The Olympics

The Olympics


News, information and stories about the Olympic Games in London 2012 and the Olympics in general.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Russian Athletics Foundation Suspended From The Olympics

Russia's athletics federation has been provisionally suspended from international competition (including the Olympic Games) for its alleged involvement in widespread doping.

It should be noted that Russian athletes aren't the only ones who have used drugs to enhance their performance, and it should be noted that the USA has worked hard to isolate Russia economically and diplomatically from the world.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Russia Ridicules Doping Allegations

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The Great Olympic Doping Scandal

With calls by WADA to ban Russian athletes from the 2016 Olympics, because of widespread doping of their athletes in the 2012 Olympics, Russia has responded that it followed the norms.

Whatever the truth or otherwise of this, it ought to be remembered that the calls for banning Russia come at a time when the USA and Russia are squaring up to each other in the Middle East and in Ukraine. The USA has sought to isolate Russia diplomatically and financially from global affairs, yet has thus far failed.

A cynic might opine that this is but the latest attempt by the USA, albeit by the backdoor, to bring Russia to heel. After all, it's not as though Russia is the only country that has doped athletes and sportsmen!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Olympics Torch Rally

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Monday, July 6, 2015

The 2012 Legacy Failure - "Wicked" and "Negligent" brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pussy Riot Beaten By Cossacks

Pussy Riot, the punk band were filmed being beaten by uniformed cossacks wielding horsewhips, when the band attempted to perform in Sochi yesterday.

Cossacks are not members of the police or military, but have been employed by the Russian authorities to maintain order during the Olympics.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Most Expensive Olympics In History

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are the most expensive Olympics in history, costing a stonking £30BN.

Despite the £30BN cost, a technical hitch during the opening ceremony meant that the last of the five rings (which initially appeared as snowflakes) making up the Olympic symbol failed to open.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday, July 26, 2013

Was The Olympics Worth It?

Allegedly, if a survey carried out by ComRes for the BBC of 3,218 adults is to be believed, then more than two-thirds of the UK public believe the £8.77bn cost of the London 2012 Olympics was worth the money.

That's all very nice and dandy, except that the cost of the Olympics was in fact £12BN.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Olympics Boost?

A report, for the UK Trade and Investment department (UKTI), said that last year's Olympics resulted in:
  • £2.5bn "additional inward investment", 58% of which was outside London
  • £5.9bn additional sales following Olympic-related promotions by the Foreign Office and UKTI
  • £1.5bn high value overseas contracts - such as helping to design venues in other host-nations
A grand total of £9.9BN.

The figures are of course unprovable, as there is no way of knowing what would have happened without the Olympics.

Additionally, the cost of the Olympics was around £12BN.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

The £1.2M Olympic Ticket Giveaway

How "nice" to see that the government spent £1.2M of taxpayers' money on providing ministers and their chums with free tickets to watch the London 2012 Olympics.

Aside from being a colossal waste of money, it highlights the fact that there was clearly a massive shortfall in demand from genuine paying spectators for some events.

Annex A – Summary

Annex B – Ceremonies

Annex C – List of recipients to sporting events

Annex D – Accreditation

Annex E – Parliamentary Ambassadors

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Olympics Legacy

West Ham United have until March 2013 to seal a deal for the Olympic Stadium after being selected as “first-ranked” bidder.

As to whether a deal is agreed remains to be seen, as some doubt West Ham's willingness to stump up a "fair price" for the stadium.

Boris Johnson displayed some public doubts, and applied some pressure yesterday. The Telegraph reports that that he said that he will pursue a “Plan B”, that does not involve football, if a deal cannot be struck.

It is ironic, is it not, that the taxpayer having spent millions on a state of the art athletics track the legacy will most likely be a football stadium that will earn the football club (not the taxpayer) millions?

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