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News, information and stories about the 2016 Brazilian Olympic Games and the Olympics in general.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

One Million Registrants

Whilst more than a million people had registered for tickets to events at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the organisers have told a gathering of influential world sports leaders that they still need to secure 117 further planning permits to host the 2012 Games.

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jobs For All!

One of the benefits of the London 2012 Olympics, so we were told, was that it was meant to provide jobs in the less wealthy part of London where the games are to be staged.

Taken literally, that is true. However, the actualite is not quite so inspiring.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has revealed that 828 workers out of the total 6,277 workers on the Olympic site are Britons who live locally.

This revelation did not come voluntarily, but was made as a result of a Freedom of Information request (made 6 months ago).

Was it not Gordon Brown who promised that the Olympics would deliver "British jobs for British workers"?

A fatuous and divisive promise, the globalisation of the economy and the fact that we belong to the EU means that large projects such as this will always attract migrant labour (just as British workers go abroad for similar projects).

The foolishness was making the promise in the first place.

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Unsustainable

The Telegraph reports that two years ago Aggregate Industries was awarded the contract to supply aggregate materials (eg concrete, gravel, stone and sand) to the Olympic Park. A key element, so people were given to understand at the time, of the contract was that 99% of the materials would be transported by sustainable transport methods. Within this figure, 25% (250,000 tons) would come by barge via Prescott Lock on the River Lea.

However, Tessa Jowell, the Olympics minister, has revealed that during 2009 a pathetic 600 tons of material had been transported to the Olympic Park by water.

For why?

It seems that the financial downturn has scuppered the plans to carry out the necessary dredging work. Therefore the tide is only high enough to carry barges for a few hours each day.

However, Aggregate Industries will not face sanctions, it seems that the ODA did not make it a binding requirement of the contract (even though it was a key part of the contract).

I wonder how many other Olympics contracts have been so "naively" negotiated by the ODA?

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Evening Standard repotts that Newham, the London Olympics borough, is one of London's robbery hotspots.

Met statistics show Newham, with 2,077 offences, the second worst borough for robberies last year.

Its Stratford and New Town ward (including the international rail and Tube stations) came third in a table of London's most robbery-hit wards with 219 offences.

Newham's Forest Gate South ward was also among the top 10 worst areas.

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Record Breaking Olympics

The London 2012 Olympics promises to break at least one record, the number of drugs tests carried out.

The London Organising Committee (Locog) will carry out around 5,000 tests, 10% more than were performed in Beijing in 2008.

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Environmental Legacy

The Daily India ran this story back in February about the contamination of the London Olympics site, that seemingly is buried beneath a plastic sheet.

How true is this story, and how much of a hazard does this present given that there is meant to be a "legacy" after the games?

"The entire Olympics site in London has reportedly been built on top of a thin plastic sheet laid at a depth of less than three feet to separate the surface soil from potentially heavily contaminated ground below.

According to reports, it has been revealed that London 2012 chiefs have covered up land that is possibly contaminated with asbestos and radioactive materials with a huge and bright orange sheet.

Spanning more than 600 acres it is buried at a depth of 31inches to protect the health and safety of future builders and homeowners. It is designed as a warning marker layer to anyone digging the foundations of new homes and offices that they must follow special precautions if there is a need to excavate more deeply, the Express reports.

While "clean" soil and debris have been placed above the sheet, anything below it has to be considered hazardous unless proved otherwise
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Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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