Archive for the ‘Sport’ Category

Gender in sports management

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Dana Johannsen reports at NZ Herald:

New Zealand’s national sport has been lambasted as a sexist institution and the “last bastion of chauvinism” after a report found women were excluded from decision-making at all levels of the game.

The NZRU has never had a female voice at the boardroom table, while of 194 board positions at provincial level, just five (two of which are on the Auckland Rugby Board) are taken by women.

The glaring imbalance prompted Dr Judy McGregor, in her former role at the Human Rights Commission, to launch a campaign late last year pushing for the inclusion of a female representative on the NZRU board.

I think diversity on a board is a good thing, and that includes sports boards.

However I do wonder what percentage of the 150,000 or so rugby players in New Zealand are women? Anyone know?

How many men have been on the board of Netball NZ? There appears to be one there at the moment. And what proportion of netball players are men?

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The Armstrong interview

January 18th, 2013 at 5:39 pm by David Farrar

Well I think he is still lying. If the interview was part of a plan of redemption, I don’t think it will work.

I simply don’t believe him over stuff such as the 2001 $250,000 donation to the ICU. He says he doesn’t like them and has no reason to defend them. But he has a reason to lie – he could face bribery charges if he admitted to it.

He seemed barely contrite over his treatment of people such as Emma O’Reilly whom he sued and called a whore and alcoholic. He says he has tried to contact her, and I noted he e-mailed just before the interview a journalist he had lied to many times (and had been one of his big defenders). To me this looks like it is all part of an organised campaign. Do the interview. Then send out unspecific apologies just before the interview airs. In the interview admit to just what you have to, and don’t give any significant details.

The second part will be interesting, but I suspect the first part had the most significant stuff. I don’t think there’s enough there for any sporting body to even start to consider a path back for Armstrong.

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Morgan and the Phoenix

January 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Paul Thompson at The Press writes:

 I have seen some horrible things on a football training field – punches and tantrums thrown, nasty episodes of bullying and grown men in tears.

But most chilling of all was the photograph of Gareth Morgan taking part in a Wellington Phoenix practice last week.

Morgan is a brilliant economist and generous philanthropist and deserves praise for investing cash in the Phoenix.

But he doesn’t belong anywhere near the training pitch. Whatever he is trying to achieve isn’t working. His meddling is damaging the team he part owns.

Ownership gives him and his Welnix partners the right to do whatever they like with their club. But that doesn’t mean that those are the right things to do.

The Phoenix are in full-blown crisis. The coach has been emasculated by owners who have issued a directive on how the Phoenix should play despite having no knowledge of the game. The players are confused and fearful for their future. The tactics are all over the place.

The team is now bottom of the league and, worse, is displaying a level of incompetence that strongly suggests that is where it belongs.

Harsh, but not unfair. The best tea owners are silent ones!

You have to feel sorry for Herbert who, despite having a good coaching record in the A-League, has been rendered powerless to impose tactics that will get results.

He is compliant with the owners’ wishes because he clearly has little option but to publicly support their whims. He is clearly held in such low regard that, despite being the football expert, he is not running the show.

This season is looming as a train wreck. There appears to be a willingness to sacrifice short-term results – otherwise known as winning – for an ephemeral, long-term pipe dream.

But winning matters to the fans and it certainly matters to the players as well, who look shell-shocked to find themselves in such a parlous position.

It is time to allow Herbert to get on with the job he is paid to do and should be accountable for – to put out a winning side and then to build on that over time.

There’s an old saying – winning isn’t everything, but losing isn’t anything! :-)

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Armstrong on Oprah

January 10th, 2013 at 8:49 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Will he admit to doping? That’s the big question being ahead of Lance Armstrong’s pre-recorded interview with Oprah Winfrey which is set to air in the United States next week.

The talk show diva’s network claims no question will be off-limits when the disgraced cyclist sits down for his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Others are not so sure.

