Published on Feb 22, 2013
On the eve of nuclear talks, international athletes square off in friendly competition.
Published on Feb 17, 2013
http://www.euronews.com/ Olympic heroes lead the way in school
Is taking part in school sport just a matter of keeping fit, or are there more unexpected benefits? And what of those pupils who want to make a career out of sport do they also need a good education?
Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Ian Thorpe conquered the world in their chosen sports, swimming and athletics.
The two sporting heroes advocate sport on the school curriculum and recall their days in the classroom.
*Beating the bullies through sport*
Sports lessons can tackle the problems of bullying and bad behaviour in school helping young people channel aggression and anger into healthy competition. A project in the USA is leading the way and shows why which shows why playing games matters in school matters.
*Sowing the seeds of excellence in Senegal*
Basketball is the key for a better future. That’s the belief behind the Seeds Academy, based 70km from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. It is where teenagers come to practice their favourite sport, and prepare for what might be their future career. Sacrifice, rigour and discipline are the key values at this academy.
Published on Feb 2, 2013
Brazilian graffiti artist, Toz, is painting a giant mural in Rio de Janeiro’s port region, as the area gears up for the 2016 Olympics.
A giant and colorful mural is bringing a bit of life to Rio de Janeiro’s poor port region. The area is being renewed for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The vibrant artwork is courtesy of Brazilian graffiti artist Toz who, together with his friends, is filling the 98-foot tall mural with bright colors and random caricatures.
The artwork is already the biggest of its kind in the city, and was commissioned by Lojas Americanas and B2W, two of the biggest brands in Brazil, which own the building where the mural is being painted.
[Toz, Brazilian Graffiti Artist]:
“My vision was to design something where there was enough space for my artist friends to showcase their work and also for me expose my work. That’s why I had this idea of these triangles, as if they were small windows into different worlds and ideas.”
To fill the space, Toz and eight other artists have used 1500 cans of spray paint so far.
Rio still has some way to go to catch up to other world cities, such as London and Berlin, when it comes to street art, but Toz believes the talent and the spaces are there.
[Toz, Brazilian Graffiti Artist]:
“Graffiti was born in those areas—the more distant and neglected areas—and today here we are, painting the side of a building, so I think not just here, but in any place which is destroyed and neglected is a perfect place for graffiti artists.”
For the people who work and live in the area, the colorful mural is a pleasant addition to the bleak surroundings.
[Carlos Magno, Construction Worker]:
“It used to be an ugly building, but now it can even become a tourist attraction, I think it’s cool.”
Rio de Janeiro’s port region will be one of the focal points of the 2016 Olympic Games.
City servants are investing millions of real (pronounced re-Al) in new transport links, road works and new housing, to accommodate the thousands of visitors expected during the summer of 2016.
Published on Oct 10, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
The sport of chess boxing may sound like a joke, but its competitors take it very seriously. It is billed as the ultimate test of physical and mental strength. As Al Jazeera’s Jessica Baldwin reports from London’s Royal Albert Hall, audiences are growing and organisers are predicting a new craze.
Jai Alai might be the fastest ball sport in the world, or the fastest ball sport failing to gather a crowd. It was born in Europe’s Basque country and transported to the United States, where, for a time, it was a popular betting sport, especially in Florida. But as Selah Hennessy discovered in Orlando, Florida, jai alai is struggling to bring in the fans, despite the high dangers involved in playing.
Nov 28, 2011
Roller derby was once a popular sport for men and women in the United States until it fizzled out a few decades ago. Then, about ten years ago, it was revived in Austin, Texas, as an amateur sport for women. Since then, it has spread all over the U.S.A. Selah Hennessy went to the national roller derby championship in Denver and caught up with the “Texecutioners” – the roller girls from Texas, where the sport was reborn.
Feb 10, 2012
Deborah Acosta discusses how Miami keeps ranking at the bottom of the barrel on recent national lists, including most miserable, and vainest city in the US.