Brazil: The Country of Sport

Brazil: The Country of Sport

by | Aug 17, 2016 | Blog, Olympic sport

Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth largest in the world. It’s famous for football, the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, gorgeous beaches and the Amazon rainforest – the lungs of the planet. It’s a country of contradiction, great cultural diversity, ancient wilderness and urban mosaic. There’s plenty to see and do in Brazil, especially during one of this year’s most important sporting events. The Rio Olympics     Brazil is the first South American country to be nominated as a host for the Summer Olympics, and the second Latin American country – Mexico had the honour of hosting the Games in 1968. Brazil has so far won 11 medals in total. The day after the opening ceremony, Felipe Wu won silver in the men’s 10m air pistol shooting. Wu was followed by Rafaela Silva, who bagged a gold in the women’s 57kg judo division right at the beginning of the Games. Silva and her teammate Mayra Aguiar also won bronze medals.     Gymnastics has been Brazil’s most outstanding sport so far, with Diego Hypolito and Arthur Zanetti getting silver medals and Arthur Mariano receiving a bronze. Thiago Braz da Silva earned Brazil another gold in the men’s pole vault, and Poliana Okimoto won bronze in the women’s 10km open water swimming. It’s been a successful week for Brazil and with five days still to go, they’re currently in 15th place on the medal table. An Olympian transformation     Rio has certainly gained from the Olympics. A large-scale urban waterfront revitalisation project has transformed its downtown area. The 5km2 port area is designed to make the city...
Doping scandal: Unveiling the truth or ‘a declaration of war on athletics’

Doping scandal: Unveiling the truth or ‘a declaration of war on athletics’

“A declaration of war on athletics”. That’s how Sebastian Coe denounced the latest doping scandal to hit the sport. In recent weeks the world’s media has been acutely focused on athletics after mass allegations of doping within the sport were revealed. With no conclusive evidence, is this journalism at its best or just an overblown story trying to sabotage the sports reputation? Either way it looks like the media has made ‘a declaration of war on athletics’ and Lord Coe is prepared to fight back.  What are the results and are they conclusive? The leaked test results date back to between 2001 and 2012 when more than 800 athletes, including a third of all medalists in the last Olympics and World Championships, had suspicious blood test results. The two media outlets responsible for running this story are The Sunday Times and German Broadcaster ARD/WDR. They are arguing the failure of the IAAF in not following up on these suspicious results has led to cheating of an extraordinary extent. But is this conclusive evidence? Suspicious results are not actually proof of doping – and the media outlets in question agree on this too. So, could this just be a lot of hot air? Cycling: A doping case study Another sport that has been engulfed in doping allegations over the past few years is cycling. The Lance Armstrong era which dominated the world of cycling in the 90’s and 2000’s has been shamed by revelations that both he and the US Postal Team used performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles have since been revoked and on-going lawsuits have left both...