Archive for the ‘News/Opinion’ Category

Olympic protest ban is a corporate power play that could backfire badly on IOC

Monday, February 17th, 2020
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By banning protests on the field of play and at official ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee has unintentionally created the perfect environment for dissent, writes Oren Weisfeld.

Canada should be going for gold-standard when protecting elite athletes from abuse

Saturday, December 21st, 2019
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Behaviour towards athletes that's physically, sexually or psychologically abusive can't be tolerated in Canada's evolving sports culture, writes Ashley Heisler.

Power play: Hockey players are finally speaking out against the sport’s toxic culture

Thursday, November 28th, 2019
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Hockey players fed up with abuse are no longer willing to keep the sacred silence of the locker room, writes Oren Weisfeld.

Tennis is so much of a mental game. That’s why Bianca Andreescu shines

Saturday, September 7th, 2019
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You need to be physically fit, and mentally agile. You need to understand your opponent, while being unpredictable yourself. You can't talk to your coach. And try being a teenager on top of that

Stakeholders in the sports world should — but probably won’t — come to Caster Semenya’s aid

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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The World Anti-Doping Agency, a regulatory body ostensibly dedicated to "doping-free sport," been conspicuously hushed about an international federation essentially forcing a competitor to dope.

Canada is poised to repeat its Olympics mistakes with a 2026 FIFA World Cup bonanza

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
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If pro leagues are excessively demanding in terms of publicly funded infrastructure, they don't come close to what the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) imposes on host cities for the World Cup.

NFL’s new anthem policy is a capitulation to political pressure: Opinion

Friday, May 25th, 2018
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Perhaps the patriotism police at football games and sanctimonious campus safe-space enthusiasts should meet to compare the emotional “owies” they’ve had to endure by bearing witness to controversial expression.

Frank Zamboni is way overdue for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Monday, November 13th, 2017
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The hall of fame will welcome its newest inductees Monday, but notably absent again this year is the humble inventor of the famous ice-resurfacing machine that bears his name.

For 12 seasons, Roy Halladay was hope for the Toronto Blue Jays

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
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He pitched in ugly uniforms, to middling crowds, in a cold, concrete mausoleum, in a city the American media had long ago dismissed as a "hockey town." Ever-patient Blue Jays fans couldn't always rely on a lot, but they could rely on excellence every fifth day.

Unlike in European sport, anti-gay sentiment still runs deep in North American leagues: Michael Coren

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
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It wasn't very long ago that racial epithets were routinely used in sport. Now they are incredibly rare. Kevin Pillar's outburst may not signify a conscious, tangible dislike of gay people, but it does imply a gut-level assumption that being gay is a lesser way of being.