Monthly Archives: July 2020

MLB announces players will now be quarantined for 14 days between bases

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US colleges axe non-revenue sports

Clayton Murphy celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / Getty Images)

Clayton Murphy celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

(July 25) – The opening ceremony — an event that ushers in another Olympic Games and, for many, commemorates their greatest athletic accomplishment — begins with hours of waiting. Athletes wait for the buses that take them from the village to the venue. They wait to enter the stadium. They wait to march. The process devours an entire evening, but it’s memorable and communal. Continue reading

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Child’s play: Kids’ physical activity levels are plummeting during pandemic

Professor Sarah Moore’s children enjoying physical activity outdoor | Matt Kennedy

Have your kids been less physically active over the last few months? Well, they’re not the only ones. Yvette d’Entremont of the Halifax Examiner interviewed Dalhousie University professor Sarah Moore, who led a national survey commissioned by ParticipACTION that shows kids’ activity levels have plummeted. The survey studied 1,500 children and youth in early April. Continue reading

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Bringing sport back includes important considerations for amateur and youth sports too

“Sport offers one of society’s great means of early social engagement, providing citizens across demographic lines opportunities for sustained and equitable participation,” write Cheri Bradish and Norm O’Reilly.

As fans rejoice in the planned return of their beloved professional sports leagues, another aspect of sport (one that hits closer to home), waits anxiously in the wings for its own return-to-play plan.

Amateur and youth sports.

The return of amateur and youth sports cannot be forgotten in the discussion to bring sport back into our lives. In these challenging times, the economic, social and psychological benefits of amateur sport may be more vital and necessary than ever. Continue reading

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Video: Gaza girls play football with passion

This football club in Gaza City is comprised of all young women.

“There was a group of young women who were talented football players and showed good sportsmanship, so we formed a team,” says coach Emad al-Ashi. Continue reading

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Inequality in Premier League’s ‘anti-racism’ stance


“At this time, the terms ‘systemic racism’ and ‘anti-racism’ are being used in a manner which twists and turns in attempts to keep pace with the direction in which the wind is blowing,” writes Steve Rutchinski. [1]

This is the case in professional sport, dominated by big oligopolies, as exemplified by the big football federations. The Premier League is defining individual players on the basis of colour of skin, while turning a blind eye to anti-Irish racism. As a result it is facing allegations of a growing disparity in the handling of abuse in professional soccer. Together with the media in its service, it too is defining individuals as something other than members of the polity with equal rights.

Stoke and Ireland star James McClean is publicly questioning why some professionals have been treated differently to others in regard to online discrimination and abuse. He said no one has ever been held accountable for the torrent of anti-Irish abuse he’s been subjected to, in contrast to Premier League stars subjected to racism based on skin colour. Continue reading

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Bringing professional sports back to Canada in this pandemic is unsafe. Period


This week, the Toronto Blue Jays released their plan to resume ‘spring’ training in Toronto. Players will begin heading north from the United States as early as this weekend. Continue reading

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This Day. Jack Johnson demolishes Jim Jeffries and the racist myth of the ‘Great White Hope’

Jack Johnson | United States Library of Congress

On July 3, 1910 one century ago this day in Reno, Nevada, African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocked out the white supremacist Jim Jeffries, triggering a series of racist attacks across the United States; about 20 Blacks died, and hundreds were injured. Johnson holds a seminal position not only in boxing but also in athletics and in the movement for the rights of all. Continue reading

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