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Sport / Olympics


31 August 2016

Invest in grassroots sports needs

Britain's second-place finish in the Olympic table has been used widely by the establishment as a show of the greatness of British sport and successful investment strategies. But the reality is far from this image.

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24 August 2016

Would you call G4S for help over discrimination?

The Tories have handed the contract for the government's Equality Advisory and Support Service discrimination helpline to notorious privatisers G4S.

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27 July 2016

Barcelona 1936: the people's Olympics

For a brief moment 80 years ago, in a hint of what Spain as a whole would become, Barcelona became the focus of opposition to fascism. In July 1936, 6,000 athletes arrived in the city, greeted by banners and bunting welcoming them. They were no ordinary athletes; the socialist hurdlers and the anarchist shot putters were there for the Olimpiada Popular, the People's Olympiad.

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11 May 2016

Film review: Eddie the Eagle

Tribute to working class Olympic spirit: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part... the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."

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18 November 2015

Athletics doping scandal: big business profits behind global sports corruption

In a dramatic move, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF - the world's governing sports body) has provisionally suspended the Russian athletics federation. This follows a damning report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accusing the Russians of "state-sponsored doping".

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Brighton Socialist Party members taking part in a Birhgton LGBT solidarity protest on the opening day of the 2014 winter Olympics, photo Serena Cheung

12 February 2014

Brighton solidarity with LGBTQ+ Russians

On the first day of the Sochi Olympics, over 100 people in Brighton showed solidarity with people being oppressed as a result of Russia's anti-gay laws

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5 February 2014

Sochi winter Olympics - -breaking all records!

When the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2014 winter Olympics to the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, eyebrows were raised at the cost of $12 billion

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14 August 2013

London Olympics legacy - one year on

Who can forget the tremendous excitement of last year when Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, David Weir and Jessica Ennis scorched around the track, of Michael Phelps and Ellie Simmonds in the pool and Bradley Wiggins winning gold in the cycling time trial? Chris Newby, London Socialist Party, writes.

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22 August 2012

The Olympics: Sport for all, or just for the elite?

The Olympics were enthusiastically enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people. But estimates are that a medal won by Team GB at the London 2012 Games cost an average of just over 4.5 million from government...

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London Olympics opening ceremony

London Olympics opening ceremony

8 August 2012

Views on the Olympics and the opening ceremony

The reaction of the right wing to the Olympics opening ceremony says it all. It was attacked in a racist, reactionary, anti-working class article in the Daily Mail (later taken down from the paper's website...

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3 August 2012

Transport 'customer experience' staff still fighting for Olympics bonus

RMT union members in Transport for London (TfL) "Customer Experience" centres held their second day of strike action on Friday 3 August to fight for an Olympics recognition reward

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25 July 2012

TV review: "What have the Olympics done for me?"

BBC Three's Free Speech series recently held a discussion on the Olympic Games. The main topic was on the question "what have the Olympics done for me?", writes Paul Callanan, Youth Fight for Jobs national organiser.

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25 July 2012

Pre-emptive arrests: "straight out of 1984"

Straight out of 1984, on the morning of last year's Royal Wedding, protesters were pre-emptively arrested by the London Met police to prevent them organising anti-monarchy political activity or attending republican festivities on the day, writes Ian Pattison, East London Socialist Party.

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25 July 2012

Olympic Watch

Slum living: One toilet between 25, one shower between 75, overcrowding and leaking roofs - these are the conditions facing the cleaners employed at the Olympic site...

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Youth Fight for Jobs 'Austerity Games', 23.7.12, photo Paul Mattsson

24 July 2012

Austerity Games highlights plight of young people

As the world's eyes focus on the Olympics, young people from across the country arrived on Hackney Marshes, east London, to compete in the alternative Austerity Games.

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24 July 2012

Support PCS Home Office group in battle against cuts

PCS and the Home Office group in particular are being attacked in relation to their possible strike this week...

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TUSC campaigning at the Olympic Park during the London Assembly elections 2012, photo London Socialist Party

Protest at the Olympic Park

18 July 2012

Olympics: The greatest sporting, and money-making, show on earth

World records will not be the only things broken at this year's Olympic and Paralympic games. Promises for a lasting legacy - affordable housing, decent jobs, increased sports participation, and the rest - are being broken, too.

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Westfield Stratford: Olympic Park security measures in operation

Westfield Stratford: Olympic Park security measures in operation

18 July 2012

Olympics G4S scandal shows failure of privatisation

The government's insistence on outsourcing the Olympic Games security to private company G4S has backfired spectacularly...

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18 July 2012

Olympic-watch

Exploitation: Olympics sponsor Adidas, whose workers make the uniforms for Britain's Olympics Team, is being investigated by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) after it emerged that it pays its garment workers in Cambodia 10.00 for working a 48 hour week, writes Dave Younger.

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18 July 2012

Bosses bank in on corporate olympics - we get austerity!

A staggering 24 billion is expected to be spent on the Olympic Games, but young people face little enjoyment and no long term benefit from this costly outlay, writes Suzanne Beishon, London organiser, Youth Fight for Jobs and Education.

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