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Citius Altius Fortius

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  1. Hello from a jet-lagged CAF... I arrived in Rio yesterday after a smooth flight - it was 3:20 a.m. and the airport was empty: no queues anywhere in sight. The luggage pick up was quick - the drive from the airport to Ipanema worked very well. My apartment is great - I even would say that it is luxury! The owner let me in around 6 a.m. and welcomed me really enthusiastic - a living room with a sofa, table, TV set and a wonderful view into a tree, which stands right in front of the house - a kitchen very good equipped, a bed room with a air-condition and double windows (which will help me to sleep, when I want to - the apartment is in one of the best known party areas of Ipanema) and a bathroom. As little extra the owner placed a wonderful white orchid on the table in the living room for my well being. After a short nap on the sofa I went to Botafogo - I bought my Rio Olympic Card (transportation is not free for ticket holders this time) and headed to downtown with the metro. I picked up the rest of my Olympic tickets at the reseller HQ and took the bus from Botafogo to Leblon. "Buses" - there are a lot of different lines and you have to learn to take/use them - I just recommend to use an app! The bus ride was fun - you can see so much more than in the metro! The city is vibrant - amazing little architectural gems between the 'normal stuff' - you can see people with their surfboards heading to the beach and at the same time people in their suits. i bought a Brazilian SIM card and I was looking for an Adaptor, since I have an issue with my MacBook power net cable plug - it doesn't fit into the socket. That Adaptor will be difficult - I spended a lot of time searching for an Adaptor, which fits with an European 'Schuko-plug. No success so far and therefore I will buy a new cable for my MacBook at an Apple Store today. Lagoa Freitas, where the canoeing and rowing takes place - when you look closely you will find Christo, the Redeemer The landscape of Rio is beautiful! Really an unique place in earth: the ocean, the lagoons, the hills, the tors and the tropic flora! And the people!
  2. I rented an apartment in Ipanema - the owner speaks English - but that is of course not comparable with a hotel, so I have to get along alone with a portuguese phrase book/language guide...
  3. Hey Gamesbidders, I will fly to Rio tomorrow for my second Olympic Games in person. After London 2012 I decided very fast, that I want to go to the next Games also. Of course I am aware that the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be completely different, but that is exactly what I want to experience = different Olympic Games! I hadn't been to South America before so I will encounter "Um Mundo Novo" - I am very excited about it, but a little bit anxious also due I don't speak Portuguese or Spanish - so I will have to "survive" in a country where I can't speak the national language... I would like to invite you to follow my blog here on GamesBids - I had fun to do it during London 2012 and I hope you will enjoy my blog of Rio de Janeiro 2016 as well.
  4. I believe SI predictions are based on result lists of major international events and national events in the different sports first, but in a second step on the popularity of the athletes - therefore I believe that SI will always esteem the US-athletes higher than an athlete (since they know much more US-athletes than athlete from other countries) - except the results of the other athlete is sooooo obvious better than the results of the US-athlete...
  5. The prediction of the SI is interesting, but too much focussing on the US-athletes, which isn't astonishing, due it is an US magazine...
  6. ... interestingly Back tries to defend the decision of sunday when he replied to the blame of Harting - if he were really sure about the decision he wouldn't have felt the need to defend it... He is feeling that the IOC has lost all its credibility in concern of sport
  7. Yes, of course! The IOC delegated the decision to the IF's - so every international sports federation can join the IAAF to ban Russia
  8. Interestingly Putin founded a new Russian Drug agency between the CAS decision and today - it shall be run by Vitaly Smirnov... It is said now that this was done to prevent a general exclusion...
  9. That pisses me off also - the IOC denies her participation, due it decided that all Russian athletes are banned, who used drugs in the past - she took drugs in the past - therefore she is banned also...
  10. Bach can't take such decision alone himself... You are right that the IOC is already in serious situation, but it decided to bear it at the moment - the situation will become worse when there is one single positive drug test of a Russian athlete in Rio...
  11. ... that is exactly what I meant with "ban through the back door" - Russia will be very careful to send athletes to Rio now, due when there is one positive drug test, Putin's friend Bach will get into a very serious situation...
