Lenin is now alive more than ever. Foreign fans at the World Cup 2018 waited in giant lines to visit the Lenin Mausoleum.
One of the main attractions for fans at the World Cup 2018 was Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow. The editor-in-chief of the Maxim Gorky film studio, Andrei Apostolov, published a photo of a huge line of visitors, which stretched along Red Square on the days of the 2018 World Cup.
The fact that thousands of fans wanted to visit the Mausoleum, Apostolov writes on Facebook:
“While the ‘morning paints a gentle light onto the walls of the ancient Kremlin’, several thousand foreign football fans lined up in a winding queue to visit the recumbent Ilyich … Such a pilgrimage Red Square probably has not seen for half a century … (A frame from the window of the Historical Museum does not at all convey the real dimensions of the disaster, for the people of darkness). According to the staff of the museum, this is the way it has been every day,” he wrote.
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.
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.
- Soccer action meets the media’s alternative reality during Russia’s World Cup finals. Since the alleged poisoning of ex-MI6 agent Sergei Skripal in Britain, a Russophobic media has gone into overdrive. Nowhere is the desperation with which this has been seized more obvious than Britain, which lost the vote to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup to Russia eight years ago, and the London Guardian. DAVID EDWARDS* digs into the incoherent coverage by Britain’s “serious” newspapers of the 2018 World Cup in contrast with the London 2012 Olympics, hailed at the time as a “masterpiece.”
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
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
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
“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*