Monthly Archives: July 2015

IOC awards 2022 Winter Olympic to Beijing

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.

The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version in 2008. Continue reading

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What underlies Beitar Jerusalem fans’ hooliganism?

In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 photo, Beitar Jerusalem F.C. soccer supporters watch a State Cup soccer match against Maccabi Umm al-Fahm F.C. at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem | AP

In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 photo, Beitar Jerusalem F.C. soccer supporters watch a State Cup soccer match against Maccabi Umm al-Fahm F.C. at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem | AP

With their racist remarks, their conduct and their antidemocratic legislation, Israeli politicians legitimize the phenomenon called Beitar Jerusalem. Haaretz

(July 19) – The wild behaviour of Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans in Belgium last Thursday should surprise no one. That famous “handful” of fans – which is not a handful, but a large group of a few thousand – long ago took control of the club and is holding it hostage to its racist views, supported by violent actions that are not met with significant punishment by the authorities. Continue reading

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2015 Pan AM Games: Despite media blackout, Canada, Cuba, USA and Puerto Rico head to final rounds

By TONY SEED

Canada versus the USA is always a compelling match-up in sports, right? And widely covered by the powerful sports media, right?

Classic matches between the Canadian and American Womens’ team at the London Olympics or the men’s and women’s competitions in ice hockey recorded record TV audiences in Canada. Canadians unite to wish for the defeat of the teams fielded by the superpower to the South and success for their national team over the American overlords. When Canada defeated the USA at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, it was dubbed “miracle on grass” by an incredulous sports media, as was Team Canada’s amazing defeat of the high-priced US professionals in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Continue reading

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Though Cuba’s debut in Gold Cup stained with irregularities, it fights through to the quarter-finals

Mexico forward Oribe Peralta scores a goal against Cub at Soldier Field, Chicago, July 9, 2015. | Reuters

Mexico forward Oribe Peralta scores a goal against Cuba at Soldier Field, Chicago, July 9, 2015. | Reuters

By TONY SEED

The USA and Cuba may have agreed to normalizing diplomatic relations, but that has not extended to sport due to the hostile attitude of the Obama administration. News agencies report that the United States refused to allow the coach of the Cuban national football team, six players and the team’s doctor for the CONCAF Gold Cup, a regional tournament of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, hosted under FIFA auspices, currently underway in that country. What it shows is that even the domain of sports is being brought under the liquidationist pressure, whereby the modern norms of a level playing field and sportsmanship in competition are being destroyed in order to achieve self-serving political aims.
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The Art of Sport and Sport as Art

Sports have a great deal of affinity with art. Sports such as ice skating, ice hockey or tai chi are in themselves very much like artistic spectacles. Traditional activities such as gymnastics and yoga, or more recently, bodybuilding, also combine elements of sport with artistic elements.

The fact that art is so close to sport in some situations is probably related to the nature of sport. The definition of sport establishes the idea of engaging in an activity not only for a routine purpose; for example, not just running to get someplace, but running by choice, for the purpose of maintaining physical fitness.

This is similar to a common vision of aesthetics, which views objects for more than their utility. Similarly, a sport like diving is not valued only as an effective way to avoid obstacles; ability, skill and style also matter.

(Ecured via Cuba Pan Am 2015)

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Bolivian President inaugurates ‘Hugo Chavez’ soccer stadium

Bolivian President inaugurates new soccer stadium naming it after former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez | Photo: ABI

Bolivian President inaugurates new soccer stadium naming it after former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez | Photo: ABI

Bolivian President Evo Morales inaugurated a new soccer stadium on Wednesday in the central department of Cochabamba, naming the new athletic facility after the late Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez. Continue reading

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Cuban Revolution established sports as a priority

After the triumph of the revolution in January 1959 Cuba established a new, human conception of sport that led to the people’s access increasing along with many other social indicators. Continue reading

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