  12. Newspapers say something different here - all Russian athletes, who were involved in drug scandals are not allowed to go to Rio... It was predictable that the decision if Russian athletes are allowed to come to Rio or not has to be taken by the individual federations - since a complete ban would have been 'only' a precaution - not based on an actual drug abuse... The question will be how the Russian athletes are able to prove that they didn't use drugs individually Personally I think that it is a wrong decision by the IOC - it would have been better if the whole country would have been banned...
  13. It was predictable that the IOC wouldn't ban a whole country due doping completely - but it is a ban through the back door, since every participating Russian athlete will have to prove that he/she wasn't tested by the Russian Drug Agency ( I wonder how many Russian athletes were suddenly tested by the Belorussian or Azerbaijan drug agency?)
  14. I can imagine that Bach will say that the single Sport IF's have the power to decide themselves - I just wonder which IF's have a Russian president....
  15. We have to keep in mind that many Russian officials are members in the boards of the different sport federations - the IOC is in a dilemma it has to ban Russia due it "zero tolerance" politics toward doping, but at the same time it can't affront Russia at the same time... Therefore the delay of the decision about a ban after the CAS verdict about the IAAF ban of Russian athletes...
  16. Wasn't said in the report, that the secret service helped that samples were exchanged in Sochi? Or did I get something wrong? A reanalysis would be futile, when the samples were exchanged...
  17. I doubt that the IOC will ban Russia right away - it is just a question of time that Witalo Mutko will be dismissed - as sacrificial lamb...
  18. Yes - when one of your parents owned the German citizenship at your birth you are automatically German citizens - wherever you were born. When no one of your parents owned the German citizenship at your birth then you have to prove that one of your parents was an ethnic German, which becomes more and more difficult the longer the citizenship of your ancestors is ago... And there should have been ties with being German - e.g. the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania have a rich German culture...
  19. "Immigration": Well, Germany doesn't esteem itself as a country with immigration - I wonder why, since there is immigration, but we don't have an immigration law like e.g. Canada (which is often used as positive example of a country with an immigration law in Germany). There are several reasons of this immigration - one is our definition of German citizenship - Germany has an ius sanguinis approach, which means, when one of your ancestors owned the German citizenship you can get the German citizenship wherever you were born. This approach caused immigration from e.g. Kazakhstan, Russia or Romania after the end of the cold war, since these countries have huge German ethnic groups ("Volga Germans", "Transylvanian Saxons") - 5.613 immigrated from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan in 2014. These people are not seen as immigrants by our law, since they own the German citizenship anyway - in German you use another phrase for these immigrants: "late repatriates". You can be very sure that these people don't want to be called "immigrants", since they esteem themselves as Germans and they are Germans by definition... Since they need homes some towns built new houses for them or old houses were refurbished - you can imagine that this caused envy and and resentments by people, who can't afford to live in new houses or old housed, which were refurbished. You can hear xenophobic rants sometimes like "you just need to own a German shepherd dog and you can get a German citizenship" by xenophobic Germans about these late repatriates... When the late repatriates are not able to find a job these residential areas are changing into kind of social hotspots (there are surveys that the right wing party AfD is the leading party in these social hotspots, which is strange since that is the same no matter if late repatriates or "normal Germans" are living in these social hotspots - in one social hotspot the AfD is elected because of envy toward these Volga Germans/Transylvanian Saxons in the other one because of the envy toward refugees). Isn't the debate about immigration "just" a debate about social justice and a kind of distribution conflict? We open a box of pandora when you put people into a special corner ala "you receive the German citizenship only, since you own a German sheperd dog" - that hurts people personally and it makes a solution of the problem much more difficult. So isn't it more important to talk about the distribution conflict and if we have the monetary means... In regard of the EU - when you want to have a free democratic "East Europe" or "South Europe" then you shouldn't treat people from there in a bad way - our wealth is based on stable circumstances in Europe and it would be an immense loss when East Europe gets lost again... By the way East Europe is not against refugees, but they fear that they get less of the money they get now - it is a distribution conflict also. It is all about money - which gets fewer and fewer and we have to decide very fast how we can solve this conflict. I recommend not to put it onto the level of immigration "yes" or "no", but "how" and how we can keep social peace and justice, which isn't less important!
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