“Armstrong has no editorial control and no question is off-limits,” Nicole Nichols of Winfrey’s OWN cable TV network told AFP in an email, adding Armstrong is getting no payment for the interview.

Nichols also said the 90-minute interview at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas – to be aired on January 17 on the OWN network and online worldwide – “is not live”.

Former cyclist David Millar, a member of the athletes commission for the World Anti-Doping Agency, however expects it will be “completely stage-managed”.

Of course. He will break down in tears and talk of how everyone was doing it. How at first he won his titles without drugs, but then realized the only way he could compete was to join the others who forced him into it.

It remains to be seen if Oprah will be a “sympathetic” interviewer or if she turns on him like she did with James Frey. Armstrong has arguably lied for longer and to more people than Frey did.

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The Black Caps

January 7th, 2013 at 10:50 am by David Farrar

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45 all out

January 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The headline says it all. David Leggat calls it the worst performance has has ever seen.

Seems dumping that Ross Taylor as captain hasn’t worked out so well!

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The 2012 Halberg Finalists

January 1st, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

So who do people think will win the Halberg Awards? The finalists are:

Sportswoman of the Year:

  • Lisa Carrington (Canoeing)
  • Valerie Adams (Athletics)
  • Lydia Ko (Golf)
  • Sarah Walker (BMX)

My heart says Lisa Carrington but my head says Lydia Ko. Golf is a more universal sport than canoeing, and being the top ranked amateur at age 15 is amazing. All four nominees are worthy finalists.

Sportsman of the Year:

  • Mahe Drysdale (Rowing)
  • Andrew Nicholson (Equestrian)
  • Simon van Velthooven (Cycling)
  • Richie McCaw (Rugby)

I think probably Mahe Drysdale?

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award:

  • Cameron Leslie (Para Swimming)
  • Mary Fisher (Para Swimming)
  • Phillipa Gray (Para Cycling)
  • Sophie Pascoe (Para Swimming)

Can only be Sophie.

Team of the Year:

  • NZ Men’s Double Scull – Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen (Rowing)
  • NZ Men’s Pair – Eric Murray & Hamish Bond (Rowing)
  • NZ Women’s 470 Team – Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (Sailing)
  • NZ Men’s 49er Class Team – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (Sailing)
  • All Blacks (Rugby)

I think Murray and Bond would be favourites.

Emerging Talent:

  • Andrew McKenzie (Sailing)
  • Lydia Ko (Golf)
  • Dylan Kennett (Track Cycling)
  • Anton Cooper (Mountain Biking)

Ko.

Coach of the Year:

  • Gordon Walker (Canoeing)
  • Richard Tonks (Rowing)
  • Calvin Ferguson (Rowing)
  • Nathan Handley (Sailing)

Probably Gordon Walker I’d say.

Make your picks below.

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Cricket and criticism

December 23rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

John Weekes at HoS reports:

Sky’s cricket commentators have been told they must be nice to the Black Caps and are not to regurgitate their off-field dramas.

The controversy surrounding the sacking of captain Ross Taylor has fired up debate for the summer game but fans expecting Sky commentators to weigh in will be waiting a long time, the company says.

“We don’t put down sporting codes because we’re in the business of promoting sport,” Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said.

Sky and New Zealand Cricket had a business partnership, she said. “It’s natural for our commentators to promote our product.”

Cricket is just a product?

Former New Zealand cricketer and commentator John “Mystery” Morrison said Sky’s policy was “pathetic”. “The day that people don’t debate and argue these issues will be a sad day for the game,” he said.

He said commentators should be allowed to voice their passion and interest and scrutinise the game.

I tend to agree with John.

Sure you don’t want the commentators sledging NZ Cricket between ever over, declaring how much better the team would be playing if it were not for the wallies who did xyz.

But the recent happenings shouldn’t be taboo, and if relevant to the game, commentators should be able to mention them.

