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· August, 2012

Stories about Sport from August, 2012

31 August 2012

Macedonia: Demanding Triumphal Welcome for Paralympics Champion

Paralympic Games Kick Off in London

After hosting a most memorable Olympics, the British capital city of London welcomed the world's Paralympians for what is claimed to be the biggest Paralympics Games ever.

30 August 2012

Zambian National Football Team Coach Granted Permanent Residence

Zambia has had many expatriate national football team coaches, but Frenchman Herve Renard, who led the team in scooping the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012, enjoys special affection. In...

23 August 2012

Russia: Taxi Drivers Versus Dagestanis in Ryazan

RuNet Echo

A possible fight between Russians and Dagestani migrants perhaps led to dozens, possibly hundreds, of taxi drivers organizing a pogrom-like attack. Events like this raise questions about Russia's capacity to...

21 August 2012

Environmentalist Ex-NBA Star Visits Kenya on Anti-Poaching Tour

Since retiring from the National Basketball Association a year ago, Chinese star Yao Ming has become a committed environmentalist, working with WildAid. His most recent visit was to Kenya to...

18 August 2012

Peru: Football Player's Airport Joke Triggers Security Alert

A bad joke triggered security alarms at the San Jose International Airport as the Peruvian national football team was about to take the flight back to Lima after a friendly...

The South Caucasus at the 2012 Olympics

This post is part of our special coverage of the London 2012 Olympics.   The three South Caucasus countries have been participating  independently in the Olympics since 1996, and they each...

17 August 2012

Thailand: Olympic Boxing Defeat Disappoints Fans

Thailand won two silvers and a bronze in the recently concluded London Olympic Games but the controversial defeat of a Thai boxer disappointed many fans who believe that the gold...

16 August 2012

Puerto Rico: An “Activated” Space for School Athletics

Photojournalist José Jiménez talks about his project, Activao, an online space dedicated exclusively to covering school athletics in Puerto Rico. Going beyond being a specialized medium for sports, the project...

15 August 2012

Russia: Ugly Side of Olympic Nationalism

RuNet Echo

"As a pureblooded Russian, and Russian patriot, it is distasteful to look at this disgrace. It’s better to have no medals, than to have Champions like this, ones who hardly...

14 August 2012

Caribbean: Regional Sports Academy?

Puerto Rico: Jaime Espinal's Silver Medal Makes History

Puerto Rico celebrates Jaime Espinal's Olympic silver medal, the first to be won for the country in the freestyle wrestling. This is the second medal won for Puerto Rico in...

Saudi Arabia: Reaching the Line of Gender Equality

Female Saudi Athletes – Out of the Olympics, Into the Twitter Storm

After stepping out of the Olympics, the first and only Saudi female athletes in the history of the Saudi sports, Sarah Attar and Wojdan Shahrkhani have received a storm of...

Central Asia's Mixed Success at London Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics offered mixed successes for Central Asian states. While the Games proved nothing short of triumph for team Kazakhstan, the success of athletes from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and...

China: Netizens’ Comments on 2012 London Olympics

13 August 2012

Afghanistan: When Bronze Means More than Gold

"In a year filled with suicide bombings, school poisonings and kidnappings, the bronze for Afghanistan was more than gold." The country celebrates its one and only Olympic winner - Bronze...

Colombia Adds Gold and Bronze BMX Medals to Their List

Carlos Oquendo and Mariana Pajón added two medals to Colombia's collection. The country ended the Olympics achieving a historic eight medals. Mariana Pajón's medal is the second gold medal in...

Nicaragua: A Blogger's Olympic Dream

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