· August, 2007

Stories about Sport from August, 2007

Madagascar hosts Indian Ocean Island Games

  10 August 2007

The Indian Ocean Island Games are underway in Madagascar and people are quite thrilled about it. Harinjaka gives us a preview of the anticipation back home: “C’est parti pour le 7 ème Jeux des îles de l’Océan Indien (JIOI). La flamme olympique arrive aujourd’hui au stade de Mahamasina (Tananarive) pour...

Slovenia: Jolanda Čeplak & Mojca Mavec

  9 August 2007

The Glory of Carniola writes: “Last week was a bad week to be a blonde celebrity in Slovenia. Two popular blondinkas — the world-class athlete Jolanda Čeplak and the beloved media personality Mojca Mavec — fell from grace. Both of them stood accused of being cheaters.”

China: One Olympics, One Voice?

  9 August 2007

European and American fighters for press freedom have infiltrated the capital, Canadian-Tibetan activists have gone underground and blogged from around the country about what's been called the Darfur Olympics, the Gas Mask Olympics even the Coming Out Olympics, so basically now the Pick Your White Elephant Olympics. But when one...

Georgia: Winter Olympics repercussions

  9 August 2007

The Black Sea resort Sochi will be hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014, and the near breakaway Georgian province of Abkhazia can expect huge investments from Russia. Scraps of Moscow is left to believe that this might considerably delay the peacebuilding process.

China: Olympic PR

  9 August 2007

Imagethief said China has failed in the Olympic PR test by detaining journalists in a protest event.

Iran:Asian basketball

Razeno informs[Fa] that for the first time Iranian basketball team won Asian basketball championship.The blogger says basketball is less popular than football in Iran and it is a reason why,politicians, are not interested in that.The blogger adds basketball team is lucky that politicians do not put their nose in its...

Kazakhstan: Election (and Cycling) Races

  6 August 2007

The two main issues in focus of the Kazakhstani blogosphere these weeks were the early parliamentary elections and a doping scandal involving a Kazakhstani cycling superstar: the leader of the promising "Team Astana" and a showcase member of the ruling "Nur-Otan" party, Alexander "Vino" Vinokurov.

South Africa: Rugby meets blogging

  6 August 2007

SARugy.com is looking for ways to engage with South African bloggers: “SARugby.com have launched a competition for all South African bloggers ahead of the World Cup. We have decided to give away the new Springbok jersey to the winning blogger in our competition.”

Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados: Cozier Blasts ICC

  3 August 2007

West Indies Cricket Blog links to Tony Cozier's comments about the International Cricket Council's “inclination to bandit Allen Stanford’s money away from the struggling and desperate WICB and towards the ICC’s obscure and farcical tournaments.”

UAE: Iraqi Anthem Shame

D B Shobrawy, from Egypt, discusses the embarrassment caused after the victorious Iraqi national football team was welcomed in the UAE to the tunes of the old Iraqi national anthem – and how some players walked off in protest.

Turkey: Stray Bullet Killers

“Shame on anyone who fires a pistol as an expression of joy,” writes Amerikan Turk, following the death of people from stray bullets during celebrations in Iraq, which clinched the Asian Football Championship.

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