Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Demonstration against Coup in Rio De Janeiro during the Olympic Games.

Demonstration against Coup in Rio De Janeiro during the Olympic Games.

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

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Rio Olympics: How China charmed the world

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

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After Palestinian takes gold in Rio for Jordan, Israelis claim his roots are ‘Israeli’!

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Commentary: Unprecedented solo rerun by US women’s relay team runs against Olympic spirit of fairness

American womens’ 4X100m

American womens’ 4X100m

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) – Although the U.S. women’s 4×100 metres relay team won a gold medal in Rio Friday, its victory is not without controversy.

Many had not expected to see the U.S. team in the final after sprinter Allyson Felix dropped the baton in the relay. Continue reading

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Olympic groups wasting millions while athletes struggled to get to Rio

By NICK FILLMORE*

Artist’s rendering of the stylized LED-light Olympic flame that will ’burn‘ outside the Canadian Olympic Committee offices at Olympic House in Montreal.

Dozens of athletes from Canada and thousands from developing countries have had a difficult time raising the money needed to train and take part in the Olympics Games in Brazil.

In Canada, more than two dozen world-class athletes were so hard up for support that they resorted to launching crowdfunding campaigns to supplement the money they receive from government and perhaps corporate sponsors.  Continue reading

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The American womens’ 4X100m that failed to qualify earlier today, gets a “do over”

American womens’ 4X100m

American women’s 4X100m relay team

From a Facebook post by Tony Seed on August 19, 2016

The American womens’ 4X100m relay team that failed to qualify earlier today got a “do over.”

Allyson Felix lost her balance during a baton exchange after making contact with a Brazilian sprinter, but that it did not make her drop the baton; she threw it away like a hot potato. Perhaps she knew they could complain and get a re-run. This team had lost fair and square; the incident is what can be considered a normal hazard of competition and the U.S. team should not have been afforded a second chance. Sport can and should allow for such failures, as it is fair and healthy. Continue reading

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The US butterfly factory: Women’s gymnastics steals page from Romania

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Nadia Comaneci received seven perfect scores and three gold medals –  making history with her score of a perfect 10. She won in the uneven bars, the balance beam and the all-around.

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Nadia Comaneci received seven perfect scores and three gold medals – making history with her score of a perfect 10. She won in the uneven bars, the balance beam and the all-around.

(Aug. 15) – The centralized system of bringing the best coaches and gymnasts together led to a cohesion lacking in the individualistic and chaotic U.S. system.

With Romanian defectors at its helm, U.S. women’s gymnastics has been moulded to replicate the Eastern European and Soviet sports system that had incredible success prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Continue reading

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