So, I decided to freelance today.
Perfectly captured my take on the reduced ban. I’ve always advocated for zero tolerance to doping.
I’m happy for Semenya but can’t ignore the moral questions her victory raise.
For the sake of sports, I hope that the furor surrounding the participation of Caster Semenya at the 31st Olympiad will be resolved soon. Those who view her victory in the 800m as one for equality are simply being economical with the truth and rather unfair to the non hyperandrogenic women she competed with. Both sides need equal protection. It is true that Ms. Semenya is a woman. After all, that is the gender has identifies with considering that she’s intersex with internal testes and no ovaries. But she didn’t run that race on fair basis, which is the spirit of the Olympics. She was juiced up on testosterone and any other woman with that level of male hormones in her will be appropriately banned.
The protest against her inclusion at the games has nothing to do with gender and sexual discrimination. It has everything to do with justice…
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Disclaimer : I will try so hard to be non-partisan in this preview but do not blame me if it’s wearing red-tinted spectacles. I’m a red devil 😊
What the EPL lacks in quality matches and/or star players, it tends to make up with pure unadulterated drama both on and off the pitch and this season won’t be any different (Mourinho already replying Wenger & Kopp). This season’s EPL seems more about managerial appointments than the players. It boggles the mind that one (or all) of Mourinho, Conte, Pep,
Arsene, Claudio, Pocchetino, Klopp will end the season without the league title.
Without much ado, here comes the teams;
Arsenal perennially seems on the cusp of greatness before unravelling. They have the make of a good side and I think I’m speaking for all gunners in saying they need a striker to challenge Giroud and a commanding centre back especially with Per’s injury.
Bournemouth defied the odds last season and now needs to consolidate or will they suffer the dreaded sophomore slump? The defence should be the place to start after posting the division’s second worst defensive record last season.
Burnley ended the championship on a 23 games unbeaten run that saw them finish as champions. Are they back to stay or will they continue to yo-yo? Sean Dyche will have to do this on the smallest budget in the division and hope the loss of Joey Barton is not being felt.
The only way for Chelsea after last season’s disastrous campaign is up. Signs have been mixed so far and having no European commitment have to be a big plus. Defensive consistency needs to be found and a lot will depend on the forms of Hazard, Costa and Fabregas. Kante looks a useful addition.
Two wins from their final 21 games last season was atrocious form and Pardew will be hoping for a change. The signing of Townsend from Newcastle should help but a striker who can deliver should be a priority.
Which Everton will show up this season is the big question? And speculations over the futures of Lukaku & Stones need to be resolved sooner than later. Ronald Koeman should hopefully be an improvement on the headless direction the Toffees were under Martinez even if recruitment have been underwhelming thus far.
The exit of Steve Bruce should come as a shock to the Tigers faithfuls as he implied lack of transfer motivation from the club’s hierarchy. Attacking reinforcements are needed of they want to avoid a straight drop into the championship.
How will Leicester cope with the midweek champions league matches, heightened expectations and loss of some key players?Ahmed Musa looks a useful buy but can Nampalys Mendy fill Kante’s boots?
A return to the champions league should be the minimum expectation from Klopp & his team. The signings have been underwhelming but there’s still time. Will Liverpool make the top four or continue to show moments of sporadic potential?
Which EPL fan didn’t develop goose bumps on hearing about Pep’s appointment? Gundogan, Nolito, and Sane are exciting additions but a defensive signing should be the next target or the conversion of Fernandinho to a centre half.
Mourinho’s long flirtation with United finally bore dividends and he has wasted no time in bolstering the side with Zlatan, Bailly, Mkhitarian &
Pogba . Now, it’s a question of whether he will make an immediate impact and, will it be done with a flash of excitement returning to Old Trafford after last season’s borefest?
Aitor Karanka have wasted little time in recruiting Valdes, Negredo, Maarten de Roon, Gaston Ramirez. Middlesborough seem in a haste to make up for lost time after a seven year absence.
Can the Saints continue defying the odds? Victor Wanyama, Graziano Pelle, Saido Mane, and boss Ronald Koeman have jumped ship but you’d be reluctant to back against them given their recent history. Or could that be one departure too many? Claude Puel is a nice addition to the premier league.
The acquisition of Joe Allen is a nice addition and will aid Hughes’ regeneration at the Britannia stadium. Can Stoke remain in the top half or bother the European places?
After two managerial misadventures, Moyes returns to bolster his reputation. The loss of Allardyce to England and the lack of signings means Sunderland looks set for another flirtation with the drop.
Safety seems the priority at the Liberty stadium than aiming for a Europa league or midtable position. Francesco Guidolin needs to bolster his attacking options.
How can you have your best season in years and still end the season unsatisfied? Spurs need to put their damp end to last season behind them and gear up for a campaign that involves participation in the champions league. Wanyama & Vincent Janssen are decent additions but Spurs needs to start well this season.
Six home wins last season was very poor and Walter Mazzari can not expect to get through another EPL campaign on the back (or should that be boots) of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney.
How will West Ham cope in their new home? Will they hold on to Payet? Can they juggle European matches with domestic ones? Can they continue to thrive against the bigger clubs without undoing it against the lesser lights? If the above questions are answered in the affirmative, the hammers are in for a good season.
Is there any chance we will see Tony Pulis break from type? Unlikely. Only Villa had a worse attack last term; no one had less ball. So, a midtable finish is in the offing for the baggies.
1.) Manchester United 😊
2.) Manchester City
7.) Leicester City
This perfectly encapsulated my thought
March 28, 2016. It’s been one year since we voted to reclaim our country from the band of thieves that had plundered our commonwealth and left our country prostate. One year since we rode the rollercoaster of emotions that heralded our victory march. Many are still on that thrill ride but for the bulk of us, we are flustered by how much our country has floundered since. I am one of those who cheered, campaigned and lobbied for this change at own cost. One year ago, our dreams were rather simple enough: take back our country from career politicians; jail the looters and bring us back on the path of greatness. It is sad to say, however, that the past year have been a forgettable one. The economic and social pain is so much that it numbs any elation over the ground breaking corruption investigations and trials going on. I…
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People in my part of the world always count it as a great accomplishment to marry and that marriage and having kids is a compulsory and necessity of life every human must undertake in other to be adjudged as happy, accomplished and successful.
How they came to the conclusion that every human on earth must undertake or follow their led down dogma’s in other to be described as fulfilled is what I do not know.
Just like many other things, my people are wrong again and carry this cross of crass reasoning to bewitch themselves and others too. Unknown to them every human will not and cannot marry. The ratio of male to women are not equal and so even if every human were to pick a partner and pair with, someone will be left out.
If you ask me, happiness is the ultimate goal in life and happiness does…
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Another scientific breakthrough