Also I hope that the fact NZ Cricket are a business partner doesn’t mean the news and sports shows are instructed to not talk about their problems. I can understand the actual game commentary being a bit sensitive, but the daily news and sports shows should have no restrictions.

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IS NZ Cricket really that bad?

December 8th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post editorial:

New Zealand Cricket has a talent for mimicry. Sadly it has chosen the wrong body to mimic. Instead of modelling itself on South Africa, India or another cricketing powerhouse, it has chosen the Labour Party. For David Shearer read Ross Taylor; for David Cunliffe read Brendon McCullum, the defeated contender in a two-horse race for the captaincy last year.

I think NZ Cricket should sue for defamation!

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Team JR Development Trust

November 13th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Jack Ralston died a couple of months ago.  Brother Bill writes in The Listener about him. He spent a lifetime as a sports coach.

Whale Oil blogs:

Just over 9 weeks ago the sporting-world, in particular New Zealand’s young and developing athletes lost a legend, mentor, coach and all-round terrific guy with Jack Ralston’s death.  So many of us feel that Jack left such a huge legacy which is too great to simply end at this point.  So we have formed the Team JR Development Trust – run completely by volunteers.  This Trust has been set up with the specific purposes of:

- Providing a mentor support structure for promising young athletes aimed at assisting them reach their potential.
- Providing a network of support for encouragement and inspiration and advice.
- To challenge national bodies towards excellence and developmental structures on the athletes behalf.
- To ensure promising triathlon, road and track athletes are adequately funded for coaching and development.
- To identify and provide development opportunities & pathways for young athletes.

We are pleased to announce the Team JR launch function will be held on Thursday 29 November at the Millennium Stadium in the Olympic room and take great pride in extending this invitation to those of you in New Zealand to attend.  We will outline the upcoming activities of the Trust, introduce the Trustees and ambassadors to the Trust who are all people that have been touched greatly by Jack Ralston and hold our first fundraising event in the form of an auction on the night. Light refreshments will be provided.

tribute to Jack that makes it clear what kind of man he was.

You can ‘like’ and follow Team JR Development Trust on Facebook.  You can also donate any amount to the Trust by emailing  teamjrdevelopment@gmail.com and we will provide the necessary details for you to do so.

Event Details
What: Team JR Development Trust Launch (no fee to attend)
Where: Millennium Institute of Sport and Health
When: Thursday 29 November 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8 pm
RSVP: email teamjrdevelopment@gmail.com

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you then.
The Team JR Development Trust

 A great initiative that can make a difference.
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Help Paige

October 8th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Paige Hareb-Vimeo- Sportfunder from Bruce Gatward-Cook on Vimeo.

Taranaki girl Paige Hareb is one of the world’s best surfers. Also a gutsy boxer against Hayley Holt! Anyway being from NZ she is less well funded than many of her competitors and is trying to crowdsource her tour costs.

I’m hoping to raise $30,000 in 60 days with your help. I’m going to need this money to help pay for my 2013 World Tour airfares to and from Australia, Brazil, Europe, USA and possibly South Africa, plus my accommodation expenses in each place.

Depending on how much  you give me, I’ll give you something back in return to show my appreciation of your support ;-)

- $10+ sponsors get a huge thanks from me and I’ll also sign you up to receive emails and updates from my 2013 travels and World Tour Campaign.

- $25+ sponsors get the above plus a digital copy of a signed surfing photo of me, with a message on it thanking you for your support!

- $50+ sponsors get all of the above plus a free (signed) Paige Hareb Canteen t-shirt with one of her favorite quotes “Winners never quit and quitters never win”. Note: A percentage of this goes to Canteen. (Including postage within NZ)

- $100+ sponsors get 3 t-shirts, plus all of the above as well! Note: A percentage of this also goes to Canteen. (Includes postage within NZ)

- $400+ sponsors get all of the above plus a ladies steamer size 10 wetsuit. I’ve only got two of these, so limited to the first two. (Includes postage within NZ)

- $1000+ sponsors will get 3 hours with me in person. This must take place in Taranaki or when I’m in your town (you’ll have to travel to me if our schedules don’t coincide). I’d love to go surfing with your kids, have lunch with your family, or sign autographs in at your shop etc. Anything within reason.

