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Stories about Sport

8 January 2017

Introducing ‘Vovinam’, a Vietnamese Martial Art Steeped in Political History

Vovinam, a response to French occupation of Vietnam, is an explosive hybrid of older practices found across the southeast Asian country.

7 January 2017

Remembering Iran's Gholamreza Takhti, the Much-Loved Sportsman Who Wrestled with the Shah

Takhti’s opposition to the regime would also be his own undoing. On January 7, 1968, his lifeless body was found in a hotel room.

26 December 2016

American Hockey Through Ukrainian Eyes: ‘Like Interrupted Sex’

RuNet Echo

A young Ukrainian man visits the wild world of American hockey, where he was treated to a show he didn’t expect (or entirely enjoy).

16 December 2016

2016 Was the Caribbean's Year of Loss

For bloggers in the Caribbean, “2016” has nearly become an obscenity. Adjectives now used to describe this "annus horribilis" include "sucky", "terrible" and "the worst".

17 November 2016

Winners Galore at the 34th Athens Classic Marathon

The 34th Athens Classic Marathon came to Greece last weekend, and there were more than a few big winners.

8 November 2016

For Migrants of All Kinds, the Football Pitch Can Be a Place of Real Empathy

The Bridge

Lova Rakotomala plays football even though he's terrible at it. This is why.

3 November 2016

How To Talk About the Chicago Cubs Win With Your Non-American Friends

The Bridge

The members of the Global Voices core team tried to have a conversation about baseball, and this happened.

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu Says ‘No’ to Iran's Hijab Rule, and Social Media Rallies Behind Her

"Heena Sidhu pulls out of the Asian Airgun Championships in Iran because of a compulsory hijab rule. A ridiculous rule. And, a brave stance."

27 October 2016

Russia's 2018 World Cup Mascot Has a Hilarious Name and You Don't Even Get It

RuNet Echo

It's too soon to know if this creature will make a good ambassador for Russia or the World Cup, but it's fair to say already that “Zabivaka” has gone viral.

22 October 2016

Kyrgyzstan Is to Kok-Boru What Brazil Is to Football

The Bridge

The equestrian contact sport Kok-Buro is a test of skill and strength, and at the end of a game the players often get to eat the trophy.

20 October 2016

A Lack of Open Space Forces Kids in One Mumbai Suburb to Play in a Dirty Field

“We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they know...they will not let us out to play."

Young Skaters in Rural South Africa Shred It Up in ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’

Skateboarding isn't popular in South Africa, especially in black communities. As one young Zulu puts it, "We are skateboarders because we want to live a life which is good...and awesome."

7 October 2016

Atomweight MMA Fighting Comes to Chechnya, and the Local Ruler's Children Are Already Title-Holders

RuNet Echo

Despite his regular publicity on social media, Kadyrov still managed to shock people, when his three young sons appeared as participants in a recent mixed martial arts tournament in Grozny.

30 September 2016

Thais in a Crowded Community Are Playing in the ‘World’s First’ Non-Rectangular Football Field

"This unusual football field has proven that designing outside boundaries can help foster creativity used to develop these useful spaces."

Pakistani Actors in Bollywood Become Targets of Hate as the India-Pakistan Tussle Escalates

"...culture and art and sport should be without boundaries and borders. These are the two areas which bring people together and encourage understanding of other cultures."

18 September 2016

Singapore Debates Whether Paralympic and Olympic Gold Medalists Should Receive the Same Rewards

"We cannot measure (or reward) human endeavour by money alone but withholding it sends a wrong message to society too."

12 September 2016

Filipinos Find Ingenious Ways to Build Their Own Basketball Hoops

"It still amazes me to see these makeshift courts everywhere and anywhere and people of all ages playing – sometimes in only flip flops."

11 September 2016

Timorese Olympic Athletes Didn't Win a Medal in Rio but Still Inspired Their Country

"We will tell the youth to focus on sports and contribute to the nation. It's similar to the path shown to us by our heroes in their fight for independence."

30 August 2016

Unbothered by Tabloid Scandals, Jamaicans Stay Devoted to Superstar Sprinter Usain Bolt

Saucy photos that would possibly force most politicians from office can't dent the love Jamaica feels for iconic sprinter Usain Bolt.

28 August 2016

The Refugee Olympic Team Showed They Have Plenty to Offer, in Spite of Tragic Stories

"It is this determination that they show against all odds. I love the athletes in this team as if they were my own children."

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