July 3, 2014
Everyone has World Cup fever, but perhaps nowhere more than in Colombia, where that country leads the world in activity on social media around the 2014 World Cup matches. This is of course fanned by the fact that Colombia has been doing so well. It won all of the games in the preliminaries–taking on Greece (3-0), Cote d’Ivoire (2-1), Japan (4-1), and, today, Uruguay (2-0). Tomorrow Colombia will take on host country Brazil at 4 pm EST.
Washington is clearing out for potential hurricanes and in preparation for the 4th of July holiday and everyone seems to be moving into mid-summer mode, with the heat and humidity at an all-time high. Here is a bit of light entertainment in honor of the season from the Alfa 8 in preparation for tomorrow’s match:
And on a more serious note, I would highlight an interesting initiative beyond the regular sports news. The Colombia team has been collaborating in promoting the campaign, “It is Not Time to Be Silent”, an initiative to educate the public and address the issue of violence against women. Journalist Jineth Bedoya, herself a victim of sexual violence, launched the initiative in 2009 (see ‘No es hora de Callar’).
Finally, here is a piece that features an initiative to use soccer as a mechanism to teach conflict resolution and peace at the local level.