Stories about Sport from September, 2010
Ecuadorians are devastated and surprised by news about one of their citizens: this past week, football referee Byron Moreno Ruales was caught trying to smuggle 6 kilos of heroin strapped to his body through the JFK international airport in New York City.
South Korea won the U-17 Women's World Cup for the first time.Korea’s online media Pressian[kr] focused on women team’s humble beginning; it started out to boost cultural exchanges with North Korea, and the player's quality was an optional matter. In 1990, it lost to Japan by 13-1 and to North...
There are many football blogs in Southeast Asia that provide relevant news stories and updates about football matches and programs in the region. Here is a list of football blogs in Southeast Asia with focus on Vietnam and Cambodia.
Directors Emil Langballe and Maria Samoto le Dous produced a documentary titled Our Park [en] about Tokyo's Miyashita Park [en], which is also called Nike Park [en] after sportswear multinational Nike bought its naming rights in 2008. The film focuses on the group of artists and activists who have been...
South Asia Wired highlights some reactions from social media about the serious security lapses at the Commonwealth Game venues.
Being Cynical at Desicritics criticizes the inadequate preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi and discusses the controversy surrounding it.
KZBlog visited the Davis Cup World Group playoffs last weekend in Astana, Kazakhstan, where Kazakh team has beaten Switzerland 5-0, dropping only 2 sets in 5 matches. He also shows some videos from the tournament.
Abena links to a list of the “100 Most Powerful Black Men on Twitter“, but is disappointed that so many of the names come from the entertainment industry. “Are black men with the most impact on the planet likely to be rappers and sportsmen?” she asks.
One of many football (soccer) fans' dreams is to attend one of the Argentinian Boca Juniors' matches in their famous stadium, “La Bombonera“. Find out why football fans from all over the world share this dream.
Togo's football federation says the “national team” that played an exhibition match against Bahrain on September 7, 2010 was fake. Togo's sports minister says that the team was made up of “unidentified players and their shadowy handlers” who belonged to a “mafia group.” FIFA is investigating the allegations. One blogger has described the story as one of the weirdest stories of the year and another one says it is “one of the most hilarious sports practical jokes of all time.”
Nana's analysis of white coach myth in Ghana's football: “Ghana's biggest achievements in football have come from local coaches ONLY. Unless we want to say that a quarter-final debut is bigger than the Nations Cup trophy, we must listen to the voice of Sankofa.”
This week a Federal Court nullified the results of a recent election held for top posts in the NFF, Nigerian football's governing body. Toyin comments on the shenanigans that undermined the NFF election: “The best candidates found out again that Nigerian football is under vicious grip of our politicians…”
Pakistan has something to cheer about after a long spell of tragedies. Hina Safdar at Chowrangi reports that Aisam ul Haq Qureshi has become the first Pakistani ever to qualify for the Finals of US Open tennis tournament.
KZBlog writes about Beibut Shumenov, boxing world champion from Kazakhstan, his scandalous winning of the title in home country last year, and also about his plans for the future.
Bilguun tells about Mongolia's Naadam festival in July, it's history and present. It is normally followed by a season of feasts, featuring the “three manly sports”, namely archery, wrestling and horse racing.
Three Pakistani cricket players accused of spot-fixing scandals have been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and many Pakistanis are blaming the said cricketers for bringing disrepute to Pakistan. Salman Latif opines that Pakistanis should stop blaming the products of a corrupt machinery, but blame the machinery itself.