The dope offenders have no place, be it any sport with stringent measures in place. Whenever, they have been caught, repercussions have been harsh The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have left no stone unturned to keep the Games clean. There have been stray incidents when athletes did indulge in misadventures but when caught, the WADA made sure their fame was just ephemeral. Prior to the start of the Rio Olympics, IOC started an aggressive retests of samples stored with them for 10 years, preventing the dope cheats from entering the Games. The first wave of tests done on samples revealed 30 positive cases from Beijing and 23 from London. However, plenty of athletes down history, have also gained where others have been tainted for life. Indian wrestler Yogeswhar Dutt is the latest example. He won bronze at the London Games but the Russian silver medallist Besik Kudukhov, failed a dope test after a belated retest by the WADA. He died at 27 in a car accident and the silver will now be given to Yogeshwar, who lost his qualification bout at the Rio Olympics.There was a spur in the numbers with new tests being conducted, taking the total to 98 turning up positive combining the samples of 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics. The total is bound to rise with IOC saying that a third and fourth round of retests being done even after the Rio Olympics. In dope related cases, the Court of Arbitration (CAS) too plays a crucial role – like it did before the start of the Rio Games by upholding IAAF’s decision to ban Russia’s track and field athletes. Russia earned a bad name with allegations of running a systematic and state-run doping programme. The fall out was even worse as IOC completely banned Russia from participating in the Rio Paralympics Games starting September. Later, Russia termed IOC’s ban as “immoral”. India too had its share of dope-related issue at the Rio Games, which turned dramatic when CAS upheld WADA’s decision and handed a four-year ban to wrestler Narsingh Yadav. The decision came when Narsingh’s bout was hours away the next day.advertisementThis shows the no-nonsense approach of the agencies dealing with dope cheats. While hearing to Narsingh’s lawyers, WADA outrightly dismissed the ‘sabotage’ claims made by the Indian wrestler. It would be hard to imagine of any athlete successfully managing to dodge a test with IOC continually in the process of adopting and implementing new methods. The Summer Olympics happening in four years is a huge temptation to take the shortcut, and usually the athletes less talented falling off the track. But there have been instances when famed athletes have been stripped of their medals for dope offenses. Ben Johnson of Canada, Marion Jones of USA, and Lance Armstrong of USA come to mind.Johnson won a gold in 100m at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but later his urine and blood samples were found with stanozolol. While Jones won three gold and two bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Games, but was later stripped of the titles after admitting to steroid use. Armstrong also failed a drug test in the same Games resulting him losing the bronze in cycling road time trial. IOC and WADA have a difficult job of keeping out the dope offenders and complete cleansing is near to impossible. But the tests and retests of samples with latest technology can be a big deterrent to weed out dope cheats gradually.Here’s a list of Olympians, who were stripped of their medals after failing dope tests: 1968: Pentathlon team (Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall)1972: Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Jaime Hulamo, Cycling team (Aad van den Hoek), Rick DeMont1976: Blagoy Blagoev, Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Valentin Khristov1984: Tomas Johansson, Martti Vainio1988: Mitko Grablev, Angell Guenchev, Ben Johnson, Andor Szanyi1992: Ibragim Samadov, Ashot Danielyan, Izabela Dragneva, Ivan Ivanov, Sevdalin Minchev, Gymnastic team (Dong Fangxiao), Alexander Leipold, Andreea Raducan2000: Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong, Relay team (Antonio Pettigrew and Jerome Young)2004: Ivan Tsikhan, Iryna Yatchenko, Equestrian team, Leonidas Sabanis, Adrin Annus, Rbert Fazekas, Ferenc Gyurkovics, Irina Korzhanenko, Svetlana Krivelyova, Oleg Perepetchenov, Yuriy Bilonoh, Rowing team (Olena Olefirenko), Crystal Cox, Tyler Hamilton2008: Ara Abrahamian, Sibel ?zkan, Lyudmyla Blonska, Relay team (Yuliya Chermoshanskaya), Relay team (Anastasiya Kapachinskaya)2012: Nadzeya Ostapchuk, Darya Pishchalnikova, Yuliya Zaripova, Asli Cakir Alptekin, Relay team (Tyson Gay), Soslan Tigiev, Sergey Kirdyapkin, Olga Kaniskina, Yuliya Kalina, Oleksandr Pyatnytsya, Yevgeniya Kolodko, Besik Kudukhov2016: Izzat Artykov
