After Palestinian Ahmed Abu Ghosh won Jordan’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in Rio on Friday for the men’s 68-kg Taekwondo event, claims that the athlete’s roots in the Jerusalem area are “Israeli,” and that his family “relocated” or “moved” to Jordan decades ago have followed. The claim gives new meaning to talent theft. ALLISON DEGER*
Monthly Archives: August 2016
Participants in the action waved the slogans in Russian and English reading “Shame on WADA”, “Enable Russian Paralympians to join the Games” and “Say No to Bans”
During the Olympic Games in Rio and other cities Brazilians vigorously expressed their opposition to the coup presidency of Michel Temer and his backers.
The impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff initiated by the Brazilian oligarchy and the imperialists that stand behind them is now in its final stage. They had hoped “interim President” Temer’s presence at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics would strike a blow to the people’s opposition and keep it from bursting out onto the world stage. However, the opposite happened and the people used every opportunity, including the Opening Ceremony, to say No to him and to the coup. Continue reading
(August 26) – Activists of the Russian community of Toronto, Montreal, and other North American cities will protest against the blanket ban on the Russian National Team of Paralympic athletes from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The decision to ban the athletes demonstrates an absolute disregard for the legal right of people to the presumption of innocence. We cannot allow such blatant attacks on our morals, ethics, and democratic freedoms. Unfortunately, we are witnessing increasing politicization of sports and major sporting events on the planet.
Far away from U.S. Major League Baseball’s mighty salaries and Hollywood glitz, thousands of minor leaguers – over 50 per cent of Latino origin – survive on baseball earnings below the federal poverty line and face a broad assault on their rights. They are forced to fend for themselves: “The starting salary for a first-year professional player, paid only during the regular season, is US$1,100”; a 60-hour work week is routine.
Mark Tewksbury’s slanderous attack on Yelana Isinbayeva | TONY SEED
(August 25) – The latest broadcaster to shoot off his mouth to the world and bray his catastrophic ignorance is Canadian ex-swimmer Mark Tewksbury, a prominent colour and expert commentator at the Rio Olympics for the state-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was the chef de mission in the London Olympics four years ago, so he knows the drill. Right from the Opening Ceremonies, CBC has been broadcasting biased and malicious comments and reports against Russian athletes, as well as joining Western media outlets, both mainstream and tabloid in casting aspersions on Brazil itself. Continue reading
“And there is no world outcry against the banning of the Russian Paralympic team? In what world does this make sense except as a blatant attack on the rights of the disabled?” – Dugald MacDonald on Facebook
“Let’s leave the last word to Joe Biden, the Vice President of the world’s ‘Exceptional Nation’ – and one which doesn’t have to worry too much about doping bans. ‘We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line,’ he said. ‘Don’t forget it.’” – NEIL CLARK
The last two weeks I have watched a lot of the Rio Olympics and have been writing and publishing comments and articles on Facebook. I will be publishing much of these shortly on amateursport.wordpress.com – TS
By Cao Jianjie and Michael Place
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) – It was one of the most moving moments of the Rio Olympics and it didn’t have anything to do with sporting achievement. Continue reading