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The Klitschko brothers talking about their upcoming challenges in sport & politics

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MPS THREATEN FOOTBALL LAW CHANGE

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New laws could be put in place to drive sweeping changes to the way English football is run, following failures by the sport's authorities to change the governance of the game.

A committee of MPs said the Premier League wielded too great an influence over the game in England and ordered reforms. But the culture, media and sport select committee said it had been "very disappointed" by the football authorities' response to its proposals for reform made in July 2011.

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Jake Humphrey: BT Sport is ready to take on Sky Sports - The Guardian

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The Guardian Jake Humphrey: BT Sport is ready to take on Sky Sports The Guardian BT Sport's expensively acquired big name hires from the BBC, Jake Humphrey and Clare Balding, weave in and out of the action as gaggles of clipboard-wielding...
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BT begins £100m ad blitz to promote BT Sport - Media Week (registration)

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The Guardian BT begins £100m ad blitz to promote BT Sport Media Week (registration) BT yesterday also revealed it has added Moto GP, Women's Super League football, Australian 'A' league soccer and action sport and lifestyle programming from Red...
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The politics of hockey - CBC.ca

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The politics of hockey
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But few sports have been as heavily influenced by international politics, particularly by the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
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In historic shift, Saudis to allow some girls' sports

In historic shift, Saudis to allow some girls' sports | Sport and Society | Scoop.it

"Private girls' schools are now allowed to hold sports activities in accordance with the rules of Shariah, or Islamic law. Students must adhere to 'decent dress' codes and Saudi women teachers will be given priority in supervising the activities, according to the Education Ministry's requirements.  The decision makes sports once again a stage for the push to improve women's rights, nearly a year after two Saudi female athletes made an unprecedented appearance at the Olympics."  This news comes at a time when Saudi Arabia has allowed women to ride bikes (sort of).

 

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Lena Minassian's curator insight, March 22, 2015 4:24 PM

I was happy to see an article like this. It's about time that these women are being given equal opportunities. Although they have a long way to go this is a step in the right direction. Saudi Arabian girls are being allowed to have sport related activities within their private schools. This did surprise me a little just because Saudi women's rights are very limited but this is a simple improvement just to the general health and well being of these girls. Two females competed in the last years summer Olympics representing Saudi Arabia and their efforts were not shown on Saudi TV. These women competing has opened a few doors to allowing more than just men to engage in these activities. Usually sports were only for the elite women who could afford gym memberships or attend well known colleges. Even though women cannot compete internationally or sign up for clubs or leagues this is a step in the right direction.

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 2015 4:47 PM

This is an interesting article about slowly allowing women in Saudi Arabia to participate in sports. While playing soccer or swimming or running may not seem so important to us in the West, it is a big deal for Saudi women. Saudi Arabia has some of the strictest laws in the Middle East regarding women's rights, and so even a very partial and gradual allowance for women to engage in sports is a big step. It shows perhaps a slight softening of adherence to Shariah law, which would hopefully eventually allow women more freedom in the realms of education and work, as well as in everyday life. 

 

Too often are people quick to judge and characterize other cultures or religions by the most extreme examples. While it is true that laws in Saudi Arabia are extremely restrictive to women, progress such as this, though small, may well act as a stepping stone for increased freedoms for women. People outside of Saudi Arabia and Islamic culture must realize that this kind of progress does happen and is, in fact, happening right now. To simply dismiss Saudi culture as misogynistic and oppressive is to write the whole culture off. While progress is slow and less than ideal, we should look to Saudi Arabia's Islamic neighbors and see that many of them are not so oppressive to women. Allowing Saudi women to participate in sports, therefore, may be setting up the country to increase women's rights and join its relatively more liberal neighbors. This is certainly a sign of positive change, and one that should not be ignored. 

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 23, 2015 6:28 AM

I was quite shocked to hear of this story. There is no denying, that this is a step forward for the women of Saudi Arabia. However, women are far from free in this country. The activates still have to be in accordance with Islamic Law. The strict dress code also remains in effect for the girls. The Sports themselves, must be overseen by women teachers. I would not call this initiative the Saudi equivalent of title nine, but it is a step forward. Every little inroad, is a step towards more equality. The government of Saudi Arabia appears to be at least slightly altering its view of women. Hopefully this will be the first step in movement to gain Saudi women more rights. In generations to come, hopefully Saudi women will look back on this development as the start of a cultural revolution in Saudi Arabia.     

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No place for politicians in sport - Malay Mail

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Wrestling tackles politics: Pitch to get sport back into Olympics makes stop in DC - Washington Post

Wrestling tackles politics: Pitch to get sport back into Olympics makes stop in DC
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“This is all about international sport politics,” said former world champion Bill Scherr, chairman of the Committee to Preserve Olympic Wrestling.
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One area the Phoenix Suns aren't rebuilding: social media - Phoenix Business Journal

One area the Phoenix Suns aren't rebuilding: social media
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Winning, of course, drives social media for sports teams -- and the Suns do have far more social media followers than Arizona's other professional sports teams.
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Richard Caborn: Time for rethink on role of sport and government

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Richard Caborn, a former sports minister, is about to call for the DCMS to be scrapped and Leyton Orient to be allowed to share the Olympic Stadium (Richard Caborn: Time for radical rethink on role of sport and government
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