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Russian complaints about McLaren report on alleged state-sponsored doping have merit

Response of President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Craig Reedie (pictured above) to International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach’s demand for a sweeping overhaul of the World Anti-Doping Agency: “I would like to think not all the system is broken, that part of the system is broken, and we should start to identify those parts that need full attention.” | FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

For just over two years, orchestrated revelations and allegations of Russian doping have been grabbing the headlines. An international media campaign is in full swing, attempting to question the participation of Russian athletes in international competitions such as the current 2018 Winter Olympics. Canadian individuals such as Dick Pound, a longtime IOC executive, and law professor Richard McLaren, agencies such as the Canadian Olympic Committee and the CBC and sports media are playing a prominent role in the US-inspired offensive which aims to isolate Russia, dehumanize its athletes and monopolize international sport. The claiming of a moral and ethical high ground is self-righteous indeed, coming from a country where “tanking” by its professional hockey and basketball teams – the deliberate losing of games in order to claim a high draft position – is presented as a norm. For the information of readers, we are printing a 2017 commentary by US sports attorney and scholar RON KATZ* in Forbes that disputes the evidence produced by the learned professor and the process.

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The Russian Sports Minister recently claimed that the so-called McLaren report, which provided the basis for the banning of Russian athletes from the Olympics and Paralympics, would not stand up to legal criticism. Using as an example the U.S. legal system, in which I have worked for 45 years, I agree. The McLaren report, formally called The Independent Person Report (IPR), lacks the basic due process required in the U.S. Court system. Continue reading


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Intimidation? Latest CAS Olympics ruling sanctioning Russian athletes contradicts 2011 case

“Essentially, the CAS ruled in 2011 that the US athlete could not be punished twice for the same thing, once as a sanction and the second time purportedly as an eligibility decision” | US sports attorney and scholar RONALD KATZ*

Law360 (February 12) – Early last week when the International Olympic Committee president — after losing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport that cleared 28 Russian athletes of doping allegations — stated that that court might need to be restructured, that statement, given the power of the IOC, had the potential of intimidating the CAS. On Friday (February 9), when the CAS essentially reversed itself by stating that the IOC had the right to keep the cleared athletes out of the Pyeongchang Olympics, it appeared that that intimidation had worked. Continue reading

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests

(December 8 ) Reuters – NBA Hall of Fame centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic. Continue reading

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When Malcolm X met Fidel Castro: the photographs on Colin Kaepernick’s t-shirt.

Photograph of a 1960 meeting in Harlem with Fidel Castro and Malcolm X dated 1960.

The 1960 meeting in Harlem between Fidel Castro and Malcolm X | Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has recently decided not to stand during the national anthem, wore a Malcolm X hat and a T-shirt featuring images of the leader meeting with Fidel Castro at a press conference where he explained his protest. The T-shirt has, perhaps predictably, drawn criticism from conservative quarters; the Weekly Standard called Kaepernick’s wardrobe choice a “startling display of ignorance,” pointing to what writer Mark Hemingway called Cuba’s human rights abuses and “legacy of racism.” Setting aside an assessment of Castro’s later record on race, and whether it strengthens or undermines Kaepernick’s stance, what’s the story behind those photos, taken a year after the Cuban leader came to power, and five years before Malcolm’s death? Why did the two men meet, and what did they discuss?  Continue reading

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Timeline. Colin Kaepernick’s US national anthem protest and the athletes who are joining him

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests, but has now been joined by athletes from around the sports world | 

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The football quarterback, the US president and a just stand

Colin Kaepernick does not stand during the US National Anthem preceding the third preseason game on August 26. Instead, he quietly sat in front of the Gatorade coolers by himself, seemingly without anyone noticing | Jennifer Lee Chan

By TONY SEED (Originally posted on Facebook on September 4, 2016)

An American athlete, Colin Kaepernick, has taken a just stand.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Mr Kaepernick, a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, told NFL Media in an interview after Friday’s game during which he again rightly refused to stand at attention during the playing of the U.S. anthem accompanied by a military flypast. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” Continue reading


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