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Kobe Bryant in 2015

Yesterday, January 26, 2020, former NBA champion Kobe Bryant passed away in the crash of his helicopter in Calabasas, California. The accident killed all the people on board, including Kobe’s 13-year old daughter Gianna.

The news of Kobe Bryant’s death, made even more tragic because his daughter Gianna was with him, spread like a hurricane far beyond the world of sports. A flash mob led a large number of fans outside the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers’ home. There are really a lot of people mourning a champion who, in just 41 years of life, has left a mark as very few could.

Anytime Fitness is one of the many gym franchise opportunities (Photo courtesy Anytime Fitness. All rights reserved)

“Have you been to the gym this week?”. More than at any other time, the answer to this question is likely to be “yes”. The 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report confirms that the UK health and fitness industry is going from strength to strength.

There are more gyms in the UK than ever before; more than 7,000 in total. And with membership numbers approaching 10 million it means that one in every seven people in the country is a member of a gym. These impressive stats reflect the UK’s growing interest in the importance of health and well-being.

Rafael Nadal has won the Roland Garros 2017 title defeating Stan Wawrinka in the final 6-2 6-3 6-1. For the Spanish champion it’s the “Decima”, the tenth title of the French tournament, another piece of the legend of the man who on clay is the greatest player of all time.

R.I.P. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, legend of boxing but famous far beyond the world of sport, died as a result of respiratory problems complicated by the Parkinson’s disease he’d been suffering from for many years. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942, he’s been one of the greatest boxers of all time but his fame went far beyond the world of sports.

A few hours ago Kobe Bryant played his last NBA game and greeted the league in his own way, scoring 60 points in the 101-96 win against the Utah Jazz. Needless to say, the Los Angeles Lakers champion also scored the decisive points for the win but this was above all a celebration of a player who, both loved and hated, is already a legend.