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Sports media: The truth cannot be suppressed

Fascination rather than a critical approach dominates sports journalism | Ivan Bandura/Flickr

Fascination rather than a critical approach dominates sports journalism | Ivan Bandura/Flickr

Investigative journalism is scarce in the monopoly sports media. A few truth-seekers are breaking away from the pack – but not without considerable personal and economic consequences. In the first of two articles on investigative journalism in sport, Danish freelance writer Lars Andersson portrays three journalists who regularly challenge corporate sport’s self-image.

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Canadian journalist sues former Vancouver Games CEO for defamation

Laura Robinson (photo) has filed a defamation suit against John Furlong. Photo by Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Laura Robinson (photo) has filed a defamation suit against John Furlong. Photo by Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Play the Game (Jan. 20): – Investigative journalist Laura Robinson has launched a defamation suit against John Furlong, former CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Games as the latest step in a 14-month long legal battle initiated by Furlong.

In a press statement, the Canadian journalist Laura Robinson explains the civil action launched against John Furlong: Continue reading

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Faster, higher… deader

ANOTHER professional skier died this month, and little is being done to make the sport safer. Author, journalist and Olympian LAURA ROBINSON* comments on sports officials’ tendencies to put the fight for new viewers by making the sports more dangerous and exciting above the safety of the athletes.

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“I think they are pushing it a little too much. To what extent are we just little lemmings that they just throw down a track and we’re crash-test dummies? I mean, this is our lives.”

Hanna Campbell-Pegg,
Australian Luge Team, Vancouver 2010 Olympics just before Georgian luger Nodor Kumaritashvili died on the same course Continue reading

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The Vancouver Olympics and John Furlong’s sins of omission

Author, journalist and Olympian LAURA ROBINSON* takes us further into the discussions of the legacy of the Vancouver Games with a look behind the biography of John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee and into what information on the 2010 Winter Games and his personal background made it to the book and what did not. Continue reading

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