Someone at Eurovets is silencing debate, erasing EMA content

This March 24 discussion of Finns at 2016 EMA General Assembly was deleted from Facebook.

A couple days ago, the Facebook group for European Masters Athletics went from open to closed — meaning new members have to be approved by the admins. One reason for the change is the apparent effort to purge critics of EMA President Kurt Kaschke of Germany, including German masters track blogger Axel Hermanns. His recent post at is headlined: “Kaschke has abolished freedom of expression as an ‘Erdogan for the poor,’” a reference to the Turkish president gaining dictator powers. Also noted is the erasure of a mini-scandal — that Finnish delegates didn’t attend the March 2016 General Assembly in Ancona, Italy, where a new EMA Constitution was debated. A screen shot of the FB page on March 23 shows an image of a “vote list” with no Finns present. But Vesa Lappalainen, the former vice president of EMA, reportedly insists that his fellow Finns were present. A well-placed source tells me: “The same mysterious disappearance happened on EMA website, where all news from April 2 (2016) till December 31 (2016) are deleted.” Of course, nothing is EVER fully deleted from the Intertubes. You can still see many or all of those missing posts via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. So nah-nah-nah-nah-nah! Meanwhile, a new “Friends of EMA” Facebook page has launched. Anyone can join.

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April 20, 2017

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  1. Ken Stone - April 23, 2017

    Madrid will host the 2018 Eurovets indoor meet, Prez Kurt announces:

    How was site chosen? I have no clue.

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