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‘Sports integrity’: The surreptious Saudi campaign to steal the World Cup away from Qatar

Currently, a battle is going on between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, one that is affecting international football as well. There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia wants to take the World Cup away from Qatar in 2022. The “Foundation for Sports Integrity” was launched in a lavish setting in London in May with buzz words about “transparency” and “corruption” that made several participants ask about the source of the money. Two of them were Andreas Selliaas and Jan Jensen*, who have tried to track the secret backers of the new initiative. Jim Waterson of the Guardian also weighs in with additional facts. Interestingly, with regard to awarding the FIFA World Cup 2026, which was announced later in Moscow in July, Saudi Arabia backed the winning, so-called “United” bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico, while Qatar backed the Morocco bid.

Panel discussion at the FFSI conference | Andreas Selliaas

(London, Updated 28 June) – The Foundation for Sports Integrity (FFSI) was launched at the fashionable Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square in London on 31 May. The founder of the FFSI is Jaimie Fuller, the Chairman of SKINS, one of the persons behind the initiative New FIFA Now and a familiar face to those attending Play the Game conferences.
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Bach meets Putin at World Cup Final and claims Russian sport should be brought back into fold

Russian President Vladimir Putin, seen here meeting Thomas Bach, has claimed myths about the country have collapsed during the FIFA World Cup ©Getty Images

By MICHAEL PAVITT

(July 15) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on the success of the FIFA World Cup and claimed it was time to bring “Russian sport fully back into the international sports community” following the Sochi 2014 doping scandal.

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Enlightened Corners – The Russia 2018 World Cup

MediaLens (June 21) – Senior Guardian sports writer Barney Ronay indicated the basic tone of early corporate coverage of the Russia 2018 World Cup: Continue reading

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The Irish Rover: Building Moscow’s Gaelic football team

Members of the Moscow Shamrocks Gaelic football team.

By KRISTINA MOSKVINA

For the last four years, the Moscow Shamrocks has brought a flavour of Ireland’s national sport to the people of the Russian capital.

Not to be confused with “English football” or “soccer,” Gaelic football uses 15 players per team in matches lasting 70 minutes. Players can bounce, kick or pass the ball to move it down the field, but can only travel for four steps while carrying the ball. Continue reading

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Western chauvinism against Russia gone beserk

By MICHAEL AVERKO*

For you non-sports minded Russia watchers, the ethically flawed antics of the IOC (International Olympic Committee), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and Western mass media at large, highlight a predominating anti-Russian bias that is definitely bigoted.  Continue reading

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Intimidation? Latest CAS Olympics ruling sanctioning Russian athletes contradicts 2011 case

“Essentially, the CAS ruled in 2011 that the US athlete could not be punished twice for the same thing, once as a sanction and the second time purportedly as an eligibility decision” | US sports attorney and scholar RONALD KATZ*

Law360 (February 12) – Early last week when the International Olympic Committee president — after losing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport that cleared 28 Russian athletes of doping allegations — stated that that court might need to be restructured, that statement, given the power of the IOC, had the potential of intimidating the CAS. On Friday (February 9), when the CAS essentially reversed itself by stating that the IOC had the right to keep the cleared athletes out of the Pyeongchang Olympics, it appeared that that intimidation had worked. Continue reading

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PyeongChang 2018: Friendship first – American luger stunned by Russian athlete’s generosity

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Silver medalist Chris Mazdzer of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Luge Men’s Singles at Medal Plaza on Feb. 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang | ANDREAS RENTZ/GETTY IMAGES

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