Stories about Sport from November, 2010
Haiti: Football Funds to Help Earthquake Recovery
Repeating Islands reports that Haiti's earthquake recovery effort will benefit from proceeds of the 8th Annual [Football] Match Against Poverty, to be held on December 15 in Greece.
Costa Rica: Germany and Colombia win La Ruta endurance cycling race
La Ruta de los Conquistadores is considered one of the world's hardest cycling races in stages and it took place last week in Costa Rica, with Colombian Angela Parra winning in the women's category and German cyclist Ben Sonntag winning in the male category. But the organizers faced a parallel challenge: they struggled to handle participants' dissatisfaction with the way rules were enforced during the race.
Qatar: Excitement, Apprehension Build as World Cup Decision Nears
As the buzz builds over who will be awarded the 2022 World Cup bid in two weeks, so does the Internet chatter. Here is a roundup of online reactions in Qatar and elsewhere to the most recent developments in the competition to host FIFA's biggest sporting event.
Kuwait: Football Talent Abdulla Al Moussawi's Dreams Cut Short
From Kuwait, Mark shares the story of Abdullah Al Moussawi, a talented nine-year-old football player whose chances at stardom were cut short. Find out why.
Yemen: Host to Gulf Cup 2010
Gulf Cup 2010 kicks off in Aden, Yemen, on November 22. Yemeni blogger Omar Barsawad reflects on the significance of having Aden host this football championship which brings together teams from Iraq, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Nigeria: De-branding Nigeria
Nigerian blogger Aderinola comments on the suspension of Amos Adamu who was found guilty of trying to sell his vote for the world cup bid: “My concern here is the way Adamu’s image has been splashed on all the major newspapers around the world and how once again the rebranding...
Bhutan: Khuru And The Rise Of Feminist Movements
Bhutanese women may have, unintentionally, created the stirrings of their first feminist movements of sorts when they recently started to encroach upon a traditionally male dominated sport Khuru (game of darts).
Taiwan: National dignity hurt in the Asian Games
On November 17, leading Taiwanese Taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chun was disqualified from the 2010 Asian Games during a match with a Vietnamese competitor for “wearing non-certified electronic foot equipment” or “electronic socks”. The incident has stirred up a lot of emotions in Taiwan.
Philippines: Pacquaio boxing victory dominates twitter
Fans tweeting the Pacquaio-Margarito boxing match have dominated the twitter trending topics. The popular hashtags are #pacquiao, #margarito, Mayweather, FILIPINO PRIDE, Congrats Manny, and Pacquiao-Margarito
Ethiopia: Legendary Ethiopian Athlete Abebe Bikila’s Biopic
Legendary Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila’s Biopic: “Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon.”
Russia: Soccer Hooligans Might Be Involved in Assault on Oleg Kashin
Investigative blogger Anticompromat re-posts [RUS] a new version of attack on Oleg Kashin. He quotes LJ-user cleric_r saying that the assault might be connected with soccer fan groups. Kashin knew way too much about the relations between soccer fan groups, pro-Kremlin youth movements, and President's Staff. LJ-user semen_f19 adds [RUS]...
Peru: National Team Wins World Surfing Games
In October, surfers from Peru, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Australia, Japan, France, Ecuador, Uruguay and South Africa traveled to Peru to participate in the Billaboing ISA World Surfing Games 2010. The Peruvian team won the world award in the teams competition.