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Olympic Team Accuses China of Ignoring Player’s Human Rights

The situation in Beijing does not appear to be as glamorous as the television cameras show.

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The Beijing Olympics have already been a hotbed of international controversy, and that was largely before any athletes even arrived on-site.

Much of the trouble has arisen from the international community’s constant and righteous condemnation of China’s history of human rights abuses and genocide, and their intolerance toward those who seek to expose their dirty deeds.  Athletes competing in the games have been warned not to speak out during their time in China, lest they wish to be whisked away by authorities.

Now, to make matters worse, athletes currently in COVID-19 isolation are complaining that their human rights are not being respected by their host nation.

The coach of the Finland men’s ice hockey team accused China of not respecting a player’s human rights on Sunday as complaints about COVID-19 isolation protocols piled up at the Winter Games.

Finnish head coach Jukka Jalonen said Marko Anttila, a ninth-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2004 NHL draft, was “not getting good food” and was under tremendous mental stress. read more

“We know that he’s fully healthy and ready to go and that’s why we think that China, for some reason, they won’t respect his human rights and that’s not a great situation,” head coach Jalonen said on a Zoom call with media.

Anttila wasn’t the only athlete complaining.

On Saturday, Germany’s team chief Dirk Schimmelpfennig called conditions for triple Olympic gold medallist Eric Frenzel and two other German athletes “unacceptable”.

He demanded a complete overhaul including bigger and cleaner rooms, a working internet connection, sports equipment and better food. read more

Schimmelpfennig said on Sunday that organisers had acted after being contacted by the team, the ski federation and the IOC.

Earlier in the games, a Dutch reporter was shoved and harassed by Chinese security forces while live and on-the-air, leading many to wonder if China would truly be able to but on a facade of fairness and freedom during their time in the Olympic spotlight.

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WATCH: Golfer Lays into Official; ‘Can’t Wait to Leave This Tour’

The anguished golfer did not make himself available to the media at the conclusion of the round containing the outburst. 

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For many of us, our youth was spent dreaming big dreams.  Some wanted to be actors or singers, while others dreamt of a life in politics.  Some took the noble route, imagining themselves as doctors or firefighters.

But a great many of us believed that we would be talented enough for the big leagues.  We saw ourselves playing our days away, wowing crowds and bringing home oversized gold trophies.

Sure, this is a dream for many, but those who’ve been grinding day in and day out have their own issues, too, and athletes are not impervious to angst.

Such was certainly the case this week in the world of professional golf.

Sergio Garcia’s opening round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship is getting attention not because of his play but because of one specific moment on the par-5 10th. Hitting his tee shot left of the fairway into a penalty area, the fiery Spaniard was able to find his golf ball, albeit not in the allotted three-minute time frame competitors are given when searching for a potential lost ball.

Just outside the given time, Garcia was assessed a penalty stroke and subsequently expressed his displeasure to the rules official.

“I can’t wait to leave this tour,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to get out of here. Just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore.”

The moment went viral on social media.

Garcia was getting ready to jump ships to begin with.

Reading in between the lines, it is quite obvious what the 42-year-old is referring to. Linked to the LIV Golf League, the former Masters champion would join many of his European counterparts to participate in the Saudi-backed golf league. With Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Ian Poulter all being tied to Greg Norman’s league, Garcia has become the latest to express his commitment, albeit in an unofficial fashion.

The anguished golfer did not make himself available to the media at the conclusion of the round containing the outburst.

