Stories about Sport from February, 2008
China: Chongqing's Pride
Zhang Xiaozhou's soccer game report has hurt Chongqing citizens’ pride. Students, representatives of people congress, and newspapers editors protested against the report and demanded the authority to punish the reporter. Blogger Wen yunchao commented that Chongqing people were over sensitive (zh). Zhao Mu criticized that the Chongqing local newspapers were...
Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Jamaica: RIP Manno & Gibbs
Caribbean Beat Blog mourns the passing of two sons of the Caribbean soil – Haitian footballer Emmanuel “Manno” Sanon and Jamaican record producer, Joel “Joe” Gibbs.
China: Harmonious Olympic Make-up
Angel apple from Duller feels sick of local Beijing Olympic news report. Some local newspapers keep on publishing guidelines and reminding citizens how to behave harmoniously during Olympic. For example, women are advised to wear light make-up.
Poland, U.K.: Football and Anti-Semitism
The beatroot examines whether the UK and Polish football fans are the “most anti-Semitic in Europe.”
Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Antigua: T&T Wins 20/20 Cricket
Discover TnT Blog reports that “the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket team…last night captured the Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in Antigua.”
Costa Rica: First to Climb Mount Everest
Costa Rica Blogs writes about the first Costa Rican to climb the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest.
Hindi: No smoking and Cricket Auctions
Amit Gupta takes us on a tour of the latest from the Hindi blogosphere, including bad news for male smokers, good news for cricket fans in Hyderabad, and hopeful news regarding the effort to curb the spread of AIDS.
Uzbekistan: Tycoon Buys English Football Club
Libertad writes that Alisher Usmanov, a businessmen born (and held in custody) in Uzbekistan, currently a mining tycoon and Russia’s 18th richest man, decided to increase his share in the Arsenal FC.
Cameroon: Mt. Cameroon Race for Hope
Rev. Tracy writes about Mt. Cameroon Race for Hope: “My race went well, I won my age group, and I was on television for the 3rd time! This race was much better funded and somewhat better organised than other races we've particpated in, but still quite a shambles by US...
India: Auction and cricket players
Smoke Signals on the bidding process for cricket players for the Indian Premier League.
Sri Lanka: Live Cricket!
At groundviews, an author writes with much joy – having seen a live cricket match between India and Sri Lanka.
China: Spielberg's withdrawal from the Beijing Olympics
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI has translated three local blog posts commenting on Spielberg's withdrawal from the Beijing Olympics.
China: Spielberg, the Olympics, and oil
Chinese bloggers shocked world media and those calling for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics this week with blog posts revealing a wide variety of Chinese opinions both independent from and more nuanced than that of the Chinese government on its relationship with Sudanese counterparts. Further surprise came when those...
Bermuda: Tourism Feels the Love
“So, it’s time for the Love Festival, Dr. Brown’s annual Valentine’s bacchanal,” writes Vexed Bermoothes, blogging from Bermuda – then adds: “I am not damning the Department of Tourism for their big activities…we just need to look at our cost vs benefit a little more frequently, and using honest benchmarks.”
Egypt: On Winning the African cup of Nation, Ghana 2008
Ask any Egyptian, he’d tell you that last Sunday night, February the 10th, wasn’t like any night.. a night like “thousand nights”.. Egypt won the African Cup of Nations in Ghana 2008 after a fierce match with Cameron 1-0. A marvelous score in a beautiful ditto between Abu Tarika and Zeidan. Egypt won.. Celebrations was almost every where on each and every street in Egypt, as well as in many other Arab countries.
National Sports: unique expressions of countrywide pride.
Whether by government decree or by popularity, national sports are part of the cultural makeup of every country. People from many walks of life come together to participate, watch or root for their favorite athletes or teams. Check out which unique national sports Colombia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates have.
Ghana/Morocco: Africa Cup of Nations was hacked
Soyapi Mumba writes about the hacking of the Africa Cup of Nations website: “Some angry ‘Moroccan’ has hacked the Africa Cup of Nations website after Morocco got beaten by Ghana, the hosts, 2-0 on Monday 28th January 2008.”
Ghana/Egypt: Egypt wins the Africa Cup of Nations
Emmauel posts a photo from the Africa Cup of Nations final in Ghana: “digital camera capture of the President of Ghana John Kufuor awarding a member of the Egyptian team. Note the inscription on the back! It speaks volumes!”
Mexico: Another Tie with the US
After a 2-2 tie with the United States, Bucéfalo [es] thinks the Mexican national football team would be better off with another coach due to the 0-8-2 results over the past ten years on the road.
Morocco's coach sacked after Africa Cup loss
Moroccan national football team's coach, Henri Michel, was sacked following Morocco's poor performance in the African Nations Cup: unfair, francophone bloggers say.
Ghana: Suprises from the Africa Cup of Nations
Emmanuel writes about the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana: “The surprise of yesterday was Ivory Coast's ouster from the championship. The Ivoirians probably underrated the Egyptians initially and before they started taking them seriously it was already late.”