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From Rio to America, I Will Keep Fighting Ethiopia’s Oppression

Posted September 13th, 2016 at 10:59 am (UTC-4)
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On Aug. 21, when I reached the finish line of the men’s marathon at the Olympics in Rio, I crossed my fists above my head. This is sign of peaceful protest used by my people…I know if I go back to Ethiopia I will be killed, arrested…or never allowed to leave the country again.

Celebrating the Female Olympians

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 11:15 am (UTC-4)
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Over half of the 121 medals that U.S. Olympians have brought home from Rio de Janeiro belong to women….At the Munich Olympics in 1972, the year President Richard M. Nixon signed Title IX into law, America’s 84 women competitors (compared to 316 men) won 23 of our 94 medals, or 24 percent.

Russia Feels the Sting of Olympic, Iranian Rebuffs

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 1:32 pm (UTC-4)
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August has not been the best of months for Russian President Vladimir Putin. His country largely excluded from the Rio Olympics — and completely barred from the Paralympics — because of a doping scandal, Putin is facing complicated challenges at home and abroad. Continued U.S. and European economic sanctions over Russia’s military intervention in the Ukraine, plus […]

A Quadrennial Quandary for the Olympics

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 5:14 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s a question asked every four years: Are the Olympic games worth the enormous amount of money needed to stage them?

So far, the tally for the Rio de Janeiro games is $4.6-billion and counting. Some estimates put the costs between $12 and $20-billion as associated infrastructure costs are added.

But even the high end of the estimates will fall short of the nearly $22-billion spent by Russia for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The budget-busting price tags have some considering alternatives such as permanent sites that get the games on a rotating basis and spreading out the games to many sites that would host one event.

While the Olympic torch lights up the skies over Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians hope they won’t get burned too much.

Cancel the Olympics

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 4:20 pm (UTC-4)
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[M]ore than 10,500 athletes, coaches and trainers will have descended on Rio de Janeiro…more than 500,000 foreign spectators are expected….they will be exposing themselves to the Zika-carrying mosquitos…If you were a bioterrorist trying to expose as many of the world’s population as possible, I doubt you could come up with a better plan than this.

Olympics Anti-Doping Leap

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 4:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Sports involves not only a contest to establish winners but as a measure of the ability of humans to transcend physical and mental limits. Athletes must rely on natural abilities, such as agility and concentration, not special chemicals. And they must be able to operate on a level playing field to ensure honest competition.