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Everything posted by Frenchy

  1. We ARE talking about John "$35,000" Coates? http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,37411,00.html Hardly a reference....
  2. "Stay or Go?" Why? What's wrong? http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/9025907.stm
  3. This incident probably didn't help Turkey's case..... http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/Fifa_investigates_Turkey-Switzerland_violence.html?cid=55316 http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/4444566.stm http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20051118&slug=soccer18
  4. I can't believe you wrote that!! Read the Charter: "Fundamental Principles of Olympism" (...) Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles." Democracy and the respect for human rights should be the very first condition when choosing a host city.....
  5. Well if that ain't "legacy", I don't know what is!!
  6. ...athletes and spectators exposed to dangerous level of smog, researchers have concluded. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/otherspor...rchers-say.html
  7. ....are starting to be felt in full. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8135203.stm
  8. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7945832.stm I see the "legacy" is starting to kick in!
  9. Are you insane? What would happen to all those juicy building contracts and backhanders? Over the IOC's dead body, my good man!! As an aside, it would be great if some courageous investigative journalist (not Andrew Jennings, he's thrown in the towel) did some research on the relations between IOC members and the construction industry (nod-nod, wink-wink)
  10. All very wise and proper Jeremie, and I couldn't agree more with what you're saying. Unfortunately it's wishful thinking. Why? Henry Kissinger clearly stated the reasons in September 2005 when asked how he explained Paris' failure to win the 2012 games: "Les Français n'ont pas compris ce qu'est le CIO. Beaucoup de ses membres viennent de pays pauvres." All is said in that one sentence. Differences between winners and losers in the bidding wars are minute. (Beijing lost by 2 votes to Sydney in 1993, PyeongChang 3 votes to Vancouver, Paris 4 votes to London) It's quite clear that IOC members from Third World countries couldn't care two hoots about facilities, legacy et al... They see the games as a rich/white man's event from which they are excluded. Coherent analysis is not for them. They are only interested by what they can gain for themselves and nothing else. As long as the IOC have Third World members in its midst, sadly, nothing will change.....
  11. I couldn't have put it better myself. (without running the risk of being accused of paranoia and sour grapes, that is!) One wonders whatever happened to all those wonderful decision taken in Prague in 2003?
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