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Johan Eske: Don't football stars care about the climate crisis?

Johan Eske: Don’t football stars care about the climate crisis?

Yes they do.

Just like the Swedish national football team players, they care about human rights and the right of everyone to love whoever they want. They just don’t show up for it.

The second introductory question shows how the situation is in the world of sport now that the most political football tournament (the men’s European Championship) has ended and the more politically open and tolerant Olympic Games have begun.

Appearing and taking a stand are not the same thing.

It may seem like taking a stand without showing that you don’t care.

Showing one thing is withdrawing from another that then no longer seems important. In sports, the fight for the climate is illuminated by its absence.

This is the back One of the growing manifestations in sports.

The danger is that you suffer what captain of the national football team Jan Andersson suffered after the European Championship. He clearly spoke that there were many things he took a stand for and was willing to fight against. However, he was not sure (and confirmed his uncertainty) that the matches were the place to protest.

This led to reckless misinterpretations that Anderson believed that footballers should only be footballers.

I’m totally in Janne Andersson’s line.

Athletes have to say and write what they think if they want, 2021 there are plenty of channels to choose from. Obviously, he doesn’t need to mention it.

However, I do not Wave when using the contest site to appear. There is always the risk that the opponent has objections and then the neutral rally point is replaced with an opinion platform.

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Then the danger increases that the sports arena’s status as a unique, neutral and peaceful meeting place will disappear. Instead, we’re getting more and more worrisome similar cases here in Japan. What has received very little attention.

It was an event that could threaten the entire sporting movement – no, it’s not an exaggeration – if it creates a major trend.

Algerian judoka Fethi Norine chose to refrain from competing here at the Tokyo Olympics for political reasons after the draw.

Reason: He managed to meet Israeli Tohar with a drum in the second round.

It was the same procedure after the same lottery during WC 2019.

Fathi Noreen Sad Nou Algerian television said its political support for Palestine made it impossible for it to compete with Israel.

– We worked hard to get to the Olympics. Noreen said the Palestinian struggle is more important than all of this.

This is not the first time that the conflict between Israel and Palestine has shaken the world of judo. In April, the Iranian Judo Federation was closed for four years after it was ordered to lose an asset at the 2019 World Cup in order not to face Israel.

Sport has always been political. Politicians have often used sports as their propaganda site. Not least because the Olympics were a big stage.

Not least, the major sports federations got rid of themselves when they allowed their leagues to grow so that only dictatorships could stage the scene.

new and serious With the judo issue is that the athlete didn’t just protest something. He was an athlete who didn’t want to compete against someone who represented something.

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Not being prepared to compete against anyone goes against the whole idea of ​​global sport.

The Algerian judoka is at great risk of punishment. Football players don’t do that.

The International Olympic Committee relaxed its rules ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Some protests and actions are OK if they happen before or after the match/competition.

It may not be conducted at award ceremonies and may not be directed at any particular countries, organizations or individuals.

The decision makes it possible On kneeling, for example. Something Sweden, Chile, New Zealand, USA and Great Britain did during the women’s soccer tournament.

“I think you should always, always, always – in the times you get it – be able to take a stand for human rights and against all forms of injustice,” goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl said before the Olympics premiere.

Pretending to kneel is not as obvious to everyone as taking a stand for human rights with words.

Kneeling bows are paired with Black Lives Matter. A movement whose founder, Patrice Collors, called its founders “intellectual Marxists”. BLM’s critics are often quick to make this statement.

It seems that many athletes who are standing one knee to the ground do not know or care about the origins of BLM.

It’s more common That capitalist athletes with varying political orientations are “taking their knees” from climate activists are athletes.

Hedvig Lindahl has flagged on her social media against the accidental use of plastic.

But if athletes really want to do something for the environment, they need to start spreading the branches they’re sitting on. like travels. and increasing the digitization in which they contribute through social media and live competitions.

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Norwegian soccer star Morten Thorsby is an exception. He thought about quitting smoking because of the impact of sports on the environment.

The debate about this effect started a lot – and then came the epidemic. When the world of sports starts to look more natural, the debate will start all over again.

finally: While transporting from the Sunday swimming competitions, I met two Frenchmen who were here on behalf of the Paris Olympic Organization. Their mission – to make Games 2024 smart energy.