2019.10.10 10:47 Menbeely71 Tokyo Games Endangered: no fair play?
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We are just several months away from the begging of the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. Preparation is in full swing, sports facilities are being prepared or are already ready handed over. The Olympic village is almost brought to brilliance. Most of the work has already been done and everything is almost ready for the most important competition of the four-year period.
However, this is not quite true. No matter how much we talk about the Games in common, about the work of architects, volunteers and global companies. The issue is that the Games cannot go smoothly if the leadership of all world Sports struggle with chaos, confusion and mess. There is no clear understanding of the direction in which the world sports movement should develop, there is no tough policy regarding violation of anti-doping rules. Moreover, the IOC leadership in general is not taking part in solving critical issues of modern sports.
Currently, two structures rule the Sports in general: IOC and WADA. These organizations, which must ensure the impartiality and purity of world sports, are in fact not so impartial. WADA, since the moment of foundation received funding from the International Olympic Committee ($ 18.3 million per year). Currently, the IOC finances WADA only in a half. The rest part is received from governments around the world. You do not have to be a great detective to find out that the bulk of the money comes from the United States, Britain and Canada. The United States is the largest sponsor of WADA - about 7 percent of the agency’s total budget. However, in May 2019, it became known that the United States may make any funding increases for the World Anti-Doping Agency conditional on governance reforms and greater transparency:
“We need to make sure that consolidating this funding will enable a more rigorous review process for any proposed increases in WADA dues amounts. This will ensure that WADA operates with increased transparency and begins to utilize models of good governance, including addressing potential conflicts of interest and increasing the role of athletes in agency decision-making.”
If this statement is not considered as an attempt to put pressure on an “independent” organization, then we can forget about the belief in the impartiality of the world sports movement.
Let’s move to the International Olympic Committee. The situation is much more interesting here. The IOC's sole source of funding is the private sector. The IOC launched an Olympic partnership program targeted at large international corporations. For significant money, sponsors receive the exclusive status of the Games partner. A separate company is promoting Olympic symbols. The IOC works closely with large sports companies, promoting products not only for professional, but also for mass sports. IOC revenue is estimated at tens of billions of dollars. Needless to say, most companies are located in the American continent.
At the first glance, the whole picture is blurred for an average person, but with a more detailed look it becomes crisp and clear. Decisions are made by people who are somehow connected with the "omnipotent American machine” either in the IOC, or WADA. America can easily help concrete athletes, and trample others, cover doping failures of the necessary ones, and flaunt even the slightest violations of arch rivals.
In order not to stoop to unfounded accusations, let us recall the situation that occurred in the early summer of 2019. The Athletes for CARE, a non-profit organization that advocates for research into cannabis as a treatment for brain injury and other health issues, published an open letter to WADA, signed by 150 athletes, on the legalization of cannabis in world sports. Mike Tyson, Jake Plummer, Ricky Williams and Floyd Landis are among more than 150 current and former athletes (football players, rugby players, cyclists) who support a petition to remove marijuana from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited substances list. 2/3 of the athletes are Americans. It’s worth adding that the organization itself is also based in the United States. In the USA, Canada and some “progressive countries” of Europe, marijuana is legalized. This is the business of the countries themselves and their citizens. However, the legalization of drug substances in sports is a completely different story. What about athletes from most countries where marijuana is prohibited by law? Americans do not care.
However, the United States loves to act not directly, but through various organizations and movements. Thus, at the end of September 2019, the Global Athlete movement urged WADA President Sir Craig Ridi, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli and WADA Compliance Committee Chairman Jonathan Taylor to immediately resign from their posts. According to the participants of the movement, the leadership of WADA could not protect pure athletes, stop the constant corruption of the Olympic movement, establish communication with the community of athletes, provide a credible path forward and did not take decisive measures to eliminate systematic failures. One thing is clear in this situation: WADA needs to be reformed. Without it, athletes will not be able to confidently say that the Games are held in a competitive and fair play.