Review: The 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Is an Elite Nintendo Switch Controller8BitDo’s M30 Gamepad Is the Ultimate Sega Genesis-Inspired Controller Last month, 8BitDo revealed their new DIY mod-kits. These allow users to turn their classic Nintendo and Super Nintendo controllers into wireless devices. DIY mod-kits for NES and SNES Classic Edition controllers were also announced. 8BitDo stated the kits were user-friendly and that anyone who can hold a screwdriver could easily convert their old controllers. As I said in the initial news post, they’re perfect for retro gamers who want to go wireless.8BitDo recently sent me a few DIY kits to review. I’m thankful for this since I was curious about how this would all work first-hand. After all, the company did promise that basically anyone can convert their old controllers into wireless peripherals. I’m happy to say this is exactly the case. Below, I’ll break down the steps involved in transforming one’s old controllers with the 8BitDo DIY mod-kits.Each mod-kit comes in a small rectangular box that opens from the top. The kit is inside of a static-free bag which is itself inside of a bubble wrap cover. The biggest thing in the package is the controller circuit board. Alongside it is a small screwdriver and a tiny USB cable used to recharge the controller’s battery. There’s also an easy-to-follow instruction manual detailing every step in the conversion process. The mod-kit is relatively bare bones, but it’s all you’ll need to get the job done.For my test, I modded my SNES and NES Classic Edition controllers. I followed the instructions to the letter. Or rather, to the picture, as the instructions are illustrated. I used to take controllers apart back in the day so the process of unscrewing the devices is something I’m familiar with. After removing the screws, I opened the back of the controller to reveal the circuit board within. I then took that out and replaced it with the 8BitDo circuit board. The only slightly tricky part is making sure the Bluetooth receiver is positioned correctly at the top of the controller (where the wire used to go). After that it’s all a matter of putting the whole thing back together. The entire process takes about three minutes tops.Like most of 8BitDo’s controllers, you can use your converted controllers on a number of devices. These include the Nintendo Switch, Android, Windows PC, and macOS. You can also use 8BitDo’s Retro Receiver to play on PC and the Nintendo mini consoles. Basically, if any of your devices have Bluetooth connectivity, you can probably use these controllers to play games on it.I paired the controllers with my Nintendo Switch, PC, and Nintendo mini systems. The easiest one to pair with was the Switch. The process is similar to the one I employed when pairing my Switch with the 8BitDo NES30 Arcade Stick. In minutes, I was playing Sonic Mania Plus with a classic Nintendo controller! Pairing the controller with my PC and the mini Nintendo systems using the Retro Receiver took a bit longer, however. I failed to realize I needed to update its firmware. After doing so, I successfully paired the controller with the devices. As with all of the 8BitDo controllers I’ve used, there is absolutely no lag to speak of. If there is, it’s imperceptible.If you want to bring your old Nintendo and SNES controllers into the 21st century, the 8BitDo DIY mod-kits are the way to go. I appreciate the ease of the physical conversion process and the simplicity of the directions. While it is great to convert one’s controllers for use with modern devices like Switch and PC, the real magic comes when using the controllers with their original consoles. You’ll never have to worry about accidentally tripping over wires and potentially destroying your classic machines. As always, I give props to 8BitDo for making a product which is perfect for retro gamers. These mod-kits are absolutely fantastic.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok, Thailand, has announced the launch of the Flow Oasis Pool lounge, located on the 4th floor.It features a brand new, furnished sitting area and offers light snacks,cocktails and a Mediterranean menu.“The Flow Oasis Pool Lounge is Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok’s signature pool bar concept with a twist. Combining the modern ‘crafted by nature’ castaway island design theme with a transformational personality, it changes from a ‘Slow Days’ lounger into the ‘Happening Nights’ hang out hotspot. We would like our guests to be able to explore the flavours of our delicious Sip & Dip creations, hang out with friends, share moments with family and enjoy the oasis lifestyle around the iconic long wood table. Our culinary team creates casual dining from tapas to a full meal throughout the day. Flow Oasis Pool Lounge is your new secret spot to escape the everyday” said Mr. Magne Hansen, General Manager of Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok.The Flow Oasis Pool Lounge can host up to 40 people.Chatrium Residence Sathorn, Bangkok
