Below The Surface In Baku As European Juniors Get Set To Leave Politics At Home

Below the surface - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Editorial: The European Junior Championships will get underway next week as part of the European Games in Baku. The athletes will leave their politics at home but there’s no avoiding the real world of serious challenge to human rights and locking those who raise a flag either up or out

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Editorial: The European Junior Championships will get underway next week as part of the European Games in Baku. The athletes will leave their politics at home but there’s no avoiding the real world of serious challenge to human rights and locking those who raise a flag either up or out

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Chris

The next European games don’t even have a host with the Dutch pulling out so I think that its future is uncertain.

On paper I think a European games with full strength teams would be a great event to watch. But needs all the various sport governing bodies on board and Baku does not have that. Sadly I think its too late, the calendar is too full.

I don’t think most athletes care too much about where an event is held. There are one or two exceptions but most are very single minded and are thinking about themselves and what they need to do to win medals. That was certainly the case with Nicola Adams when I see an interview on the BBC, although the questions were all sporting related and about holding the flag at the opening ceremony.

Craig Lord

I heard that interview, too, Chris. Understandable that those who attend such events say it matters but there’s a lot of flannel and PR in the mix. As you suggest, there’s just too much else there for people to really care. It will only happen if politicians force the issue and even then it will be watered down and inconsistent across sports. Baku doesn’t have the backing – and it has a lot of human rights issues on its slate that ought to have been taken into account by the world of sport. THe fact that they were not is nothing to do with the Olympic charter and the spirit of … and everything to do with ‘they’ve got a couple of billion to throw at it and a reputation to salvage – we’ll go for them, then’.

STIRLO

Hi Craig,

just looking at the startlists for the morning heats in Baku. Unless I’m missing something none of the three British medal prospects in the 400 free – Kurle (Euro jnr no. 1), Chisholm or Walton are listed. Tom Derbyshire is the only Brit down. Any ideas what’s happening?

Craig Lord

No idea Stirlo (I do know entries were restricted to a number smaller than what we would have seen as an stand-alone Euro juniors

STIRLO

Turns out they missed a heat off the startlist. Kurle and Chisholm both started but neither made the final.
Did you see the Dutch girl go sub-54 in the 100 semis?

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