Incoming Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who won his seat of power earlier this month, believes his country should compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, “and as a neighbor should do everything to ensure that Games are conducted peacefully and without any accidents,” he said Tuesday in news conference.
His predecessor, President Mikheil Saakashvili, was considering a boycott of the Games due to on-going diplomatic tension resulting from a five-day war between the countries in 2008, so this is a welcomed turn, especially since Sochi sits about eight miles from the border, up the coast of the Black Sea.
Russia suffered through a boycott at their last hometown Games when 65 countries including the United States sat out the 1980 Moscow Olympics in protest. To combat that memory, organizers aimed the last bit of the Sochi 2014 slogan — roughly translated “Hot.Cool.Yours.” — at the hope and belief that this would be an all-inclusive Olympic Games. Looks like we’re on our way.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The world’s best known Olympic historian says it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
David Wallechinsky tells The Associated Press that “the only time the Games have been cancelled is in war — World War I and World War II. Other than that, nothing has done it.”
Wallechinsky says “it’s pretty late to move the Games, so I’m sure they’ll go forward” and open Aug. 5.
Brazil is the epicenter of the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne Zika epidemic, which is also generating rumors that South America’s first Games may be called off.
Brazil’s sports minister says that canceling the Games “is not in discussion,” and Rio organizers and the IOC have repeatedly shot down the notion it’s even being considered.
“Race,” a film about 1936 Olympic legend Jesse Owens‘ triumphs in the face of Nazi Germany, hits theaters Feb. 19.
In the above clip, Owens competes in long jump qualifying after receiving a tip from fellow jumper German Luz Long to avoid fouling on his last attempt to advance to the final.
Owens would then beat Long in the final, though the pair forged a friendship.
In other clips, Owens, played by Stephan James, speaks with his Ohio State coach, Larry Snyder, played by Jason Sudeikis. Watch that here.
Also, Owens discusses taking part in the Olympics amid racial prejudice in the U.S. Watch that here.
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