But it’s a pity people here are complaining about the ref – from what I’ve seen we were the beneficiaries of poor decision making, not the other way around.
The All Whites took a shock lead after seven minutes when Shane Smeltz turned in Simon Elliot’s free kick from close range.
Replays showed that Smeltz was offside when Kiwi defender Winston Reid flicked the ball on to him, but the lineman’s flag stayed down.
The goal instigated a frenzied period of Italian pressure which eventually told when referee Carlos Batres awarded a penalty after defender Tommy Smith tugged at Daniele De Rossi’s shirt in the Kiwi’s penalty area.
Striker, Vincenzo Iaquinta stepped up and sent keeper Mark Paston the wrong way to level the scores.
A Chinese gymnast now living in Huntly, in the Waikato, has been stripped of an Olympic bronze medal this morning, for being too young during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee overnight announced it would strip China of its women’s gymnastics team bronze medal from the 2000 Games after finding competitor Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the time. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible.
Dong now lives in Huntly with her husband Terry, where she has been coaching gymnastics to three children at the local gymnastics club.
Huntly City Gymnastics made a submission to Waikato District Council’s policy committee last December asking for funding for extra equipment, saying that having an Olympic medallist in the club was “an opportunity to really launch the sport of gymnastics in the Huntly district”.
The submission said Dong had initially moved to New Zealand as a student and was currently on a 30-month working visa and applying for residency.
I suspect however that this is going to create a massive stink, since the Chinese government was in on the conspiracy.
Update: so, it was just the team bronze – ah well. But it does strengthen the other claims.
Update 2: Ok, the TV news says it was a result of the investigation into the 2008 frauds which actually uncovered this, not the fact she moved to NZ.
Well, Alinghi has been put in it’s place, thoroughly thrashed by Oracle’s better boat.
It’s a pity the series was only best of 3. Due to the dispute, the “original rules” applied to the race. What this effectively meant (as decided after the ’88 mismatch) was “build the biggest, fastest boat you can – so long as it’s wind powered”. Multihulls are faster than monohulls, so that’s what everyone goes with.
What you end up with is the equivalent of a 100m race with both athletes stuffed full of whatever performance enhancing drugs they can get their hands on.
Now with Alinghi and their attempts to skew the rules out of the way, we can get back to proper racing the way most people think of the America’s cup – a challenger series, meeting the winner of a defender’s series. Hopefully we can have a new class too, as the “fast spots” of the IACC rule are now quite well known, with only small performance enhancements possible. Alinghi had the right idea proposing one, but keeping the details to themselves (so they could test and build while everyone else was guessing) simply wasn’t on.
Let’s just hope there’s less legal machinations next time.
From what I’ve seen on the news, the Olympic torch passed peacefully through Canberra.
10,000 Chinese turned up to oppose any pro-Tibetan independence protests. I’ve heard they were students.
Well, 10,000 students’ just don’t wake up one day and decide to do something like that. There has to be organization, and it would appear that that organization was directed from the Chinese government.
I haven’t said much on Tibet, mainly because those protesting for independence are actually advocating a return to a past that is not much better (actually quite possibly much worse) than what is there now.
But it’s interesting to say the least that the Chinese have the ability to organize something like this. Actually, it’s just a little disquieting.
Biking can be dangerous. I used to bike some time ago, and the roads were quite dangerous then.
But since I stopped, I naturally assumed that things had gotten better.
I have to say, some of what’s on this doesn’t really phase me. I also wonder how much might be avoided by being a bit more aggressive – it’s easy to push a cyclist out of the way but most people wouldn’t run one over.
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