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‘Foul play’ ahead of Olympics: Wanted – talented foreign athletes

By MARIO De QUEIROZ LISBON

Nigerian Francis Obikwelu competes for the old colonial power, Portugal

(26 August) IPS – ANY ANONYMOUS foreign national seeking a better life in the European Union (EU) endures nightmarish situations just to obtain a temporary residency permit. But if they show great talent in sports, the barriers disappear as if by magic.

The heavy gates of “fortress Europe” open wide if an immigrant is a talented athlete, and the countless bureaucratic hurdles abruptly turn into mere trifles that are easily overcome by a battalion of specialised lawyers. Continue reading

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