Unrest over ‘no’ to Qatar boycott

NEWS ANALYSIS: The national Norwegian football federation’s rejection of a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar hasn’t halted harsh criticism of either Qatar or those heading both the international foodball federation FIFA and NFF (Norges Fotballforbund). NFF President Terje Svendsen claimed there were “no winners of losers” in the heated debate over whether professional […]

Influence preferred over Qatar boycott

Intense pressure from Norwegian football fans and players has prompted Norway’s national football association to join a Nordic effort to put more pressure of their own on the international football federation FIFA. They clearly prefer more influence over FIFA to any boycott of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where officials have been accused […]

Norway still kicking at World Cup trials

Norway’s national men’s football team redeemed itself, after a crushing loss to Turkey late last week, with a victory over Montenegro Tuesday night in its latest World Cup qualifier. The team also mounted yet another T-shirt demonstration against how World Cup host Qatar has mistreated thousands of migrant workers building football facilities over the past […]

Ski jumper recovering from bad fall

Norwegian ski jumper Daniel-André Tande was brought out of a coma over the weekend and was reportedly making progress at a hospital in Slovenia, after suffering a serious fall late last week. Teammates and rivals hailed him with a banner on the last day of the season in Planica. “Daniel Andre Tande! All the best […]

World Cup protest gains momentum

UPDATED: They won their latest qualifying match to play in the next World Cup, but Norway’s national men’s football team marked its uneasiness this week over Qatar as the World Cup’s venue. That grabbed international attention, and now Norway’s head coach hopes other national teams will also pressure Qatar into honouring human rights. Germany did, on […]

Qatar boycott now up to the players

Norway’s football federation (NFF) managed to avoid discussion over the weekend on rising calls to boycott the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. Now it may be up to the national football team’s players themselves to take up the ball, or at least try to make the international football federation FIFA more human-rights oriented. It was a […]

Norway drops Klæbo appeal

UPDATED: Top Norwegian skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo had mostly experienced  victory, gold medals and admiration from fans all over the world, until last weekend. That’s when his controversial maneuver to get past arch rival Alexander Bolsjunov of Russia during the last race of the Nordic World Ski Championships ended with a disqualification that cost them […]

Skiing drama ends World Championships

Norway and Russia literally collided when the Nordic World Ski Championships ended Sunday with the tough men’s 50-kilometer race. The ensuing drama capped a week of triumph otherwise for Norway, which totally dominated the competition and collected 32 medals, only to leave with some bad feelings on all sides. The drama climaxed when Norwegian skiing star […]

More medals in ski jumping and relays

Norwegian winter sports stars kept mining more gold medals at the Nordic World Ski Championships this week. Some of the medals moved both the athletes and their coaches to tears. Skier Heidi Weng, for example, was so overcome with pride and joy after the Norwegian women’s team won relay gold at the Corona-plagued competition on […]

Corona spoils ski jumper’s championship

Norwegian ski jumper Halvor Egner Granerud was having an outstanding season and favoured at the Nordic Ski World Championships this week, until he tested positive for the Corona virus. The team’s press chief was also sent into isolation and then another Norwegian sports official was found to be breaking the rules by not wearing a […]