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Sunday, February 21, 2016

2016 Olympic Games Update - Not So Good!


There are many issues facing the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  The continuation of conversation and speculation by the general public as to how cities are selected for all International Games is a never ending saga of sordid tales. 
In the middle of trying to host the two biggest athletic competitions in the world, Brazil is also impeaching its own president – Dilma Rousseff, struggling through an economic recession, attempting to complete a 16-km subway extension costing $247 million in time for the Olympics, and fight off a pair of mosquito-born viruses, including the Zika virus that has several Central and South American countries warning women not to get pregnant.
Beyond that, Olympic athletes will be competing in Guanabara Bay and Roridgo de Freitas Lagoon, two bodies of water that have heavy levels of pollution in them, to the point that athletes already in Rio training for the Games have gotten sick as a result.
Local interest in the Olympics is woefully short of expectations, according to sources, saying fewer than 50% of the 4.5 million tickets allocated for the host country have been sold.
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Mark Andrew Zwartynski
Reference: SportsFeatures.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hybrid Sports & Science Execs Form Int'l Firm - High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC

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Hybrid Sports & Science Executives Form International Firm

“More speed, stamina, better mental acuity, injury prevention and drug-free alternative to doping.”

Austin, Texas USA – February 17, 2016 – Veteran Sports and Science Executives have formed a new international sports performance company named High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC.  The brainchild of Dr. Martin Denbar, a forty year experienced Dentist and Diplomat (17 years) of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas A&M University School of Medicine, High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC is a company combining two innovative therapeutic protocols:  Dr. Denbar’s improvement of one’s airway management, most importantly during competition, exercise, sleep and Patrick McKeown’s “The Oxygen Advantage”© program bringing year round high altitude results when training at sea level. The group specializes in addressing dysfunctional breathing and simulating high altitude training to improve speed, stamina, mental acuity and injury prevention for athletes of all levels.  HPBT also provides a drug-free alternative to the use of certain illegal banned substances in all sports. www.highpbt.com

Patrick McKeown M.A. TCD is an award winning author with over fifteen years’ experience.  A Director of Training and Education for Buteyko Clinic International and an International Practitioner and author of seven publications including his latest “The Oxygen Advantage”© published by Harper Collins Sept. 2015, brings the expert knowledge of working with over seven thousand athletes/clients supported by over 300 independent research studies to round out the program.  www.oxygenadvantage.com

The firm has been assembled by longtime sports and entertainment executive and published author Mark Andrew Zwartynski, Chairman of GP Capital Partners, parent company of The Mark Andrew Group.  Mark Andrew brings thirty years of senior level sports and entertainment industry experience, twenty years with the Indiana Pacers and the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.

Gregory Carter M.D. PhD of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center serves as the Director of Medicine for HPBT.  Dr. Carter is also on the staff of the Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at St. Paul University Hospital and Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program of UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

David Craig LAT ATC serves as the Director of Athletic Training for HPBT after 35 years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA and a part of two ABA championship teams.  The first president of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association, he was named the “1993 Professional Clinician/Athletic Trainer of the Year” and in 1995 was inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame. David was Head Athletic Trainer for the 1985 and 1996 NBA All-Star Eastern Conference Teams, a winner of the Distinguished Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association and the 2003 recipient of the Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.  David works with many USOC member teams. 

Mark K. Sullivan serves as General Counsel of High Performance Breathing Technology, LLC and oversees all international legal matters.  Mark is a 2014 Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. He was named one of Indianapolis’ Top Lawyers by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as an Indiana Super Lawyer and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers.


Contact: Mark Andrew Zwartynski at 214-552-0652 and markandrew@highpbt.com



Sunday, February 14, 2016

Markie Z Presents Guest Blogger Neil Wilson: "The Olympic Zika Question - To Go or Not Go to the Games"


Markie Z Presents with Permission from Sports Features.com


NEIL WILSON: The Olympic Zika question - to go or not to go to the Games

Zika virus has become the latest more personal threat to the Games / Bigstock
Zika virus has become the latest more personal threat to the Games / Bigstock
THE NEIL WILSON COLUMN / An exclusive, authoritative series from Sports Features Communications
(SFC) To go or not to go. That to misuse Shakespeare is the question that is suddenly on the lips of  Olympians who expected their only thoughts in 2016 to be focussed on gold in Rio.
Not put off by the pollution of waters in Guanabara Bay, the gaoling of corrupt executives of companies building Olympic stadia or Brazil's severe economic woes, they are seriously concerned about the latest more personal threat.  In short, Aedus aegypti, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus which was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation this month.
Fear has spread as rapidly as the virus in Brazil. Kenya's Olympic Committee head Kip Keino said that his country may not attend. The Australian and US Olympic committees said females should consider the risks of going.
Toni Minichiello, coach to Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, urged the British to move its Olympic acclimatisation camp away from the infected area. Double Olympic rowing champion Andy Trigg Hodge said his wife would not be going to cheer his attempt at a third gold.
Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the US Olympic soccer team, told SI.com that had she had to make the decision 'today' she would not go.
The serious threat to health exists largely for women who are pregnant or planning to be pregnant imminently because of the yet unproven but suspected link with birth defects in the new-born.  Cases among both sexes of it causing Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a serious disease of the nervous system, have also been found in Brazil.
The expert view is that it will not affect future pregnancies and that only one in five of those infected by the mosquitoes will show any symptoms. In the ones who do they will be mild, a fever, rash, joint pain and sore eyes lasting several days.
Not something you want at the peak of the four-year cycle of training for an Olympic challenge but hugely unlikely to affect your health long term.
Thousands of cases of infection are being reported by health authorities now but now in Brazil is summer, the mosquito season. When the Olympic Games takes place in August it will be winter, the Northern Hemisphere equivalent of February. Mosquitoes in February are a rarer breed.
Mosquito repellent and long sleeves may be an extremely efficient protection from those rare February moskies. The eradication efforts by the Rio authorties will reduce the threat further.
So the question is still: to go or not to go. Wrestling's world governing body has just conducted a test event in Rio. It reports that all competitors and officials returned healthy. And that is at the height of summer.
So the odds are good that in August everybody will be safe. The dilemma though remains. Not all will be as gung-ho as Ronak Pandit who has coached his wife Heena Sidhu to a place on India's Olympic shooting team.
"The way I see it it's better to die for an Olympic gold than be scared and sit at home," he told Reuters.  No answer was requested from his wife.
** NEIL WILSON reported his first Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. He has since covered another nine summer and nine winter Olympics for various newspapers, including The Independent and the Daily Mail with whom he has worked for the last 19 years as Athletics and Olympic correspondent. He was Britain's Sports Journalist of the Year in 1984 and is the author of seven books.

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Laura Walden (lwalden@sportsfeatures.com)