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Egyptian Aya Medany elected to IOC’s Athletes Commission

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach sent a letter to Egyptian modern pentathlon champion Aya Medany, congratulating her on being appointed at the Athletes Commission of the IOC. Medany was notified of her election two months after the formation of a new Commission, on 18 August, during the 2016 Olympic Games in …

Maya Nawar

International sports associations caught between dollar signs and human rights ideals

By James M. Dorsey A just published study highlights how commerce and glitz are reinforcing support for autocracy by international sports associations, and undermining the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) newly found resolve to hold potential host cities to human rights standards to which world football body FIFA pays. The study by Andrew Zimbalist, Circus Maximus: The Economic …

Daily News Egypt

Kurdish football team sparks Swedish FA ire over battle for Kobani

By James M. Dorsey When Ramazan Kizil established Dalkurd FF, one of Europe’s most successful immigrant football teams, in a remote town in northern Sweden, he dreamt of one day raising the Swedish and the Kurdish flag alongside one another in a European championship. These days, Kizil’s goals are more immediate: aiding embattled Kurdish fighters …

Daily News Egypt

Protest and human rights shape debate on awarding of mega events

By James M. Dorsey Mass protests against Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup, Turkey’s loss of opportunities to host sports events and controversy over 2022 World Cup host Qatar’s labour system are impacting the global sports world’s thinking about the requirements future hosts will have to meet. The impact is likely to go far beyond …

Daily News Egypt

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