Post Tagged with: "Sports"

Cricket and the Powerplay of Politics: Why CSK’s Honouring of Jadeja Reeks of Ignorant Caste Privilege

Cricket and the Powerplay of Politics: Why CSK’s Honouring of Jadeja Reeks of Ignorant Caste Privilege

With the advent of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the country, whose love for the game of cricket knows no bounds, found its much-seeked, collective escape for more than a month and a half. The notion of sport providing a hiatus from the hassles of our everyday life is certainly true, and for many sports aficionados,[Read More…]

by October 19, 2020 India
Once There Was A Sad King, Maradona By Name

Once There Was A Sad King, Maradona By Name

Diego Armando Maradona turns 60 on October 30.   “God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn’t even need to exist.” – Charles Baudelaire. It is with these words that the renowned filmmaker Emir Kusturica’s ninety-minute documentary on the one and only Maradona begins. Kusturica’s film, structured like a ‘musical’, does more than what a hundred newspaper[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Dean Jones: Life of a Cricketing Entertainer

Dean Jones: Life of a Cricketing Entertainer

He was very much one of those cricketers who made the pulse race, a figure for the advocates of a faster variant of the game.  Nothing of the solid blocker in the man, though he could, if needed, linger at the crease.  Australia’s Dean Jones sported equipment perfect for the shorter format of the game: lightning quick between the wickets,[Read More…]

by September 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Live Like Them

Live Like Them

Back in the time before the time before the time before now, we used to have a chant. It would name some courageous, creative, fighter for justice and then urge that we Live Like Her, Live Like Him. In that time, in the next time, in the next time, up until now, would any serious committed activist for racial, gender,[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
It is all in the game: Sports, gender equality and human rights

It is all in the game: Sports, gender equality and human rights

Undoubtedly, sports and physical activities are essential for our mental and physical wellbeing. But how can a sport help in addressing sexual and reproductive health issues of the youth, and social ills like sexual and other forms of gender-based violence? It looks somewhat incredible. Well Grassroot Soccer, an adolescent health organization, seems to be doing exactly that. It has leveraged[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 Human Rights
Death of female Iranian soccer fan puts FIFA and Asian soccer body in the dock

Death of female Iranian soccer fan puts FIFA and Asian soccer body in the dock

When Sahar Khodayari this week set herself alight in front of a Tehran courthouse, she indicted world soccer body FIFA, its Asian regional group, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and their presidents, Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. Messrs. Infantino and Al Khalifa have been selective in their support for women’s soccer rights. Mr. Infantino was in[Read More…]

by September 13, 2019 World
The Craze for Cricket Graceless Bangladesh Society

The Craze for Cricket Graceless Bangladesh Society

   One may or may not like cricket – not the worm, but the game – or even, could be someone like a typical Frenchman or woman who doesn’t understand the game, or pretends he/she doesn’t have any clues as to what British men (and now women too) do with a ball, two bats, and six sticks, inserted into the[Read More…]

by September 11, 2019 South Asia
Out of Luck: The Corrosive Culture of Sports

Out of Luck: The Corrosive Culture of Sports

In an earlier article in Medium, I wrote about a corrosive sports culture that brings out peoples’ baser instincts- from applauding violence to replacing a plural view of humanity with elemental tribalism. In the piece, I also discussed sports-obsession as an example of the abdication of affirmative citizenship, given the time, money, and mental energy people spend on sports versus civic[Read More…]

by September 4, 2019 Life/Philosophy
The Natural Enemy: Serena Williams and the Sporting Umpire

The Natural Enemy: Serena Williams and the Sporting Umpire

Should it matter this much?  A wealthy, successful individual expressed fury at the most popular object of vitriol in any sport. The umpire or referee is only ever neutral in the eyes of a falsely contrived standard: that someone must be objective, neutral and mindful of enforcing the rules of the game.  In the eyes of the player, the figure[Read More…]

by September 11, 2018 World
From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

The 2018 World Cup delivered on all the promises and allayed all the suspicions and jeremiad predictions. It had a gamut of ineffaceable moments, vocabulary of emotions, kaleidoscope of iconic goals and unforgettable controversies. More often than the football fan would want, World Cups can be deceptively monolithic in terms of crippling nerves, attritional play, combative and virulent atmospheres and[Read More…]

by July 17, 2018 World
Sports women with a difference – women’s football

Sports women with a difference – women’s football

With the euphoria of men’s football world cup drawing to a close, there has been little discussion on ‘womens’ football’ . Sports like cricket, football or hockey are primarily dominated by men. The tournaments and world cup matches played by men are sponsored, telecast and viewed regularly while women playing these sports are rarely telecast due to less viewing and[Read More…]

by July 16, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Saudi Arabia drags geopolitical baggage on to the World Cup pitch

