Kenyan athlete wins race on one shoe


This 30 August 2018 video says about itself:

One Shoe Wonder Battles to Photo Finish in Men’s Steeplechase!

The men’s Diamond League steeplechase final featured a photo finish between Soufiane El Bakkali and Conseslus Kipruto. Kipruto lost a shoe mid race!

Kenyan Kipruto lost one shoe because another participant had kicked it out.

It reminds me of a Dutch children’s song.

This is a video of the song ‘De boer had maar ene schoen’, the farmer had just one shoe.

However, the farmer in that song did not have just one shoe because someone had kicked it out, but because he was poor.

And the song says that one shoe was not enough for the farmer. However, at least today, it was enough for Conseslus Kipruto.

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Donald Trump’s war on American football, continued


This video from the USA about American football says about itself:

Philadelphia Eagles’ De’Vante Bausby discusses decision to demonstrate during national anthem

9 August 2018

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back De’Vante Bausby raised his right fist during the national anthem before the team’s preseason opener on Aug. 9, 2018. He explains his decision to demonstrate alongside teammate Malcolm Jenkins here. (Video by Daniel Gallen/PennLive)

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

American football players demonstrate again during national anthem

Players from American football competition NFL have demonstrated during the national anthem again already during the first exhibition games of the season. At least two players knelt and three stuck their fists in the air. Players also stayed in the dressing rooms during the national anthem.

The protests during the national anthem are sensitive in the US. In 2016, quarterback (playmaker) Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers started kneeling during the national anthem as a silent protest against the racial inequality in the country, in his view.

Angry Trump

Kaepernick got more and more acclaim from colleagues after his protest, but also the anger of American president Donald Trump.

Trump campaigned strongly against Kaepernick and other athletes during his election campaign. He reproached kneeling players for a lack of patriotism and advocated sacking the “sons of bitches”.

As president he continued to attack the kneeling players, especially via Twitter. The NFL and team owners were right behind their players first and thought that Trump had to keep politics and sport separate. Until it became clear that Trump’s protests and tweets hurt the richest and most popular sports competition in the country, resulting in image damage and diminished TV ratings.

Turn

Over the course of last season, the opinion of many clubs and league boss Roger Goodell flip-flopped. Three months ago, without consulting the players, the NFL introduced a new policy on protesting during the national anthem.

If players want to protest, then they must stay behind in the dressing rooms during the national anthem. Whoever protests on the field runs the risk of a fine.

The NFL thought it was the perfect compromise. Supporters and opponents of the protests have different views. The new policy is too vague. For example, clubs are free to decide how strongly they want to maintain or modify the new policy.

Trump came last month with his own proposals. …

“Everyone is waiting what the competition is going to do”, said Malcolm Jenkins, player of champions Philadelphia Eagles. He stuck his fist in the air during the national anthem. “But we will not stop making clear what we stand for.”

Colin Kaepernick, who still has no club after his departure from the 49ers, expressed his support for the demonstrating players via Twitter.

The National Football League preseason games began last week with many players resuming their protests over police killings and racism by kneeling, raising fists, or staying in their locker rooms during the playing of the national anthem: here.

DOLPHINS KNEEL FOR ANTHEM Miami Dolphins Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson have defied the football league’s new policy surrounding on-field protests by taking a knee during the national anthem at Thursday’s NFL preseason opener. [HuffPost]

POLICE UNION WANTS DOLPHINS BOYCOTT A Miami police union is urging its members to protest the Miami Dolphins after two players knelt during the national anthem ahead of their preseason opener last week. [HuffPost]

DOLPHINS WIDE RECEIVERS TAKE A KNEE Colin Kaepernick praised Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson after the pair took a knee during the national anthem prior to their game against the Tennessee Titans. Trump later raged about NFL ratings on Twitter. [HuffPost]

BETO’S NFL SPEECH GOES VIRAL This video of Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) defending NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice was viewed by thousands of people online. [HuffPost]

Racist injures African Italian athlete’s eye


Daisy Osakue's eye injury

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Italy: Matteo Salvini rejects claims of rising racism in wake of attack on black athlete

ITALY’S far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has brushed off claims of a “racism emergency” in the country following an attack on a black athlete.

Daisy Osakue was targeted on Monday when a car drove alongside her as she was walking in the northern city of Turin. The assailants threw an egg at her which caused an eye injury requiring hospital treatment.

