Mentoring youth is one of my favorite passions in life, for our young people are our future. Eternal gratitude to Sabina Pierce, one of the most talented photographers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting!
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Come on, France, you can do better. This is just another modern example of the effects of globalism and trade, and why I for one wish for manufacturing to return to the West; specifically, to the United States too! I understand this is easier said than done, though. What are your thoughts on returning manufacturing back to the West - is it possible? Should it be attempted?
"Peace Hat and Little Girl" by Tony Fischer Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Kamila Valieva - a teenaged figure skating star from Russia, faces a four year ban on competing due to a positive test for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Drug use in Sport for me has always been a big no-no; it ruins the concept of open competition on a fair playing field, destroys the hard work and training by un-enhanced competitors, and abuses the spirit of the Olympic Games. In addition, I find the practice of doping to be highly divisive.
Kamila Valieva faces a four year ban on competing due to her drug test results - but is it enough? There have been murmurs of introducing lifetime bans for doping offenses. What are your thoughts?
"Staraya Russa, Russia" by Lex Kravetski is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
This is a historical moment to be sure, but it brings back a topic of discussion which I'm approached with from time to time: should eSports and video games be recognized as Olympic sports? Or Olympic events? Although my public opinion has been clear on this topic for years now (I don't consider video games or eSports to be in the same category as traditional, physically demanding sports), I am interested in the direction that the IOC has taken with regards to eSports. But what do you think? Should video games and/or eSports be recognized alongside traditional physical sports?
"Gamer" by ulricaloeb is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
From the article:
Thomas Bach, the leader of the International Olympic Committee, has said that sport needs to find a means for building peace and communication. His member organizations are saying, “Not yet."
Mr. Troy Vincent believes so - and in my opinion, offers a passionate and compelling argument.
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Jim Redmond, who helped his son Derek to the finish line in 1992 Olympics, has died aged 81
Rest in peace, Jim. Your compassion, ability to live in the moment, and open display of love for your son at our beloved Games has immortalized you and Derek into Olympic history!
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Russian athletes who have not been welcome at international events due to the country's war with Ukraine could soon be allowed back in competition, said the head of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Thursday.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued guidance to sports governing bodies in February to remove Russian and Belarusian athletes from competition.
Belarus has been used as a staging ground for Russia's invasion, which Moscow calls a "special military operation".
But the IOC is now beginning to consider a pathway back for athletes from the two countries, said USOPC chair Susanne Lyons during a conference call on Thursday, adding athletes should not be punished for the actions of their governments.
"We know that the IOC is beginning to think about whether there's a pathway back for the Russian athletes," said Lyons. "They are beginning to reach out to all of their stakeholders to get input on that topic.
Official blog of author, athlete, and IOC official, Ms. Anita DeFrantz.