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The European Athletic "Dream Team", after Barcelona 2010 Sport Championship Results

Written by ACM
Monday, 02 August 2010
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After several key MEPs' recent proposals to create a European "Dream Team", composed by Europe's Best Athletes (*), the Results of the 2010 European Athletics Championship, which has just been completed at Barcelona with the participation of 33 Countries, clearly indicate how this could be done :

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 - The FASTER Men and Women in Europe are French :

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Winning 3 Golden Medals out of 4 in the most prestigious 100m and 200m, in both Men and Women, France comes First in Europe, with the 2010 revelation, Young Christophe Lemaitre, (originating from Haute Savoie, not far away from Strasbourg), who marks a remarkable Triple Win in Both these two Top Sports, plus in Relay), and, among Women, Myriam Soumaré 1st Winner of 200m, Bronze in 100m (and Silver in Relay), together with Véronique Mang (No 2 Silver medal), preceded only by the excellent German runner Verena Sailer (No 1, Gold).
 
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The Fastest Team Spirit is also France's, Men and Women combined, witth a 1st Gold and 2nd Silver medals in Relay, respectively, thanks to succesful 4X100 Teams, (something which, surely, could teach a lot to some French Politicians back home)...

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French men are  the Faster even when they have to overcome various Obstacles, but also when they are Walking through the Longest ways, as Golden and Sliver medal winners Mekhissi and Tahri in 3.000m Steeplechase, as well as No 1 winner Diniz on 50 Kms Walk, respectively proved.

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-  But,  the Most Numerous Fast Running Women in all Europe, are unquestionably Russians, who win a Series of 6 Golden Medals (in 400m, 800m, 400m Hurdles, 3.000m SteepleChase, 20 Kms Walk, 4X400m. Relay), 4 Silver, and 4 Bronze, totalling 14 Medals in Track !

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Russian Women are Excellent in Walking Long ways extending many Kilometers (20 kms), Sport in which they succeeded to Win all 3 Ranks, both the 1st, 2nd and 3rd, getting all Medals, Golden, Silver and Bronze...

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Both Russian Men and Women are also the Fastest in Team work for Longer Distances, Winning Golden medals in both 4X400 Relays, (including Double Gold Winner also in 400m "solo", Tatyana Firova).
 
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But when it comes to Shorter distance, 4X100 Relay Team work, the Fastest Women are Ukranian, ... naturally closer to the EU.

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- British Men are Fast in Long Distances "solo", as proves the remarkable Double Win of Mo Farah in 5.000m and 10.1000m, followed by his compatriot Chris Thompson, (Silver).

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And this goes ....even when they have to Jump over Hurdles, (as attest David Greene and Rhys Williams' Gold and Silver medals in 400m H., but also Andy Turner's Golden in 110m Hurdles, followed in Silver by French Garfield Darien of France). 

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- German Women proved to be Excellent in extremely Differend situations :

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... Both "Solo", at a Short fast run in 100m, (where Gold was brillantly won by Verena Seiler),  but also Good in Collective, Team run for a 4X400m-Long Relay, (winning a Silver medal).

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- The Best Athlete in All Men's sports, unquestionably comes from France, with the Historic "Decathlon"'s Golden medal Winner Romain Barras.

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France also won Gold on Pole vault, with Renauc Lavillenie confirming that he's flying High.

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- But the Best Athlete in All Women's sports : Heptathlon, comes from Jamaica with a UK flag, thanks to Brittish Jessica Ennis, (closely followed by Ukranian Nataliya Dobrynska).

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- Propulsion, however, could be a .. German word :

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Javelin Throw is, indeed, mainly German, with a Double Win among Women (Linda Stahl for Gold, and Christina Obergfoell for Silver). added to Matthias de Zordo's Silver medal among Men, preceded by Andreas Thorkidsen from Norway.

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-  Hammer Throw was won also by German Betty Heidler, among Women, while Germans also win a Silver medal on Discus throw, preceded by Piotr Malachowksi's Gold for Poland.    - Even by Throwing ...himself as far away as possible, Long Jumb Winner Christian Reif, came also from Germany..

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- Best Man to Jump High up towards the stars, remains naturally Russian, Aleksander Shustov. 
 
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But among Women, it's Croatian Blanka Vlašić, who jumps Higher in 2010, (probably hoping that Croatia's well advanced EU accession bid would succeed to ..jump to conclusions soon)...

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Unless her other Croatian compatriot, Sandra Perković, helps to launch Zagreb's EU bid as forward as she did by winning at Barcelona the Discus Throw Golden medal..

