Gambian boxer nominated for Sweden athlete of the year

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambian boxer Badou Jack will compete footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovich for the Swedish athlete of the year award 2015.Jack made the short list of nominees carefully scrutinised by judges in the wake of his jaw-dropping performances this year in the ring.Badou, 29, left the world astonished after climbing his way to history securing the Super middle weight Champion belt.Dubbed The Ripper, Badou beat off stiff rivalry from Dirrel to the belt consequently making him the first Gambian to reach such heights.That was followed by another impressive outing, defending his belt in the first attempt against George Groves.Born in Sweden to a Gambian parent, Badou is more identified with his father’s homeland –Gambia.Such display of affection is shown even in the ring when he insisted on getting the Gambian colours emblazoned on sides of his boxing shorts before he signed for Mayweather’s The Money Team.Already he talks of planning a visit to Gambia in December to rejoice with fans over his recent successes.Securing the Swedish Athlete of the Year Award will cap off an already splendid season, he will however need to beat holder Zlatan Ibrahimovich –who had won it four times running –and two others.last_img read more

Pope shed apathy toward new threats

first_imgREDIPUGLIA, Italy — Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning ”war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.Francis’ aim in recalling those who died in the Great War that broke out 100 years ago was to honor the victims of all wars, and it came at a time when his calls for peace have grown ever more urgent amid new threats in the Middle East and Ukraine.Standing at an altar beneath the towering Redipuglia memorial entombing 100,000 Italian soldiers fallen in World War I, the pope said ”even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” The visit was also infused with intensely personal meaning. The pope’s grandfather fought in Italy’s 1915-17 offensive against the Austro-Hungarian empire waged in the nearby battlefields, surviving to impress upon the future pope the horror of war.An Italian defense ministry official presented the pope with his grandfather’s military record during the commemorations, and the parents of an Italian soldier killed in Afghanistan last year presented Francis with the distinctive feathered Bersagliere cap worn by the Piedmontese corps, famed for a rugged endurance epitomized by their tradition of marching at a jog.last_img read more