Monthly Archives: August 2012

How Romney financed the 2002 Olympics

U.S. presidential contendor Romney [has] done just fine at milking the government and the people when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake in the Mormon state of Utah – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. According to a report in Rolling Stone, Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 per cent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.

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Football’s inhumane schedule

For the owners of the teams and the league bosses who control the game, it really does not matter if the players play too many games | RICARDO GUERRA*

(August 10) – A lot has been said over the last few years about the gruelling nature of the yearly football schedule around the world. Several competitions have been expanded to include more teams. Consequently, players play an increased number of matches every season. Additionally, some teams are involved in two or even three competitions at the same time. In such circumstances, some players may play two whole matches a week during various parts of the season, leaving them with inadequate recovery time between matches. Continue reading

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Olympics 2012: Third of Team GB medallists came from private schools

A British study reveals the dominance of the privileged elite is particularly evident in sports such as rowing where more than half of gold medallists were privately educated | JEEVAN VASAGAR*

(August 13) – More than a third of British medal winners in the 2012 London Olympics were from private schools, which educate 7% of the school population, a study by the Sutton Trust shows. Continue reading

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Study: NBA arenas just as lousy for local economies as other sports venues

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerfieldofschemes.com (Aug. 9, 2012) – If you’re behind on your reading of The Journal of Urban Affairs like me, you may not have yet seen George Washington University grad student Geoffrey Propheter’s February study of the economic impacts of basketball arenas. Fortunately, Atlantic Cities has noticed (though apparently not that the study is six months old), and has a substantial report on Propheter’s findings. Continue reading

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London 2012: Olympic spirit

”The Olympics are like the heralding of another possible world, the world of solidarity, in which humanity will live together like one great family.” The distinguished Brazilian writer, FREI BETTO, argues for a human-centred Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, which would demonstrate how the Brazilian people are assured of the basic rights of human beings such as food, health and education. Continue reading

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London 2012: Gender equity

Women and the XXX Olympic Games in London. By Osvaldo Gutierrez Gomez, Ciego de Avila, Cuba, August 1, 2012. AIN

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London 2012: The fantasy of the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Opposition to militarisation of Olympics

THE monopoly media is agog with the “spectacular” Opening Ceremony of the XXX Olympic Games, the flighty appearance of a feudal monarch protected by a hero of British intelligence, a song recycled from the 1960s, Mary Poppins, etc. But what was the significance of this spectacle? What image of Britain is being promoted through this extravaganza? Here is an independent British view of a very British manipulation… Continue reading

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