- $2000+ sponsors will get a full day’s surf coaching from yours truly. This must take place in Taranaki or when I’m in your town (you’ll have to travel to me if our schedules don’t coincide).

- $3000+ sponsors will be able to have their logo (sticker) placed on my surfboard for the 2013 Taranaki World Tour event to promote their cause, business, or brand. Size approximately A4, top and bottom of surfboard. Note: If for whatever reason the Taranaki event does not take place next year, you will be able to transfer this reward to another World Tour event of your choosing.

- $6000+ as above but for the entire Australasian leg of the tour (up to 4 competitions) likely to include Taranaki (NZ), Bells (Melbourne), Snappers (Gold Coast), and Manly (Sydney).

- $10000+ as above but for all of the 2013 Women’s World Tour events (up to 8 events in total). Great exposure for a global brand!

Everyone who supports me goes in to the draw to win one of my Mt Woodgee surfboards signed by me! To be drawn after the 60 days and only if I reach my goal.

Stay tuned on my Facebook and twitter accounts for updates and maybe more prizes along the way!

www.facebook.com/paige.hareb

www.twitter.com/paigehareb

Great to see crowdsourcing being used to support NZ sportspeople. I’ve made a donation, and hope others will do. Hareb is from all accounts really down to earth, and a great ambassador for NZ sports.
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Most stupid idea this year

September 20th, 2012 at 2:48 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

There are moves underway to clean up the Wellington Sevens, now that it’s an Olympic sport.

The Wellington leg of the international tournament has gained a reputation as being a non-stop party, with dozens of arrests often taking place for drunken behaviour.

General manager Steve Walters says they’ve been surveying the rugby community as to whether they think limiting alcohol, or introducing a ‘dry zone’ for part of the first day, is a good idea.

An alcohol free Sevens – yeah right. All that would happen is no one would buy tickets for the actual games, still dress up in costumes, get drunk in town and watch it on screens at the bars.

If they have an alcohol free zone at the Sevens, they won’t need more than 20 seats or so.

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A great ceremony

September 20th, 2012 at 6:32 am by David Farrar

I was a grateful guest of ANZ at the ceremony last night for Valerie Adams. Actually it was for really for the entire Olympic team, and all the medalists – which was nice. Of course Valerie getting her gold medal was the highlight, and we were told it was the first time an Olympic gold medal has ever been presented in NZ. NZOC Patron, Sir Jerry Mateparae did the presentation.

Adams looked fantastic – glowing and proud. The Cloud was packed to the brim, and I think they also had some people outside. After the ceremony, ANZ put on some pretty cool fireworks which included the Olympic rings.

Probably still not quite the same as getting the gold medal at the Olympic stadium, but hopefully this came close for Adams.

Funniest moment of the night for MC John Hawkesby having to pronounce the name of of the Tongan Royal Lupe’oloHalaevalu TupouMoheofo Virginia Rose Tuita daughter of HRH Princess SaloteMafile’sPilolevu Tuita, and then following that with Len Brown whom he thanked for his name :-)

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“The coach did it”

September 12th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Disgraced Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk has handed back her Olympic Gold medal as her former coach admits to doping her food without her knowledge.

Without her knowledge?

I think all Kiwis know the two words response to that.

Yeah Right!

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Well done Sophie

September 2nd, 2012 at 11:44 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe has won her second gold, and third medal, of the Paralympics with a world record time in the S10 100m butterfly.

The 19-year-old, who won gold in the S10 200m individual medley and silver in the S10 50m freestyle, set a new world record of 1:04:43, almost half a second faster than the world record she set in the heats.

