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  • July 11th, 2010
  • Posted by 7thmin

komorowski-bronislaw.jpg soccer-city-joburg.jpg Political winners of the month have included Bronislaw Komorowski (picture), elected President of Poland; and among sports winners: England defeating Australia in one-day cricket, two tennis veterans wrapping-it-up at Wimbledon, and the World Cup Football, once again a European festival.


Mr Komorowski was driven to a second round vote (4.7.10) against Jaroslaw Kaczynski, identical twin of President Lech Kaczynski, killed in a plane crash in …

His majority was tighter than expected in most quarters, in the order of 5%, but clwears the new Prtesident to work on stabilising national finances, and preparing for the Polish Presidency of the European Council a year from now.

His centre-rught Civic Platform party wants closer integration with the European union.


Settlement of the final draw in the World Cup, in South Africa,  put a European stamp on the event, three European teams lining up (Germany, The Netherlands and Spain), and one from South America (Uruguay).

The Netherlands and Spain will fight out the final tonight (Sunday 11.7.10 in Johannesburg).

The football federation (FIFA) has signaled this will be the last World Cup where referees will do without electronic aids – like video play-backs, and even perhaps a microchip inside the ball, to pinpoint its location in the goal area.

The difference between olden-days unaided reffing, and today’s, is that an errant ref now gets found-out, on television – time and time again.


England lost the last two one-day cricket games against Australia (30.6.10, 3.7.10), but had the first three in the bag, and so emerged winners for the tour.

For the record, winners in the tgennis Grand Slam event at Wimbledon were, in the men’s competition, Rafael Nadal, Spain (defeating Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 3-6, 5-7, 4-6), and women’s, Serena Williams, USA (defeating Vera Zvonareva, Russia, 6-3, 6-2).


See also, EUAustralia, “Sports: Another time”, 1.7.10; “Polish elections”, 21.6.10.

Wimbledon 21 Jujne – 4 July, 2010, London, Scores, 4.7.10., (11.7.10).

Le Monde, Paris, “En Pologne, le parti de Komorowski ‘a les mains libres pour reformer’”, (Komorowski’s party wins in Poland, gets free hand for reforms), 5.7.10. …, (11.7.10).


Bronislaw Komorowski; Soccer City stadium, Johannesburg.