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Old 07-04-2016, 03:43 PM   #1
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MHRMI Calls on Macedonian Athletes to Refuse to Walk in Behind Letter “F” for “FYROM” at Rio Olympics

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International - July 4, 2016

The IOC will follow the UN and USA’s directives and continue to violate the most basic of Macedonia’s rights, and that is the right to use our own name. Yet again, Macedonian athletes will be forced to walk in behind the letter “F” for “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” at the Rio Olympics opening ceremonies. Macedonia, itself, gives in to American scare-tactics and refuses to stand up for its own name.

So, Macedonian athletes, it’s up to you. Join the list of athletes who have taken a stand for common decency and human rights, and refuse to walk in behind the letter “F”. You’ve worked so hard to make it to this stage to represent your country, not a made-up one called “FYROM”. Walk in behind the letter M and tell the world that our name is, and has always been, Macedonia.

Macedonians, Olympic athletes from all countries, and others concerned about human rights, join MHRMI’s call for Macedonian athletes to refuse to walk in behind the letter “F”. Share our Action Alert on social media and use the contact information below. The Olympic charter claims that "The practice of sport is a human right." So is using your own country’s name. Our Name is Macedonia. Demand that the IOC respects it.

www.mhrmi.org/OurNameIsMacedonia

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Old 07-04-2016, 04:30 PM   #2
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The alphabetical order will be in Portuguese, so it will be "A" for Antiga (I guess).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_S...ade_of_Nations

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Old 07-11-2016, 11:45 PM   #3
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MHRMI Calls on Macedonian Athletes to Refuse to Walk in Behind Letter “F” for “FYROM” at Rio Olympics

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International - July 4, 2016

The IOC will follow the UN and USA’s directives and continue to violate the most basic of Macedonia’s rights, and that is the right to use our own name. Yet again, Macedonian athletes will be forced to walk in behind the letter “F” for “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” at the Rio Olympics opening ceremonies. Macedonia, itself, gives in to American scare-tactics and refuses to stand up for its own name.

So, Macedonian athletes, it’s up to you. Join the list of athletes who have taken a stand for common decency and human rights, and refuse to walk in behind the letter “F”. You’ve worked so hard to make it to this stage to represent your country, not a made-up one called “FYROM”. Walk in behind the letter M and tell the world that our name is, and has always been, Macedonia.

Macedonians, Olympic athletes from all countries, and others concerned about human rights, join MHRMI’s call for Macedonian athletes to refuse to walk in behind the letter “F”. Share our Action Alert on social media and use the contact information below. The Olympic charter claims that "The practice of sport is a human right." So is using your own country’s name. Our Name is Macedonia. Demand that the IOC respects it.

www.mhrmi.org/OurNameIsMacedonia

Macedonian Olympic Committee
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www.twitter.com/NOC_Macedonia
www.facebook.com/makedonskiolimpiskikomitet.mok
www.mok.org.mk/site/kontakt

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www.teamusa.org

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MHRMI, a noble idea, however, even if they do walk behind the letter 'M', the ventilator-propelled banner will still use that Greek-imposed acronym, so ultimately, it's still disgraceful. If we were a country of principles, such treachery would be unacceptable to all of our people. But in our case it seems that certain people expect the nation to support their personal objectives, whilst those same people refuse to support the nation's integrity.
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Old 08-06-2016, 04:33 AM   #4
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The alphabetical order will be in Portuguese, so it will be "A" for Antiga (I guess).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_S...ade_of_Nations
So, eventually it was under E?

Here's another (unbelievable) relevant story

United States broadcaster NBC reportedly made a request to the International Olympic Committee for the Parade of Nations to be conducted in English alphabetical order rather than Portuguese, stating that American TV viewership would be affected if the U.S. team entered in the middle of the parade as "Estados Unidos" in Portuguese instead of near the end of the parade as "United States" in English. The IOC refused NBC's request, as it runs contrary to the Olympic rules stating that nations enter in the alphabetical order of the language of the host country.


and one from Greece, from about a week ago.

The Greek Olympic Committee is set to take action as the Rio 2016 Olympic website has made a serious blunder listing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as “Macedonia” on their official website.

This mistake was made even after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made it clear that the proper listing as recognized by the United Nations is FYROM.

None the less, the Brazilian Rio organizing committee went ahead and have used MKD on its website, and also refers to the FYROM as “Macedonia” in several articles about the athletes and different sporting event.

The blunder has not gone without notice as the Isidoros Kouvelos, the president of the Greek Olympic Committee has pledged to take action to rectify this error.

Greece and the FYROM have long had a naming dispute. The dispute is political regarding the use of the name Macedonia. Greece often cites historical and territorial concerns resulting from the ambiguity between the name the Republic of Macedonia and the FYROM.

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How did you enjoy NBC's coverage of the opening ceremony? I must say the coverage in Australia was excellent.
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and one from Greece, from about a week ago.........The Greek Olympic Committee is set to take action as the Rio 2016 Olympic website has made a serious blunder listing the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as “Macedonia” on their official website.
Nothing less expected from those hate-filled racist idiots.
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:35 AM   #7
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Leave it to Greek media to classify discrimination as a "political dispute."

"No, no, Europe. You got it all wrong. That we don't give them basic rights or respect them and their identity is only politics. Nothing to see here."
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Leave it to Greek media to classify discrimination as a "political dispute."

"No, no, Europe. You got it all wrong. That we don't give them basic rights or respect them and their identity is only politics. Nothing to see here."
It's not only a political dispute; it also has a legal, historical and even (if I may say) an existential side.
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It's not only a political dispute; it also has a legal, historical and even (if I may say) an existential side.
Care to explain how it is legal? What is illegal is how one nation can try to impose what another nation calls itself. What is illegal is how one nation can deny basic human rights, the right to self determination as under The Declaration of Universal Human Rights
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Care to explain how it is legal? What is illegal is how one nation can try to impose what another nation calls itself. What is illegal is how one nation can deny basic human rights, the right to self determination as under The Declaration of Universal Human Rights
Now that I think about it I was wrong; the main dispute is not exactly legal (i.e. a problem that can be solved by International Court). To be more precise, it is a problem of international relations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonia_naming_dispute
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