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‘Keep Fighting’ initiative launched, inspired by Michael Schumacher

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Nearly three years on from Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident, a formal non-profit initiative that features Schumacher’s “Keep Fighting” message has been launched by his family and additional partners.

Both @KeepFighting and @Schumacher Twitter accounts have been launched along with them, and are officially verified by Twitter as a result.

On the webpage, which can be accessed at keepfighting.ms, fans can choose from more than one thousand images from AFP from Schumacher’s glittering F1 career to create a mosaic of positive memories.

The mission statement, or inspiration, reads as follows:

Keep Fighting hopes to unite everybody inspired by Michael Schumacher  to believe they should keep fighting and never give up.

Michael Schumacher is considered by many to be the best driver ever in Formula 1. His achievements on the racing track are undoubtedly unique, but he is also acknowledged by his achievements off the track. Michael’s strong will, his loyalty to the ones close to him, his honest attitude towards his goals and convictions and his strict readiness to help others are an inspiration to many people around the world since many years.

The Schumacher family and #TeamMichael invite you to join the Keep Fighting Community and welcome your involvement in this initiative. Keep Fighting aims  to spread the positive energy that supporters of Michael have expressed to him over the years.

The vision of the initiative is to keep fighting, as Schumacher has done albeit almost entirely out of the public eye, since his accident.

Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s longtime manager, addressed both the message and the reason for the lack of public updates in a corresponding Q&A session.

Via Jennie Gow, Kehm said, “We wanted to send a sign of encouragement at a time where people are open to it. The Keep Fighting Initiative is about courage, hope and belief in your own confidence. It is about giving back positive energy that the Schumacher family has received by so many wonderful people in the world.”

Kehm also addressed why there have been few public updates regarding Schumacher’s health. No formal updates have been issued on Schumacher’s health this year, with only Ross Brawn and Luca di Montezemolo, his former colleagues at Ferrari, offering second-hand accounts.

“Michael’s health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard,” Kehm said, via the Q&A. “This is also because we have to protect his intimate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere. We are aware that this may be difficult for some people to understand but we do this with full commitment to Michael’s guidelines and can only thank people for their understanding.”

The first tweet from @KeepFighting is below:

Corresponding other tweets from @Schumacher, posted on Friday, are below:

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool