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Olympic groups wasting millions while athletes struggled to get to Rio

By NICK FILLMORE*

Artist’s rendering of the stylized LED-light Olympic flame that will ’burn‘ outside the Canadian Olympic Committee offices at Olympic House in Montreal.

Dozens of athletes from Canada and thousands from developing countries have had a difficult time raising the money needed to train and take part in the Olympics Games in Brazil.

In Canada, more than two dozen world-class athletes were so hard up for support that they resorted to launching crowdfunding campaigns to supplement the money they receive from government and perhaps corporate sponsors.  Continue reading

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EULOGY TO WILMA

Wilma Rudolph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(A TRIBUTE TO WILMA RUDOLPH)

By PETER ELIAS, 1995

 

Five long years before your birth

Roman plunder spoiled our land

For Ethiopia’s sake you ran

And proudly took the victory stand.

By then the Allies had restored

Some sanity to life on earth

You arrived in Rome to show the world

Your triumph from a Dixie birth.

Fired up by Jesse’s feat

In that adjacent Axis city

With grace and pace for all to see

Gold, not one, or two, but three.

Countless other women tried

To reach your mark and failed

Battling on with maladies

Wilma’s will to live prevailed.

In track you carved your personal path

From Tennessee to Italy

Reaching ever for the stars

The best that you could ever be

We said goodbye to you O QUEEN

In the Fall of ninety-four

We dearly miss that golden smile

And the heart that beats no more.

*Note: Wilma Rudolph overcame major health problems (childhood polio) and racism in the US south to compete in two Olympic Games and become a triple Olympic champion. She was the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics in 1960, at the Summer Games in Rome. She was considered the fastest woman in the world. Her life is a great inspiration for us, as we face today’s many challenges.

From Earth, Wind and Fire, by Peter Elias, Halifax, 1995

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IAAF: Who is the ‘real’ Sebastian Coe?

Comment: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), headed by its newly-elected president Sebastian Coe, has suspended Russia’s track and field federation by a 22-1 vote. The vote came within one week of a controversial report issued by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) citing Russia – and no other country – for doping violations under the pretext of high ideals. The meeting in London was hastily convened by Coe, himself a vice-president of the IAAF since 2007. ANDREAS SELLIAAS* analyses Coe’s compromised background and comments on his mounting challenges. Originally posted on this blog on August 20, 2015

Will newly elected athletics president Seb Coe (photo) get the IAAF back on its feet? | Andy Miah/Flickr

Will newly elected athletics president Seb Coe (photo) get the IAAF back on its feet? | Andy Miah/Flickr

(August 20) — Lord Sebastian Coe was Wednesday elected as new president of theInternational Association of Athletics Federations ahead of Sergey Bubka. Winning 115-92 was a comfortable, but not overwhelming victory. But for the former middle distance ace and successful leader of the 2012 London Olympics this was a great day. Continue reading

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Boston 2024 Olympic bid was risky, says new report

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(August 20) – In a state-backed report, consultants find the Boston 2024 bid’s costs to be underestimated and the benefits overestimated. Boston 2024 organisers say the report missed out on details and is flawed. Continue reading

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How the revolution transformed sports in Cuba

The following is an edited version of the speech made by Rigoberto Zarza, Consul of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Jamaica, at the Media Launch of the 12th Annual Renewal of the Wesley Powell National Track & Field Meet in Jamaica. This article was first posted on this website on December 11, 2014 and is being reposted on the occasion of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.wesley powell media launch jamaica dec 3 2014 c2 Continue reading

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Sochi Winter Olympics: the media campaign against Russia

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As the Olympic torch draws closer to Sochi, an international media campaign is in full swing, attempting to question Russia’s ability to provide a safe and tolerant environment for the athletes and guests of the Winter Olympics. The Oriental Review weighs in.

Setting aside the issue of whether the complaints about Russia’s human rights record or the alleged terrorist threats in Bigger Sochi region are legitimate, we should point out a couple of official goals of Olympism according to the Olympic Charter: Continue reading

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How Romney financed the 2002 Olympics

U.S. presidential contendor Romney [has] done just fine at milking the government and the people when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake in the Mormon state of Utah – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. According to a report in Rolling Stone, Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 per cent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.

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