Saudi Arabia drags geopolitical baggage on to the World Cup pitch

Saudi Arabia has much at stake when its national soccer team enters the pitch for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. With politics a permanent fixture, Saudi Arabia is playing in the World Cup finals for the first time in more than a decade at a moment that the kingdom is vying for enhanced influence in[Read More…]

by June 14, 2018 World
The Temptations of Ball Tampering: Steve Smith’s Australian Team in South Africa

The Temptations of Ball Tampering: Steve Smith’s Australian Team in South Africa

There was an audacity about it, carried out with amateurish callowness.  As it turned out Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, besieged and vulnerable, had been egged on by Australian cricket captain Steve Smith and the Australian leadership to do the insufferable: tamper with the ball. Before the remorseless eagle eyes of modern cameras, Bancroft, in the third Test against South Africa[Read More…]

by March 25, 2018 World
Golden State Warrior Star Guard Stephen Curry speaking to press about Trump’s Invitation to the White House

Crosby & Penguins Invite to Trump White House: What’s It All About?

President Trump initially invited the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors – a predominately Black American team, that is supportive of the current ‘Take-a-Knee’ protest that is erupting in American Sports – to come to the White House in honor of their recent NBA Championship victory. But when their super star guard, Stephen Curry, made some disparaging remarks about the invitation,[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 World
Baltimore Ravens ‘Take a Knee’ for the American National Anthem in London’s Wembley Stadium

Trump’s BDS Movement To Stop American Athlete’s Right To Protest!

President Trump has picked the right argument in America’s Cultural War, but his BDS Movement against America’s protesting NFL, NBA, MLB athletes First Amendment ‘Freedom of Speech’ rights is totally wrong-headed. Henceforth, whenever any American athlete decides to protest during the playing of the national anthem to call attention to the nauseating extent of racism, prejudice, jingoism, sexism and xenophobia[Read More…]

by September 25, 2017 World
Torment In American Sports And The Star Spangled Banner: A Life Sketch Of Colin Kaepernick

Torment In American Sports And The Star Spangled Banner: A Life Sketch Of Colin Kaepernick

At every turn in American culture, be it politics, sports or the corporate world, the citizenry is constantly taught, some would argue brainwashed, to believe in the Cult of the Uniform & The Flag, be it that of the armed forces, local law enforcement, or sports. It’s a veritable religion that one ever dares to criticize at their peril. Political[Read More…]

by June 8, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Olympian Politics: The Australian Olympic Committee

Olympian Politics: The Australian Olympic Committee

It was a scrappy affair, and it resulted in a predictable result: the re-election of veteran administrator John Coates as president of the Australian Olympic Committee by 58 votes to 35.  Such a process was all in all dull but for the notable lid it had blown off regarding Olympic harmony down under. King Coates, as it were, has ruled[Read More…]

by May 6, 2017 World
Edited photo by Mickey Z. (Original photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images)

That Time When Male Violence Altered The History Of Women’s Tennis

Not too long ago, while leaving the gym, I overheard a conversation about the best female tennis players of all-time. As I walked home, I pondered my own list and came up with five women with whom we’re on a first name basis: Serena, Steffi, Martina, Chrissie, and Venus. When considering who might be next, I suddenly remembered Monica Seles.[Read More…]

by April 4, 2017 Patriarchy
Sports And Security: Manchester United’s Counter-Terrorism Chief

Sports And Security: Manchester United’s Counter-Terrorism Chief

It seemed an unnecessarily grand gesture, but the English Premier league discovered last week that Manchester United had appointed its own counterterrorism manager.  The person is said to be a former inspector from Greater Manchester Police’s specialist research unit.  As with everything else in matters of security, such a move will stir and spark discussion: if they have one, why[Read More…]

by January 24, 2017 Video
Having A Flutter: The Melbourne Cup And The Australian Gambler

Having A Flutter: The Melbourne Cup And The Australian Gambler

“In terms of prize money, the Melbourne Cup is worth more than the Grand National or any race in America, and it is far more popular in terms of national identity.” Richard Waterhouse, ABC Radio, Nov 3, 2015. An inspection of the hungry, jostling crowds gathering at the gates of the Flemington Race Course, Melbourne, gives a false sense of[Read More…]

by November 1, 2016 World
How Black Athletes Could Create A Watershed in Activist History

How Black Athletes Could Create A Watershed in Activist History

Chip Ward has made the clear case for our needing to collectively address Climate Change issues with Native Americans in mind, and it’s undeniable that any inroads which black activists carve out respecting identity issues won’t amount to nearly enough if — simultaneously — certain environmental matters aren’t faced up to post haste. By us all, colors all across the spectrum

by September 22, 2016 World
The WADA Hack: Transparency And The Uneven Playing Field

