Bach meets Putin at World Cup Final and claims Russian sport should be brought back into fold

Russian President Vladimir Putin, seen here meeting Thomas Bach, has claimed myths about the country have collapsed during the FIFA World Cup ©Getty Images

By MICHAEL PAVITT

(July 15) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on the success of the FIFA World Cup and claimed it was time to bring “Russian sport fully back into the international sports community” following the Sochi 2014 doping scandal.

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Ping-pong diplomacy on show again at ITTF Korea Open


The ITTF Shinhan Korea Open will start tomorrow with the two Korea's once again set to compete together ©Remy Gros

By JAMES DIAMOND

(July 16) – North and South Korea are to join forces again and compete together at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Shinhan Korea Open. Continue reading

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I’ve got some things to say

The Player’s Tribune has published a series of first person life stories of footballers competing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. One of the more compelling is that of ROMELU LUKAKU, the outstanding Belgian striker. Something he says struck a chord, reminiscent of the Canadian media’s attitude towards world class sprinter Ben Johnson in the 1980s. When things were going well for him, we read articles calling him Ben Johnson, the Canadian champion. After he had been incriminated with steroids, they called him Ben Johnson, the immigrant from Jamaica.

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Fiat workers to strike over Juventus’ $116 million Cristiano Ronaldo purchase?

A vendor adjusts a Juventus' jerseys with the name of Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited in his shop in Turin, Italy July 7, 2018

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It was recently confirmed that Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid for Juventus ahead of the start of the next season, and while many Italian football fanatics are excited by his entry into the Serie A League, the move has sparked some condemnation. Continue reading

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Who is singing now?

(July 11) – The world has been saved from an England-France Brexit final at the 2018 World Cup and the tsunami of British chauvinism unashamedly embraced by the Canadian sports media.

What goes around, comes around. The dodgy English threw their final match in the opening round with Belgium to get a better draw in the knockout stage, that is, to avoid Brazil and thereby build the betting pool, the TV market, the revenues of the English Football Association, and “hearts and minds” diversion from the crisis at home – giving a new definition to match fixing and a level playing field. Continue reading

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The sports industry, a gulf separates two worlds

(July 9) – Lightweight footwear under one hundred grams; swimsuits designed by experts in hydrodynamics that “cut” through the water with maximum efficiency; sensors placed in different accessories that calculate heart rate and provide other real time information; rackets that reduce vibration transfer resulting from the impact of the ball…  Continue reading

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Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as FIFA admit secret let-off over fans’ fascist banners

Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as Fifa admit secret let-off over fans' fascist banners

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