Ms Osakue said: “I don’t want to play the sexism or racism card, but people should be able to go out without someone attacking you out of the blue. They are just cowards.”

The athlete, who will represent Italy in the forthcoming European Athletics Championships in Berlin told Italian TV: “I’m sorry to say it, but I think we’re dealing with racism.”

It is the 11th attack with a potential racist element since Mr Salvini’s far-right Northern League came to power in Italy’s coalition government in June. The United Nations migration agency has warned that the incidents represent “an extremely worrying trend of violence and racism.”

Opposition groups have warned of a “climate of hate” in Italy since Mr Salvini launched an anti-immigration drive, using fiery rhetoric against minority communities and closing Italian ports to vessels carrying refugees.

Hundreds of residents were forcibly removed as police dismantled a Roma camp in the capital Rome earlier this month, in defiance of a European Court of Human Rights order to halt the evacuations.

In dismissing the ruling, Mr Salvini blasted: “I’m interested in restoring the rule of law, regardless of what letters from courts say.”

Among the spate of attacks, a 13-month-old Roma girl was left part-paralysed after being shot from a balcony while in her mother’s arms.

And UN refugee agency spokesman Felipe Camargo said: “We cannot tolerate this escalation of indiscriminate violence, which reveals an alarming racial matrix.”

Italy: Moroccan beaten to death, athlete of Nigerian origin attacked as fascists in the government spread racism: here.

Apollo butterfly wins in Alpe d’Huez, France


This video says about itself:

Summary – Stage 12 – Tour de France 2018

19 July 2018

From Saturday 7th of July to Sunday 29th of July 2018, the 105th Tour de France includes 21 stages for a total length of 3351 kilometers.

THOMAS Geraint won the stage in Alpe d’Huez before DUMOULIN Tom and BARDET Romain.

THOMAS Geraint is the Yellow Jersey.

Yesterday, 19 July was not only a victory for Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas in the famous mountain stage to Alpe d’Huez.

Dutch daily Trouw also reported then on a victory for the rare Apollo butterfly, living in a mountain habitat.

This 2017 German video shows how this species grows up in a mountain environment, from caterpillar to butterfly.

There were plans to build more hotels in Alpe d’Huez, Trouw writes. However, these plans have now been stopped, as they might have negative impact on the Apollo butterflies living around Alpe d’Huez.

Nelson Mandela in Tour de France cycling race


This Twitter message of today is by Belgian cyclist Serge Pauwels, a member of the South African Dimension Data cycling team, now riding in the Tour de France race; which today commemorates Nelson Mandela.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg with Mandela helmet. NOS photo

The photo shows South African cyclist Reinardt Janse van Rensburg of the same team, also with special Mandela helmet.

The Tour De France was briefly halted after riders were accidentally pepper-sprayed by police during a farmers’ protest.

Basketball and peace in Korea


This 5 July 2018 video says about itself:

North And South Korea Court Peace With Basketball Diplomacy In Pyongyang | NBC News [USA]

Two teams drawing on a mix of players from North and South Korea met in an exhibition game in Pyongyang.

From daily The Morning Star in Korea:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

North and South Korea prepare for joint basketball games

DOZENS of South Korean basketball players arrived in North Korea’s capital today for a series of games the two Koreas hope will foster a spirit of detente generated by the recent North-South summit meetings.

The 50 players arrived in Pyongyang on two military aircraft.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon headed the delegation, which included 20 government officials and support staff and dozens of South Korean reporters.

North Korea’s Deputy Sports Minister Won Kil U led the North’s welcoming party.

The South Korean male and female basketball players are expected to play four matches with North Koreans tomorrow and Thursday. It was not clear whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would attend any of the games, but he did make a prominent appearance at a concert put on by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang earlier this year.

The exchanges are the latest result of a diplomatic outreach to the South that Kim announced during his annual New Year’s speech. That led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February and two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae In.

Kim has also had three summits with China’s leader and met US President Donald Trump last month in Singapore.

Cho, the South Korean unification minister, said he felt “deeply moved” upon arrival because he could sense the change in relations in the past few months.

Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.

Basketball made international headlines from Pyongyang when former NBA player Dennis Rodman arranged a game there in 2014 for Kim’s birthday.

South Korea’s Hyundai company built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during the “Sunshine Period” of engagement between the North and South and a joint game was played there in 2003.

Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were held before that, in 1999.