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Everything posted by LuigiVercotti

  1. Must admit when you have a sports minister like this you wonder about a government's credibility when it comes to major sports policy: What a dullard. No reason? Perhaps he could get some ministerial advice on things like missing crowds, dengue fever outbreaks, poorly designed and mainatined venues, a minimum of 42 deaths in the construction of the games, a multi-billion dollar blowout in the games budget, political interference and corruption etc etc. Bring back Kate Lumby...this creature of the NSW ALP Right is a buffoon.
  2. Just in case you thought that things were running smooth as silk over in Delhi... Well done CGF, well done Kalmadi...it seems there will always be that extra bit of black lining to the silver clouds that hover aerostat-like over Delhi.
  3. All this talk about how the Indians are developing in terms of economy and infrastructure then contrasting it with the Chinese experience misses out on the elephant in the room so to speak when it comes to any future Indian attempts to mount a credible SOG bid. India and it's NOC have no influence at the IOC...none, bupkiss, nada, f'all. There is no one on the IOC's executive committee now or in the immediate future who can give them leverage. The whole Delhi shatfight has undoubtedly given every NOC and every IOC member cause to look again at even wanting to mire themselves in such a morass of incompetency and delusional hyperbole, and who is going to counter this? Kalmadi? Dikshit? Gill? And what of Indian sporting achievement at the SOGs? 1 single solitary solo individual gold and their last field hockey gold was in Moscow 1980 (and even then it was thanks to a boycott that saw most of the world's best teams not attend). Aside from shooting the premier sport in which India does well at the CGs is weightlifting and not only are they not in the class of the Russians, Turks, Armenians, Kazakhs, Iranians etc etc they have also been caught out in doping scandals that have culled numerous lifters. We're not talking China which had He on the exec committee and dozens of medals in their trunk prior to the first bid back in 1993 (and don't tell me the IOC cut China some serious brownie points when they turned up in LA in 84, giving the games a more global reach for an impaired SOGs), or South Korea and Mickey Kim. India has nowhere near the Olympic heritage, history, involvement or power to justify the awarding of a YOGs in 20 years let alone a full blown SOGs.
  4. Yes well not exactly the most distinguished behaviour. The punishment fits the misdemeanour and I would hesitate to expect Fkiri to be on the next Australian wrestling team.
  5. Moths my arse...unless these were the lepidoterist's most sought for winged insect find, the famous "Roof Debris Moth" that comes with no wings, no legs, no insectoid parts but clearly resembles ceiling debris. Saw footage of the cleaning on Australian TV last night and unlike the entire air force of Bogongs that descended upon Homebush in 2000 it was clear as buggery that what was in the Delhi pool were not moths.
  6. Frankly the Australian and UK media (having scanned over the last few months regularly many international media outlets) have been if anything too kind and more reserved in their attitudes to the build up and running of these games than the local Indian media has. The Times of India, NDTV, Hindustani Times etc etc have been tearing shreds off the authorities involved in these schemozzle games, and contrasted with even the most tabloid of media organisations (News Limited) downunder it's only been in the last maybe month where they have been aggressively chasing stories. In fact it's hard to accuse the likes of our local media for beating things up when it was the likes of the BBC and the News Limited papers who were the key distributors for some of the absolutely disgusting photos that came out of the village; we weren't talking about retouched images or glossy photo shoots supplied by the organising committee; this was solid photojournalism which demonstrated to the world how shabbily things were done in the village. As for the giving away of tickets it seems as if there is yet again typically chaotic organisation at play...collecting internet tickets have been an issue (with spectators having to wait 2-3 hours at the very few outlets in Delhi), thus deterring the crowds plus it's going to be a serious burden on an already crippled and blown budget to reduce ticket revenues even further. As cited above school children are supposedly going to be brought in however this again underlines the paucity of support or organisation of these games. I bet right now the likes of Fennell and Hooper are just hanging out for the first sounds of a bagpipe to echo round the closing ceremony...
  7. Had no interest in watching and was (like far more Australians) pumped to watch the mighty St George Illawarra Dragons claim their first grand final win since 1979 (and celebrating accordingly). Then again last OC at the CGs that caught my attention was 1994 in Victoria.
  8. Watching the medal presentation for the men's team gymnastics right now and there is literally no one there. Pathetic... For a supposed major event that was going to reflect positively on the development of India and it's desire to host a SOGs these CGs have done stuff all for their reputation. At least KL delivered on time with all the venues in place on time....
