Guor Marial (also) of South Sudan competing in the Men’s marathon (not pictured above)
You see, in 2010, the Netherlands Antilles dissolved. It used to be an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands that included the two Leeward Antilles island groups in the Caribbean: the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao near Venezuela and the SSS islands of Saint Maarten, Saba, and Saint Eustatius near the Virgin Islands. Bonevacia, de Windt, and van Aanholt are all from Curaçao and since that country is not currently recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), they were given permission to compete as independents.
Additionally, in 2011, South Sudan became independent from Sudan. Marial was born in what is now South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, but was then Sudan. He became a refugee of the Sudanese conflict in 1993 when he was only nine years old, as he fled across border after border fleeing the violence. Marial was granted asylum in the U.S. in 2001, and is a permanent resident here. He was given permission to compete for Sudan but he responded: “Never! For me to even consider that is a betrayal. My family lost 28 members in the war with Sudan. Millions of my people were killed by Sudan forces. I can only forgive, but I cannot honor and glorify a country that killed my people.”
Join me in wishing these 4 superb athletes luck as they compete in the London 2012 Summer Olympics!
Sitting at the bottom of the Regionalliga Nord — the fourth tier of German football — Magdeburg have given their fans a collective headache this season. But as the three-time East German champions try to avoid relegation, their fans have employed a system to help them get out of their recent five-match scoring drought.
During a match against Berliner AK 07, a group of fans stood behind the visiting team’s goal, each with a large, brightly colored arrow pointing to the net so their team would know where to shoot. And just to clarify their intentions, another group of fans held up a banner that read, “We’ll show you where the goal is!”
Though the all that work did result in Magdeburg finally scoring a goal, they went on to lose the match 2-1. Next time maybe they should have everyone behind their own net hold up stop signs.
The ACC is not impressive so far this year. Look at how they’ve handled out of conference games after just 2 weeks:
William & Mary
ACC Lost to:
Middle Tennessee State
Let’s just say there really isn’t anyone too big in the first list (at least Old Miss is a SEC team though), and the second list is full of teams that the ACC needs to beat to be competitive – especially MidTenState! Sure one could argue that the ACC beat (mostly) who they should beat and lost (mostly) to who the should lose to. But I won’t.