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Beauty and Brains
How are you today? I trust your getting together with family and loved ones over the holidays was wonderful. Pretty Orwellian was what happened near Gatineau, Quebec (Canada) last Thursday when a neighbour called the police saying that a nearby family had 6 members together, instead of the recommended 5.
My understanding is that a half dozen heavily armed Police showed up and violently dragged away the illegal 6th member of the family. Much of this horror was caught on camera and has gone viral:
FIDE tries to test WADA/CAS ruling
Several weeks ago a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) blocked Russia from bidding to host major sporting events for two years. This follows WADA’s 2019 decision to punish Russian sports for a supposedly long list of state-sanctioned doping violations, cover-ups and other related transgressions. Russia appealed to CAS, but lost – even though the original 4 year ban was reduced to 2 years.
Although Russia is stripped of hosting world championships in the next two years, some specific events can be reprieved. Governing bodies have been advised to find a new host unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so. The Candidates Tournament (Yekaterinburg) falls under this category.
However, last week FIDE daringly announced that it was going ahead and organize several World Cup events in 2021 in Sochi. This is obviously in violation of the CAS decision, and does not fall under the list of events that can be reprieved as no such bid came from Sochi until last week! More precisely, the chess world had never even heard of this bid before now…
It is not clear what will happen next. I just assume that Dvorkovich is hoping nobody notices…as I have already suggested here on this blog that if FIDE tries to continue to behave like a Russian whore, then Dvorkovich will very likely soon find himself on the US sanctions list.
Covid to cancel Tata Steel and Gibraltar World Cup?
As the new year begins, much of Europe is seeing harsher lockdowns being put into place. Both Gibraltar and Holland are seeing ‘stay at home’ lockdowns implemented. Tata begins on the 15, but the national lockdown continues to atleast the 19th, and will most likely be renewed at that time.
Similarly, Gibraltar is seeing exponential increases in the number of Covid cases, and just yesterday Gibraltar Chief Minister Picard declared a ‘major incident posture’ and is now in complete stay at home lockdown for the next 14 days. The Women’s World Cup is supposed to start on the 17th.