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Glasgow Games Get Going

The Commonwealth Games are underway, with the opening ceremony now complete. The Scottish city of Glasgow is playing host to athletes from around what was once the British Empire.

While the Queen may not have a stronghold on all the nations competing, it is an opportunity for international competition for nations from throughout the British commonwealth.

Glasgow is hosting the 20th version of the Games, which being in 1930 under the name of the Empire Games. The Scots, who will soon vote on their own independence, will hope to avoid the controversy that plagued the last version in India.

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The Commonwealth Games return to Scotland. Photo: Glasgow 2014/Facebook

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmon said during the ceremony, “Tonight’s spectacular opening ceremony has been a fitting start to the biggest cultural and sporting celebration Scotland has ever seen.

“As we all look forward to 11 days of sporting achievement and excellence, I want to wish the hundreds of athletes from the 71 participating Commonwealth nations and territories the very best of luck.”

The medals will be up for grabs from the first day of competitive action, with possibilities for success in swimming, judo, weightlifting, triathlon, rhythmic gymnastics and track cycling. There will also be preliminary action in athletics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash and table tennis.

After a successful London Olympic Games, the individual elements of the United Kingdom will be looking to overcome Australia’s enduring reign at the top of the Commonwealth Games table.

The Australian team have been ahead in that list ever since the 1990 Games in Auckland. The Australian team will also be looking to build ahead of hosting the event on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Almost 5,000 athletes from 71 countries will take part in the Commonwealth Games. The closing ceremony will take place on August 3.

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Sport/Life Presents at Ignite Santiago

Sport/Life Presents at Ignite Santiago

Thursday marked the first presentation for Sport/Life, part of the debut Ignite Santiago event. The event brought a wide range of people together, talking about their passions. Some talked about their personal projects, things that have been done, things that will happen, while others talked about some more personal areas of their lives.

Photo: Francisca Borquez

The Sport/Life also included a short dropless footbag presentation. More information about the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/573114712744547/

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The Homeless Goal

Over the past week Sport/Life has been helping Englishman Kyle Waller with his project The Homeless GoalThanks to funding from One World Media and Bournemouth University, Kyle has been able to visit Chile to film a documentary about the Homeless World Cup and Chile’s Futbol Calle program, run by sports marketing group Acción Total.

Photos by Kyle Waller

Santiago’s Plaza de Armas was converted into three football fields, with football tennis and other activities on offer. We also had the chance to get some of the children involved in playing footbag.

Chile are current World Cup holders and will host the event in 2014. Getting ready for hosting the world event, as well as to select the squad to defend the title in Poland, Chile has just completed a national tour of street soccer.

The Homeless World Cup and street soccer campaigns have provided away for many homeless and excluded people to find a positive way to reintegrate with society and improve their lives. Chile’s team are special guests this week in Times Square as part of the national championships in the United States.


Chilean Primera Division Weekly Rankings

With just days to go until the 2013 Apertura season kicks off, Sport/Life has looked at the form of teams coming into the season. We will used the group stages of the Copa Chile competition, as well as performances in the regular season in 2012 and 2013 to create the base for the ranking.

A new ranking will be prepared every week. With the final encounters of the group stage in the Copa Chile still to come, the rankings table has a number of surprises due to poor performances from some of the leading clubs.

Positive results in the Copa Chile see four Primera B teams in the top 10 of the ranking.

Updated to reflect Copa Chile matches on July 22 and 23

1. Universidad Católica

2. Palestino

3. Deportes Concepción

4. Audax Italiano

5. Unión San Felipe

6. Cobreloa

7. Colo Colo

8. Antofagasta

9. Barnechea

10. San Luis de Quillota

11. Santiago Wanderers

12. Huachipato

13. Magallanes

14. Iquique

15. Everton

16. Universidad de Chile

17. Universidad de Concepción

18. Cobresal

19. San Marcos de Arica

20. Unión Española

21. Santiago Morning

22. Ñublense

23. Naval

24. Deportes Copiapó

25. Deportes Temuco

26. Unión La Calera

27. Coquimbo Unido

28. Rangers

29. Curicó

30. O’Higgins

31. Lota Schwager

32. La Serena

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Footbag in Plaza de Armas

Footbag at the Futbol Calle event in Plaza de Armas

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Chilean Roller Derby Crew Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

Santiago’s Metropolitan Roller Derby League have launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising the funds required to the Latin American Championships in Colombia in August.

Read more about the campaign on I Love Chile: http://www.ilovechile.cl/2013/07/09/roller-derby-players-seek-funding-represent-chile/88368

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Footbag Performance on Show de Goles

In order to promote the F11 Feria de Futbol, Daniel Boyle appeared on the popular CDF program “Show de Goles” alongside event organiser José Luis Fernández.

The short footbag demonstration was a taste for what can be seen at the feria, with an enormous range of football related activities on offer.

More information can be found at http://www.expof11.cl