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
Monthly Archives: July 2012
(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
By DAVE ZIRIN*
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
By JOSH HEALEY*
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
attacked the atmosphere
of Olympic Stadium
Mexico City, 1968
Tommie Smith and John Carlos
took gold and bronze
then took Black Power
tacked on my bedroom wall
centered on the two men
about to receive more hate mail
than Hank Aaron and Muhammad Ali combined
i barely noticed Continue reading
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
Four countries within the International Football Association Board essentially decide, for all the other members, behind closed doors with the top officials of FIFA, what changes are going to be made in the game | RICARDO GUERRA*
(JULY 20) – After years of deliberations and resisting the use of any sort of technology to officiate football matches, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the pre-eminent lawmaking body of the game, recently approved new systems to help determine if a ball crosses the goal line.
Many have received this news with surprise. Continue reading
Cuba’s athletes have undergone one or more drug tests, all yielding negative results Continue reading
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.
The two countries of the world, along with the United States, which have the greatest national obsession with baseball, are two of the main targets of U.S. foreign policy: Venezuela and Cuba.