Sky TV [NZX: SKT] has confirmed to NBR that, having been unsuccessful in getting an injunction against Fairfax NZ over its use of Rio Olympics footage, it will now take its issue with the publisher (and recent entrant into the “video content space”) to a full trial.
Sky TV chief executive John Fellet told NBR Radio going to trial is the only way to get a resolution on the issue. Read more »
A defeated Egyptian athlete refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent on Friday as Middle East politics spilled onto the judo mat at the Rio Olympics.
El Shehaby snubbed Or Sasson of Israel after being comfortably beaten in the judo bout – and was booed by the Rio crowd.
The athlete, who is an ultraconservative Salafi, had come under pressure from hardline Islamists on social media and from television pundits not to participate in the match.
“You will shame Islam. If you lose, you will shame an entire nation and yourself,” one comment read.
“We don’t want to think what will happen if you lost to an Israeli. Victory will give you nothing. How can you cooperate with a murderous nation?”
The Egyptian did, indeed, lose. With a minute and a half left in the bout, Sasson earned an automatic victory with two throws of El Shehaby.
He then refused the outstretched hand of the Israeli athlete, and walked away shaking his head, leading to boos ringing out around the arena.
The referee called El Shehaby back to the mat and obliged him to bow, as is customary in the Japanese martial art. The Eyyptian gave a quick nod of his head and walked off.
El Shehaby refused to comment, as did Sasson.
…Asked about El Shehaby’s actions, Israeli team press attaché Brurya Bigman said: “This is his problem. It’s not our problem.”
…Ofir Gendelman, Arabic language spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called the incident “shocking”.
In a Twitter post, he said it “goes against the spirit of Rio 2016,” writing in Arabic said that “sports are not the field for politics and extremism.”
An Egyptian television pundit had also urged El Shehaby not to take part in the match beforehand.
“My son watch out, don’t be fooled, or fool yourself thinking you will play with the Israeli athlete to defeat him and make Egypt happy,” said Mataz Matar from the Islamist-leaning network Al-Sharq network.
“Egypt will cry; Egypt will be sad and you will be seen as a traitor and a normalizer in the eyes of your people.”
The International Judo Federation called it a sign a progress that the fight even took place between the two athletes.
“This is already a big improvement that Arabic countries accept to (fight) Israel,” spokesman Nicolas Messner said in an email. The competitors were under no obligation to shake hands, but a bow is mandatory, he added.
It sickens me how the media spin these kinds of incidents. Female Muslim athletes handicapped by being forced to wear Hijab are hailed as progress for feminism and male Muslim athletes who are bad losers and disrespectful towards a Jewish athlete are hailed as being an improvement! Why is everyone so scared to condemn oppressive and hateful behaviour? The amount of hate revealed by the extreme pressure that the Muslim judo athlete was put under by both social media and the Egyptian media is shocking. Despite this undeniable evidence of the hate and intolerance, media and leftists will continue to blame Israel for the lack of peace in the Middle East. It is very clear where the problem lies.
This was not a one off incident either. Israeli athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games have had to put up with ongoing disrespect.
Let me highlight for you the choices an Olympic Muslim athlete has regarding what she wears:
1) She can choose to be estranged from her family or she can choose to do what they expect of her.
Our MSM are bizarre. Remember the free bleeder runner who stole the thunder of the actual winner of the race because she ran the race with period blood running down her leg? The media ignored the real winner and buzzed around a woman who they called an ” inspiration ” simply because she had no hygiene standards whatsoever. They turned a smelly woman with soiled pants into a feminist super star! Even funnier was the fact that the free bleeding movement was a prank started by 4CHAN and embraced by stupid third wave feminists.
As we all know being gay can be dangerous if not life-threatening inside a Muslim majority country. A journalist who works for the Daily Beast wrote an article that outed some gay athletes, including some from Muslim countries after he set a honey trap using Grinder. He must’ve gone to the same school of journalism as Nicky Hager. As Nicky Hager says, privacy is not important if it is in the public interest to know. After all, nothing sells articles and books like prurient public interest in other people’s private business.
Ha ha. Yeah. Nope, still not funny.
Responding to a call from more than 100 leading scientists, who said it would be unethical for the Games to go ahead as scheduled, the United Nations health agency on Saturday (local time) said having the Games in Rio as planned would “not significantly alter” the spread of Zika, which is linked to serious birth defects.
“Based on the current assessment of Zika virus circulating in almost 60 countries globally and 39 in the Americas, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the games,” the WHO said in a statement.
In a public letter posted online on Friday, around 150 leading public health experts, many of them bioethicists, said the risk of infection from the Zika virus was too high for the Games to go ahead safely.
The letter, sent to WHO director-general Margaret Chan, said the Games, due to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, should be moved to another location or delayed.
“An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic,” the letter said.
But the WHO rejected the call, saying Brazil “is one of almost 60 countries and territories” where Zika has been detected and that people continued to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. Read more »
Russia’s athletics team are not likely to be at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen.
After doping allegations last month, Russia were suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and must fulfil a set of provisos in order to be reinstated in international competition.
“They must have a cultural change,” Hansen told Athletics Weekly magazine.
“They must get rid of all those people from before. We know some good people in Russian athletics and I’m sure they will be elected.
“We hope that some new people will come in who really understand that this must be changed.”
A committee from the IAAF will visit Russia in January and will report back to the IAAF Council in Wales on March 27, just over four months before the Rio Olympics.
Every four years, we have two Olympics: the “normal” one, and the Paralympic one. But the problem with doping is such that we need three Olympics (or perhaps four, if doping is rife in the Paralympics too). Read more »
The women’s world squash championships in Malaysia have been called off, the tour’s governing body said, in another blow for the sport after the men’s team event in Cairo was cancelled for security reasons.
Plans for the women’s tournament had been dogged by confusion after a row erupted between the event’s promoters and Malaysian authorities over claims of funding problems and security threats.
An emailed announcement by the London-based Professional Squash Association (PSA) said the championships, which were set to begin on December 11 in Kuala Lumpur, “will not be staged in 2015 following notification from the tournament promoters”.
The announcement was dated December 5 but did not appear to have been posted on the PSA’s website or social media. Read more »