Monthly Archives: July 2011

Vermont: NATO obstacle course training for military ‘Olympics’

COLCHESTER, Vt. (July 22, 2011) – Four military athletes got an extreme workout in scorching heat on the NATO Land Obstacle Course at Camp Johnson, it’s one of three of its kind in the United States. They are competing for spots on the U.S. team for a global military competition. Continue reading

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Sangakkara’s challenge to cricket

Sangakkara’s attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket administration was not prompted by personal agenda but by concern for the game © Getty Images

The Sri Lankan’s speech at Lord’s should serve as a wake-up call to administrators to use the game to serve people, and not for selfish gains

By PETER ROEBUCK*

Kumar Sangakkara has made the most important speech in cricket history. Brushing aside the twin temptations of romance and sentiment, the erudite Sri Lankan has dared to confront the truths about cricket in his country. Along the way he struck many meaty blows on the game’s behalf. His discourse was nothing less than a challenge to cricket to set higher standards for itself, to reject jealousy, pettiness and greed, and to become part of the enlightenment. Continue reading

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MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture: Sangakkara slams ‘corrupt’ administration

Kumar Sangakkara has made an extraordinary, scathing attack on the “partisan cronies” at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) who have blighted the sport in his country and who led him to resign the captaincy after only two years in charge, following the World Cup final in April. Sangakkara was delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture at Lord’s on Monday.

In an hour-long speech that earned him a standing ovation, Sangakkara charted the unique history of cricket in his country, and called on SLC to root out its corrupt practices and recognise the huge role the sport now needs to play in promoting reconciliation at the end of a 30-year civil war. Continue reading

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