next issue is 15 September 2021. Please circulate this newsletter to anyone who may be interested in our work or who may wish to join the Institute.
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