Monthly Archives: July 2012

London 2012: Meet the real International Olympic Committee

MEET THE International Olympic Committee, the folks in the priority traffic lanes, the best hotels and the best and empty seats at the London (and before that Vancouver) Olympics, allegedly the “most ethical Games ever.” Who are these people enjoying such exceptional privileges and extraordinary prerogatives? Continue reading

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London 2012: Olympic Games will not improve mass participation in sport

(July 27, 2012, Play the Game) – JUSTIFYING multi-billion Olympic spending by claiming that the Games in London will inspire more Britons to participate in sports may be plain wrong, reveals a new study. The London bid originally stated that the motivation for hosting the Games was to “enhance sport in London and the United Kingdom forever.” Continue reading

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Fists of freedom: An Olympic story not taught in school

By DAVE ZIRIN*

Olympic Project for Human Rights button, worn by activist athletes in the 1968 Olympic games, originally called for a boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games. The iconic photo appears in many history textbooks, stripped of the story of the planned boycott and demands, creating the appearance of a solitary act of defiance.

Olympic Project for Human Rights button, worn by activist athletes in the 1968 Olympic games, originally called for a boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games. The iconic photo appears in many history textbooks, stripped of the story of the planned boycott and demands, creating the appearance of a solitary act of defiance.

It has been almost 44 years since Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the medal stand following the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and created what must be considered the most enduring, riveting image in the history of either sports or protest. But while the image has stood the test of time, the struggle that led to that moment has been cast aside. Continue reading

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Elegy for Peter Norman

By JOSH HEALEY*

Tommie Smith (left) and John Carlos carry Peter Norman’s coffin | Wayne Taylor.

Tommie Smith (left) and John Carlos carry Peter Norman’s coffin | Wayne Taylor.

I don’t like whiteness. And as a white person looking for some heroes, it’s lonely out here. The museum’s empty.
—Macon Detournay from Angry Black White Boy by Adam Mansbach

two fists
attacked the atmosphere
of Olympic Stadium
Mexico City, 1968

Tommie Smith and John Carlos
took gold and bronze
then took Black Power
center stage

that image
tacked on my bedroom wall
centered on the two men
about to receive more hate mail
than Hank Aaron and Muhammad Ali combined

you, Pete,
i barely noticed Continue reading

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London 2012: Hysteria and militarization

Community protest June 30, 2012 against the installation of missiles throughout London as part of “security” during the Olympics

MUCH HYSTERIA is being generated over the issue of “security” during the London 2012 Olympic Games, which has its opening ceremony on July 27.

The Games have become a pretext for the militarisation of society, and as a training exercise for the military, besides being organised to serve the interests of the financial oligarchy, not the people. Continue reading

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London 2012: Cuba will once again respect fair play

Cuba’s athletes have undergone one or more drug tests, all yielding negative results Continue reading

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London 2012: Too big for whom?

IF THE SIZE of the Olympics are not reduced, they may become awarded only to rich and authoritarian regimes in the future. Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet, sports governance expert at IDHEAP in Lausanne, analyses the risks of Olympic gigantism.

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