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Russia won't be allowed as long as it isn't financially profitable for IOC, that's about it. IOC doesn't care about any other reasons (human rights, deaths, etc are not their real concern).

  

If NATO countries won't participate as long as there are russian athletes, then Russia won't ever come back. IOC are not dumb, they know who is their main cash cow. 

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Most remembered, good question...  

   

1. Winning the gold in football and basketball the same day in Athens ending a 52 year gold medal drought. Undisputed number one in my view, it's remembered almost every year on TV and social media.

  

2. Defeating USA in the same tournament mentioned above.   

  

3. Del Potro's crazy run to the final in 2016 while he had virtually no world ranking.  

  

4. The volleyball medals in 88 and last year. For a week it became the most popular sport. 

  

5. The 1932 marathon win of Juan Carlos Zabala was very popular at the time. Even biopics were made about him. 

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International Olympic Committee News
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2 hours ago, mrv86 said:

I’m curious: what would your position is if people started using “Saint Dominic/Santo Domingo” instead of “Dominican Republic/República Dominicana”.

 

Moreover, would it be too weird to use “Río de la Plata/River Plate” instead of “Argentina”?

Argentina is an adjective that has "evolved" into a noun, there's no problem there. The english used to call it "the argentine" in the XIX century, personally wouldn't care if they kept doing that, it's their language after all.     

  

About RD, if they were simply called "dominicana" it would be easier. But there is already Dominica, so perhaps it would cause more trouble than good for everyone in that case.  

  

 

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Well, I do support the Czechia change since almost every country in the world is officially called "the republic of x" or "the y republic" so it didn't make much sense for everyone to address the czech especifically like that.   

  

However all Turkiye, Qazakstan, Cymru stuff is ridiculous, just accept your english name for international events lol, don't try that hard to be a snowflake. 

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Olympics and World Cup qualifying systems
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Tbf with team sports, it's only volleyball and water polo that have that problem, the rest are perfectly fine as they are (in the sense that all have at least one competitive enough team per continent). 

 

Women's football tournament is still not ideally shaped but since football is such a popular sport and women's game is evolving fast I'm sure even the most uncompetitive confederations will improve drastically in the next few cycles. 

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Russia-Ukraine Crisis Consequences in Sports
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45 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

It's not often one sees Bach making a statement that makes at least sort of sense.

 

lol it would be preferable to just keep them all banned instead of this PR bullshit. 

  

They wouldn't dare to condition chinese athletes participation on them stating opposition to the CCP ethnic cleansing. Or athletes from certain islamic countries if they support jailing/killing gay people. (Of course not since China and oil states bring in much more money than Russia)

 

Just keep all the russians banned, don't turn IOC into thought police. 

 

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7 hours ago, Giovanni Gianni Cattaneo said:

Summer tour are more important than olympic games? C'mon, it's a joke... if you don't like a 3 rounds tournament, is possible ti made 2 groups, 4 teams each one. The first can play final, the second bronze medal game. Are 4 matches, in 20 days. Not so easy, but is possible. TUE (before games)-MON-SUN and SUN

 

While I like the formats you propose, De_Gambassi is unfortunately right. The rugby championship starts in early August and it's the main source of income for AUS/ARG/NZ/SA.  

  

Also, players need some vacations. All our players are in Europe now, so if they can't rest in July they don't ever have a holiday.   

  

And more important, World Rugby is just like FIFA, they want their World Cup to be the main event. Commercially it's the 2nd most succesful world championship event after the football one.

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Athletes Retirements Thread
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1 hour ago, thiago_simoes said:

She could have been both a swimmer and an influencer if she wanted. Rebeca Andrade is now an influencer and fashion icon in Brazil, she now has a fortune of more than 1 million dollars, and still she keeps training and has plans to compete at the World Championships this year and in Paris 2024.

Does she stream on twitch on semi regular basis tho? Because that's the kind of stuff this girl was doing :lol: other than befriending garbage popular musicians and streaming celebrities.

