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Why Wasn’t The Iran-Lebanon Football Game Postponed Today?

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The two explosions that rocked the area of Jnah in Beirut today were directed against the Iranian embassy and ended up killing 25 people and injuring hundreds, but that wasn’t enough to postpone the planned game between Iran and Lebanon as part of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. In fact, the game was played without fans and Lebanon lost by 4 goals to 1 against the Iranian team.

How can one keep a football game ongoing after a tragedy like the one we’ve witnessed today? It’s one thing not to over-react and freak out after a bombing since we unfortunately “got used” to them, but asking the Lebanese and Iranian teams to play an Asian qualifier a couple of hours after the explosion is immoral and unacceptable!

Iran’s head coach Carlos Queiroz said the atmosphere was not suitable for the match and said it should be canceled.

Lebanese Basketball Season Might Kick Off In December

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As you all probably know, the 2013 Basketball season still didn’t kick off in Lebanon due to the political bickering between the federation and the teams. However, it appears that all the parties have reached an agreement that will hopefully get the championship started in December.

The agreement states that few amendments will be introduced as requested by several parties and a letter will be sent to the FIBA to lift the suspension after getting all the teams’ approval. Moreover, the federation will resign as of next week and pave the way for new elections. The only matter that might stop the championship from kicking off is the Sagesse team as they are undergoing some serious internal problems that might see the Beiruti team dissolved and out of the competition.

Personally speaking, I think the biggest problem Sagesse has is that it is indirectly managed by Beirut’s Bishop Boulos Matar but let’s not go there for now. I want the Lebanese Championship to get back as this year’s championship promises to be one of most competitive in years.

Pictures From The 2013 Beirut Marathon

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I just got back home from the Beirut Marathon after finishing the 10K Fun Run in 1 hour and 17 minutes. It’s a decent time specially that I haven’t ran 10K in years but I will be working for next year to finish the race in less than an hour. As far as the Marathon is concerned, the organization and atmosphere were great, everyone was having fun and there were over 36,000 participants.

Here are few pictures that I took:

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May el-Khalil At The Start

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Tripoli is Lebanese

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Spotted Michael Haddad on my way!

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All You Need To Know About The 2013 Beirut Marathon

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Running for a Good Cause

The Banque du Liban Beirut Marathon 2013 is taking place tomorrow and I will be running the 10k Fun Run, which starts at 9am. If you are registered to the Marathon and still don’t know what time your race starts, where to park the car, which roads will be closed and other useful information, you can find them all on the Beirut Marathon website. The races, the road closures, the parking areas, the prizes are all on this [page]. You can also download the BMA Mobile App available for Android and iOS.

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The 10k Fun Run Course Map

Based on previous experiences, and if you’re planning to go down with your own car, try to park somewhere near the finish line which is on Martyrs Square next to Le Gray hotel and the newly inaugurated Bachir Gemayel Avenue. Of course there are shuttle buses everywhere to take the participants back and forth but I’d rather go down with my car.

Moreover, here’s a nice map shared by my friend Abir showing the roads closed starting 6am on Sunday.

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As you all know, The Beirut Marathon Association runs a sub program for charities to participate in locally organized running events to spread their messages and benefit from various fundraising initiatives. Every runner can support a charity while running. I am supporting the Lebanese Autism Society this year.

Let’s all make this a memorable Marathon and see you all at the Finish line!

PS: There’s also a photo competition with many prizes to win for the most creative picture taken with the Lebanese Flag. Make sure to use the hashtag #run4lebanon.

Special To CNN: How Marathons Can Bring Peace By May El Khalil

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May El Khalil is the founder and president of the Beirut Marathon Association. The Beirut Marathon is taking place next Sunday.

(CNN)The sports world was shaken this past year by violence at the Boston Marathon, reminding us of the fragility of peace no matter the place and time. However, marathons in the United States, and the world for that matter, rallied bouncing back as they defied fear through running.

The drive to keep moving forward is at the very heart of marathon running, and nothing is better than large-scale sports events when it comes to helping people to overcome insecurities and fears together.

Peace is an emotionally charged word. It is something that everyone wants, and it is so elusive to so many. I come from Lebanon, a country that has seen more than its share of conflict and war, but it is also a country that embraces life and peace.

Many underestimate the power of sports to create real change in society. But in Lebanon, we have seen how sports, and especially running, can have a positive impact on individuals and ultimately on communities and countries. [CNN]

#We_Want_Lebanese_Basketball_Back

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The shameful Lebanese Federation that got Lebanon suspended by the FIBA for 4 years still didn’t resign, the President of the federation who was found guilty of stealing money from the federation is still in his position, last year’s season is still unfinished and the new season has not yet to kick off.

The teams are all ready and it promises to be an exciting year, so let’s get rid of this current federation, elect a new decent one and get things started once and for all!

Goals: Kuwait 1 – 1 Lebanon

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Despite conceding a goal in the first half-time, Lebanon had a great second half against against the Kuwaiti team and could have won the game but only managed to score the equalizing goal. A draw places us behind Kuwait in the rankings but we still have a chance to qualify to the Asian Cup if we win the next game.

As far as refereeing is concerned, I still can’t believe the Kuwaiti player got away with a yellow card after his flagrant handball. What the hell was the referee thinking?

I wasn’t able to find a Youtube video showing what he did but it was a deliberate handball and deserved a red. It’s called as per the Laws of the Game shown below “A deliberate handling offense to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by any player other than a goalkeeper in his own penalty area”

Law 12 of the Laws of the Game lists the categories of misconduct for which a player may be sent off. These are:
– Serious foul play (a violent foul)
– Violent conduct (any other act of violence) e.g. assaulting the referee.
– Spitting at anyone or another player
– A deliberate handling offense to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by any player other than a goalkeeper in his own penalty area
– Committing an offense that denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (informally known as a professional foul)
– Using offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures
– Receiving a second caution (yellow card) in the same game [Wiki]