She was not challenged in the final, beating out the silver emdal winner Oliwia Jablonska of Poland by four seconds while bronze went to Elodie Lorandi of France who was a further second back.

Pascoe now needs just one more gold medal to equal the three golds and a silver she secured in Beijing four years ago, and has three more events up her sleeve.

What a great achievement, and she is still so young. Here’s hoping for more medals.

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Adams upgraded to gold

August 14th, 2012 at 8:15 am by David Farrar

One News reports:

Valerie Adams says she was overcome with emotion at the news that she has been awarded the Olympic gold medal in the women’s shot put.

Adams has been awarded the medal, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that Belarus’s Nadzeya Ostapchuk, 33, was excluded from competition following a positive test for metenolone.

“I am speechless with this news. It is taking me some time to take this in,” said Adams from her base in Switzerland.

“It is huge and I am absolutely thrilled of course. It makes me extraordinarily proud as a New Zealander.

“It is also encouraging for those athletes, like myself who are proud to compete cleanly, that the system works and doping cheats are caught,” she said.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee Secretary General Kereyn Smith congratulated Adams on her gold medal and says the honour is well deserved. She added that the vast majority of New Zealand athletes are proud to compete cleanly on the world’s stage. 

New Zealand Chef de Mission Dave Currie said the news was wonderful and he is very proud of Adams.

Adams threw 20.70m in the shot put final at the Olympic Stadium on 6 August and was awarded silver behind the Belarusian who had taken gold with 21.36m. It was the first time Adams had been beaten by Ostapchuk in nearly two years.

Very very pleased for Adams. Thankfully Ostapchuk is the only medalist to fail a drug test to date.

Ostapchuk had been openly speculated about as a drug cheat, due to her sudden improvement in performance, and I’m not sure too many were deeply surprised by the finding.

I was on NewstalkZb with Pam Corkery the day she beat Adams for the gold, and we were asked about possible drug cheating. I was fairly diplomatic and said her improvement has been suspicious but we shouldn’t be bad losers, and give her the benefit of the doubt unless she subsequently fails.

Pam, rather hilariously, said that Ostapchuk should be required to give a semen sample as her drugs test. Both Larry Williams and I took some time to stop laughing. Yes, rather cruel, but also rather funny – and the confirmation Ostapchuk was using Metenolone which has androgenic properties, means that it is self-inflicted.

It is interesting that Ostapchuk passed drugs tests on 25 July, 26 July and 1 August but failed on 5 August and 6 August. The tests she passed were done before the games. I hope they inquire into the testing agency that did those ones.

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The Nation 11 August 2012

August 9th, 2012 at 10:35 pm by Kokila Patel

An Olympic Post Mortem. What went right — what went wrong in London.
1. Sports Minister Murray McCully (Who has just returned from London)
2. Panel with Dick Quax (Silver Medal, 5000 m, Montreal); Moss Burmester (Fourth, 200m Butterfly, Beijing) and Phil Gifford (Sunday Star Times sports columnist, Radio Sports host, currently writing biography of Valerie Adams)
3. University debating — highlights from the NZ Initiative Social Issues debate series between Universities of Auckland and Otago: “That Chinese Investment in New Zealand Farms should be banned”.
4. Professor Zhu Feng, the Victoria University of Wellington’s Strategic Studies Centre Kippenberger fellow from the University of Peking in Beijing and one of the world’s leading authorities on Chinese foreign policy and his country’s relationship with the USA on the overall direction of Chinese policy in our part of the world.

Broadcast on Saturday 9.30 am, repeated on Sunday 8 am on TV 3

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Medals per capita

August 4th, 2012 at 4:19 pm by David Farrar

There is a website called Medals per capita. According to it NZ is:

  • 1st for weighted medals per capita (gold=3, silver = 2, bronze = 1)
  • 1st for gold medals per capita
  • 2nd for all medals per capita
  • 8th for medals by GDP

The site is maintained by NZer Craig Nevil-Manning.

