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Montreal’s new tourism minister wants to spend $250m on a new Olympic Stadium roof, just like old tourism minister

What do you get for a stadium that’s already had one retractable roof replaced by a non-retractable roof when the original retractable roof failed to retract? How about a new (possibly retractable) roof!

“It’s time we gave prestige and standing back to the Olympic Park and the Olympic Stadium,” [Québec Tourism Minister Caroline] Proulx told reporters at a news conference. “For too long it has been not loved or under-loved by Quebecers.”…

“We will be working on replacing the roof, it is mandatory to change the roof,” Proulx said. “We will change the roof. The business plan will be tabled in the next few months.”

This is not the first we’ve heard of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium getting a new roof — a year and a half ago, the previous tourism minister floated spending about $250 million on one, which at the time I called “just madness.” There are certainly times when stadiums need repairs — for Olympic Stadium, this has historically been “pretty much always” — but spending $250 million on a new roof, retractable or otherwise, is a hella expensive way to provide “standing and prestige,” especially when past roofs have only resulted in scandal and ridicule. MORE

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Indigenous Guna force Nike to drop shoe with ‘stolen design’

The Nike Air Force 1 shoe carried a multi-coloured, swirling pattern which claimed to be a tribute to Puerto Rico, featuring a graphic representing the country’s native Coqui frog.

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Panama’s Guna people objected to the launch and pointed out that the design similar to their traditional “mola” textile.

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Rugby eliminated as high school sport in Nova Scotia

Note: Since this story was published, rugby has been reinstated Continue reading

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Trump breaks Cuba-US baseball agreement

It is not news that the Trump administration has canceled the agreement signed by the MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation, on December 19, after three years of hard work by both parties.

And it is not because the agreement sought to end the human suffering of Cuban athletes. Continue reading

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IOC knew Russian athletes were clean, but concealed evidence of their innocence – lawyer

2016.06.21.ioc staff dismantle a backdrop after a news conference after the olympic summit on doping in lausanne, switzerland

Staff of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dismantle a backdrop after a news conference after the Olympic Summit on doping in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 21, 2016 | Reuters / Denis Balibouse

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The ups and downs of Cuban sports in 2018

Although the Cuban delegation lost its first place on the medal chart in Barranquilla, the Games saw a stellar performance from our women’s field hockey team, among other great moments | Ricardo López Hevia Continue reading

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Moncton’s bid to host the Francophone Games is a disaster

By TIM BOUSQUET*

Large sporting events — the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, what have you — as a rule are economic disasters and black hole budget items for governments. That’s because backers always oversell their ability to control costs and overestimate the economic impact of such games. Continue reading

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