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Shanghai shows electric and hybrid cars

Shanghai must be the most perfect demonstration of the advantages of electric power for cars. In a city with 22 million inhabitants and three million cars, traffic is so bad that business hours have been staggered across the city to avoid gridlock. Coal-fired industry just adds to a smog problem which rivals Los Angeles in all its grimy yellow glory Writes Andrew NoakesContinue reading

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Breakaway clubs could harm football’s grass roots

Katarina Pijetlovic (photo Jens Astrup/Play the Game

Katarina Pijetlovic (photo Jens Astrup/Play the Game)

GRASS ROOTS football will be starved of vital cash if elite teams break away from UEFA, according to Estonian academic Katarina Pijetlovic writes Oyinlola Akinde. Continue reading

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Why sport is vital to national identity

SPORT HELPS people to form opinions of whole nations, according to two speakers at the Play the Game conference writes Danni Cox.

Russell Holden, Director of In The Zone, a sport and politics consultancy, said that commercialism and neo-liberalism are helping to project Wales as a nation and are also being used to generate income. Agim Islami of the Tennis Federation of Kosovo explained that his country was hoping international sport would play a similar role in its own national identity.

“We’ve been recognized by 60 countries but our sport is not still involved in international competitions,” said Islami. “The rules of every international federation state that we should be a member of United Nations and then our Olympic Committee will be accepted as a member with full rights in the IOC… otherwise our athletes will give up sport and turn towards crime and drugs which is not good for Europe and for us and for the world.”

Islami believes that getting support for Kosovan sport as soon as possible is essential for his country and the image it projects. “The image of the country is the state of the young generation. If you have a lot of drug abusers and crime your image will be as bad as possible so the sport we see as the means of smoothing down the economical problems, unemployment and the problems the new state is facing in the beginning.”

Holden’s experience in Wales confirms this point of view. “Sports are central to national identity, framing national identity and shaping national identity. It’s essential for projecting a country, and its people and its strengths and facilities and what it has to offer.”

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Corruption expert eyes IPL

CORRUPTION EXPERT Murali Krishnan insists the hugely-popular DLF Indian Premier League is wide open to bribery and corruption, after maintaining the laws the flagship Twenty20 competition currently has in place are ‘practically ineffective’ writes Iain Green.

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Cocaine a huge sports problem, says Donati

Sandro Donati at Play the Game 2009 courtesy of Jens Astrup

Sandro Donati at Play the Game 2009 courtesy of Jens Astrup

ALESSANDRO DONATI, head of research for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) believes ‘there is a cocaine problem in a huge amount of sports,’ with the Italian claiming the majority of athletes turn to drugs due to depression writes Iain Green. Continue reading

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Ronaldo deal ‘negative’ for football, says Chadwick

Professor Simon Chadwick (photo Coventry University)

Professor Simon Chadwick (photo Coventry University)

CRISTIANO RONALDO’s record-breaking move from the Premier League to La Liga could have huge negative knock on effects according to Simon Chadwick, professor of sport business strategy at Coventry University writes Steven Carpenter.

Earlier this month Chadwick told BBC Sport that Real Madrid’s spending spree would continue after the capture of Brazilian playmaker Kaka and today his predictions were proved correct.

Earlier today, Real Madrid signed the Portuguese international for a reported fee of £80million. Chadwick feels the move will have a knock-on effect for poorer clubs not just in Spain and England, but all over Europe. Continue reading

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EAA director admits smoking dope

EUROPEAN ELITE Athletes Association president Yves Kummer smoked marijuana but didn’t enjoy it because he ‘couldn’t inhale,’ writes Danni Cox. Continue reading

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