Nice to see us doing pretty well.

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Win at all costs?

August 3rd, 2012 at 9:31 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Winning a gold medal at the Olympics should be one of the happiest moments of an athlete’s life.

But that was not the case for Chinese diver Wu Minxia.

After winning the women’s synchronized three-metre springboard competition in London on Sunday, the 26-year-old Olympian got devastating news: her family decided it was the right time to tell her that her grandparents had died – over a year ago – and her mother had breast cancer for eight years, AFP reported.

Wu had no idea. Her father admitted the news was kept from her to avoid any distractions during her quest for gold.

“Wu called us after her grandmother died, I gritted my teeth and told her: ‘Everything’s fine, there aren’t any problems’,” father Wu Jueming told the Shanghai Morning Post.

“It was essential to tell this white lie. We never talk about family matters with our daughter.”

Her mother defended the decision, saying she waited until her cancer was in remission before telling Wu.

The story of the Wu family’s secrets has added to a public “backlash against the win-at-all-costs mentally” in China.

Thousands of Chinese web users took to Sina Weibo – a Chinese microblog similar to Twitter – to condemn what they say is an example of the harshness of China’s government-funded sport system, AFP reported.

I guess she didn’t see her grandmother often! But good to see that there is a backlash to this sort of mentality.

“Apart from making people crazy, our Olympic strategy also makes people lose their humanity,” one online commentator said.

“Our national sports system is disgusting,” another said.

Cultural change is occurring, albeit slowly. Many are also angry at the badminton team being told to lose, so they would get an easier opponent in the next round.

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Aus v NZ

August 2nd, 2012 at 5:37 pm by David Farrar

Heh, so true.

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A small step forward

July 13th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Saudi Arabia is to send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time, with a judoka and an 800m runner representing the kingdom in London, the International Olympic Committee said.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, who will compete in the 78-kg category in judo, and teenager Sarah Attar will be the first Saudi women ever to take part after talks between the IOC and the country.

“This is very positive news and we will be delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks time,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge in a statement.

“The IOC has been striving to ensure a greater gender balance at the Olympic Games, and today’s news can be seen as an encouraging evolution.”

Thursday’s decision means that every country competing in the July 27-Aug. 12 Olympics will be represented by both male and female athletes.

At the Atlanta Games in 1996, 26 nations sent no female athletes, the figure falling to just three in Beijing in 2008.

Progress, but said we are 12 years into the 21st century and this is still an issue.

In recent months human rights groups urged the IOC to ban Saudi Arabia from the Games unless it agreed to send women.

Powerful Saudi clerics denounce women for taking part in sport, saying it goes against their nature.

Women in Saudi Arabia are regarded as minors and require the permission of their guardian – father, brother, or husband – to leave the country and in some cases even to work. They are not allowed to drive.

Attar, 17, said she was honoured by the prospect of competing for her country at London 2012.

“A big inspiration for participating in the Olympic Games is being one of the first women for Saudi Arabia to be going,” she said at her training base in San Diego, California.

“It’s such a huge honour and I hope that it can really make some big strides for women over there to get more involved in sport,” she told the official Olympic website (www.olympic.org).

Hopefully it will be a powerful symbol to Saudis, and a building block to a less repressive regime.

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Tennis equality

June 20th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Mark Reason writes in Stuff:

Maria Sharapova is a special woman. She has won all four tennis majors. She speaks well in at least three languages, having taken French lessons while recuperating from surgery.

She is driven, she is admirable and she can biff a tennis ball. Masha is also laughing all the way to the bank. Even la belle Russe must wonder how on earth she is paid as much as Rafael Nadal.

Wimbledon starts in a few days’ time. If Sharapova and Nadal both go one step further than last year and win their finals, each would earn 1.15 million (NZ$2.3m).

In the name of equality the four tennis slams assert that Nadal and Sharapova are worth the same level of prize money. There’s one thing wrong with this piece of gender politics. It’s demonstrable nonsense. Here’s a question. How many women’s finals can you remember from the previous six years?

