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Belarus gives opening ceremony flag to Russian Paralympians

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport. © Viktor Tolochko

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport | © Viktor Tolochko / Sputnik

(Rt.com) Belarusian Sport and Tourism Ministry member Andrey Fomochkin gave the Russian flag he controversially unveiled at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics to Russian athletes.

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Mass action held in Toronto to denounce IPC’s decision to ban Russia from Rio Games

Participants in the action waved the slogans in Russian and English reading “Shame on WADA”, “Enable Russian Paralympians to join the Games” and “Say No to Bans”

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Football: EURO 2016 new front for NATO’s hybrid war on Russia

Euro2016LogoRussia’s threatened disqualification from the Euro 16 Football Championship over fan violence fits into a pattern of systematically demonizing Russia in the Western media on a host of other issues | FINIAN CUNNINGHAM*

For the past two years, Russia has been blamed for annexing countries, invading others and threatening the entire geopolitical architecture of European security. Continue reading

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Geopolitics is behind the FIFA scandal as the war against Russia enters a new front

Soccer CorporatizationThere is no question that there is a lot of corruption inside the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Bribes and behind the scene deals have been going on for decades. The sport federation is responsible for the most watched and popular sport in the world and is part of a lucrative business venture that has a lot of soft power and prestige attached to it. MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA* Continue reading

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Why the United States is targeting FIFA

SSoccer Corporatizationystemic corruption is quite common among the world’s political, financial, and economic power-brokers. Every other political, financial, and economic entity in the US is entangled in some form of systemic corruption, including professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); yet the US has not pursued violators from those entities. Above all, what is suspicious about the US intervention into FIFA politics is that whenever the US intervenes internationally, claiming to be concerned about democracy, good governance, and/or human rights, that intervention proves to be duplicitous. Professor GEORGE WRIGHT* on the US-dictated Anglo-American/UEFA alliance. Continue reading

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The FIFA war is not about football or corruption

Soccer CorporatizationWhy are the Americans so interested in “cleaning up” a game that has been managed mostly by Europeans so far? Why did Swiss cops come with New York Times journalists in tow? Why did they arrest officials exclusively from South and Central American federations? The FBI’s move against seven FIFA officials on charges of corruption is seen by most countries as a desperate US-Euro effort to isolate Russia and re-open the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. SHOBHAN SAXENA*

From Brazil to Russia: symbolic hand-over at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, 13 July 2014. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, stands between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in this grab from the official FIFA video of the event. Russia will host the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

From Brazil to Russia: symbolic hand-over at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, 13 July 2014. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, stands between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in this grab from the official FIFA video of the event. Russia will host the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Rio de Janeiro (May 31) – Forget the analogies about football being more important than life and religion. The Beautiful Game has always been all about politics among nations – on and off the pitch. And now, it’s reaching Cold War levels. Continue reading

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FIFA confirms: Russia to host the 2018 World Cup despite US pressure

fifa-logo-2(April 4) – The International Football Federation (FIFA), through a spokesman, has ratified Russia as host of the 2018 World Cup , rejecting the request of a group of US senators, including Republican John McCain.

According to the spokesman, “the tournament can be a powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between peoples and governments, helping to bring about social change”.

“Football cannot be considered as a solution to all problems, especially those relating to international politics,” continues Fisher. Continue reading

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