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O Canada, Land of the Obese?

For four years and counting, Canadian kids have received a failing grade (D-) in their overall physical activity skills, according to ParticipACTION’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Only 9% of kids (between the ages of 5 and 17) get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.  Continue reading

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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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After Río: What we have learned

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Canada wins lacrosse world gold medal with 8-5 final over Team USA

Canada led by Kevin Crowley’s five goals, keeper Dillon Ward named tourney MVP

Kevin Crowley scored five goals as Canada upset the USA for world gold with an 8-5 victory | Scott McCall/US Lacrosse

Five goals from Kevin Crowley and a ball-control game plan that kept the dangerous United States team with the ball out of its stick for extended periods of the game led the underdog Canadian team to its third Federation of International Lacrosse world championship gold medal.

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From our archives: What is behind the Olympics figure skating furor?

By DAVID WALSH

wsws.org (Feb. 19, 2002 ) – THE most striking aspect of the furor over the Olympics pairs figure skating medal is the disparity between the intrinsic significance of the incident that sparked the flap and the media/political uproar it provoked. The affair has shed light on two interrelated phenomena: the degraded state of the Olympics and the poisoned state of international political relations.

The sports story is clear enough. On February 11, by a 5-4 decision, judges awarded the gold medal in the pairs figure skating competition to Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, and the silver to Canadians Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. Continue reading

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Sochi 2014: Respect for one’s opponent in sport (2)

Mike Babcock’s rant: “And the other thing that happens for the NHL player, and probably for you in the media, is the respect you have for the opposition.” Welcome to the G-20 Winter Games and the Harper agenda for a “new patriotism.” | TONY SEED*

Revised on February 23, 2014

juegos-olimpicos-de-Invierno-2014CANADIANS are passionate about their hockey and many other sports. Of course Canadians are rooting for their team and their athletes.

But what is taking place at the Sochi Winter Olympics is something quite different. A salient feature of the reporting and broadcasting of the hockey competition is that it is characterized by strident themes of great nation superiority and the domination by two countries, Canada and the USA. The principle that relations in sport be based on the relations of equality of nations, big and small or the principle that every nation is as equally as important as the next nation means nothing to these big nation Anglo-American chauvinists, let alone the principle of friendship between peoples and their athletes. Continue reading

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Sochi 2014: Friendship first

SOME of the most indelible Olympic memories have nothing to do with medals and medal counts, podiums or world records. One of those moments happened Tuesday when Russian competitor Anton Gafarov took a spill during a tricky turn in his cross-country sprint semifinal. What followed is a defeat for the self-serving “winning is everything, the only thing” spirit proclaimed by the rich countries at the Games, which have become an unscrupulous commercialized bazaar, where everything is promoted, bought and sold. It gives hope that humanity will someday remedy the disappearance of the amateur spirit and the highest sporting ideals in world sport. Here’s how it went down.

Anton Gafarov crashed hard halfway through the race:

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