- Ant Sims
Muhammad Ali was more than a boxer. He was a humanitarian, activist and poet who brought laughter and light to so many people who only knew darkness and despair. His ability to spin a yarn for the press or hurl verbal jibes at his opponent were unrivalled and no one since has been able to match Ali in this regard. CONQA Sport takes a look at the art of trash talk and finds that it exists within a subjective realm where what is appropriate or not comes down to the individual’s perception. We also pick our 12 best scathing moments of trash talk in sports history. By DANIEL GALLAN.
It’s turned into a case of he-said, she-said as violent clashes between England and Russian supporters have marred the Euro Championships in France. Russia has been fined and handed a “suspended disqualification” while England escaped any punishment. The situation requires strong leadership from both UEFA and FIFA as both governing bodies are responsible for rooting out the rise of hooliganism, often fuelled by right-wing supporters. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markuss Kattner did one heck of a job enriching themselves during Blatter’s last five years at Fifa. New documents reveal that they benefitted from contracts and bonus payments which amounted to around $80-million. While this new evidence is a step forward in Fifa’s transparency, they also reveal just how easy it is to swindle your way through committees and sub-committees. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Public support for the Proteas having wilted in recent months, between slumping to sixth in the Test rankings and being dumped out of the World T20 in the group stages, a solid performance in a meaningless ODI series might not be at the top of the fans’ wish list, but it’s start. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Last week, the US Senate passed a resolution which called on the US Soccer Federation to pay its World Cup-winning women’s team the same as it pays the men. While the federation tried to argue that there isn’t actually a pay gap at all, it’s a stark reminder of just how far we still have to go to reach equality for South Africa’s female soccer players. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
When it comes to selecting sporting sides in South Africa, it’s not often that even the most notorious comments sections are mostly in agreement. Yet, somehow, despite all the doom and gloom currently surrounding South African rugby, Allister Coetzee has managed to keep almost everyone pretty happy. That’s the first battle won. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Eddie Jones said some of the Super Rugby fixtures puts him to sleep. Richard Loe called the South African derbies “as boring as goat shit”, stadium attendances have been declining year after year and the pay-TV view means that the audience for Super Rugby has probably reached its saturation in a number of countries. As a product to sell to sponsors, the competition is at risk of suffering a serious identity crisis if it doesn’t engage with fans better. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura became not just the first woman, but the first non-European to be appointed as a senior executive in Fifa’s structures. The new Fifa Secretary General has quite a task on her hands and while she might not have any experience in sport, she certainly has the diplomacy credentials to usher in a new dawn. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Elite sport is in a constant state of turmoil between searching for new ideas and remaining true to the universal truths that have existed since competition began. There are certain variables that are not quantifiable and yet still undoubtedly constitute the make-up of competition. Variables such as hard work, passion, determination. One such variable is pressure. By DANIEL GALLAN for CONQA SPORT.
Domenico Scala, Fifa’s head of auditing and compliance and one of the architects of reform at the embattled organisation, resigned in a huff at the weekend following a decision taken by the Fifa Council which seemingly gives Gianni Infantino more power than Sepp Blatter ever had. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.