Fill Al-Rayyan Stadium in Doha

1.2 million workers in Qatar are prohibited from joining a trade union, in violation of international rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. 94% of working people in Qatar are migrant workers, with no rights at work.

Qatar controversially won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and plans to spend over $100 billion on stadiums and other World Cup projects. Thousands of extra workers will be needed for these huge building projects over the next ten years.

We want people to know about the problems facing workers in Qatar, where more people will die building the World Cup infrastructure than will play in the World Cup.

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Fill Al-Rayyan Stadium in Doha | act.equaltimes.org.

Para-triathlon worlds to draw attention in Auckland | IPC

Para-triathlon worlds to draw attention in Auckland | IPC.

With para-triathlon set to make its Paralympic Games debut at the Rio 2016 Games, Monday’s (22 October) 2012 ITU Para-Triathlon World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand have a lot of buzz surrounding them.

There will be 109 athletes from 21 different countries competing in the Championships, many of whom crossed over from other sports and are now aiming to qualify for Rio 2016.

Guatemalan Olympic walker features in Peace and Sport Image of the Year 2012

Erick Barrondo, Olympic Medalist Race Walker, wins The Peace and Sport Image of the Year Award

More than 15,000 fans voted online to pay tribute to the inspiring message of peace shared by the Guatemalan athlete at the 2012 Olympic Games

Monaco – October 17, 2012  Pernilla Wiberg, Alpine ski Olympic Champion and “Champion for Peace” has yesterday unveiled the 2012 Peace and Sport’s Image of the year Award to Guatemalan Olympian Erick Barrondo during the Georges Bertellotti’s Golden Podiums at the 2012 SportelMonaco.

Erick Barrondo

Erick Barrondo won the Silver medal in the Men’s 20km Race Walk at the London Games, becoming the first ever Olympic Medalist from Guatemala. The picture of the 21 years old athlete has conquered the hearts of sports fans worldwide: 69 % of the 15,359 voters chose his victory photo as the most iconic demonstration that sport can foster Peace in the world and encourage unity between divided communities.

He dedicated his historic race to his young countrymen back home just after he crossed  the finish line on August 4, 2012. Mr. Barrondo said, “It’s well known that Guatemala has problems with guns and knives. I hope that this medal inspires the kids at home to put down guns and knives and pick up a pair of trainers instead. If they do that, I will be the happiest guy in the world.”.

Champion for Peace Pernilla Wiberg declared, “The picture chosen as the ‘Peace and Sport’s 2012 Image of the year’ depicts Victory – a victory over pain, hate and terror. Erick Barrondo, the athlete on the picture may not have won the Gold medal. But his Silver medal will forever stay engraved in his country’s history as well in our memories because he was carrying a strong and moving Peace message. Erick Barrondo has not been the most acclaimed nor mediatized athlete in London but to my eyes, he has been one of the most iconic. As a Champion for Peace, I make the pledge he will be listened to. His medal can change the life of his fellow countrymen in Guatemala. It can contribute to make their dream for a solid and sustainable peace come true.”

Peace and Sport President Joel Bouzou added, “I remember Erick’s inspiring Peace message during the London 2012 Olympic Games. His statement, a few minutes after the finish line, shows how much he considers his race was more than sport. It is essential for our movement that athletes from all over the world and especially Olympians join us to carry the torch. Their engagement is a formidable message of hope. I am delighted his picture has moved such a great number of voters worldwide.”

The 2012 Peace and Sport’s Image of the Year Award contest was conducted through an online voting process of fans worldwide. More than 15,000 internet users participated by choosing between four different nominated photos presented on the Peace and Sport website. Erick Barrondo’s winning photo succeeds in the Award history to the image of Afghan NGO Skateistan chosen in 2011.  The official Award will be presented to Mr Barrondo during the 2012 Awards Ceremony to be held on November 1stat the Peace and Sport International Forum in Sochi, Russia. 2012 is the 5th year the Image of the Year Award has been given in partnership with SportelMonaco.

(Press release from Peace and Sport. Source:)

Bulldogs post Grand Final statement – Bulldogs

Bulldogs post Grand Final statement – Bulldogs.

Statement released by the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs on 9 October 2012:

After consultation with the NRL, the Canterbury Bulldogs have today advised they will contribute $30,000 to a nominated NRL charity as part of the Club’s contrition toward their handling of post Grand Final celebrations.

In accepting the contribution as appropriate, the NRL has warned that all clubs must be accountable in ensuring that all functions are managed in a professional manner at all times.

The money will be paid by way of a donation to charities agreed by the NRL, with all players contributing in line with a resolution proposed by the Bulldogs playing group.

Today’s decision follows an extensive review process that included the Club’s own internal report, video evidence, an independent security report requested by the NRL and a review of media footage.

The reports establish that:

• Some of the comments reported by the media were incorrectly recounted and should not, on the evidence since provided, be construed as having been directed to the reporters
• Irrespective of any arguments as to whether other remarks were directed to the media the language was unquestionably offensive, loud and left open to interpretation
• At the same time at least some players and guests were interacting with media representatives in a manner that could be taken as threatening
• The Bulldogs club was aware of the presence of media cameras and the likelihood of their actions being recorded
• There were a number of statements and hand gestures directed towards the media by those at the club

• The club did not take adequate steps to ensure that its representatives behaved in a responsible and professional manner.

ARLC Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, said that it was time for the term ‘Mad Monday’ to be scrapped from the game:

“People should be able to celebrate the end of a season but regardless of whether it is at the end of the season or any other time of the year they have a responsibility to abide by the game’s agreed code of behaviour.

“There is no place for ‘mad’ behaviour at any level in our game. Calling something ‘Mad Monday’ is almost an excuse to go over the top and it is time for clubs across all levels of the game to seriously review how end of year celebrations are planned.

“The focus needs to be more about modifying actual behaviour rather than keeping the public away.

“The management of the function and the interaction with the media was in this case inappropriate.

“Regardless of arguments about who the statements were directed towards the language used was offensive, threatening and open to interpretation by anyone in hearing range.

“We accept that the club has recognised this and their contribution to a nominated charity partner demonstrates a suitable outcome for all parties.”


Bulldogs Chief Executive, Mr Todd Greenberg, said today that the club deeply regretted the damage caused to the club and the game:

“We are the first to admit that we should have handled things better

“After completing a thorough investigation, I am now aware of every comment made. I am aware of every person that comments were attributed to and the context in which those comments were made. The players and staff have all been forthcoming with the information and honest in their discussions.

“It is clear that there were a number of inaccuracies in the media reporting but the players are gutted and are deeply concerned that language used within the room has been interpreted as having been directed to the media.

“There was a lot of sledging going on between the players and they used language that was inappropriate.

“This is something that the whole club, the players and administration, have to take responsibility for and that is why the whole club will make a contribution to an NRL nominated charity.

“It would not be helpful or fair to single any one name out and it can only produce a result that will be disproportionate with the actions of any individual.

“This is the result of the behaviour of a number of persons not anyone specifically.

“Players and staff answer to me as Chief Executive.

“The Club will engage them individually within their contractual terms and within the Club’s Code of Conduct. That is good business practice and is in line with the way we manage our Football Club.”