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

Parašė ACM
Monday, August 02, 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 official presentation of a "Program" respecting People's choices voted in the June 7, 2009 EU Elections, to be debated in EU Council and EU Parliament during its 1st Session on July in Strasbourg, is the No 1 Priority, according to Democratic principles, for the Franco-German axis, said the main winners at the ballot box, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel.

They stressed  that the New EU Commission's President must have a "Program" in favor of an EU which "protects" its Citizens, regulates financial markets and aims at a "Political" Europe" : a wording they have used as incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

They also declared ready for a "political" endorsment of "Mr. Barroso's candidacy" in June's EU Council, considering that an official decision would have to be made after EU Parliament's debates and votes, possibly from next month (July), with the legally necessary final acceptance shortly after Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, hoped for September or October.


- "A Program, and Mr. Barroso" : This resumes, in substance, the anouncements made by Sarkozy and Merkel, on the question of current EU Commission's President, Barroso's declared wish to succeed to himself for a second mandate, to be extended during the following 5 years.

 In their 1st meeting after EU Elections, they observed that "the Franco-German axis counted in European Elections' campaign... But, we both keep a realistic view : We saw the number of those who abstained, and we must absolutely give them an answer. We also see the disilusionment of an important number of Europeans vis a vis Europe, and we are aware of the responsibilities we have".

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 - The "Duty" of the new EU Commission's President, after June 7, 2009 EU Elections' result, "is to act for a Europe which protects the Europeans, to commit himself into working for a better Regulation of Financial transactions, ... and to have a Political will for Europe", underlined Sarkozy.

Therefore, "we have asked M. Barroso... to clarify, to officialy present the intentions he has", he anounced.

- "We want to speak also about the Programme", explained Merkel.

- "It's important that for the next EU Parliament's mandate (2009-2014) we take the right Decisions for Europe.  Obviously on Persons, but mainly Decisions on Issues", she stressed.

- "It's not simply a question of a Person, it's also a question of a Programme". We are "really asking Mr. Barroso to commit himself on a Program, and on Principles, on Values", Sarkozy added.

EU President-in-office, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, accepted the Franco-German stance :

- "Barroso must present his Programme. The Czech Presidency agrees with that", Fischer reportedly said later, after meeting Sarkozy.

But Press reports from Brussels claimed that Barroso had preferred to be officially appointed by EU Council since June, (i.e. next week), "because this was implied by the current Treaty of Nice, according to him", and considered any delay until the possible ratification of the new, Lisbon Treaty on September/October, as "undemocratic".

- "At any case, independently of what Germany and France ask, it's also EU Parliament's wish". "We shall propose Mr Barroso's candidacy... But even in the framework of Nice Treaty, EU Parliament has to be associated in this Decision", the French President observed.

If this is correctly done, then "we support Mr. Barroso's candidature", and "if the (EU) Parliament agrees, we might ratify this decision since July", (i.e. next month), they both said.

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- "France and Germany support Baroso's candidacy, But we want to speak also on the Program. We believe that this Program should be established in close cooperation with EU Parliament, and that's why we have followed an appropriate way", said Merkel.  - If EU Parliament wants, this election can take place on July,  but this must be done in full agreement.

- "We shall support Mr. Barroso's candidacy, without doubt", said Sarkozy. "But we have asked from Mr. Barroso, as I told him yesterday, to put into detail.. his intentions, at the eve of his 2nd mandate, if the situation avails itself.


    France and Germany "don't want to take an Official Legal Decision by writting" during "the next (EU) Council" (on June 18-19), declared Sarkozy.  Because they prefer, at this stage, only "a Political decision" on June, "so that we (EU Council) can work together with EU Parliament", which starts to meet only Next Month, since July in Srasbourg, "leaving a Legal decision by writting for later".

    - "If the Conditions are fuillfiled in EU Parliament, we (EU Council) are ready to give the agreement and make it offficial", said Merkel

    - "But, now we are working in the base of Nice Treaty. If tommorow we want to work in the spirit of Lisbon Treaty, we have to find a proper way", she added.

    - "Of course it's Legally complicated, because we are going to make a Political proposal to the forthcoming Council, for an EU Commission's President, on the basis of Nice Treaty : So, we (EU Council) will not appoint the Commissioners. Only the President.  If EU Parliament agrees, it could endorse this position on July", explained Sarkozy.

    But, on Autumn, "if Ireland ratifies Lisbon Treaty, there will be, at any case, a 2nd Decision, to appoint the Commission's President, this time on the basis of Lisbon treaty, and then, we, the EU Member States, would have to appoint (also) the EU Commissioners", he added.

    As for the precise Timing :  - "Everything is suspended until the Irish vote... Now, we must all make everything possible to help Ireland to say "Yes"" to Lisbon Treaty... The Irish Referendum, ..will take place either on September or on October. It's a Question which depends on the Irish. And,  then, we shall have the Choice of the Candidates for the permanent Institutions of Europe".

    However, "if Ireland says No, we, French and Germans, have to assume our responsibilities, and we'll do so", he concluded.

    But British and Swedish governments were reportedly eager to have a final EU Council decision on Barroso since this month, on June's European Council. While the other EU Member Countries are divided, several of them preferring to wait until EU Parliament pronounces itself, on July, and/or until Lisbon Treaty might be ratified by Ireland at the beginning of the Autumn. Barroso's current mandate ends on November.

    There are also various, contradictory and/or unpredictable reactions inside EU Parliament vis a vis Barroso's wish to continue a 2nd mandate, because many MEPs are openly or secretly opposed, reluctant, or hesitating.

    In the biggest EU Countries, as France and Germany, EU Citizens voted on June 2009 EU Elections for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe which cares for its Citizens, with an Identity, Values and Borders, declared incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid, by mainstream, pro-European Governing Parties. Similar choices were also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries.

    On the contrary, whenever, in other Countries, Governing and other mainstream Parties didn't make these choices or eluded them, EU Citizens massively voted for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to to promise anti-bureacratic change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU, (f.ex. in the UK, Netherlands, etc).

    It's seems to be an Open Question whether Sarkozy and Merkel's conditions will be really accepted by Barroso, who was appointed on 2004 in a different political context, (with Socialist Prime Ministers in Germany, France, etc), had rejected in the Past the idea of EU becoming "equal to the USA" as "ridiculous", and pushed for Turkey's contoversial EU bid, trying to "soften" or contain the changes desired by the People who voted for Merkel and Sarkozy with another policy vis a vis Turkey on 2005 in Germany and on 2007 in France, as they did all over Europe on 2009.

    In addition to many EPP Governments, it's 3 remaining Socialist Prime Ministers : Gordon Brown in the UK, Zapatero in Spain, and Socrates in Prortugal, who support Barroso, as well as Liberal Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt. But their Parties lost the June 2009 EU Elections.

    Questioned whether there was still "Time" for "other" possible "Candidates", Sarkozy and Merkel did not deny, nor made any comment on that, but simply said that "it's not for us to make publicity for any candidates. We anounced our choice ("A Program, and Mr. Barroso"). But we respect any other candidate".

    Among various other names cited are former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt, former UNO's Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson of Ireland, Italian former EU Commission's vice-President Monti, etc. Meanwhile, Luxembourg's PM Juncker, (who had been unanimously accepted by EU Council for EU Commission's Presidency on 2004, but refused), announced his intention to resign from "EuroGroup"'s Chair. Thus, he might be available for another Top EU job.

    As "EuroFora"'s "opinion" said (See publication dated 9/6/09) : - "If the current candidates (i.e. Barroso, etc) to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, then, it's OK".

"Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People."

    Because, "in Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs,...should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies".
        

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