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  • Media Watch -- Russian Media Storm; FIFA World Cup; Glasgow 2014


    08/20/13

    Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro sports a rainbow manicure during competition in Moscow. (Getty Images)
    Russia and Olympic Committees Under Pressure

    Paul Newberry calls on athletes  to “take a stand in Sochi” in an article written for the Associated Press.

    Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro sported rainbow-colored nails during competition at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships. Tregaro was told the “rainbow motif” could violate the championships’ code of conduct.

    Newberry compares Tregaro’s rainbow-colored nails to John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s raised hands during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He encourages athletes at the Sochi Olympics to adopt Carlos and Smith’s courage and wind up on the “right side of history.”

    BuzzFeed says Tregaro’s rainbow manicure was “the first sign of the coming storm” the IOC will face in Sochi. The IOC enforces a rule banning political propaganda at Olympic sites, but also has a rule mandating that it "act to oppose any discrimination.” The pressure is on the IOC now to decide how to implement its rules in the wake of Russia’s crackdown on “non-traditional sexual relations.”

    The kiss that became "a global controversy." (Getty Images)
    The Russian women's 4x400m relay team took gold on Saturday at the World Championships. Two team members, Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, exchanged a kiss while on the medal podium.

    Leonid Bershidsky discusses the “congratulatory kiss that became a global controversy” in an editorial written for Bloomberg. According to Bershidsky, Russia only has itself to blame for this recent media storm.

    The Australian features an article published by Ben Hoyle in The Times. Hoyle sits down with 19-year old Ruslan, who likes Lady Gaga and fashion photography. He also reveals that right now he’s “not so keen” on being a young gay man in Russia.

    Savvy social media users implore Olympic sponsors to end partnerships with Sochi. Messages from activists on social media outweigh sponsors’ promotional Olympic content. An article in The Huffington Post covers ways that sponsors can protect their trademarks and effectively use social media to generate “honest communication” with the community.

    Pravda questions whether the West will utilize the Sochi Olympics “to settle scores with Russia.” A precursor this year for the Sochi Games was the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. According to Pravda, the Western media downplayed the event’s importance and success. The focus instead was on the Russian government and how athletes responded to its gay propaganda ban.

    Scott Wooledge calls the United States Olympic Committee and the IOC “out of touch with reality” in an article written for The Huffington Post. Wooledge reports on the Russian government’s response to inquiries into its recent controversial legislation and moreover why the Olympic Committees are “disgracing the 2014 Winter Olympics.”

    The New York Times reports on an unfortunate Olympic tradition: “the displacement of the poor.” So far, construction in Sochi has displaced thousands of residents from their homes. Many more Russian citizens may be forced to make way for Olympic sites as Sochi prepares for the most expensive Winter Games in history.

    Troubling Ticket Sales

    2010's FIFA World Cup Final between the Netherlands and Spain. (Getty Images)
    The Market Place Morning Report discusses the “steep learning curve” for football fans looking to secure tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The new ticket lottery opens Tuesday, but presents fans with a “confusing path” to purchasing and receiving tickets.

    A recent stunt from Olympic swimmer Michael Jamieson aimed to “create a splash” about the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games ticket sales. And it worked – a little too well. An editorial in the Herald Scotland describes what happened when masses of sports fans logged online to purchase tickets for the potentially “first-class” event.

    In Other News
    • In 1920, a record 53,000 spectators gathered at Everton's Goodison Park in the United Kingdom for a women’s football match. Last year, that record was topped as more than 70,000 fans filled Wembley Stadium during the London Olympics. Paula Cocozza writes for The Guardian and explores why “92 years had to pass before the women's game could muster the sort of following that Dick, Kerr's Ladies (DKL) football team gathered in the early part of last century.”
    • The three year countdown begins for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Alarm bells went off when the head of the Olympic Public Authority in Rio de Janeiro recently resigned. The Boston Globe reports on “troubling signs” for the Rio Olympics as the IOC even questions whether Brazil will get “everything built in time.”
    Compiled by Nicole Bennett.

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