Monthly Archives: October 2011

‘An Olympics without Black athletes’: Martin Luther King Jr., John Carlos, and the boycott that wasn’t

"An Olympics Without Black Athletes": Martin Luther King Jr., John Carlos, And The Boycott That Wasn't

John Carlos is best known as the man who, along with Tommie Smith, raised a clenched fist—the Black Power salute—on the medal stand after the 200 metre race. Carlos took bronze, and Smith gold, at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. But that moment was a culmination of months of political discussion among black leaders in America. One such discussion happened in early 1968 in New York City. Carlos explains, in a section excerpted from The John Carlos Story, written with Dave Zirin.

I recall going down to the Americano that evening, walking into the lobby and being just overwhelmed by the size of it all. I had never really made time in the downtown Manhattan hotels and my eyes almost popped out of my head. It looked like a movie set, with 50-foot-high ceilings, gaudy chandeliers, and the kind of deep, smoky woodwork that looked like it had been carved and sanded for kings. It crossed my mind that I’d turn the corner and bump into John Dillinger. I gathered myself and I went up to the room where the meeting was to take place. Continue reading

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UN: Cuba warns against mercantilism in sports

UNITED NATIONS (October 19, 2011) — Cuba warned in the United Nations that the benefits of sports for the well-being and health of the people are hampered when mercantilism and business prevail and only a small minority can have access to it. Continue reading

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People sitting for long hours face 48 per cent increased risk of death

CANBERRA – The longer people sit each day, the greater their chances of going to an early grave, Australia study found on Thursday.

The study began in 2006 and tracks the health of 260,000 men and women in New South Wales. It found those who sat for more than 10 hours a day had a 48 per cent increased risk of death compared to more active people who sat for less than four hours a day. Continue reading

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Forums on sports democratization and governance underway

By TONY SEED

FORUMS on sports democratization and on governance are underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Cologne, Germany respectively.

In Argentina representatives from nearly a dozen countries are attending the sixth MERCOSUR Latin American Forum on Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, which will conclude on October 8.

The forum responds to the need of promoting the social and democratic spaces for people to participate, Forum Chairman Pedro Tavosnaska told Prensa Latina. Continue reading

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