Bluestone Round up: Ethics in sport – 28 February 2013

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Former AFL player Greg Williams claims concussed players need to delay their return; it was just tradition, you got up and kept going    [ Well-being ]


Positive turn for refugee – The Age Editorial – 25.02.13   [ Other angle ]

FAWAD Ahmed is one of a fortunate few. The leg-spinner claimed refugee status after leaving Pakistan in 2010 on a short-stay visa to play cricket in Australia. He featured in The Age last November while appealing against his rejection by the Refugee Review Tribunal. Within two weeks, the Immigration Minister decided in his favour. On Thursday, Ahmed bowled Victoria to victory against Queensland.

Ahmed has spun his own fairytale with match figures of 7-162 – the best debut by a spinner since 1971-72 – and is seen as a potential Test player. His skills and character won him the support of cricket authorities for his appeal and he was grateful for the opportunity of a new life where he could ”be safe and play cricket”. Just for playing cricket and supporting the education of girls in northern Pakistan, he received death threats from religious extremists for ”promoting a Western culture”. He kept track of old friends online and noticed when one of them had taken seven wickets. The next day Nauman Habib disappeared. His mutilated body was found days later.

Such are the horrors that drive asylum seekers to look to Australia as one of the region’s few Refugee Convention signatories. Like Ahmed, the people we accept are grateful and regional areas, which are desperate for labour, have especially welcomed these willing workers. Yet no more than 14,000 a year have been accepted in the past decade – a figure that has not changed in 30 years, since falling from 22,545 in 1980-81. The refugee and humanitarian intake has fallen relative to total immigration over the past decade, and each decade since the ’70s.

Ahmed’s skills may offer a fast-track route to citizenship, but in every other way his is the typical story of a refugee. ”The last three years was a very hard time,” he said in November. ”I couldn’t sleep at night at times because it was very stressful.” Thousands like him face years in limbo because of political pandering to ignorance and fear.
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Athletes to fight doping sanctions   [ Drugs in sport ]


Andrew Demetriou orders AFL rule review on integrity matters as competition regroups following scandal at 3 clubs   [ Integrity ]

Fallen hero may miss rest of season    [ Well-being ]


At the bottom of the pool, the only way is up    [ Culture ]


Essendon recruits Switkowski for governance review    [ Ethics ]


NRL: Dogs deserve a pat for benign intervention    [ Integrity ]


AFL to fast-track concussion guidelines    [ Well-being ]





NBA player given a 20 game ban for steroid use    [ Drugs in sport ]


N.F.L. Will Expand Concussion Efforts During Games    [ Well-being ]
N.F.L. Will Expand Concussion Efforts During Games




Video: Harlem Globetrotters in North Korea for ‘basketball diplomacy’    [ Sport-social justice ]


World’s oldest long-distance runner retires at 101    [ Well-being ]




Cricketers to be drug-tested more in light of Tom Maynard’s death    [ Drugs in sport ]


Jessica Ennis on why she is prepared to pay her coach’s wages    [ Fairness, justice, well-being ]


FA makes 150m pledge to improve run-down urban facilities    [ Sport-social justice ]


Inter fined 43,000 for fans’ racial abuse of Mario Balotelli    [ Racism ]


Why tweets count as much as trophies in the push for global power    [ Other angles ]




Kenya Rugby: Injera given the boot for ‘gross misconduct’   [ Ethics ]


AK bans athletes over doping    [ Drugs in sport ]


South Africa: SA Rugby Ref Breaks Barrier for Women    [ Women in sport ]


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