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- Triple Jump is however, Ukranian, at least among Women, with Gold Winner Olha Saladukha, (may be inspired by Ukraine's wish to jump over EU's Neighborhood and Eastern Partnership policies towards future Enlargement to Kiev)..

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 - The most Resistant, Fast Running athlete : "Marathon" Winner Victor Roethlin, naturally comes from Switzerland's Heartland :

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Its "Geographical Center", the Obwalden region, at a splendid Green Environment made of pure Oxygen, Haut Plateaux, Forests, Lakes, Rivers, etc. up to Sunny Mountains Higher than 3.000m, giving eye-catching overviews to Luzern See, etc, (including the Historic Engelberg, where had reportedly arrived a famous Silbermann Organ from Strasbourg's area)... 
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A Timely .. "Refreshing" Finale for the Summer 2010 European Championship at Barcelona, which reportedly felt a bit the Heatwave which plunders Strasbourg' area since late June, exceptionally moving recently up to ...Moscow, in Record-breaking, suffocating Temperatures ! But, given the Short Time now available in August, obviously, in order to eventually transform Roethlin's Symbol into a practical Reality, would  require breaking other "Athletic Records"...

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- Last, but not least, a special medal for the most ...Funny Show, certainly deserves to be attributed to those who disguised ... Ethiopian-born, grown up and career Runners Elvan Abeylegesse and Alemitu Bekele, into ...so-called "Turkish" athletes, subsequently disguised, afterwards, even into (Pan)"European" ones !  Whoever got the original idea of doing that, obviously had a  real ...."sense of Humour"..

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 - In overall results, the more Numerous Winners Athletes in Europe are clearly Russians, who win the greatest Number of Medals, coming 1st in rank, with 10 Golden, (24 in total) !

France wins the 2nd rank among 25 Countries who won medals, with 8 Golden. It is followed by the UK at the 3rd rank with 6 Golden, and Germany as 4rth, with 4 Golden.

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In total, these First 4 Countries, clearly outnumber all other participants by the much Greater Quantity of Medals won (Golden, Silver and Bronze, taken all together) : From 16, 19 or 18 Medals (for Germany, UK, France), up to 24 (Russia).

Among the other medaled Countries, Poland won 9 Medals, Spain 8, Ukraine and Italy 6 each, etc, followed by Eighteen other European, PanEuropean or Neighbouring Countries, with fewer medals (from 1 to 4) such as : EU Member Countries Portugal (4), Belgium (3), Hungary (3), Netherlands (2), Romania (2), Ireland (1), Sweden (1), Finland 1), Chech Republiqe (1), Slovakia (1),  Lithuania (1), Latvia (1), Bulgaria (1),  as well as Switzerland (1), Norway (1), Croatia (2), and Belarus (4), even Azerbaidjan (1), Turkey (2), Ethiopia (2),  etc., totaling 141 Medals in all.

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At the overall "Placing Table", among the First Five are : Russia (54 Pl. - 262 Points in Total) and France (37 - 183), in the unquestionable 1st and 2nd Ranks, followed by a "Tight" race between the  UK (30 - 167) and Germany (32 - 152), as well as Spain (27 - 110).

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(Ukraine's Nataliya Dobrynska, challenging UK's Ennis won Silver at Heptathlon).
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Ukraine, Poland and Italy are closely disputing the 6th, 7th and 8th places, with 20-96, 22-96 and 24-92, respectively, while Belarus and Portugal complete the "First Ten" list, at the 9th and 10th place, (with 12-56 and 12-45), respectively.

Follow 23 more European, PanEuropean and other Neighbouring Countries, with 11 Pl. as fex. the Czech Republic, up to Cyprus, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Estonia, and even Azerbaidjan, with just 1 or 2 pl. each.                                     

(P.S. No medals were awarded to Athletes posing for Photographers specialized in "indiscreet" photos, but, considering the galoping Global Competition, nothing seems excluded in the future)...

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[(Note *) F.ex., among others, EU Parliament's greatest Group's, (ChristianDemocrats/European Popular Party : EPP), Bureau's Member, Head of the French Delegation,  MEP Jean-Pierre Audy,  a few Months earlier, counting the Number of  medals won ny European Athletes at International Sport Events, observed that Europe could  start playing an Important Role in World Sport issues, if it succeeded to unite all those outstanding Athletes together, in one way or another.
 
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Similar Views were expressed, at various occasions more recently, also by several other EU politicians.]  
 
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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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