For many of us, our youth was spent dreaming big dreams.  Some wanted to be actors or singers, while others dreamt of a life in politics.  Some took the noble route, imagining themselves as doctors or firefighters. But a great many of us believed that we would be talented enough for the big leagues.  We saw ourselves playing our days away, wowing crowds and bringing home oversized gold trophies. Sure, this is a dream for many, but those who’ve been grinding day in and day out have their own issues, too, and athletes are not impervious to angst. Such was certainly the case this week in the world of professional golf. Sergio Garcia’s opening round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship is getting attention not because of his play but because of one specific moment on the par-5 10th. Hitting his tee shot left of the fairway into a penalty area, the fiery Spaniard was able to find his golf ball, albeit not in the allotted three-minute time frame competitors are given when searching for a potential lost ball. Just outside the given time, Garcia was assessed a penalty stroke and subsequently expressed his displeasure to the rules official. “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to get out of here. Just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore.” The moment went viral on social media. https://twitter.com/the_fried_egg/status/1522303897397866496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1522303897397866496%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fgolf%2Fnews%2Fsergio-garcia-cant-wait-to-leave-this-tour-after-rules-official-issues-penalty-at-wells-fargo-championship%2F https://twitter.com/Sean_Zak/status/1522299802238820354?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1522299802238820354%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fgolf%2Fnews%2Fsergio-garcia-cant-wait-to-leave-this-tour-after-rules-official-issues-penalty-at-wells-fargo-championship%2F Garcia was getting ready to jump ships to begin with. Reading in between the lines, it is quite obvious what the 42-year-old is referring to. Linked to the LIV Golf League, the former Masters champion would join many of his European counterparts to participate in the Saudi-backed golf league. With Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Ian Poulter all being tied to Greg Norman’s league,…

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Senior Pickleball Player in Denver Picks Up Felony Charge

Talk about EGREGIOUS!

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Pickleball may very well be one of the fastest growing sports in that nation at the moment, but its sudden rise to the top of the ath-leisure world hasn’t come without some hiccups.

The sports is rather easy to understand:  Played on a tennis court with a slightly smaller inbounds area and a shorter net, players use wiffle balls and something akin to a beefier ping pong paddle to play.  The medium-impact game has been increasingly popular among older Americans, who prefer to remain active but understand that a full court game of tennis could be a bit much.

In Denver, Colorado, what was once a fun game for one elderly citizen has turned into a legal nightmare, however.

Authorities in Denver have charged a 71-year-old retiree with defacing a rec center’s floor to mark boundaries for the game, reports CBS Denver. As a result, Arslan Guney is accused of felony mischief and theoretically faces three years in prison. His attorney—and his supporters in the local pickleball community—say the charge is ridiculous. “In no way did he intend to damage the floor,” says attorney Hollynd Hoskins. “This is not a crime. This is not criminal mischief.”

Guney was charged after he re-marked the fading out-of-bounds lines with a sharpie, prompting a ludicrous response from local authorities.

“Defacing or damaging public property is unacceptable, a criminal offense, and will not be tolerated in any of our public buildings or spaces,” says a spokesperson for the city’s Parks & Rec system. The department estimates it will cost about $10,000 to refinish the floors, an amount Guney’s supporters say is exaggerated. “He’s willing to do anything, including any amount of community service, tutoring, mentoring at-risk kids in order to make amends and to be able to gain his membership back,” says his attorney. “And obviously, he would like to stay out of jail.”

Guney is known as “the mayor of Pickleball” in his area, and so there is little doubt that this flock will come to his side as a court adjudicates the case.

Pickleball may very well be one of the fastest growing sports in that nation at the moment, but its sudden rise to the top of the ath-leisure world hasn’t come without some hiccups. The sports is rather easy to understand:  Played on a tennis court with a slightly smaller inbounds area and a shorter net, players use wiffle balls and something akin to a beefier ping pong paddle to play.  The medium-impact game has been increasingly popular among older Americans, who prefer to remain active but understand that a full court game of tennis could be a bit much. In Denver, Colorado, what was once a fun game for one elderly citizen has turned into a legal nightmare, however. Authorities in Denver have charged a 71-year-old retiree with defacing a rec center’s floor to mark boundaries for the game, reports CBS Denver. As a result, Arslan Guney is accused of felony mischief and theoretically faces three years in prison. His attorney—and his supporters in the local pickleball community—say the charge is ridiculous. “In no way did he intend to damage the floor,” says attorney Hollynd Hoskins. “This is not a crime. This is not criminal mischief.” Guney was charged after he re-marked the fading out-of-bounds lines with a sharpie, prompting a ludicrous response from local authorities. “Defacing or damaging public property is unacceptable, a criminal offense, and will not be tolerated in any of our public buildings or spaces,” says a spokesperson for the city’s Parks & Rec system. The department estimates it will cost about $10,000 to refinish the floors, an amount Guney’s supporters say is exaggerated. “He’s willing to do anything, including any amount of community service, tutoring, mentoring at-risk kids in order to make amends and to be able to gain his membership back,” says his attorney.…

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