Stories about Sport from October, 2007
Ukraine: “Strokes Against Hopelessness”
Scenes from the Sidewalk posts some pictures and writes about a charity tennis tournament that took place in Kyiv last weekend.
Japan: Kameda hits below the belt
(In)famous for their big mouths and bad behaviour, coupled with showy performances such as singing karaoke after their victories in the ring, the Kamedas have become the media's favourite boxing family. After the title match on Oct. 11, however, the family found themselves in the middle of harsh media bashing.
Japan: Chinese spectators boo Japanese team, arouse national debate
Ampontan discusses the booing of the Japanese national team by a crowd of Chinese spectators at the Women's World Cup. After losing the game, the Japanese team displayed a banner that read: “Thank you China” in three languages, a gesture which Ampontan describes as “the gold standard for behavior in...
Kuwait: Fifa Suspends Kuwait
“The Kuwait Football Association has been suspended with immediate effect from all international football activities until further notice on account of government interference,” writes Kuwaiti blogger Forza.
Russia: Chessbase on Kasparov
Siberian Light notes the reaction of Chessbase to the angry readers protesting coverage of Garry Kasparov's political involvement.
Kazakhstan: Olympiad, Central Asian Style
Xxrock reports on the Kazakh government’s barely explainable step to modify the conditions of Asian Olympics-2011, which are to be held in Almaty. Now the officials want it to take place in Astana, the president Nazarbayev's “pet capital”, too.
China: Olympic Lie?
A video on the human rights condition in China with hot debate in the comment section.
China: Rules of Olympic engagement
Leading Hong Kong Democrat Martin Lee calls for increased dialogue on China's human rights record as the Olympics approach and gets labeled a traitor, quite possibly due mainly to a mistranslation which some are saying is too large to have been an accident.
Lebanon: Politics and Soccer
“The Lebanese treat their politics like other countries treat soccer. ‘All the props are there. You have team flags with various colors, you have buses that shuttle the fans, you have the bitterness and ecstasy that follow defeat and victory, and you always blame the referee,'” writesBeirut Spring quoting a...
Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica: Foreign Coach for Windies
Jamaican sports journalist Tony Becca thinks that the hiring of a foreign coach for the West Indies cricket team is “an insult”: West Indies Cricket Blog thinks “Becca has never been more wrong.”
Argentina: Maradonic News
GoodAirs writes two quick “pieces of Maradonic news” including a Mexican couple getting married in the Diego Maradona Church, a day before his birthday.
Russia: Lev Yashin
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis marks Lev Yashin's birthday: “…Lev Ivanovich Yashin, goalkeeper of the Soviet football squad, the best football goalkeeper of the XX century, the only goalkeeper to become the European Footballer of the Year, Olympic champion, 1960 European champion, 5 times USSR championship winner, 3 times USSR...
South Africa: South African Becomes Rugby Player of the Year
Nich Harambous on Bryan Habana becoming Rugby Player of the Year: “The man is pure brilliance. He equalled Jona Lomu’s RWC record for tries scored (8) and definitely made his mark as one of South Africa’s all time great wingers and rugby players. His potent running rugby, brilliant balance and...
Brazil: Robinho's ‘you go that way, I’ll go this way’ dribble
Bruno Romani shares the video clip where Brazilian football player Robinho presents his new dribble “You go that way, I’ll go this way”, during the Brazil 5 x 0 Ecuador World Cup Qualifiers game.
Russia, England: Football
Russia beats England, in football. More at Sean's Russia Blog and Siberian Light.
Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana: Cricket Highs and Lows
West Indies Cricket Blog marks a high and a low in the world of cricket: the bestowing of “the major honour of the Order of Jamaica” on international cricket umpire Steve Bucknor; and the “disgraceful” treatment of the Trinidad and Tobago cricket team in Guyana.
Americas: The Kick Off for World Cup Qualifiers
The road to the World Cup South Africa 2010 began this past weekend in South America. The Global Voices Latin American team joined forces to bring you reactions from across the continent as some teams marked surprising victories, while others felt the sour taste of defeat.
Ukraine: Charitable Tennis Tournament
Scenes From the Sidewalk posts info on how to register for the charitable tennis tournament to be held in Kyiv Oct. 27-28.
MoscowThroughBrownEyes writes about the`a “fear of a black Russia.”
India: Football Stories
Pickled Politics on football in India, traditional rivalries between clubs and the current state of the sport.
Barbados, Trinidad & Toabgo: RIP Alleyne
West Indies Cricket Blog mourns the sudden passing of cricket stalwart Stephen Alleyne.