Stories about Sport from June, 2011
Barbados: Cricket Needs Managing
Barbados Free Press publishes the opinion of a reader who cannot rationalise that a psychologist has been hired to advise members of the West Indies cricket team, saying: “It’s about management, the mix and coaching. Management needs the shrink – the men need managing.”
Uzbekistan: U-17 football team to go to World Cup
Mansurhon reports that Uzbekistan's Under-17 football team gets to the play-off level of the FIFA World Cup Mexico 2011, beating USA and Czech Republic.
Argentina: River Plate Football Club Relegated to Second Division
River Plate, one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in Argentina and in the world suffered one of its worse defeats recently: on June 26 it tied with Belgrano Athletic Club in a match where its membership of the first division of Argentine football was decided.
Japan: Night Running as a Sub-Culture
Running is not something people usually associate with night-life or sub-cultures, but the members of the group Midnight Runners Tokyo (MRT) do. They have been hitting the streets of Tokyo at the dead of night on weekends, and see night running as culture in the making, rather than a sport.
Barbados: The Warner Effect
Barbados Underground comments on Jack Warner's FIFA resignation: “Warner is generating ‘heat’ which is not doing T&T and the wider Caribbean any favour in the international arena. All the world waits to hear if the sordid details arising from the Fifa Ethics Report will be leaked to the media. Worrying...
Peru: Beyond Politics: ‘Chelita’, Chicharrón and Chess
There is a lot more going on in Peru besides elections. The death of a beloved actress, and the country's gastronomy and achievements in sports have also been noted in the Peruvian blogosphere.
Panama: Politics, Football and Conspiracy Theories
Panamanian Global Voices author Ariel Moreno [es] blogs [es] about the government's and the national football team's tendency to come up with conspiracy theories and complain that the political opposition or the CONCACAF –respectively– are out to get them. He concludes: “We need to stop blaming others for our misfortunes,...
Trinidad & Tobago: Warner's Resignation
Jumbie's Watch and Plain Talk share their thoughts on Jack Warner's resignation from FIFA.
Bangladesh: Welcoming Argentina & Nigeria
Faisal Tanim informs that soccer fans are delighted to learn that full strength Argentinian and Nigerian soccer teams are coming to Bangladesh for friendly matches.
Kenya: KCB Safari Rally 2011
KCB Safari Rally 2011 is here: “Yes, the Safari Rally is racing round town again! Having been edged out of the World Rally Championship circuit, the Rally has been struggling to regain some worthy status. Kenya Motorsports Federation(KMSF) has been working tirelessly to get the Rally going and this year...
Panama: Boxing Commentator's Presidential Aspirations
In Panama, despite the next elections being two years away, the media has already started speculating about potential candidates and winners. One potential nomination for president which caused the most commotion in the Panamanian cyberspace was that of the celebrity sports commentator Juan Carlos Tapia.
Bangladesh: Tributes To An Iranian Sports Person
Unheard Voice pays tribute to Iranian football legend and a symbol of resistance to the regime in Iran, Naser Hejazi, who contributed a lot to Bangladesh football back in the 1980s as a coach and a mentor.
Rugby in Laos
Maggie Dillon provides a short history of Rugby in Laos. The Lao Rugby Federation reaches out to the public through its website and Facebook page.
China: Li Na's Championship, National Pride?
Over the weekend, Chinese tennis player Li Na became the first Chinese national to win a tennis Grand Slam final. However, Chinese netizens have taken Li Na's victory as a celebration of individualism, and are questioning the country's sports policy.
Trinidad & Tobago: To Resign or Not?
Tattoo examines the arguments being put forward in favour of removing Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner from his post amidst FIFA bribery allegations, saying: “In the end only one argument may be valid.”
Uganda: Excitement as Cranes Edge Closer to African Nations Cup
Uganda is closing in on making a historic comeback to the Africa Nations Cup tournament. The country last qualified for the biggest continental stage in 1978. The Uganda Cranes recorded a 2-0 victory over Guinea Bissau in Kampala on Saturday June 4.
World: Blatter's Back But FIFA's Future is Shaky
Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter has won his fourth term as the president of FIFA, the most powerful and lucrative sports organization in the world. One Zimbabwean blogger notes that there are many parallels between FIFA's and Zimbabwe's processes of conducting elections and wielding power.
Caribbean: WICB Hypocrisy
WICB Expose calls out the West Indies Cricket Board for its hypocritical behaviour: “WICB director Hilary Beckles compares Chris Gayle to a criminal and gets away with it. Shivnarine Chanderpaul speaks his mind and the WICB is setting the stage for disciplinary proceedings. Hypocrisy 101.”
Trinidad & Tobago: The Beginning of Warner's End?
Conflicting stories about suspended FIFA vice-president Jack Warner's actions: ttgapers links to a report that suggests in-fighting between Warner and Blatter, while B.C. Pires wonders whether “With Sepp Blatter duly reelected unopposed…and with Chuck Blazer, who brought Jack Warner’s corruption allegations to the FIFA table, suggesting that Jack’s emails to...