Click here to see more picturesIl Sik Hong, Chair, Sunhak Peace Prize CommitteeNovember 29, 2016 Distinguished leaders from America and throughout the world. Good afternoon.It is my great pleasure to be here today for this historic International Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.As Chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Committee, allow me to begin by thanking the Universal Peace Federation and the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation for preparing such a wonderful banquet program in honor of the announcement of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize laureates. I am most honored that you have gathered for this most important occasion.The Sunhak Peace Prize was established by Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, based on their vision for peace, “One Family under God,” to help prepare for a peaceful future for all humankind. Indeed, at this time in history, we are crossing a bridge into a momentous new era, and we are being tested on the very essence of our humanity. As we face the largest number of displaced persons on the global level since World War II, we must make a transnational effort for the common benefit of humankind.It is with this critical situation in mind that the Sunhak Committee has focused on the global refugee crisis. The Committee has selected, as the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize laureates, Dr. Gino Strada, who provides medical emergency aid to refugees in Africa and the Middle East, and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, who has presented an innovative solution for the problem of refugee resettlement, through education.Dr. Gino Strada is an outstanding humanitarian who has provided emergency medical assistance for 25 years to refugees in life-threatening circumstances in the Middle East and in African conflict areas. In 1994, he established an emergency medical organization called “Emergency.” Operating more than 60 emergency medical facilities in 16 nations, he has contributed to saving an amazing 7 million lives, many rescued from situations of dire vulnerability.Dr. Gino Strada sees “the right to be cured” as a basic and inalienable human right, and is raising the bar, striving to provide high-quality medical treatment free-of-charge to the world’s poorest. He received agreements from the governments of at least 12 nations in Africa, who committed themselves to providing free healthcare for all, and took a leadership role in raising awareness of human rights. In addition, he built a world class center for cardiac surgery in the middle of the African desert. With steadfast resolve, he is building a movement to oppose conflict and violence, based on the moral and political point of view that war cannot be justified for any reason.Meanwhile, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is an educator known as the “Mother of Afghan Education” and the “innovator of Afghan reconstruction.” She proposed a supplementary solution to the issue of settlement, through providing education for those living in Afghan refugee camps. Convinced that education is the only sustainable solution for the future of refugees, she established the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in 1995, and over 21 years has provided education and vocational training to more than 13 million refugees.Above all, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is committed to women’s education, with an innovative conviction that educating girls is educating future generations. In the process she has greatly improved the rights and social status of women in Islamic society. Even under the Taliban regime that strictly prohibited women from receiving education, she operated underground schools at the risk of her own life, making possible the education of more than 3,000 girls.Due to her pioneering efforts, unlike the first generation of Afghan refugees suffering from despair and poverty, those comprising the second and third generations of refugees are currently able to play an active role as community leaders in the process of rebuilding society. Due to success stories such as these, presently Dr. Yacoobi is actively assisting the international community, including advising the UN as an expert in refugee crisis resolution.The Sunhak Committee annually presents a “future-peace agenda” that will guide our shared human destiny toward peace. For the 2017 awards, the Sunhak Committee has made the refugee crisis its core theme. While diaspora has been one of the oldest recurring adaptive measures to crises in the history of human civilization, now more than ever, this problem should be addressed as one of the most crucial issues of our time.Observing the refugee and diaspora crises occurring the world over, I am reminded once again of our Founders’ love for humanity, which has transcended national borders. The great love for humankind with which the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize laureates have sought to solve these problems has historical significance in our struggle for a sustainable peace. All those living at this time must remember the value of our common humanity, recognizing that we are all interconnected. With international solidarity and cooperation, we must hastily seek the wisdom that will permit refugees to recover and re-establish stable and fruitful lives.In these troubled times, nations’ willingness to cooperate with each other is being tested. Therefore, for the sake of lasting peace, we are addressing such an issue as the refugee crisis.Searching for the heroes of today is like searching for a steady ray of light in pitch-darkness. The broad vision and change in our behavior advocated by the Sunhak Peace Prize will serve as a beacon of hope revealing the path to the 21st century civilization of peace.Thank you.