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How the Cuban revolution turned a small island into an Olympic power

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TeleSUR (Aug. 13) – With the highest record of Olympic medals in Latin America, Cuba owes its sports achievements to the socialist revolution.

The devastating U.S. blockade on Cuba, which has lasted for more than 50 years and includes restrictions on the nation’s sporting industry, has not stopped the island from becoming the most successful Latin American country in Olympics history and an example for the rest of the region and world.

Historically speaking, Cuba is by far and away Latin American leader in the Olympics: 209 medals in total, 79 gold, 67 silver and 70 bronze. Continue reading

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USA Gymnastics ignored underage sexual abuse allegations

The investigation sheds a light on sexual abuse policies in US gymnastics | EFE

The investigation sheds a light on sexual abuse policies in US gymnastics | EFE

An IndyStar investigation reveals how the sports organization was warned of sexual abuses to ahtletes and did nothing.

USA Gymnastics, a U.S.-based Olympic organization, failed to act or notify authorities after years of allegations of sexual abuse suffered by athletes from coaches, according to an investigation by IndyStar. Continue reading

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The owners of the game

An excerpt from the 1995 book “Soccer in Sun and Shadow.” EDUARDO GALEANO

Flags of FIFA (2nd R) and Conmebol (R) are pictured outside the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2015.

Flags of FIFA (2nd R) and Conmebol (R) are pictured outside the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 28, 2015 | Photo: Reuters

FIFA, who has its throne and holds court in Zurich, the International Olympic Committee, which rules from Lausanne, and the ISL Marketing company, who conducts its business from Lucerne, manages the World Cup and the Olympics. As we can tell, these three powerful organizations maintain their head offices in Switzerland, a country made famous due to William Tell’s marksmanship, the precision of its watches, and religious devotion to bank secrecy. Coincidentally, all three hold an extraordinary degree of shame when it comes to the money that passes through their hands, and the money that remains in their hands. Continue reading

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American speed skater says coach ordered him to sabotage Canadian team

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

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London 2012: Meet the real International Olympic Committee

MEET THE International Olympic Committee, the folks in the priority traffic lanes, the best hotels and the best and empty seats at the London (and before that Vancouver) Olympics, allegedly the “most ethical Games ever.” Who are these people enjoying such exceptional privileges and extraordinary prerogatives? Continue reading

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London 2012: Olympic Games will not improve mass participation in sport

(July 27, 2012, Play the Game) – JUSTIFYING multi-billion Olympic spending by claiming that the Games in London will inspire more Britons to participate in sports may be plain wrong, reveals a new study. The London bid originally stated that the motivation for hosting the Games was to “enhance sport in London and the United Kingdom forever.” Continue reading

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London 2012: Hysteria and militarization

Community protest June 30, 2012 against the installation of missiles throughout London as part of “security” during the Olympics

MUCH HYSTERIA is being generated over the issue of “security” during the London 2012 Olympic Games, which has its opening ceremony on July 27.

The Games have become a pretext for the militarisation of society, and as a training exercise for the military, besides being organised to serve the interests of the financial oligarchy, not the people. Continue reading

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