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Olympic imperialism

Ye Shiwen, 16, Gold Medal 400m Medley Swim.

FLASHBACK – The Western press lashed out as one against China’s medal-winning athletes at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Without the slightest shred of evidence, it systematically raised suspicions of doping, pointing the finger in particular at the young swimmer Ye Shiwen. MANLIO DINUCCI* reminds us that such anti-Chinese racism has a bitter taste of déjà vu. Continue reading

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Russia? 224 cases of British athletes missing drugs tests in last five years

Russia? As controversy over the report by the World Anti-Dopng Authority (WADA) incriminating Russia and its athletes escalates, shocking statistics from the UK Anti-Doping show a spike in missed tests the year before 2012 Olympics by British athletes. 

(18 Jun 2015) – Following the revelation that Mo Farah missed two drugs tests in 2010 and 2011, new data released by UK anti-doping shows the high number of British sportsmen and women missing tests. Continue reading

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Olympics 2012: Third of Team GB medallists came from private schools

A British study reveals the dominance of the privileged elite is particularly evident in sports such as rowing where more than half of gold medallists were privately educated | JEEVAN VASAGAR*

(August 13) – More than a third of British medal winners in the 2012 London Olympics were from private schools, which educate 7% of the school population, a study by the Sutton Trust shows. Continue reading

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London 2012: Gender equity

Women and the XXX Olympic Games in London. By Osvaldo Gutierrez Gomez, Ciego de Avila, Cuba, August 1, 2012. AIN

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London 2012: The fantasy of the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Opposition to militarisation of Olympics

THE monopoly media is agog with the “spectacular” Opening Ceremony of the XXX Olympic Games, the flighty appearance of a feudal monarch protected by a hero of British intelligence, a song recycled from the 1960s, Mary Poppins, etc. But what was the significance of this spectacle? What image of Britain is being promoted through this extravaganza? Here is an independent British view of a very British manipulation… Continue reading

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What is happening in Canada now

Cartoon by Osvaldo Gutierrez Gomez of Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, on the XXX Olympic Games in London, August 1, 2012. AIN

 

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London 2012: Meet the real International Olympic Committee

MEET THE International Olympic Committee, the folks in the priority traffic lanes, the best hotels and the best and empty seats at the London (and before that Vancouver) Olympics, allegedly the “most ethical Games ever.” Who are these people enjoying such exceptional privileges and extraordinary prerogatives? Continue reading

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London 2012: Olympic Games will not improve mass participation in sport

(July 27, 2012, Play the Game) – JUSTIFYING multi-billion Olympic spending by claiming that the Games in London will inspire more Britons to participate in sports may be plain wrong, reveals a new study. The London bid originally stated that the motivation for hosting the Games was to “enhance sport in London and the United Kingdom forever.” Continue reading

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London 2012: Hysteria and militarization

Community protest June 30, 2012 against the installation of missiles throughout London as part of “security” during the Olympics

MUCH HYSTERIA is being generated over the issue of “security” during the London 2012 Olympic Games, which has its opening ceremony on July 27.

The Games have become a pretext for the militarisation of society, and as a training exercise for the military, besides being organised to serve the interests of the financial oligarchy, not the people. Continue reading

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London 2012: Cuba will once again respect fair play

Cuba’s athletes have undergone one or more drug tests, all yielding negative results Continue reading

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