Former FIFA president and IOC member and honorary president Joao Havelange passed away yesterday in Brazil at the age of 100. His final breath was taken at the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, although it would be pushing it to refer to Havelange as a good Samaritan.
Mr Live Wire would like to join the rest of the world in remembering the visionary administrator who took football away from the clutches of one continent, Europe, and gave it to one man, himself.
Havelange is best known for bringing big money to FIFA and then pocketing as much of it as he could. He is the former water polo player who grew to have such affection for football that he once banned Pele from a World Cup ceremony.
And the man who oversaw the spread of the game to all parts of the globe before his corrupt practices led FIFA and the IOC to ban him from seeing any of it.
Rest in peace, Joao. One suspects your next destination will have little to do with whatever is written on the bid document.
Mr Live Wire cannot confirm whether, as a mark of respect, ex-FIFA vice president Jack Warner only accepted bribes in black envelopes yesterday.
Sporting ethics was a hot topic in the Olympic village—even before Havelange passed on his famous golden briefcase—after Bahamas athlete Shaunae Miller scored gold with a superb diving header past USA’s Allyson Felix on Monday night. The problem was Shaunae was not at a football match but in the women’s 400 metre final.
Wtf, Shaunae?! You know this is a foot race right?!
The whole episode reminded Mr Live Wire of playing “Cowboys and Indians” with a ‘creative’ school friend at Tunapuna Boys RC.
“Bang! Bang! You’re dead, Garrick!”
“No, I am not.”
“What do you mean? I shot you.”
“I had on a bullet-proof vest.”
“This is the wild, west. There are no bullet-proof vests!”
“I got one with my time machine.”
Take win, Shaunae. Hopefully the IOC’s attorneys will get on that loophole before everyone starts crossing the finish line like salmons and some poor athlete pops her neck and ends up being represented in the afterlife by Gerald Ramdeen.
Trinidad and Tobago’s athletes stayed on their feet yesterday and gave a decent showing.
Janeil Bellille (400 metre hurdles) and Semoy Hackett (200 metre) failed to advance past their respective semifinal events. But La Brea sprinter Rondel Sorrillo, who was dipped on the line in his 100 metre heat, gave a more decisive showing to advance to the 200 metre semifinals.
And Michelle-Lee Ahye—that dashing, dreadlocked diva who treasures tattoos the way Colm Imbert nurses grudges—raced her way into a second Rio Olympic final, as she booked her place in the women’s 200 metre final with a new national record of 22.25.
Ahye was sixth in the 100 metre final on the weekend. Now she will try for an even better finish in the 200. Maybe the second time will be the charm. Maybe not.
Sigh. They hold anybody for LifeSport yet? Eh?
When we were supposed to be taking care of 400 metre hurdle star, Jehue Gordon, or investing in a cycling coach for Njisane Phillip… Instead, they were trying to play ‘Tonya Harding’ with amateur deep-C diver, DJ Lurbz or chat up former football union man turn slave master Brent Sancho.
Take a big steups for that yes, People’s Partnership!
Just four days left for glory in Rio, allyuh. Oh gorm, bring it home T&T!