U.S. team sabotaged skates of Canadian short-track speed skater Olivier Jean so that he couldn’t compete in 5,000-metre relay at 2011 world team championships. (Robert Skinner/CP)
By LYNN DEBRUIN
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) —Olympian Simon Cho said Friday (October 5) he agreed to a coach’s demand to tamper with Canadian Olivier Jean’s skates last year after the command was made a third time and in Korean by Jae Su Chun. Continue reading
Cuba’s athletes have undergone one or more drug tests, all yielding negative results Continue reading
The Canadian sports media, by individualizing player “no shows” as the “reason” for the first round exit of Team Canada from the Classic, deliberately overlooks the peculiar and self-serving rules dictated by the U.S. sports empire. This is how the U.S. organizes fair play, writes TONY SEED* in the second article of a two-part series. Part I is here.
HALIFAX (March 15, 2009) – BASEBALL CANADA, which extensively collaborates with the Toronto Blue Jays, capitulated to the U.S. baton in the preparatory meetings of the baseball federations to organize the Classic and became one of its first casualties.
In the wake of Canada’s elimination from the World Baseball Classic (WBC), the sports media in Canada nevertheless spread the news that it was in part due to the bad “attitude” of Canadian professional players such as pitcher Ryan Dempster, whom it alleges had chosen not to participate on Team Canada. The same refrain is struck to “explain” the absence of this and that professional basketball player from the Canadian national team competing for the Olympics. The news is presented in a decontextualized manner so that the weakness of the national teams in different sports is individualized. The players are presented as “selfish,” “me-first” “rogues,” who are completely devoid of “Canadian values” and thus deserve recrimination, scorn and ostracism. The real selfishness of a U.S. sports empire, which owns the contracts of the athletes and makes the decision as to their participation, is rendered obscure. Continue reading
By PETER C. BJARKMAN*
(August 25, 2008) – BASEBALL has now regrettably taken its last noble bow in the Olympics, at least for the foreseeable future. We are now left with the World Baseball Classic, where top big leaguer stars have yet to prove they are willing to take the event seriously by entering competition in mid-season form. And there is also the IBAF World Cup every two years, but that is an event few fans outside Cuba, Japan and The Netherlands pay much attention to, or even know anything about. Continue reading
Part II of two articles on the Tour de France and the cynicism of the sports media*
“Chute lance Armstrong”**
cynic a. & n. …. one who sarcastically doubts or despises human sincerity and merit; hence ~ISM
(2) n. (f. L f. Gk kunikos (kuon kunos dog, nickname for Cynic…)
By TONY SEED
(11 June 2006) – A FIXED TARGET of the cynicism of the corporate sports media are the ideals and norms of amateur sport, specifically, sportsmanship and co-operation.
For this writer, one of the more refreshing moments in commercial professional sport unfolded on the morning of 21 July 2003 in the French Pyrénées mountains along the border with Spain in the Tour de France. The centennial race itself was thrilling to follow. The scenery is stunning.
The west side of Col du Tourmalet viewed from the top — the highest paved road in the French Pyrénées at 2115m (6939’)
People gather to get extra newspapers reporting Japan’s victory at the World Baseball Classic championship
TOKYO (22 March 2006) – (AFP) JAPAN heaped praise on its baseball team for its come-from-behind victory in the World Baseball Classic and called for a bigger Japanese say in the US-dominated sport.
Japan, which rarely tops international competitions and was embarrassed by a one-medal showing at the Turin Olympics, remained abuzz a day after beating Cuba 10-6 to capture the first-of-its-kind global baseball title. Continue reading
The game mirrored an image of what ails America throughout the world – its violation of equality between nations and international laws and norms – highlighting the favoured treatment given to the U.S. team by the Classic’s rules, writes Prof WILLIAM B. GOULD IV*
(20 March 2006) – THE long-discussed genuine World Series could not have been timed more propitiously. In the past five years, the United States has gone from being one of the world’s most respected nations to the object of scorn and downright hatred in every nation beyond our borders. Aside from expanding Major League’s Baseball’s markets to new frontiers (this was baseball’s basic purpose), a 16-team tournament among the nations of the world was a welcome foil to American unilateralism and xenophobia. Continue reading
By CURTIS COWARD and TONY SEED*
Edited by Paul Healy
COMPETITIVE SPORTS can apply a lot of pressure on our youth. Baseball is no exception.
Young people register in baseball leagues for recreation, to be with their friends, or just to have fun. Many want to learn and become better at the game. But all join for positive reasons.
Learning and fun do not have to be two exclusive functions. Coaches, there is no law in baseball that says a player cannot have fun while learning. You can increase the knowledge, abilities, and skills in a manner which also improves the players’ enjoyment and satisfaction. Practice drills can be fun, but hard work is required to improve. Can there be fun which involves work? Of course! Why not? Continue reading