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Athletes Retirements Thread
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34 minutes ago, NMQ said:

22yo :ARG Delfina Pignatiello announced her retirement on Instagram. Will keep swimming but not at competitions. Wants to focus on other things out of the pool.

 

A real shame. She is a 2x world junior champion, 2x YOG medalist and 3x pan american champion, multiple SA record holder as well. She was probably our best talent of the last few years sport by sport. But she didn't cope well with the pressure, the hate on social media and an extended quarantine that hurt her preparation for the Olympics. IMO also made some questionable decisions, like not going to the NCAA to stay home or changing her long time coach. Hope she makes a comeback in a few years, but she seems happier with her other activities.

She hasn't been a serious athlete for like 3 years already IMO, the pandemic excuse was a bit of a deflection. More interested in a career as "influencer" and all that.   

Well, at least she'll be making much more money in that, that's for sure.

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National Sports of Countries
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In ARG...  

 

Football

>>>>

Basketball, Tennis, Auto Racing, Rugby, Boxing 

>>

Volleyball, Hockey, Handball, Futsal  

Polo, Athletics, Swimming   

  

Everything else is simply not on TV except for olympics/pan am games.  

 

This is strictly about popularity/TV ratings. If it's about participation numbers the scene changes a bit (for ex. Gymnastics has a good number of people that practice). 

 

There are also sports that are popular in particular regions or provinces.

Examples: Rink Hockey in San Juan, Cycling in the west/northwest in general, Softball in Entre Ríos, Ski in the south, etc.

 

As I mentioned in page 4 the official national sport is Pato, but it's virtually unknown among the general public and doesn't have any TV coverage.

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War is more serious than doping. CAS will 100% uphold the ban or their funding and recognition will end.  And yes, it will be a completely political and not legal ruling.   

 

Every international organization acts neutral until their money is on the line.

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3 hours ago, hckošice said:

Absolutely disgusting ! Tennis should be kicked out of the Olympics.

 

Innocent Ukrainian civilians right now are killed in their country and russian tennis players will be allowed to play for big money at grand slams and so and even under their flag..

 

 

 

 

 

Not all of them win big money, those outside the top 150 barely make a living.  It's not like in football where they can just keep playing for russian clubs in the russian league, they have no source of income if you don't allow them to travel and compete internationally. 

 

 

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Just now, dcro said:

It should be noted that Russia officially broke the Olympic truce, which on paper was set to expire on March 20th.

 

Even if all this gets resolved quickly, this leaves an argument for Russia to get a blanket ban on the next Olympics. Again, mostly considering that they were already on thin ice before any of this started.

True. 

 

At olympic level there's no argument to defend their participation.

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32 minutes ago, Vektor said:

It doesn't matter what's right or wrong, there's literally no precedent for a Russian DSQ since the two World Wars. CAS will rule in favor of Russia even if FIFA tries to drop them. 

 

Actually...  

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1974_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(UEFA–CONMEBOL_play-off)

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10 minutes ago, dcro said:

Neither have the Ukrainian civilians. Or just the whole Ukraine, for that matter.

Of course, but the russian team that enters the pitch are just a bunch of footballers doing their job. I don't see the point in expelling them from the competition other than for symbolic reasons.

That's why I said cut the prize money instead, because that's something that can actually be used for evil purposes back in Russia.

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21 minutes ago, Monzanator said:

Yemen supported Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War. Nobody will give them even a toilet paper.

Are you serious?  

  

  

With this criteria we shouldn't give "even a toilet paper" to a lot of countries due to a multitude of conflicts from the past.

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To be clear, if I had any decision power on this I would: 

 

1. Not allow Russia to host this play-off, for security reasons. 

 

2. Allow participation of Russian team since their coaching staff and players have not done anything wrong.  

 

3. Deny the russian football federation the prize money from WC participation (should they qualify) until their government ceases hostilities.

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