Episode 6: LA's bid for 2024 Olympics, youth soccer, and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir on sports and activism

In Episode 6 of Burn It All Down, Julie DiCaro, Jessica Luther, Brenda Elsey, and Shireen Ahmed discuss Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympics, and youth soccer, and Shireen interviews Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. Plus you’ll hear The Burn Pile, and Badass Woman of the Week!

Introduction (0:58) New sports announced for the summer Olympics in 2020 but alongside that are ongoing protests against Los Angeles’ inevitable hosting of the Olympics in either 2024 or 2028 (12:44) 8-year-old Mili Hernandez’s soccer team was disqualified a tournament because Mili’s short hair made her look like a boy, revealing the complicated intersection of identity, the gender binary, and sport (21:40) Shireen interviews Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, a Muslim hooper, who set the high school scoring record in Massachusetts, beat Obama in a game of HORSE at the White House, and was banned from playing on the professional level because she wears a hijab (36:40) Burn Pile – hosts set metaphorical fire to the softball questions Chicago media tossed at Addison Russell (39:16) to the University of North Carolina and its athletic director, Bubba Cunningham for cancelling the course, “Big Time College Sports and The Rights of Athletes” (40:50) to Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde and the racist gesture of pulling the outer corner of his eyes (42:02) to the men who dedicate a lot of time on social media to downrating the work women create and put into the world (43:15) This week’s Badass Woman of the Week goes to Jelena Ostapenko, the 20-year-old unseeded French Open champion (44:56) with honorable mentions to Canada Women’s National retiring soccer players and Hall of Fame inductees Josée Bélanger, Jonelle Filigno, Robyn Gayle, Kaylyn Kyle, and Lauren Sesselmann (46:08) and our own Lindsay Gibbs, the birthday girl (46:36) Congratulations to Julie for winning a Gracie Award for #MoreThanMean (47:12)


New Olympic sports in 2020: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/sports/olympics/2020-summer-olympics-events.html?_r=0

Katie Ledecky and the 1500m: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/no-1500m-olympics-women-katie-ledecky-out-luck

3-on-3 basketball: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/06/3-on-3-olympic-basketball-rules-3-pointer-shot-clock-kevin-durant-ideal-player

“Olympic sevens rugby set to continue into the 2024 Games”: http://www.rugbyworld.com/news/olympic-sevens-rugby-78798

“Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens program gets huge funding increase after Rio gold”: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/act-sport/australian-womens-rugby-sevens-program-gets-huge-funding-increase-after-rio-gold-20170609-gwo266.html

Jules Boykoff on why Los Angeles should pushback against the Olympics: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/los-angeles-olympic-bid-2028-summer-games?CMP=share_btn_tw

A Q+A with one of the organizers behind NOlympics LAhttps://la.curbed.com/2017/6/9/15772478/la-no-olympics-why-should-not-host

Julie from July of last year, “The Dark Side of the Rio Summer Olympics”: http://nerdist.com/the-dark-side-of-the-rio-summer-olympics/

HBO Real Sports’ reporting on the Olympics: http://www.hbo.com/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/episodes/0/232-episode/synopsis/july-on-real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel.html

Rio’s Olympic venues are falling apart (Worms? WORMS!): https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/10/rio-olympic-venues-already-falling-into-a-state-of-disrepair

Jessica from August of last year, “Rio 2016 celebrates women, but at what cost?”: http://www.excellesports.com/news/column-jessica-luther-brazil/

Beijing and Human Rights: https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/2022-olympics-in-china-a-test-for-human-rights/

Sochi and LGBTQ Rights: http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/02/24/sochi_olympics_how_the_international_lgbtq_rights_movement_failed_russian.html

Militarization and the Olympics: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-all-opponents-gentrification-and-police-militarization-should-oppose-dc-2024-olympic/

Mili Hernandez’s team disqualified from a youth soccer tournament: http://www.wowt.com/content/news/8-year-old-girl-disqualified-from-soccer-game-because-she-looks-like-a-boy-426397041.html

Katie Barnes at espnW: “Having short hair or playing with action figures is no indication of gender”: http://www.espn.com/espnw/voices/article/19587919/having-short-hair-playing-action-figures-no-indication-gender

The soccer tournament’s side in the disqualification of Hernandez’s team: http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-girls-soccer-short-hair-20170609-story.html

GLAAD’s media reference guide: https://www.glaad.org/reference

Shireen’s piece on FIBA finally lifting the ban on religious headwear: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/after-a-long-fight-fiba-finally-lifts-its-ban-on-religious-headwear

“Life Without Basketball,” a documentary about Abdul-Qaadir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OavrXZs9YgM

Muslim Girls Hoop, Too: http://muslimgirlshooptoo.weebly.com/

“Addison Russell, Cubs issue statements as MLB looks into domestic abuse allegations”: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-addison-russell-domestic-abuse-allegation-20170608-story.html

First three questions at Russell’s press conference: https://twitter.com/KevinKaduk/status/873212448932745216

“A UNC course that dealt with athletics scandal is canceled. Now some want to know why”: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article154031604.html

“Under-20 World Cup: Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde denies making racist gesture”: http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/40167593

The Julie and Maggie Show: https://www.facebook.com/JulieMaggieShow and https://twitter.com/JulieMaggieShow

Jelena Ostapenko wins the French Open: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/sports/tennis/french-open-jelena-ostapenko-simona-halep.html

“Canada Soccer to honour five retiring Women’s National team players & Hall of Fame inductee at match in Toronto”: http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-to-honour-five-retiring-women-s-national-team-players-hall-of-fame-inductee-at-match-in-toronto-p160883

The Gracie award winners: http://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/2017-gracie-winners/

Shelby Weldon