A few stories from the Daily (Maybe) sports desk. I accept these links may tend towards the money, strikes and policemen hitting people type of stories rather than throwing balls and that, so sue me!
Harpy Marx has a good roundup of the cash cow Olympics, here.Africa;
Blood and Treasure also reports on the Games' frightening authoritarianism, here.
The Times, South Africa, has a report on sports coaches who have simply had enough and formed the Sports Trainers and Coaches Associated Workers Union, here.Rugby World Cup;
Although it's from a Tory I thought this piece on how MPs have tried to support Rwandan grassroots football was very worthwhile, here.
South African officials have claimed that the process to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup was biased in England's favour, here.Issues;
The Telegraph writes on sports teams so commercially successful they end up in the dullest league of their own, here.Coming up;
The Washington Post on athletes and aging, here.
This Saturday I'm attending a cricket match in aid of Iranian workers. Hands off the people of Iran are playing the Labour Representation Committee (team Captains Attila the Stockbroker and John McDonnell MP respectively). Come along, details here.And finally;
The Third Annual Neander Games is open to teams of stone masons who compete to throw rocks, smash rocks, and carry rocks, here.