The WADA Hack: Transparency And The Uneven Playing Field

The disclosure of confidential material has its own sometimes fraught ethics.  When it comes to medical information, assumptions abound that confidentiality comes first.  Not, however, in international sports, a notorious field where the corrupt rub shoulders with the desperate; where perspectives of the supposedly level playing field meet unevenness and disadvantage.  In such a case, disclosures can be both political[Read More…]

by September 19, 2016 World
The Olympic Gold Obsession: An Australian Condition

The Olympic Gold Obsession: An Australian Condition

Obsessions of any sort, notably of a consuming nature, are never healthy matters.  The drive to win gold, laced with a desperation often reflected in steroid consumption and psychological battering, has made the Olympic Games the least of savoury spectacles. Even worse than the physical reduction of the athlete to mechanism and medal winning machine is the complicity towards it[Read More…]

by August 6, 2016 World
Rio Olympics Overshadowed By Social Crisis

Rio Olympics Overshadowed By Social Crisis

 The 2016 summer Olympic games will open today, Friday August 5, in Rio de Janeiro at 8:00pm (local time), when the Olympic flame will be lit in Rio de Janeiro’s prestigious Maracanã Stadium. Some 11,500 athletes representing 28 sports and 207 nations, are expected to participate; 306 events have been scheduled. The Rio event is the 29th since the Olympics[Read More…]

by August 5, 2016 World
Fires Of Illusion: Guarding The Olympic Flame In Rio

Fires Of Illusion: Guarding The Olympic Flame In Rio

“The investment is not for us, it’s for the foreigners.” Felipe Paiva, Rio favela resident, CBC, Aug 3, 2016 The hideous mess that is the Olympic spectacle is about to be charged at the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. Its lead-up has been tumultuous, suggesting that any ideal of peaceful reflection by states, participants, and observers about the broader[Read More…]

by August 5, 2016 World
Olympic Chaos: The Rio Games In World Of Global Sporting Corruption

Olympic Chaos: The Rio Games In World Of Global Sporting Corruption

Wounds have opened; recriminations are all around. The Rio Olympic Games, even before the first act, has already shown how it will be one of the more interesting ones for all the wrong reasons. (Eventually, such wrong reasons tend to seem right.) A glaring feature of the latest ruckus lies in the administration (or maladministration) of international sport.  Disagreement, for[Read More…]

by August 1, 2016 World
A Week Before Rio Games, Protesters Extinguish Olympic Flame

A Week Before Rio Games, Protesters Extinguish Olympic Flame

  Protesting workers and youth in Angra dos Reis, a coastal town about 100 miles south of Rio de Janeiro, blocked an Olympic procession Wednesday night, seizing and extinguishing the Olympic torch before being driven back by police firing teargas and rubber bullets. The protest, coming barely a week before the August 5 opening of Rio Olympics, is emblematic of[Read More…]

by July 31, 2016 World
Cults Of Security And Terror: Fear Ahead Of The Rio Olympic Games

Cults Of Security And Terror: Fear Ahead Of The Rio Olympic Games

The Olympics remains a black hole of needless expenditure, sucking services into it with impending and merciless doom. Unused stadia, tracks left to moulder, services supposedly linked to urban renewal turned into dilapidated wonders. That is the Olympic legacy in its lingering aftermath. Another feature of the Olympics is the tendency to turn a city into a super security haven,[Read More…]

by July 28, 2016 World
The Futility Of Collective Punishment: Russia, Doping And WADA

The Futility Of Collective Punishment: Russia, Doping And WADA

The idea of excluding a country wholesale brings with it dangers that decision makers may well not see. It eliminates specific, untainted talents who also deserve to be protected in international sport. It also violates that great presumption of innocence by pre-emptively judging the conduct of all athletes.

by July 25, 2016 World
Supreme Court Cleans The BCCI: A Historical Step In Modern India

Supreme Court Cleans The BCCI: A Historical Step In Modern India

  Hon’ble Supreme Court (Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla) has accepted major recommendations of  R M Lodha Panel’s report on BCCI, thus lays  the major edifice of reformation and cleaning up of the richest cricket board BCCI. The truth is that in the modern Indian history no institution has functioned uncontrolled, above the basic democratic[Read More…]

by July 19, 2016 India
Euro Cup Final: A Neutral Point Of Happiness.

Euro Cup Final: A Neutral Point Of Happiness.

 ” I go about the world, hand out-stretched, and in the stadium I plead : ‘ A pretty move, for the love of God.’ And when good football happens, I give thanks for the miracle and I don’t give a damn which team or country performs it.”  –  Eduardo Galeano. Watching as a neutral spectator, this is exactly what I[Read More…]

by July 13, 2016 Life/Philosophy