However, it is clear that the American plans to reform WADA and provide the agency with independence from the IOC will make modern sport even more corrupt and dependent. European representatives in the IOC, as well as members of the National Olympic Committees, should take a clear position in protecting the global sports movement. They should advocate for reform of the international anti-doping control system, as well as form an independent anti-doping authority under the auspices of the IOC, which will not depend on US hegemony.
Without these measures, no competition can be considered as fair, and the results as unbiased. If all power is in the hands of the United States, there can be no question of protecting the interests of athletes from other countries.
2019.01.30 15:52 santaschesthairs 2019 is looking to be a really, really exciting year for film. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 50+ upcoming original/adapted films that are showing real promise, and 25+ major franchise/sequel films. Includes summaries, links, and details. Enjoy!
A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a bizarre and violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult.Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper.
Army Corps engineer Roy McBride embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years ago while searching for signs of alien life.Directed by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga.
Modern-day murder mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunit style.Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi, Ozymandias). Starring Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette.
A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.Directed by Greta Gertwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel and Bob Odenkirk.
Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette.
Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.Directed by the Safdie brothers. Starring Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield and The Weeknd.
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.Directed by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison.
Follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.Directed by James Mangold. Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Tracy Letts.
Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Starring Emma Thompson Mindy Kaling.
A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning,James Marsden, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Damon Herriman and Scoot McNairy.
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker.
The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.
A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Robert Pattinson.
Told through real wartime letters, this love story finds a couple in conflict with the members of their close-knit town, their church, their government, and even their friends — all of which brings them to a dramatic choice.Directed by Terrence Mallick. Starring August Deihl and Valerie Pachner.
A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.Directed by Julius Onah. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer.
A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.Directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade.
The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.Directed by Alma Har’el. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and yada yada.
The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run.Directed by Melina Matsoukas. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.Directed by Lulu Wang. Starring Awkwafina.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton (as Elton), Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.Directed by John Crowley. Cast includes Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, Oakes Fegley, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald and Nicole Kidman.
A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.Directed by Jason Orley. Starring Pete Davidson and Griffin Gluck.
Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.Directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal.
A dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.
An unlucky-in-love university professor creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn’t match any of his “requirements”, but might be the perfect woman for him.Directed by Ben Taylor. Starring Ryan Reynolds.
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.Directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Isla Fisher.
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an expected incident.Directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong and Choi Woo-shik.
A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.0Directed by Grant Sputore. Starring Hillary Swank , Clara Rugaard-Larsen and Rose Byrne.
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.Directed by Joe Berlinger. Starring Lily Collins, Zac Efron and John Malkovich.
In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie.
Memoria revolves around a character (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) who suffers from exploding head syndrome, a psychological condition in which a person experiences loud noises when falling asleep or waking up.Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar.
When architect-turned-recluse Bernadette Fox goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee goes on a quest with Bernadette’s husband to find her.Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Cate Blanchett ,Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne.
The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968).Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper.
During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Dean, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity.Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11). Starring André Holland Zazie Beetz Jeryl Prescott Kyle MacLachlan Caleb McLaughlin Zachary Quinto.
A young couple not ready to expect their first baby track down a cradle, only to make a discovery that will change their family forever.Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Starring Jack O'Connell and Lily Collins.
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Wyatt Russell.
Henry Brogen, an aging assassin tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.Directed by Joe Talbot. Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan and Tichina Arnold.
In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell William and Hayley Atwell.
A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock and Judith Light.
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England and Nadia Townsend.
Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.Directed by Taiki Watiti. Starring Taiki Watiti (as Adolf Hitler), Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Alfie Allen.
Two siblings spend the night alone with their new stepmother. Stuck in a remote mountain cabin, the trio are terrorised by a supernatural force.Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher and Lia McHugh.
World War I film. Plot unknown.Directed by Sam Mendes. Cinematography by Roger Deakins.
Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.Directed by S. Craig Zahler. Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Jennifer Carpenter.
An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life.Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring Brie Larson and Jesse Plemons.