Monthly Archives: February 1999

A global hero

By ED STODDARD, Shunpiking Magazine, 3rd Annual Black History Supplement, No. 24, 1999

LAST FEBRUARY, while visiting the sweltering slum town of Banjarmasin on the island of Bornco, I came across a group of young Indonesian boys sparring by the river bank. Jokingly, I told them that they were like Muhammad Ali and held my fist up, readied for mock combat. The boys needed no further prompting. Immediately, they began shouting “Muhammad Ali!” and Ali-like, they began dancing and firing left jabs at each other. Continue reading

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Athletes’ drug use must stop

By ANNE-MARIE GARCÍA*

SUMMER is traditionally the high season for sports, filled with triumphs and records, joy and celebration, goals and dreams. In 1998, however, the high spirits of the season were dampened, perhaps more than ever, by the problem of drug use.

For the first time ever, for example, the law was forced to intervene in the Tour de France cycling race, with the winning team’s coaches and Italian racer Mapei taken into custody. Continue reading

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