British Conservatives ban Ecuadorian cycling star


This June 2019 video says about itself:

Richard Carapaz: Giro d’Italia 2019. Best of. Song: Prismo – Stronger (Raiko Remix)

This video is about Carapaz wins and attacks on his winning Giro 2019.

After his victory in this tour of Italy, the first-ever Ecuadorian victory in a big cycling tour, Richard Carapaz wanted to participate with his Movistar team in the Tour of Britain this month.

However, the Conservative Boris Johnson government in Britain decided otherwise.

The British government, as far as Ecuadorians are concerned, prefer to deal with right-wing president Lenin Moreno, with whom they colluded to violate the political asylum of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Moreno won the presidential election claiming he would continue the left-wing policies of his predecessor; but then, flip-flopped towards Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.

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United States sport stars protest against racism


This 23 March 2019 video from the USA is called Gwendolyn Berry Hammer Throw Skills.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio:

US American sports people protest again during national anthem

American athletes have again protested against abuses in their country. What started three years ago with a kneeling protest by American Football player Colin Kaepernick against police violence in America, was followed by two athletes at the Pan-American Games in Lima [in Peru] last weekend.

On Friday, fencer Race Imboden knelt when the American national anthem was played after receiving a gold medal. The next day, Gwendolyn Berry, who won gold in the hammer throw, raised her fist when the national anthem was heard.

United States gold medal winner Gwendolyn Berry raises her fist in protest, C.Cruz/AP photo

Ex-athlete Carl Lewis backs equal pay in sports and attacks ‘racist’ Donald Trump. Olympic legend supports US women’s [soccer] team lawsuit. Calls US president ‘prejudiced, and misogynistic’: here.

This 11 August 2019 video says about itself:

Race Imboden takes a knee and joins tradition of US athlete protests

United States gold medal-winning fencer Race Imboden may face sanctions for taking a knee during the medal ceremony at the 2019 Pan-American Games. Imboden’s gesture preceded a similar protest on Saturday by American hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who raised her fist at the end of the national anthem after winning gold.

US athletes have a long history of staging such protests, dating back to the 1960s civil rights movement, but they have grown in recent years following NFL player Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to start taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016.

US Olympics body may sanction athletes for Trump protests. Athletes are facing possible sanctions for protesting Donald Trump at the Pan American Games. Gwen Berry and Race Imboden tried to draw attention to social issues in the US that they feel are spiraling out of control: here.

The NOS article continues:

The protests are remarkable, thinks sports journalist Maarten Kolsloot, given the success of the two American athletes. “Berry is a record holder and Imboden has already been world champion”, he says in the NOS Radio 1 News. “So they really send a signal.”

That signal is extra strong, Kolsloot thinks, because today it is exactly two years ago that a young woman was killed in a car attack in Charlottesville. In that American city, extreme right-wing demonstrators and counter-protesters stood opposite each other. A man deliberately drove into the counter-protesters; one was killed and dozens injured.

“Long list of problems”

On Twitter, Imboden, who is also a DJ and model, wrote that he protests for “a long list of problems, on which racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants are at the top”. He also called on others to follow his example.

“Imboden is next to footballer Megan Rapinoe one of the few white athletes participating in the protest,” says Kolsloot. “But precisely because fencing is a fairly white, elitist sport, Imboden indicated it was important to participate.”

The action of the two athletes is daring, since participants in the Pan-American Games must sign a document stating that political statements are out of the question. “Moreover, Trump reacted with disapproval when Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the national anthem three years ago,” says Kolsloot. “He thought demonstrating athletes should be fired and called them sons of bitches.”

It cost Kaepernick dear: because of the fuss he ended up without a club and was forced to leave the sport.

Trump has not yet responded to the action by Berry and Imboden. …

A spokesperson for the American Olympic committee reacted strongly to the action by the two athletes. “They are both big contenders for going to the Tokyo Games in 2020”, says Kolsloot, “but it is unclear whether the protest will have an impact on that.” Berry is said to have had a meeting with the Committee, but what came out of it is unknown.

Kolsloot considers it unlikely that the two will be suspended for a long time. “Both athletes are medal candidates, with even the chance of gold. Moreover, the protests will only get bigger. It is waiting for the next kneeling athlete.”

Protesting US athletes get suspended sentence: here.

Fukushima disaster and Japan Olympics


This 28 July 2019 video says about itself:

Fukushima 2020 Olympics Nightmare: Is Prime Minister Abe Criminally Insane?

This 2019 documentary looks at the plans of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bring the Olympic baseball games and Paralympics to Fukushimaduring the 2020 July August Japan Olympic games. It interviews experts, community activists and trade unionists about the reality of Fukushima and the massive propaganda campaign to cover-up the continuing dangers and crisis.

PM Abe told the International Olympics Committee that Fukushima had been “decontaminated” but there is over 1 million tons of tritium radiocative water in over. 1,000 tanks surrounding the broken nuclear reactors, the melted nuclear rods still remain in the reactors and there are 9 million bags of contaminated radioactive material spread throughout the prefecture. The Abe government and its IOC representatives have also been involved in corruption through bribery of IOC delegates to vote for having the Olympics in Japan.

This documentary hears from people in Japan about the reality of having the 2020 Olympics in Japan and Fukushima.

Women’s football World Cup final today, USA-Netherlands


This 7 July 2019 Dutch video is about the Dutch women’s football national team, preparing for the World Cup final today in Lyon, France, against team USA.

This 7 July 2019 Dutch TV video interviews US American fans in Lyon about which team they think will win.

This video is a Dutch language summary of the match: USA-the Netherlands 2-0.

SHOW THEM THE MONEY Besides winning the World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team has done something truly amazing. They got the whole country talking about equal pay for women. The wage gap has became the subject of conversation on sports radio and in places typically unbothered by gender inequality. [HuffPost]

Women’s football World Cup, Netherlands-Sweden 1-0


This 3 July 2019 video shows the semi-final match of the women’s football world cup in Lyon in France.

In extra time, the Netherlands beat Sweden 1-0 by a goal by Jackie Groenen.

This 4 July 2019 video is called Jackie Groenen – Player of the Match – Netherlands v Sweden.

This photo shows Jackie Groenen when she was small.

This video is about the reactions of the Dutch players after the match.

On Sunday 7 July, also in Lyon, the Netherlands will play the final against the United States team.

This 3 July 2019 Dutch video shows some of the fans of the Dutch team: two young French boys.