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    Re: The Olympics: Rio 2016 *Spoilers*

    Thanks Ti! You're a lot more readable than the above

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptmcmahon View Post
    Thanks Ti! You're a lot more readable than the above
    This is one time a dryly written report is worth reading. It's slamming the Brazilian Olympic Committee using "fifty cent words" as we used to say. The level of incompetence is stunning.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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    4 November 2016

    ITF’s Rio 2016 magazine published online

    A commemorative magazine, Love Rio, has been published online by the ITF to celebrate the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Tennis Events. It can be viewed here:

    This 32-page magazine, available online only, takes us back to the high drama and excitement that played out three months ago at the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event.

    Over nine days of competition in the Barra Olympic Park there were shocks, surprises, hard-fought battles and almost unbearable tension for players and fans from around the world. A month later the Paralympic Tennis Event gave us another eight days of passionate, high-stakes competition.

    “As the 2016 season reaches its closing stages, this publication is a timely reminder of one of the high points of the tennis year, when our players experienced the incredible highs and lows of representing their countries in the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said ITF President David Haggerty.

    “Those of us lucky enough to be there know what an electrifying event it was, and we’re delighted to be able to share its best moments – captured in stunning photography – with a wider audience.”

    The digital magazine has as its cover star Monica Puig, who made history in Rio by winning Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal, and becoming her country’s first female medallist. She is joined inside by Great Britain’s Andy Murray, who became the first player in history to win a second Olympic singles gold medal. All 23 Olympic tennis medallists are featured, as are all 20 Paralympic tennis medal winners.

    Rio 2016 marked the eighth appearance of tennis as a full Olympic sport since it returned to the Games at Seoul 1988. Paralympic tennis was contested for the seventh time since its debut at Barcelona 1992.

    - ENDS -

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    Not a year has passed and this is the state of the swimming pool:

    Meet again we do, old foe...

  5. #620

    Re: The Olympics: Rio 2016 *Spoilers*

    Yet another white elephant...
    Roger forever

  6. #621

    Re: The Olympics: Rio 2016 *Spoilers*

    I am too lazy to look it up in this thread but didn't we say exactly that? That this was a con?
    In a country which is basically bankrupt.
    As I always say: There is a reason why we are third world. Believe me.
    Missing winter...

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    July 09th, 2017 Brazil, Latin America & Caribbean, Industry, International, News, Rio 2016 Olympic Games

    Last summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were expensive. Like, 13.1-billion-dollars-expensive.

    The Olympics are always expensive, but Rio supposedly went $1.6 billion over-budget to boot.

    Despite the tab, Rio still hosted a pretty good Games, even while suffering under a horrible recession and endemic political corruption that has put the former governor of Rio de Janeiro in prison, with other criminal cases still pending.

    The IOC, which claims to have already contributed $1.53 billion to the Rio Games, said Sunday at a conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, that it had “closed all its obligations with the organizing committee.”

    Per contracts signed by the IOC and Olympic hosts, the cities that put on the Games are required to pay the debts incurred to host. However, Rio 2016 has fallen unabashedly short of meeting the requirements laid out in the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020.

    Agreed upon in December of 2014, it is difficult to make a case that the IOC is being hypocritical by not assisting Rio further as the reforms within the Olympic Agenda 2020 are not supposed to manifest until the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. The bids put forth by Los Angeles and Paris to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games–arguably the two most economically and socially-progressive bids ever drafted–have drawn heavy influence from the Olympic Agenda 2020 document. However, the Olympic brand and the IOC are in the midst of a crisis-of-character, especially now that the first South American host of an Olympic Games finds itself in economic ruin less than a year since the flame went out.

    Before the Games began last summer, Rio was scrambling to pay down the mounting costs of hosting. To pay creditors that footed the bills for various infrastructure projects required to host the Olympics, local governments throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro diverted money intended for police and firefighter salaries, causing the infamous “welcome-to-hell” protests some athletes and spectators were greeted with when they stepped off the plane last summer.

    The IOC further claimed “an exceptional effort to significant cost savings and additional financial undertakings by all the Olympic stakeholders, which amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars.”

    With the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, less than seven months away, and a final decision for the host of the 2024–and most likely 2028–Summer Games coming up in September, the IOC desperately wants to move on from Rio. Unfortunately, Rio 2016 organizers and bystanders alike feel they are owed more for their troubles, and are likely to keep hounding the IOC to increase its accountability, financially and otherwise.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

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    Re: The Olympics: Rio 2016 *Spoilers*

    Stephen Wade‏ @StephenWadeAP 6m6 minutes ago
    Rio's Olympic golf course on a perfect Saturday. Empty. Non-Brazilians charged almost $200 for cart and 18.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

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