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Everything posted by De_Gambassi

  1. Doping Cases and Bans Thread (2018)

    Sooo... don't answer the doping agents, claim yout bell is broken and walk free ? She should copyright it, she 'd make more with that than with her tennis's carrer. On other news, l'Equipe had acces to the letter that Russia sent to WADA which is a basically a confess that inded shit was going on in Russia and that the McLaren Repport findings were right. (In french). A moment of thought for the ones (here and elesewhere) that was claiming this to be only an anti-russia conspiracy run by rabbic russophobes. In Memoriam.
  2. Football 2018 Discussion Thread

    Him tweeting against Morocco 2026 is the best possible lobby in favor of Marocco 2026.
  3. [OFF TOPIC] General Chat

    It's pure decorum. A grotesque decorum that's it.
  4. Doping Cases and Bans Thread (2018)

    Thankfully, he only starts to dope in january this year. Do you immagine, if he doped in 2012 ? ... Actually, there is something that could be done and that could be more efficient than life ban. Strip every medals, every records from any caught athletes up to the date he got caught.
  5. Summer Olympic Games 2020 News

    No, they're not, even if many people like to prented they're. There is no official venue designed for any of this sport in Paris plan so far.
  6. Road Cycling 2018 Discussion Thread

    https://www.metro.news/tour-bosses-to-block-chris-froome-if-drug-case-not-resolved/985901/ Christian:
  7. Shooting Qualification to Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

    IOC So it's still possible to have a triple starter (rifle/pistol *2 + team event)
  8. Shooting Qualification to Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

    Why not ? As long they reached the minimum standard. There are no other limitations for "double starters" than the max number of athletes/teams per event and the minimum standard, right ? Btw, can there be triple or quadruple starters, or is it limited to two events ?
  9. Football 2018 Discussion Thread

    Because, that's the subject you have discussions about ?
  10. 2026 Winter Olympic Games

    Old news. Second post of this thread Anyway, at that point, Sion 2026 looks very much in Jeopardy. Unfortunatly.
  11. Rugby Discussion Thread

    Unfortunate is the word (whithout irony) . Rugby Europe is a rather amateur organization which have done quite a poor job at developping its owns competitions for years (they don't run SIx Nations nor the european clubs cups). It's more likely than they have made a piss poor decision one more time than antyting else. It's even more likely considering that - The - promising - career of the romanian referee is probably over now - Romania would still have stood a decent chance to make the RWC with the repechage tournaments - RE appointed a french ref for the Spain-Romania game when 2/3 of the spanish squad is actually french born. Occam's razor always.
  12. Rugby Discussion Thread

    Welsh, Irish, Scottish, English from our perspective they are only cosmetic differences when it comes to rugby (and specially refeering). I wouldn't surprise if more than half of the rugby followers here believe than Nigel Owens is actually english
  13. Rugby Discussion Thread

    It was just bad refeering. Nothing more, nothing less. Just like, us, frenchies, we like to believe we're contantly fucked over by referees in european games, because, really, what's the difference between an englsih and a welsh if not for more readed hair ? That's called a confirmation bias. They should never have appointed a romanian ref for this game. And everyhing would have set down. Now, it gets traction in french and british press. I don't believe WR will go full retard on this one (like asking for replaying the game), but some people will need to go down at Rugby Europe.
  14. Retired Athletes in 2018

    The last OG Virtual Tennis player
  15. Retired Athletes in 2018

    French biathletes Marie Dorin and Jean-Guillaume Béatrix.
  16. Doping Cases and Bans Thread (2018)

    It's interesting (it actually is), but how does it have anything with doping ?
  17. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Maybe Who was the first commercial team ?
  18. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Well, I get that. My interrogation is not sponsors, what are they for ? But why, in one case (speed skating) the sponsors led to the creation of commercial teams, and that in pretty every other cases it didn't (some of them being much more popular sports than speed skating).
  19. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Commercial teams in track or cyclo-cross are mostly (only ?) offsets of pro road cycling teams, aren't they ? Anyway, I don't think it's an oddity that commercial teams are so rare and few between them in individual sports. What exposure is there for a sponsor when the notion of "team" doesn't really exist in the first place ? I believe that's why the concept took off in road cycling, but not really (at all ?) in track cycling (and track cycling was really, really popular at one point in history).
  20. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    But it's similar in nature. Indiviuals (mostly) running against each other years in and years out. The set up is similar in speed skating than in other indivudual olympic sports (world cup, world/continental championships run by individuals or national teams), yet the sports developped this unique professionnal environment. In other individual sports, sponsors sponsorize individuals and/or a whole national team, not a selected few number of athletes that they farm in a "team". There is no athletics or swimming Lotto Jumbo team AFAIK (nor from any other country).
  21. France National Thread | En Route pour Tokyo 2020

    C'est à dire que des pronos quand on ne connait pas encore les systèmes de qualif...
  22. Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Thanks to my virtual table prior to the games, I've learnt that the world cup in speed skating means mostly shit (the Netherlands with 8 medals, yea, right) Why is that ? What are speed skaters supposed to do if not racing world cups ? And while I'm at it what's the point of these commercial professionnal teams ? It's not road cycling, it's track cycling, I don't get what the sponsors have to gain there ? Basically, I'm looking for an ABC of Speed Skating that would explain how the sport is running. (the off the field part I mean, the on the field, I get it: people put skates; they're running in circles; the dutch are winning; rinse repeat; it's boring, fine.)
  23. Best Sports Moments of Your Nation?

    5. 1995 Handball world championsip The first title, the first world championship of many for the french handball NT, which was also the first world title for any team sport in our history. From Group C to world tittle in a decade. Quite the uprise . A bunch of complety over the top guys too. Long live Les Barjots 4. CSP Limoges' 1993 Euroleague Just like the Handball's title, this one was also an historic win: The first french club to ever win the biggest european cup (just a few weeks before Marseille's one). And like pretty much everything else in our sport history, no one expected it. Fred Forte (1970-2017) 3. 1991 Davis Cup victory 59 years after the last Davis Cup, France finally claimed back the title thanks to our wild card Henri Lecomte who decided to show up on the right day and a shacking Guy Forget scoring the last point against a young Sampras. Yannick Noah even managed in making us believe for a moment that Saga Africa was actually not a terrible mistake Chapeau. 2. France - New Zealand, Rugby World Cup 1999 To the kids around here, France as a rugby world beaters might sound like something from an uchronian steampunk novel. Yet, there was a time,.. Beeing beaten by the mighty All Black by 14 points and with 30 minutes to play or so. We said fuck it and decided to score 3 tries to win the game 43-31. According to some people, the game was called a "semi final". I've no idea what they're talking about 1. France 98 Winning the World Cup on home soil for the first time ever ? Nothing can beat that. Millions upon milions took up the streets in celebration. Long live the 90's