Afghanistan national football team before match with Japan, 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, Azadi Stadium, Tehran. Photo by Javid Nikpour for Tasnim News Agency. CC 4.0 International License. In the end, the final of the Afghan Premier League’s (APL) championship was more of a night party than a sporting spectacle. ThatRead More →

‘No To the Stadium’ – Photo courtesy of ‘Residents Against the Stadium’ Facebook page A Melbourne lawn bowls club has lost its struggle to save its home of 60 years. Despite a concerted social media campaign, the local Stonnington Council has voted 6 – 3 to replace the Chadstone BowlsRead More →

The World Cup 2010 Jabulani Ball. Photo by Tai Gray, CC BY-SA 2.0. On the night of October 10, 2017, a sprinkling of football enthusiasts went to the Ato Boldon Stadium in central Trinidad to see a World Cup qualifier match between Trinidad and Tobago and the USA. The smallRead More →

“Ryuga Akaishi, 15, is a Wheelchair Basketball Player from Japan, the youngest member of the Saitama Lions sitting basketball team in Tokyo.” Screencap from Olympic Channel (YouTube). Last year I commented on Japan’s poor showing at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. While the Japanese Paralympic team won 10 silver andRead More →

National Stadium in Lima, Peru, where the match between Peru and Colombia’s national teams will take place on October 11. Image on Flickr by user Christian Córdova (CC BY 2.0). Lately, “We depend on us” is the most heard phrase all over Peruvian media, whether sports-related or not. After 35Read More →

A television image taken from the PyeongChang Organizing Committee website. Caption (top-right): “Why was Japan omitted from a map on the official PyeongChang 2018 Olympic website? Japanese government protests.” Screencap from ANN official YouTube channel. The omission of Japan from a map on the official web page of the upcoming 2018Read More →