  9. Isn't it reassuring to know that with the pathetic build up to these games now that the events are running the spectators are hardly anywhere to be seen? All the money expended and the lives ruined for a CGs that either the locals can't afford to go to or have little to no interest in.
  10. Just because you can put on a few dancers and a light show or employ underpaid migrant workers to fix what you should have done months ago doesn't mean the games are running smoothly now:
  11. Simply, No! The Indian authorities have displayed staggering incompetence in the lead up to the CGs, with wilful ignorance or backsliding away from the agreed requirements of the standards expected by the international sporting community as well as the peak body that is the CGF. It has only been through intense media scrutiny and political pressure wrought by concerned parties that has allowed these games to even possibly go ahead. Considering the grossly increased magnitude of the demands of a SOGs with the increased complexity of hosting a games, coupled with Indian lack of success or power in the Olympic community, the massive political contradictions that have lead to corruption, exploitation and an unacceptable burden on the least able and willing to carry the burden then no. India is not a fit host for the Olympics now nor it will be for decades. And the most paradoxical nature of the Indian incapability is that if these CGs run relatively smoothly the babus and their political masters will consider their actions justified, with no sincere and honest reflection upon how much danger their inaction and ineptitude put the CGs in, both in terms of the current iteration as well as the long term future.
  12. Perhaps the slow and precarious shaping of sand into something static is some kind of carefully composed self-referential ironic symbol for the Kalmadi Kapers Baron...'Delhi 2010, built on sand and took bloody forever to get there' kind of motif
  13. Just a few more updates from the Indian Fantasy Zone (i.e. Delhi 2010, where if Kalmadi dreams long and hard enough perhaps it will come true ):
  14. Well it looks like we have two contrarians who love taking the urine...not sure of the third though
  15. So Delhi has the same stadium technology as used in the Maginot Line circa 1937...well done!
  16. For a minute there I thought (considering the juxtaposition) your post Brekkie said 'the Baron's been on the road for well over a year for some ridiculous reason'...perhaps to escape burqa and bomb wielding assassins Back to the subject... Looks like if you want to go see the OC or CC then seats (well one's that hopefully won't fall apart or be used by stray dogs for rest and defecation) are still available
  17. Don't you love the carefree and happy atmosphere that is being exuded from Delhi 2010: So it could be that whilst the terrorists try and smuggle bombs into the venues the workers are smuggling taps out. Must be a bonanza for any Indians with a combined plumbing and demolition concession Delhi 2010: The Friendly Games :D
  18. So, is Kalmadi right? Or is this just more excuse making?
  19. Hmmm...interesting story there from Martin Di Stasio On to different journalism issues with Delhi 2010:
  20. Frankly as soon as 'Barcelona Tonight' makes any claims regarding serious investigative journalism you steer clear of the story. They are at their best mixing up stories about best fitting bras for plus sized women, shonky real estate agents from Queensland and how to get cheaper cuts of meat from your supermarket...real journalism is way beyond their capabilities or ethos. Having said that I don't think this was part of a "Let's kick India" campaign; if anything I suspect it was a way to get great ratings from a sensationalist story that appealed to much that tabloid journalism audiences like (including looking at the heady mix of the Commonwealth Games which is something Aussies generally enjoy immensely, and terrorism which scares the crap out of anyone). Plus it also was a nice little dig at Channel 10's coverage of the CGs, which undoubtedly has undergone some serious damage thanks to the stuff ups courtesy of the OC fecking up or waiting till the very last minute. Problem is that these kinds of stories get run by the supposedly more credible media outlets who spread it to an audience unfamiliar with the originating program's less than stellar standards.
  21. Don't think so but he could be certainly slotted into the program for 'Kalmadi's Kaotic Komedic Kommonwealth Kapers' Already got performing dogs ("Thrill to the excitement as Delhi Dogs Deliver Kalmadi's Kanine Krap on an athlete's bed") and Tightrope Walkers ("Be amazed as high wire acts try and get into the stadium, defying death as bridges collapse underneath their very feet").
  22. Worst is over This reported less than 4 hours ago: So much for the Indian organisers being mindful of the safety and comfort of athletes from African members of the Commonwealth. And until the last athlete and official arrives home safe from these shames the worst is not over.
  23. Yet more bumbling and fumbling in the village: Farce!
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