A Ukrainian women’s rights activist stripped to the waist and seized the Euro-2012 soccer trophy while it was on public display in Kiev on Saturday in a protest against the forthcoming month-long championship.
The young woman, 23-year-old Yulia Kovpachik, is a member of the Kiev-based Femen women’s rights group which believes the Euro-2012 soccer tournament being played in Ukraine next month will encourage sex tourism.
Kovpachik strode up to the silver, 60 centimetre (two feet) high trophy, which was on display as a tourist attraction in an open air exhibition in central Kiev, ostensibly to be photographed alongside it like hundreds of other sightseers.
But she then pulled down her red T-shirt to reveal the words “Fuck Euro 2012” scrawled on her torso. As she grabbed hold of the cup with both hands, she was seized by security guards, who appeared to have had advanced warning of the protest.
They covered her with a sheet and took her off to a waiting police car.
Hungarian canoeist Gabor Rakonczay, who went missing six weeks after leaving Portugal on a solo attempt to cross the Atlantic, has arrived safely in Antigua, his wife says.
His communications equipment malfunctioned after his canoe capsized twice in succession in heavy seas.
The last entry on the 30-year-old architect’s website was on 6 February.
His wife, Viktoria, broke the news that he had arrived in Antigua, nearly three weeks ahead of schedule.
She said she remained convinced that her husband was safe and well during the time he was out of contact.
She is now on her way to the Caribbean to meet him, and they are expected to return to Hungary at the end of the week.
He set out from Lagos in Portugal on 21 December, and his last stop was in the Canary Islands.
He got into difficulty shortly afterwards, and was unable to contact anyone for the remainder of his journey.
The couple rowed across the Atlantic together four years ago.
The canoe, called Knight, or Vitez in Hungarian, is 7m long (23ft) and was specially designed for the journey.
Vladimir Putin goes bobsledding.
I’ll be honest, I’m a little jealous right now. That looks like fun.
Marius Markevicius “scraped and scratched” his way through making the U.S. competition documentary “The Other Dream Team.” Being compared to iconic sport movies including “Rocky” and “Moneyball,” “The Other Dream Team” follows the trials and tribulations of the Lithuania basketball team competing in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. At Sundance Film Festival 2012, Markevicius speaks with genConnect’s Kelly Hayes about telling a story that goes deeper than athletics.
I remember watching the Lithuanian basketball team in the ‘92 Olympics, and they were awesome! I’ll definitely look out for this one.
As Budapest gears up to host the annual LGBT sportsfest known as theEuroGames next summer, one thing’s fairly clear: The Hungarian capital’s mayor, István Tarlós, won’t be watching.
In a just-released letter to Berlin’s openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit, Tarlós says that while he respects the right of the EuroGames folks to do whatever they and their “like-minded people” want, “I disassociate myself from both [the] lifestyle, as well as from the event. It is not for me, in my power, to support them.”
Hungarian media reports that Tarlós has furthermore taken to playing the heterophobia card: “Is this not a discriminatory event, if this tendency is only that such people can participate? Because… this is a form of exclusion.”