Monthly Archives: August 2016

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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How the Cuban revolution turned a small island into an Olympic power

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TeleSUR (Aug. 13) – With the highest record of Olympic medals in Latin America, Cuba owes its sports achievements to the socialist revolution.

The devastating U.S. blockade on Cuba, which has lasted for more than 50 years and includes restrictions on the nation’s sporting industry, has not stopped the island from becoming the most successful Latin American country in Olympics history and an example for the rest of the region and world.

Historically speaking, Cuba is by far and away Latin American leader in the Olympics: 209 medals in total, 79 gold, 67 silver and 70 bronze. Continue reading

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Olympian at the checkpoint: why a Palestinian swimmer couldn’t train in Jerusalem

Mary al Atrash, a 22-year-old swimmer from Beit Sahour that will represent Palestine in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Mary al Atrash, a 22-year-old swimmer from Beit Sahour who will represent Palestine in the 2016 Olympic Games.

By Jimmy Hutcheon and Chloe Rouveyrolles*

Yesterday, Palestinian swimmer Mary al Atrash, swam for the first time in the Rio Olympics, in the 50-meter freestyle. She finished third in her heat and finished in 28.76 seconds, beating her personal best of 29.91. That finish did not affect the broader ranking: Sadly, Mary finished 63rd of 91 athletes, and will not be taking part in the semi-finals, which feature only the 16 best swimmers. Continue reading

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Cuban Olympic team: Our people deserve all the effort and joy we can offer them

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NFL-backed youth football program claims it reduced concussions. The data disagrees

As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons.

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Alan Schwarz (July 28) – As increasing numbers of parents keep their children from playing tackle football for safety reasons, the National Football League and other groups have sought to reassure them that the game is becoming less dangerous. Continue reading

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Olympics: Unraveling the doping scandal

By MARCEL WOLAND

“Some people think that football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”Followers of mass media in the West may be forgiven for not noticing that the Olympic movement has been severely damaged by the recent weaponization of the Olympics.

What the average Western viewer was expected to take away from the much-reported ‘Russian doping scandal’ was that Russia is indeed a lawless, sinister entity and that the Fu Manchu-like Putin has his finger in every pie. Many believed it. Continue reading

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Talent theft: Effects of US blockade of Cuba evident in field of sport

By ENVER VILLAMIZAR

Focus-on-Cuban-Sport.HeaderOn July 15, 2015 the coach of Cuba’s rowing team to the Pan American Games, Juan Carlos Reyes, confirmed that four of Cuba’s rowers had left Canada for the United States. The Globe and Mail and other media outlets pounced on the story, reporting on it in a manner that sheds no light on the issue at the heart of this story. The impression is conveyed that those who abandon their team are “defectors,” a term reserved for those who flee oppression and persecution. This feeds a narrative which claims they are fleeing to freedom. Media reports speculated on the motivation of the rowers, using quotes from professional U.S. “recruiter” Joe Kehoskie, to cobble together a story that imposes the predetermined conclusions of a Cold War mindset. Continue reading

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