human rights in Qatar

Some boycotted World Championships hosted in Doha.

I did go. Hopeful that Qatar will be a leader of Muslim nations in improving human rights. Soon.

The 2022 World Cup is a MUCH BIGGER deal.

I expect changes to be made. Quickly.

German national team during World Cup qualifying.

Congratulations University of Iowa

The team just missed qualifying to the final 16 — but I’d call Iowa 2021 one of the success stories of the season.

Leaders in social justice, too.

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Auburn withdraws from Regionals

The Auburn gymnastics team will not compete at the 2021 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championship this weekend due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the program.

The action is consistent with COVID-19 management requirements put forth by the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference.

Auburn Tigers

Spencer weighs in on how that affects everyone else:

The NCAA won’t redo brackets if the withdrawal happens more than 24 hours after they are made …

British Gymnastics delays

A group of 17 former elite gymnasts, including three Olympians, who are pursuing legal action said they were “disappointed but not surprised” that the governing body had failed to reply to a “Letter of Claim” sent on 25 February and said that every day of further delay risks “serious harms” to those still in the sport. …

racial bias in sport

With Simone and Gabby as black Olympic Champions, it’s easy to ASSuME that racial bias in sport is being reduced, at least in Gymnastics.

Not so.

At each step along the athlete’s journey — from youth sports to college to the professional world — there are glaring inequities, often along racial lines. …

Throughout history, white American athletes have been afforded the opportunity to improve unimpeded while minorities have been left to scratch and claw for every inch. …

UNEQUAL PLAYING FIELD
Simone Biles, right, hugs Gabby Douglas after the Secret U.S. Classic

Dave Brubaker permanently banned

Gymnastics Canada (GymCan) acknowledges and accepts the decision reached by an independent discipline panel regarding formal written complaints received by GymCan against two elite coaches – David (Dave) Brubaker and Elizabeth (Liz) Brubaker.

The decision was received by all parties on Friday, March 12th, 2021.

Dave Brubaker was formerly the National Team Director for GymCan’s women’s artistic gymnastics national team …

The Panel ruled that Dave Brubaker is permanently banned and prohibited from any future application or attempt to gain reinstatement, membership, or any other status with Gymnastics Canada member associations or clubs. 
 
The Panel further ruled that Liz Brubaker’s suspension is extended until January 18, 2024, pending the completion of imposed reinstatement conditions. …

Gymnastics Canada by email

Yul on racism

One thing I like about sport is that people are far more likely to talk about an athlete’s toe point, than skin colour.

Most coaches want to work with the best athletes. Period. They can be purple skinned or albino, coaches don’t care.

Here’s what Yul has to say.