· May, 2007

Stories about Sport from May, 2007

Bolivia: A Country Unites Behind FIFA Ban on Stadiums at High Altitudes

  31 May 2007

Stadiums located at 2500 m above sea level are no longer able to host international football matches according to a recent FIFA ban. This move sent the Bolivian government into a full-fledged campaign to overturn this decision, which would jeopardize the Bolivian National Team's chances to qualify for the next World Cup. Bloggers from all across Bolivia and of all political ideologies joined the cause.

Jamaica: Worst Test Cricket Loss in 50 Years

  31 May 2007

“Sometimes I wonder if we should just drop cricket like we're dropping the sugar industry. Both are vestiges of colonialism. But I dare not say this aloud…'cause, unlike the sugar industry, cricket swims in our very blood.” Jamaican Leon Robinson is disappointed in the West Indies’ performance against England.

Kenya: they came, they saw, they were conquared

  31 May 2007

Only in Kenya writes about Harambee Stars vs. the Green Eagles: “They came, they saw, they were conquered. That is the story of the Super Eagles after their encounter with Harambee Stars Sunday 27th May 2007 at Kasarani. Yes, they hit us 1-0, but as anyone who was in the...

Burkina Faso: FA Cup Final in Ouagadougou

  30 May 2007

English football is big in Burkina Faso as Voice in the Desert reports:”African men care very deeply about their football teams, including the teams they ‘adopt’ from abroad. In Ouagadougou there are passionate Manchester United supporters and equally passionate Chelsea supporters, and today they got together for the Cup Final....

The best strategy to lose weight.

  27 May 2007

The best strategy to lose weight. A year ago, a blogger bought a bicycle and commuted to work on it. He shows a graph of his weight for a year, which makes it clear that bicycling caused his weight to drop (and then to rise again when he stopped temporarily)....

Nepal: The Mount Everest Buzz

  26 May 2007

Every mountaineering season, Mount Everest attracts hundreds of climbers from all over the world. Sherpas are key to successful ascent, but they do not get due credit.

Lotto Fever strikes BIG in Japan

  26 May 2007

People across Japan turned out in large numbers last week to line up and get their hands on tickets for “BIG”, a variation on the soccer lottery “toto” operated by the National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health. The combined sales figure for all soccer lottery tickets was...

Americas: Copa America Blog

  23 May 2007

For fans of the “beautiful game”, a new blog site dedicated to the biennual football tournament, the Copa America, will come as a welcome surprise. The Copa America 07 Blog will feature news and stories about the South American national teams and guests, that will participate in this tournament in...

Brunei: AIDS Awareness Walk

  23 May 2007

EmmaGoodEgg in Brunei informs readers of an AIDS Awareness walk on Sunday. Emma says “Wake up bright and early on Sunday morning to be at the starting point by 6.30 am”

Zimbabwe: the game the police play

  22 May 2007

Kubatana blog on Zimbabwean police: “How’s that! All SADC citizens. Presumably this includes Zimbabwe where the police recently beat up a group of lawyers in downtown Harare. One of them being a most amazing woman called Eileen Sawyer, otherwise known as gogo, (meaning grandmother) because of her age – 80....

Jamaica: Cricket at Lord's

  21 May 2007

“If ever there was a stodgy cricket ground with a staid atmoshpere, this is it. Lord's in St. John's Wood is a most boring place to watch cricket.”: The Life and Times of Michmac reports from the West Indies vs. England match.

Jordan: Die-hard Al Faisali Fan

Jordanian blogger Hareega is a die-hard Al Faisali fan. “I will not regret cancelling my clinic this morning and packing up my schedule and working 15 days nonstop in a row and registring for the ridicuolously expensive ART -America channel in order to run from the hospital this morning to...

China: Genocide Olympics

  17 May 2007

Imagethief analyses whether the “genocide Olympics” campaign against China's stance in Darfur would be working or not.

Dubai: Tradional Dhow Sailing Contest

Dubai-based blogger Seabee brings us the latest in text and photographs about the traditional dhow (boat) sailing race later this month. “AED6 million (US$1.63 million) is the prize money for this year's traditional dhow sailing race, due to be run on May 26. It's a great sight too, the 60...

Trinidad & Tobago: Cricket Curfew

  16 May 2007

“If it was in my hands I’d have had guys more free to do what they want to do in the lead-up to the first Test match.” West Indies Cricket Blog quotes Chris Gayle on the issue of curfew.

Argentina: The Voting Habits of #10

  16 May 2007

Cronicas Argentinas [ES] is a blog that follows news of the country's most famous footballer, Diego Armando Maradona. The country is in full election mode, with posters, advertisements and campaign signs covering all. Many citizens already have their choices made for their ballot, but Juan Pablo Meneses writes about how...