By LEMAY PADRON OLIVEROS*
Maria Caridad Colon Ruenes
Havana (PL) July is a special month for Maria Caridad Colon Ruenes, because in that month, specifically on the 25th of 1980, she entered the history of world sport by becoming the first Latin American woman to be crowned in any Olympic Games.
Many were surprised when at the top of the podium was placed this slender 22-year-old mulata girl, who drove half a world crazy with her physical charms, beyond her innate talent for throwing the javelin.
AP (Aug. 26) – Maccabi Tel Aviv says its football coach has quit because of the “current security situation” in Israel. Continue reading
Egyptian player Mohamed Aboutrika wears a T-shirt reading “Sympathize with Gaza” in English and Arabic as he celebrates his goal 1-0 against Sudan in Kumasi 26 January 2008 during the African Cup of Nations football championship. Aboutrika flashed the shirt after he scored his first goal in view of cameras and millions of spectators throughout the world which prompted the referee to slap him with yellow warning card for violating the FIFA rules which prohibit religious and political slogans during the games, although the phrase is more humanitarian than political. Israel pressured Google to remove all the images of him showing his T-shirt. | STR/AFP/Getty Images
Mohammed Aboutrika refused the Vatican’s invitation to the September 1 “friendly” in Rome because of the Zionist state.
The papal lovefest “Inter-Religious Match for Peace” will take place on September 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
Aboutrika tweeted his refusal with the invitation letter he received from the Vatican. The tweet said, “This is a photo for the match invitation which I turned down because of the Zionist state. Pardon us, we are raising new generation.” Continue reading
Argentinian-Barcelona soccer star expressed sympathy for fallen youth.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi demonstrates his respect for the late Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela
By TONY SEED
Lionel Messi’s expression of sympathy for children killed during Israel’s genocidal assault on Gaza has elicited a perfidious counter-campaign by Zionists, exploiting the death of Daniel Tragerman, the four-year-old Nahal Oz resident killed by a mortar on August 22.
“As a father and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I am terribly saddened by the images coming from the conflict between Israel and Palestine, where violence has already claimed so many young lives and to injure countless children,” Messi had posted on his Facebook page on August 7. Continue reading
He was butterfly and bee. In the ring, he floated and stung.
In 1967, Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, refused to put on a uniform.
“Got nothing against no Viet Cong,” he said. “Ain’t no Vietnamese ever called me nigger.”
They called him a traitor. They sentenced him to a five-year jail term, and barred him from boxing. They stripped him of his title as champion of the world.
The punishment became his trophy. By taking away his crown, they anointed him king.
Years later, a few college students asked him to recite something. And for them he improvised the shortest poem in world literature:
From Mirrors (Nation Books, 2009), a history of humanity in 366 episodes
Death of soccer legend, aspiring youths, bring to the fore how no part of Palestinian society is escaping the violence and destruction.
Haaretz (Aug. 14) – The recent killing of Palestinian soccer legend and coach Ahed Zaqout symbolizes the setbacks the local sport have suffered in the wake of renewed conflict in Gaza, according to website Inside World Football. Continue reading
Civil.ge (August 1) – Scuffles between Georgian and Azerbaijani football fans at a stadium in Baku prompted the two countries’ presidents to speak on phone on August 1 and the Georgian PM had to release a statement reiterating “friendship and partnership” with Azerbaijan.
The incident in question occurred on July 31 during UEFA Europa League third qualifying round’s first leg match between FC Chikhura from a small town of Sachkhere in Georgia’s Imereti region and Baku’s Neftçi PFK.
The match, which ended with goalless draw, was marred by scuffles reportedly triggered by a huge banner that was displayed by Georgian football fans and which was depicting a map of Georgia with parts of Azerbaijani territory, Zaqatala and Qax regions, also included on it. Continue reading
Gourriel sets a political precedent that is in contrast to Major League Baseball’s restrictive practice regarding Cuba. Citing U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Major League Baseball (MLB) still forces Cuban players to defect before joining its teams, reports the CUBA STANDARD
The older brother of Cuban baseball star Yulieski Gourriel signed with the Québec les Capitales minor league team for the summer, making him the first Cuban player to become a professional in Canada with the blessing of his country’s authorities.