Campaigners have demanded that Scotland "use the Glasgow 2014 Games to raise human rights abuses within the majority of Commonwealth countries that outlaw homosexuality," according to Gerry Braiden of the HERALD SCOTLAND. Attention "has turned to the Glasgow Games and the 80% of Commonwealth nations that have sanctions including the death penalty against their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations." One prominent Scottish Parliament Member has "called on Scottish Government ministers to go beyond 'talking up sports and Glasgow' and raise LGBT abuses with their counterparts in Commonwealth nations with anti-same sex laws." Leading gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has "called on Games organisers to stage LGBT events to show a commitment to the issue." Tatchell: "Homophobic discrimination is not a sporting value." Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said that countries "would be in no doubt about our values when we welcome the Commonwealth to Scotland next year" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 8/15).
Events and Attractions
The Pakistan Cricket Board has offered Sri Lanka Cricket a "chance to play a day-night Test on their tour to the United Arab Emirates in winter," according to Umar Farooq of ESPN's CRICINFO. Two of three Tests on the tour "are scheduled in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and these could be potential venues to host the day-night Test." The Int'l Cricket Council last year "approved the idea of day-night Test matches but left it to member boards to decide on the hours of play and the colour of the ball to be used." PCB spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar said, "We have offered to play a Test match under lights. We are keen to experiment with day-night Test cricket as we believe that this would help in reviving interest in the format." Sri Lanka has not "conducted any trials for day-night first-class or Test cricket," but it appears "positively disposed to the prospect of being a part of the first floodlit Test." Sri Lanka Cricket President Jayantha Dharmadasa said, "We shouldn't say no if the only reason is that it doesn't suit us." Sarwar said that a "day-night Test could attract spectators and broadcasters." Sarwar: "Preliminary enquiries have revealed that there is an interest amongst sponsors and broadcasters in day-night Test cricket as it could add commercial momentum" (CRICINFO, 8/14).
Auckland, New Zealand's North Harbour Stadium will host the final and one of the semifinals of the 2015 U20 Football World Cup -- "the second largest event that Auckland has had a role in hosting," according to the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. The tournament will "be spread over seven cities, with Whangerei, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Hamilton and Wellington the other venues." In addition to the final, North Harbour Stadium will also host "four pool matches, a quarter and semi final, the bronze medal playoff and both the opening and closing ceremonies." Christchurch will stage the second semifinal, while it "appears Wellington has missed out on the big games, with one quarter final and two round of 16 matches the only knockout fixtures in the capital." Napier has "missed out completely" (NZ HERALD, 8/15).
Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias "is opposed to Madrid's Metro extending its hours of service on Aug. 28 for the Barcelona-Real Madrid Supercopa at Camp Nou Stadium." The game will start at 11pm local time and "will not end until 1am, an hour after the Metro closes." Trias has "already requested that La Liga move the game to an earlier hour." Trias called the chosen time for the game "insane" (EP, 8/15). ... The Int'l Paralympic Committee has announced that the 2013 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships will take place from Nov. 3-7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event will be held at Kuala Lumpur's Titiwangsa Stadium and is expected to draw nearly 150 athletes from 20 countries. The Asian Paralympic Committee and Malaysian Powerlifting Para-Association will host the competition (IPC). ... Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina will host the city's "first live professional boxing competition" on Oct. 17. Among the competitors is "expected to be Danny Williams, the former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion" (THE NATIONAL, 8/15). ... Vietnam will host the 7th World Shuttlecock Championship from Sept. 2-5 in the southern Dong Thap province. The tournament, organized by the Vietnam Sports Administration and the Dong Thap Culture, Sports & Tourism Department, is "expected to welcome at least 112 players of 13 teams from Austria, China, India, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Chinese Hong Kong, Chinese Macao and Chinese Taipei, Singapore and Vietnam" (XINHUA, 8/15).