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

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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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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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