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    Re: The Olympics: Rio 2016

    IOC wanted expand geography of Olympics, but really it would have been better had they gone with a much richer country.
    Roger forever

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    Re: The Olympics: Rio 2016

    I'm beginning to think I'll get sick just watching it on tv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    IOC wanted expand geography their loot by ripping off stupid countries that do not understand they will make no money whatsoever of Olympics, but really it would have been better had they gone with a much richer country.
    Better?
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    When you throw a party at your place and invite a bunch of friends do you expect to make money? Same with Olympics
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    Re: The Olympics: Rio 2016

    In terms of crime and public safety, is the situation that much worse than for the World Cup 2 years ago?


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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    When you throw a party at your place and invite a bunch of friends do you expect to make money? Same with Olympics
    Good to see Suliso The Contrarian is back
    You really think the IOC sees the Olympics as a party? A celebration of human qualities? Olympic Games are not sold to the countries as an "opportunity to enhance your country's reputation" and make money out of it?
    Not to mention the little money that they make during the actual bidding process (ahem, are you here, Japan?).
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  7. #67

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    IOC doesn't, but bidding cities should see it that way... Getting any money back is just a bonus.
    Roger forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Good to see Suliso The Contrarian is back
    You really think the IOC sees the Olympics as a party? A celebration of human qualities? Olympic Games are not sold to the countries as an "opportunity to enhance your country's reputation" and make money out of it?
    Not to mention the little money that they make during the actual bidding process (ahem, are you here, Japan?).
    (First, I think most of us here are contrarians.)

    I think the Olympics itself is a money-losing operation. It's more about prestige and long term benefit. It's kind of like a space program.

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    Brazil eases visa rules ahead of Rio Olympics

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Brazil is lifting visa requirements for tourists from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States starting Wednesday to encourage travel to the Rio Olympics, the government said.

    The tourism ministry said Tuesday that it was throwing the doors open to tourists from the four countries because they are already a good market, have strong interest in the Olympics and pose a low security risk.

    "These tourists will boost the country's economy by spending in hotels, restaurants, car hire, travel agencies and many other sectors," Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves said in a statement.

    "In this period, our attractions will be on global view. If we do our part, many of these tourists will return after the Olympics bringing friends and relatives," he said.

    The Olympics, the first to be held in South America, start August 5.

    via AFP

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/brazil-...QDBHNlYwNzcg--
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  10. #70

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    (First, I think most of us here are contrarians.)

    I think the Olympics itself is a money-losing operation. It's more about prestige and long term benefit. It's kind of like a space program.
    No, we are not! Not like Suliso!!!
    Starry starry night

  11. #71

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    German federation asks IOC to exclude Russia and Kenya from Rio Olympics

    NESHA STARCEVIC
    FRANKFURT — The Associated Press

    Published Friday, Jun. 10, 2016 12:23PM EDT
    Last updated Friday, Jun. 10, 2016 12:26PM EDT

    The head of Germany’s track and field federation urged the IOC on Friday to keep Russian and Kenyan athletes out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even if they pass pre-games doping tests.

    DLV president Clemens Prokop said testing athletes between now and the games is “inept” because the main effects of doping would have been felt during training periods months ago, when proper procedures were not in place in Russia and Kenya.

    In an open letter to the International Olympic Committee’s German president, Thomas Bach, Prokop said he was acting at the request of German track and field athletes demanding a level playing field.

    “I kindly ask you to take athletes’ concerns seriously and to use all possible means for ensuring fair competitions and equality of opportunity in Rio,” the letter said.

    Christian Klaue, the IOC’s head of communications for German-speaking countries, said a reply had been sent to the German federation but that the IOC did not plan to publish it.

    “As you know it is our view that everything has to be done to ensure a level playing field for the clean athletes,” Klaue said in an email.

    The Russian track and field federation was suspended by the IAAF in November following a World Anti-Doping Agency panel’s report detailing rampant and state-supported doping in Russia.

    The IAAF’s ruling council meets next Friday in Vienna to decide whether or not to lift the ban ahead of the Rio Games. Bach has called a summit of sports leaders four days later, on June 21, that could potentially open the way for those Russian athletes deemed “clean” to go to the games, even if the IAAF upholds its ban.

    Bach has said the issue involves a choice between “individual justice” and “collective responsibility.” Several top Olympic officials have said it would be unjust to ban those Russian athletes who have never been accused or implicated in doping.

    Prokop’s letter said “some leaders” of global sports apparently are considering allowing Russian athletes who pass tests to compete in Rio even if their federation remains suspended.

    “It is obvious that the IOC’s announcement to double the number of doping controls prior to Rio and in particular to have them carried out in countries like Russia and Kenya has to be seen in the light of the above,” he said.

    Prokop said his letter was meant to address “the discussion about the eligibility of athletes from countries whose doping control systems do not comply with the worldwide standard” set by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

    Both Russia and Kenya are currently declared non-complaint with WADA’s global code.

    Prokop said the biggest performance-enhancing effects from doping are achieved during “training peaks,” which for the Rio Games would have been in the fall of 2015 and this spring.

    “A level playing field at the competitions in Rio requires that a deterrent control system was operational during these relevant periods,” the letter said. “The time period immediately preceding the Olympic Games is only of secondary relevance when trying to benefit from doping effects.”

    Any tests carried out between now and the games are “inept” and will “never restore the level playing field in athletics,“’ Prokop said.

    Citing media reports, the letter said “some countries” had no control system complying with WADA’s requests during the peak training times relevant for doping.

    “Should athletes from such countries be allowed to compete in Rio, DLV athletes see their right ti equal treatment and equal opportunity blatantly violated, because there is no reassurance whatsoever that their competitor has not used prohibited substances during the time in question,” the letter said.

    Addressing Bach and his promise to “protect clean athletes,” the letter said the IOC’s retests of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games “have shown that the principle of equality of opportunity has not always been enforced.”

    The IOC has reported 55 positive findings in the retesting program so far. The Russian Olympic Committee has said 22 of the cases involved Russian athletes, including medallists .

    “This not only constitutes a betrayal of athletes, but also a betrayal of the IOC and the Olympic ideals,” Prokop said.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...ticle30392604/
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  12. #72

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    Vanity Fair's Olympic portfolio

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    Rio government declares 'public calamity' over finances ahead of Olympics
    Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 5:48 p.m. EDT June 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Rio de Janeiro state government declared a state of "public calamity" on Friday, warning that extreme economic measures would need to be implemented to successfully host the Olympic Games in August.

    The statement, published late Friday on the state government's web site, said that emergency actions are necessary to avoid a "total collapse in public safety, health, education, transport and environmental management."

    Brazil has been mired in a sharp recession in the past two years, which has made it difficult to properly fund the estimated $10 billion the country is spending on Olympic venues and infrastructure projects to support the Games. Those costs have contributed to widespread protests throughout Brazil, as citizens complain that the money should be spent on hospitals, schools and emergency services instead.

    Friday's statement did not specify what emergency actions were necessary, but made it clear that not doing so would jeopardize the event.

    "It is for the competent authorities to adopt exceptional necessary measures to rationalize all public services, with the aim of realizing the [Olympic] Games," the statement said.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...mity/86055924/
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  14. #74

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    Meet again we do, old foe...

  15. #75

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    Bill Maher told a joke a few years ago about how Brazil got the Olympics. They were up against Chicago. Chicago sent Oprah and Mrs. Obama. Brazil sent strippers and blow.

    Blame the joke on Bill Maher.
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