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The inaugural Hope Solo Sore Losers Olympic Medal goes to the CBC

2016.08.19.100 4x100 relay

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(August 20, 2016, first posted on Facebook by Tony Seed) – In its post-race coverage of the men’s 4×100 relay race at the Rio Olympics, CBC Olympic anchor Scott Russell and fellow CBC broadcasters repeatedly recalled several instances – the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, the London 2012 Olympics, etc. – when the Canadian national men’s team had been “robbed” of a medal. In a final wrap-up late Friday, August 19, on The National, senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault pontificated from the CBC newsroom in Canada that “at the London Olympics the team was stripped of its medal. Now, finally, justice has been done.” Continue reading

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Paralympic runners amaze fans with times besting Olympians

Top four in 1,500-metre race all faster than Olympic gold medalist

Algeria's Abdellatif Baka won gold in the 1,500-metre race in the Rio Paralympics on Sunday in a classification for visually impaired runners. Baka ran the race faster than the Olympic gold medallist in the same event | BOB MARTIN / AP

Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka won gold in the 1,500-metre race in the Rio Paralympics on Sunday in a classification for visually impaired runners. Baka ran the race faster than the Olympic gold medallist in the same event | BOB MARTIN / AP

By KATE ALLEN, Toronto Star Science and Technology reporter
(Sept. 13) – After Abdellatif Baka crossed the finish line of the men’s 1,500-metre race at the Paralympics in Rio on Sunday night, winning gold in 3:48.29, the Algerian knelt down and touched his face to the track, then walked over to a TV camera and kissed the lens. Continue reading

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Belarus gives opening ceremony flag to Russian Paralympians

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport. © Viktor Tolochko

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport | © Viktor Tolochko / Sputnik

(Rt.com) Belarusian Sport and Tourism Ministry member Andrey Fomochkin gave the Russian flag he controversially unveiled at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics to Russian athletes.

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Mass action held in Toronto to denounce IPC’s decision to ban Russia from Rio Games

Participants in the action waved the slogans in Russian and English reading “Shame on WADA”, “Enable Russian Paralympians to join the Games” and “Say No to Bans”

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Fora Temer! Brazilians vigorously oppose coup president during Rio Olympics

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

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

During the Olympic Games in Rio and other cities Brazilians vigorously expressed their opposition to the coup presidency of Michel Temer and his backers.

The impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff initiated by the Brazilian oligarchy and the imperialists that stand behind them is now in its final stage. They had hoped “interim President” Temer’s presence at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics would strike a blow to the people’s opposition and keep it from bursting out onto the world stage. However, the opposite happened and the people used every opportunity, including the Opening Ceremony, to say No to him and to the coup. Continue reading

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Rio: Appeal of Russian organizations in Canada

Activists of the Russian community of Toronto, Montreal, and other North American cities will protest against the blanket ban on the Russian National Team of Paralympic athletes from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The decision to ban the athletes demonstrates an absolute disregard for the legal right of people to the presumption of innocence. We cannot allow such blatant attacks on our morals, ethics, and democratic freedoms. Unfortunately, we are witnessing increasing politicization of sports and major sporting events on the planet.

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Do CBC ethics include slander?

Mark Tewksbury’s slanderous attack on Yelana Isinbayeva | TONY SEED

Yelena Isinbayeva WR BEijing(August 25) – The latest broadcaster to shoot off his mouth to the world and bray his catastrophic ignorance is Canadian ex-swimmer Mark Tewksbury, a prominent colour and expert commentator at the Rio Olympics for the state-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was the chef de mission in the London Olympics four years ago, so he knows the drill. Right from the Opening Ceremonies, CBC has been broadcasting biased and malicious comments and reports against Russian athletes, as well as joining Western media outlets, both mainstream and tabloid in casting aspersions on Brazil itself. Continue reading

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