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April is the foolest month…and spotting the spoofs is not always straightforward

April 02, 2015

Just for a fleeting second...the story put out yesterday by Bring Back the Mile had me expostulating.

By Mike Rowbottom, Inside the Games

I like to think I would have spotted the one about the Olympic Games being replaced by the Hunger Games.

Likewise the story which appeared in the media yesterday about Athletics Kenya being disbanded. And about Usain Bolt - remember him? - applying for U.S. citizenship.

But that's the thing about April Fool's Day jokes. You sometimes get caught off guard.

Just for a fleeting second - and for no more than that before anyone decides to get smart - the story put out yesterday by the U.S. sporting group Bring Back the Mile had me expostulating.

Their standard press release format detailed a decision take by USATF President Stephanie Hightower to ban the Mile from the sport in the United States, a decision Bring Back the Mile described as "misguided, undemocratic" with the additional request that its supporters help to fight the ban by using the hashtag #StopSteph.

Misguided! Too right, I mean, well, Stephanie, I mean, spoke to her on more than one occasion, spoke to her in Birmingham before London 2012 about the decision to use the city as a training base for U.S. athletes, great ex-hurdler, sensible woman...what was she thinking?

And then, in the quote that followed, I saw the reference to Louis XIV and the Mile turned into a smile.

Continue reading at: www.insidethegames.biz

Read the original BBTM article, here.

Tags: stephanie hightower (2) , april fools (7)

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