The Olympics

The Olympics

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hell On Earth

It seems that for those who normally work and live in London, the period during which next year's Olympic games will be held is going to feel like hell on earth.

There will be an estimated population influx of two million people to the capitol during the period of the games (27 June - 16 September).

Continuity Central warn that organisations should prepare themselves for disruptions due to the expected influx of journalists, athletes and tourists into the country.

It is estimated that there will be half a million extra public transport journeys in London a day. On top of this many major roads will be closed due to sporting activities and movements of people.

Paul Eskriett, Principal Security and Contingency Planning Advisor from The City of London Corporation, warned:

"It is essential that your organisation fully prepares for the event. There will be up to three hour delays on public transport, potential terrorist activity, criminal activity, public disorder and domestic extremism."

It seems that the best thing to do will be to leave town during the games.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Spurs Granted Judicial Review

The High Court have granted Tottenham Hotspur permission to ask for a judicial review into the awarding of ownership of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham after London 2012.

Mr Justice Collins, a High Court judge, ruled there are sufficient grounds for a review into the process by which West Ham were unanimously chosen as the preferred bidder to take over stewardship of the arena by the Olympic Park Legacy Committee (OPLC).

The hearing will take place in the High Court on October 18.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Stadium Decision Upheld

The BBC reports that an independent investigation by Moore Stephens has upheld the decision to award West Ham the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.

The review concluded that there is no reason to re-open the bidding process.

However, irrespective of the outcome of the review, it appears that Spurs still want a judicial review and are due to present evidence at an oral hearing at the High Court on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Red Neck Olympics Threatened

I am sorry to hear that the "Redneck Olympics" in Maine, which features event such as beer-swilling, pie eating and wife-carrying, has been threatened with legal action by the US Olympic Committee.

For why?

The US Olympic Committee believes that it owns the word "Olympics".

However, as Harold Brooks (the organiser of the Red Neck Olympics) quite rightly pointed out to Fox News:

"It’s a word that was used the ancient Greeks.

This is just a bunch of rich people looking out for other rich people.

It’s sickening that if you own a lot of money, you can own everything – even a word.
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As noted many times before on this site, the Olympics (not the Red Neck one) are about money not sport.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Bottom Line

Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin, Brits h Olympic Volleyball players, have rented out their bottoms to Betfair (the bookmakers).

In exchange for an undisclosed sum, the pair will wear bikini briefs with a Quick Response (QR) code printed on the back. The code, when photographed on a smartphone, will take users to Betfair's website.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Olympic Greed

How "refreshing" to read that, despite the ever worsening global financial situation, the hoteliers of London intend to screw every last penny from visitors to London next year during the Olympics.

The Telegraph reports that London hotels intend to treat tourist as prostrate milch cows eg:

- A double room at the Sheraton Park Tower, in Knightsbridge, this month costs £209 a night. The price quoted for a stay in August next year is £605.

- A night at the West London, in Leicester Square, costs around £290 this August. The same room during the Games will cost just under £540.

- The Berjaya Hotel in Kensington, goes for broke and intends to increase some of its room rates by a factor of 10. Rates typically range from £89 to £199. For every day of the Olympics, the price is £999 a night.

As noted many time before on this site, the Olympics are not about sport but are in fact about money.

Given the ongoing financial turmoil, it is to be hoped that these greedy hoteliers get their fingers well and truly burned for their naked opportunism.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

It's A Wrap!

Dow, the chemical company with an "interesting" history, will be allowed to promote and display its logo on certain sections of the Olympic Stadium after winning the right to produce the £6M "wrap" that will cover the exterior of the stadium.

Seemingly once the games are over the "wrap" will be "repurposed", whatever that means in plain English!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Severe Travel Disruption

The official Olympics website is warning businesses of severe travel disruption during the games.

Quote:

"We are expecting six weeks of severe travel disruptions across the transport network, which could affect your employees, customers, contractors, visitors and suppliers."

Are the games really worth all of this disruption, given that London's transport infrastructure is already obsolete and overstretched?

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Secuirty Matters

The Telegraph reports that around 8,000 students will be employed to monitor crowds and provide security at key Olympic venues by the private security firm G4S.

The students will undergo Criminal Records Bureau checks, but previous criminal convictions will “not necessarily preclude” their involvement.

The student security guards will be employed under a scheme called "Bridging the Gap", which does not require them to have a security industry authority licence when working at the Games.

A "bold" initiative!

Minor criminal convictions are not so much of an issue. However, the lack of experience of the security personnel is a major issue.

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Monday, August 1, 2011

No Escape

Seemingly there will be no escape from next year's Olympics.

As a foretaste of the wall to wall coverage during the games, the BBC intends to cover every mile of the 70 mile torch relay, live.

The Olympic torch's journey around Britain starts on May 19, and ends at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27.

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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