If you are a tennis nut, Belgian or Chinese you may just recall Kim Clijsters’ three-setter against Li Na in Melbourne last year. In 2010 Serena needed three sets to beat Justine Henin in Australia, but that’s about as far as the memory banks will go.

Hell’s bells, I attended three Wimbledon women’s finals in that time and I can scarcely remember a point. Delete the “scarcely”. I can’t remember a point. But there is good reason for this collective amnesia. The women’s final of the modern era tends to be a one-sided, crashing bore.

You have to go back to 2006 to find the last time the Wimbledon women’s final went to three sets. The French Open hasn’t had a three-setter since 2001. And quite staggeringly you have to travel back in time to 1995 to find the last women’s US Open final that went to three sets (Steffi Graf beats the post-stabbing Monica Seles in a thriller).

It’s a fair point, plus of course men must play best of five sets, not three, so equal prize money for unequal challenges seems wrong.

Back in 1968 Rod Laver was paid 2000 for winning Wimbledon and Billie Jean a mere 750. That pay inequality was a product of chauvinism. Did Laver put nearly as many as three times more bums on seats than Billie-Jean? Unlikely.

But the current equality is ludicrous.

I am quite sure that the top male models would like to be earning even half of the US$45 million that Gisele Bundchen is on. But it’s not going to happen. They just don’t have the same pulling power. This is the entertainment business, baby. Women football players (and I coach a girls’ football team for those bores who are reaching for the gender stereotypes) would love a piece of the 3 billion deal that the Premier League has just negotiated. Again, it’s not going to happen – lack of pulling power.

Will someone suggest the Silver Ferns be paid the same as the All Blacks in the name of equality?

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Heh

March 16th, 2012 at 5:12 pm by David Farrar

Sir Loin at Roarprawn blogs:

These men are sought in connection with a violent gang rape of Dunedin City Council ratepayers and BNZ shareholders last night. Another man, Steve Tew , is assisting police with their inquiries. Police advise members of the public that this organised criminal group is hazardous to local body financial health and should under no circumstances be approached. Any siting should be reported to 0800 ORFU FU.

“Otago Rugby Football Union Staff List and Office Holders

President Sir Eion Edgar
Vice President Adrian Read
Chairman Wayne Graham
Deputy Chairman Laurie Mains
Director Richard Bunton
Director Dave Callon
Director John Faulks 
Director Willis Paterson
Director Russell Cassidy
Director Andrew Rooney
Director John Hammer”

Heh, sadly true.

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RIP Jock Hobbs

March 13th, 2012 at 5:53 pm by David Farrar

The inevitable has happened and Jock Hobbs had died. For me it is especially poignant as Hobbs was All Black Captain when I was at secondary school and like most my age worshiped the All Blacks.

His contribution to NZ rugby administration is immense, and arguably unparalleled. His death is several decades too early. The most moving aspect of the Rugby World Cup for me was when Hobbs presented Richie McCaw with his 100th test cap. You could see how ill Hobbs was, and knew he couldn’t have much time to go.

Hobbs also had an interest in politics, and would have made an excellent MP and Minister if he had ever said yes to numerous entreaties to stand.

As always my condolences go out to his family, and close friends.

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We don’t lose for money

March 12th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

New Zealand Cricket says claims some New Zealand cricketers have been allegedly involved in match-fixing simply aren’t credible. …

Players for all the main cricketing nations took part, the bookmakers claimed, and New Zealanders were currently being offered to bookmakers to help fix matches.

One bookmaker claimed to have fixed matches with two New Zealand players – who he named – in 2010. The newspaper did not publish the names.

Last night New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association boss Heath Mills told the Herald the allegations were a slur on every player in New Zealand.

I don’t think our players throw games, because they get paid to do so. I think they just play like crap occasionally regardless of financial incentive!

 

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