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Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has brought in strict laws ©Getty Images

News - Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg says the organisation is "extremely concerned" after Brunei announced punishments including death by stoning for homosexuality and adultery would be brought in from next week.

The tiny Asian country has adopted a strict Islamic penal code based on Sharia law with tough new penalties including amputation for theft.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has brought in the laws in the oil and gas-rich country where around 75 per cent of the population are Muslim.

The move has been met with widespread international condemnation.

Amnesty International called the punishments "cruel and inhuman" and the United Nations slammed the plans for "torture" and "degrading treatment".

"We are extremely concerned at the news reports coming out of Brunei and join the international human rights community in opposing these new laws," Grevemberg told insidethegames.

"We must work closely with our Commonwealth partners to protect and promote human rights, supporting and upholding the Commonwealth's collective drive towards freedom, fairness and equality."

Brunei, which gained independence from Britain in 1984, has competed at every Commonwealth Games since Auckland in 1990.

All of their athletes at Gold Coast 2018 competed in lawn bowls with the country still awaiting its first medal.

It remains possible new laws could lead to Brunei being suspended from the Commonwealth, which would mean they could not compete at the Commonwealth Games.

Nigeria was suspended in 1995 for executing nine people, including Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ken Saro-Wiwa.

The ban was not lifted until 1999 so the country missed Kuala Lumpur 1998.

Pakistan, Fiji and Zimbabwe have also been suspended for political reasons.

Brunei first introduced Sharia law in 2014 and pledged to roll it out over the coming years.

Alcohol is banned, with whipping another potential punishment.

Having children when not married and failing to pray on a Friday are other crimes.

Hollywood actor George Clooney has called for a boycott of nine hotels with links to Brunei.

The Sultan, one of the world's richest people, owns the Brunei Investment Agency which in turn owns hotels such as the Dorchester in London and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

"Every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels, we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens," said Clooney.


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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