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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Iran Olympics Boycott?

There are some rumours floating around Twitter that Iran is considering boycotting the London 2012 Olympics, as retribution for the recently announced sanctions and worsening relations.

It is not clear as to whether this particular rumour is true or not. However, the talk about Iran possibly boycotting the games is not new.

In February this year the Iranians were making nosies about boycotting the games because of their dislike of the Olympics logo:

"The National Olympic Committee of Iran has sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) complaining about the logo of 2012 London Olympic Games.

For why?

Apparently, the logo says "Zion"???!!
"

In other words, the threat of an Iranian boycott is nothing more than "business as usual".

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Friday, November 25, 2011

It's Not a Wrap!

 In August I wrote about Dow Chemicals wrapping the London Olympics stadium in some form of plastic sheet, and displaying its logo on the 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."

People have finally woken up to Dow's controversial past.

The Indian Olympic Association has announced that it will be holding a vote next month on whether or not to boycott the London Olympic Games.

The Indian government is still pursuing Dow for £1.1BN of compensation for the victims of the Bhopal disaster (Dow purchased Union Carbide 16 years after the disaster).

Pressure is mounting on Locog to abandon its deal with Dow.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thomas Cook

 Given that Thomas Cook is the "Official Provider of Short Breaks to The Olympics", its possible demise (see "The Thomas Cook Affair") will negatively impact the London 2012 games.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Kirpans Allowed

Despite major concerns over the security of next year's Olympic Games in London, Sikhs will be allowed to carry ceremonial sheathed kirpans into the games; so as long as they are worn beneath their clothing and if they can prove that they are adhering to four other articles of faith.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Corruption, Football and Sport

How "surprising" to read that football, that bastion of ethics and philanthropy, has mired itself in yet another scandal, this time involving the Olympics stadium.

The Telegraph reports that a second man has been arrested in connection with police investigations over the Tottenham Hotspur bid to use the stadium after next year's Olympic games.

The arrest follows allegations that investigators working for Tottenham Hotspur illegally obtained private telephone and banking records during the stadium-bidding process.

Spurs deny this.

The arrest comes on top of reports that accountants PKF, the company hired by Tottenham to carry out investigations during the Olympic Stadium bid, have admitted passing on copies of Karren Brady’s illegally obtained telephone records to The Sunday Times.

Allegations of corruption in football and sport, who would have thought it?

I dare say the white elephant of the stadium can be used as a prison after the games, if anyone is found guilty of these allegations.


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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Meter's Ticking Guv!

In order that they are not left out of the Olympics' rip off bonanza next year, London cabbies are demanding that they be allowed to raise their fares by 20%.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association has suggested that without the increase there may be "mass walkouts" of cabbies during the Games.

Seemingly members are "concerned" about the  increase in traffic restrictions etc during the Games.

I dare say that the Tube drivers' recent £1200 Olympics bonus settlement may well have had a bearing on this issue!

The Olympics are not about sport, but are about money.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Clusterfuck of Ineptitude - Olympics Airbrushes Belfast

In a remarkable clusterfuck of ineptitude, in the run up to Remembrance Day, London 2012 airbrushed HMS Belfast from an official London 2012 Olympics poster showing London's skyline and the Thames.

Apparently it was a "mistake".

Really?

How do you accidentally airbrush out a picture of the largest vessel in the national historic fleet?

London 2012 organisers have had to apologise and reprint the posters with HMS Belfast in them this time.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Spying Game

How interesting, it seems that a man has been arrested over claims that London 2012 executives were put under surveillance by Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Baroness Ford, Chairman of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) told the London Assembly that all 14 OPLC board members had been spied on.

Baroness Ford told the London Assembly (as per the BBC):

"My board were put under surveillance by Tottenham Hotspur and the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur felt confident enough to say that in the Sunday Times several months ago, that all 14 members of my board were put under surveillance.

The Metropolitan Police are now conducting an investigation into that surveillance.

There has been all kinds of behaviour here that I could not have anticipated which, believe me, has not been pleasant in the last 12 months.

I'm expecting the unexpected because that's what the last 12 months has told me.

Our job now is to narrow, as far as we possibly can, the scope now for legitimate legal challenge in this next process. That is all that we can do.

If people want then to be vexatious, frivolous and vindictive or whatever they want, they will do that."


Dirty tricks involving football and sport?

Never!!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Waste!

Despite the fact that Britain is facing years of austerity, and the ongoing crisis in the Eurozone that threatens to collapse the global economy, it is "reassuring" to learn that government ministers are "investing" our taxes "wisely".

What could be a better "investment" than tickets to watch the London 2012 Olympics?

Jeremy Hunt's department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has applied for, and has been allocated, 8,846 tickets to the London 2012 Olympics.

Isn't it funny that Hunt and his cronies managed to get their full allocation of tickets, yet many ordinary citizens who applied haven't?

Anyhoo, the cost to the taxpayer of this "investment" is £750K.

I am sure that you will all agree that this is money "well spent"!

SNORT!


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