Monthly Archives: March 2008

Cuba condemns campaign to undermine Beijing Olympics

Statement from the revolutionary government

EVER since the International Olympic Committee agreed in 2001 to make Beijing the host of the 2008 Olympic Games, the government and people of the People’s Republic of China have assumed the event’s organization with an unsurpassed sporting spirit and great responsibility, sparing no resources or efforts. Continue reading


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A night out at Havana’s superdome


(MARCH 21, 2008) – I GREW UP watching my father play a lot of beach volleyball. Since living in Cuba, I have also become fond of conventional volleyball, a game quite popular on the island.

Last week the Chinese and Cuban men’s teams squared off at the Havana “Sports City” indoor coliseum for two exhibition matches. Unable to make the first, I didn’t want to miss the second. Despite it being a school night, I took my 6-year-old grandson for his first visit to our “superdome”, built in 1957 with a 15,000 capacity. Continue reading

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Swiss judge reveals sport’s largest corruption scandal ever in trial against FIFA partners

From 1989 to 2001, the world’s biggest marketing company ISL/ISSM paid personal commissions – or bribes – worth an unbelievable 138 million Swiss Francs (87,5 million euros) to sports officials and other persons involved in the dealing of sports TV and marketing rights.

Reporting by JENS WEINREICH in Zug and MICHAEL HERBORN in Aarhus

Special to Shunpiking Online

AARHUS (13 March 2008) – THIS REVELATION of the biggest corruption scandal in sport known so far was thrown onto the table on Wednesday by a judge in the Swiss city of Zug, where a fraud trial concerning the collapse of sports marketing company ISL in 2001 entered its second day. Continue reading

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