Cuban Sports Scientific Research Center inaugurated

The opening ceremony was presided by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and José Ramón Fernández. The Center is located near to the Manuel Fajardo University of Physical Culture and Sports | Anabel Díaz

The opening ceremony was presided by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and José Ramón Fernández. The Center is located near to the Manuel Fajardo University of Physical Culture and Sports | Anabel Díaz

By Jorge Carlos De la Paz Espinosa

The application of scientific knowledge for the development of sports is vital to raising the global prestige of this highly important sector for the country.

On this basis, the Cuban Sports Scientific Research Center (CIDC) was inaugurated on Wednesday, September 21, dedicated to generating knowledge for the benefit of sport. Continue reading

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Cuban youth goodwill tour lands in New England

Cuban and US players watch batting practice from the field at Fenway Park

Cuban and US players watch batting practice from the field at Fenway Park

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THEY CAME ON A GRAY, drizzly Sunday morning, on a bus from Canada after flying from Varadero, Cuba, following an 11-hour drive from the Cuban city of Holguin. Continue reading

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On Man U’s record revenues

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Family-friendly NHL charges $400 for baby seat

usaid-cashA pair of Manitoba parents are in a fight with the National Hockey League over their breastfeeding baby.

Clifford Anderson and Shalyn Meady have already spent $800 on two seats for this year’s Heritage Classic.

The dispute comes as the NHL is using the occasion of its private World Cup of Hockey to run ads on Rogers Sportsnet proclaiming that its players “are playing for the world. Next they will be playing for you.” The tournament is widely perceived to be a “cash grab” and a power grab – a substitute for participation in the Winter Olympics.

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Paralympic runners amaze fans with times besting Olympians

Top four in 1,500-metre race all faster than Olympic gold medalist

Algeria's Abdellatif Baka won gold in the 1,500-metre race in the Rio Paralympics on Sunday in a classification for visually impaired runners. Baka ran the race faster than the Olympic gold medallist in the same event | BOB MARTIN / AP

Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka won gold in the 1,500-metre race in the Rio Paralympics on Sunday in a classification for visually impaired runners. Baka ran the race faster than the Olympic gold medallist in the same event | BOB MARTIN / AP

By KATE ALLEN, Toronto Star Science and Technology reporter
(Sept. 13) – After Abdellatif Baka crossed the finish line of the men’s 1,500-metre race at the Paralympics in Rio on Sunday night, winning gold in 3:48.29, the Algerian knelt down and touched his face to the track, then walked over to a TV camera and kissed the lens. Continue reading

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Belarus gives opening ceremony flag to Russian Paralympians

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport. © Viktor Tolochko

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport | © Viktor Tolochko / Sputnik

(Rt.com) Belarusian Sport and Tourism Ministry member Andrey Fomochkin gave the Russian flag he controversially unveiled at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics to Russian athletes.

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Sochi 2014: The NHL’s blatant provocation against the Olympics

This article, first published on February 21, 2014 during the Sochi Winter Olympics exposes both the aim and the method of how the NHL, hand in hand with the sports media, began creating the conditions to justify launching its own private “World Cup of Hockey.”

The discourse runs like this: we poor owners have been victimized and our fans short-changed and held hostage by the Olympics, because “the best league in the world has been shut down” (Prime Time Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, February 18, 2014). “Just look at our empty buildings.” It is reminiscent of the old saw about the thief crying “stop thief!” | TONY SEED*

The NHL can only drool over the figures. The Canada-U.S. men's hockey semifinal drew a television audience of more than 15 million for CBC on Friday. Photo: Corey Perry of Canada tries a wraparound on Jonathan Quick of the USA as he is defended by Cam Fowler during first period action in the men's hockey semifinal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 21, 2014 | Jean Levac/Postmedia News

The NHL can only drool over the figures. The Canada-U.S. men’s hockey semifinal drew a television audience of more than 15 million for CBC. (Photo) Corey Perry of Canada tries a wraparound on Jonathan Quick of the USA as he is defended by Cam Fowler during first period action in the men’s hockey semifinal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 21, 2014 | Jean Levac/Postmedia News

SEEMINGLY out of the blue, the National Hockey League (NHL) based in New York sent their fabled Stanley Cup trophy to Sochi. The media slavered when it made its appearance at Canada House on Monday, February 17th. The iconic silver trophy had seemingly fallen from the sky or appeared as if a gift from the gods of sport with a spiritual significance comparable to a burning bush.

In the media euphoria, Canadian Olympic members were organized to pose with the trophy and world champion figure skater Patrick Chan to bless it with a kiss.

Four-time Olympian skier Brian Stemmle, also a CBC analyst, denounced the maneouvre, rightly asking: “Why is the Stanley Cup at Canada House in Sochi? Other athletes don’t bring their trophies. Hate when hockey tries to overshadow other sports.” A new diversion began. Continue reading

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