Voices from Russia

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Ura! Rasslin’ is Back in the Olympics

00 Russian Bear Wrestler. 08.09.13


The match isn’t finished. We have a second match to fight, but be careful, we’re good fighters.

Nenad Lalović

FILA President


On Sunday, an International Olympic Committee vote reinstated wrestling as an Olympic sport, beating two other sports for a slot at the Games. In February, the IOC dropped wrestling from the Olympics from 2020 onwards, and relegated it to candidate status. A diverse coalition of countries, including Russia, Japan, the USA, and Iran all rallied around wrestling’s attempts to regain its place. In Sunday’s vote, wrestling won a majority of 49 votes, far ahead of baseball/softball with 24 and squash with 22. In an online statement, Nenad Lalovic, president of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, said, “To the millions of wrestlers, supporters, and fans around the world that came together to save Olympic wrestling I offer a very big thank you. Every one of you fought very hard for this victory. Now, we must remain united to make certain that we live up to the expectations that were placed on all of us by virtue of this vote”. Wrestling’s governing body made a range of changes to the rules since the sport lost its Olympic place and tried to give women’s competition a higher profile. Lalovic said, “With this vote, you’ve shown that the steps we’ve taken to improve our sport made a difference. I assure each of you that our modernisation won’t stop now. We’ll continue to strive to be the best partner to the Olympic Movement that we can be”. The 2020 Olympics will be in Tokyo, which beat Istanbul and Madrid in a vote held on Saturday.

8 September 2013



Editor’s Note:

Rasslin’ stomped the competition! Squash is an Affluent Effluentcountry club” non-sport, whilst baseball is a local American/Caribbean thing with no worldwide following. No wonder that rasslin’ skunked ‘em! Rasslin’ is the PEOPLE’S SPORT… all that you need is a mat and two grapplers. Let’s face it, rasslin’ was an important part of the Ancient Olympics, and to kick it out would’ve castrated the Games. Now that we’ve got rasslin’ back where it belongs, perhaps, we could revive the pankration. That would be something to see! Did you see what I saw? All the Politically Correct people just fainted away at the mere thought of two pankratists getting the lion’s share of the attention in a modern Olympics… well, they were the stars of the show in the Ancient Games, weren’t they? One can always hope…




Tuesday, 8 November 2011

8 November 2011. They Haven’t Forgotten Their Roots in Shenadoah PA!

Isn’t this shirt the bomb? It’s in honour of the hard-scrabble “Hunkie” coal-miners from Eastern PA… that means po-nashemu guys, too! The area’s far off its peak after the coal mining industry imploded in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Yet, it’s good to know that people remember their roots. The more people “remember”, the less that charlatans like Rush Limbaugh or the Tea Party movement will fool them. Don’t forget the bosses STILL have their cudgels hidden behind their honeyed words… just like in the past. Click here for a link to a page where you can buy one of these… be proud of baba and dede… wear your colours (and your union pin, too, dear).

This warms my heart but good! Pass the jug… in celebration!


Monday, 10 October 2011

10 October 2011. A REAL “Yogi” Bear… “When You See a Fork in the Road, Take It”

Some wisdom from the Yog:

  • If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.
  • It ain’t over ’till it’s over.
  • We made too many wrong mistakes.
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
  • A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
  • The future ain’t what it used to be.

Apply the above to the present Church situation… it fits, doesn’t it? Why drag in the Holy Fathers when the Yog will turn the trick well enough? We’ve got work to do…


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