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  1. as though pennywise has been creeping about. what happened to this place.... the Olympics are still around... so where are the people?
  2. Europe shall not let you leave, you will remain until you are told you can go. Okay! Its that simple. Until Europeans wake up and smell the gasoline (Macron sure is), the commision and Donald Tusk shall continue to play Praetor.
  3. better crowds today in the Estadio Olimpico - guess i should rant more often, Rob. Ill get those lazy Brazilians to the races.
  4. The empty stadiums, other than at events where Brazil has chances is quite awful - visually for the hosts. The athletics stadium yesterday morning, evening and seemingly today are nothing short of embarrassing. Rio folk, these are YOUR GAMES. Its not all about winning. Get out and support the athletes, or your games will be forever remembered as the empty games. Terrible stuff.
  5. No wonder I do not post on these boards any more in great number. You cannot reason with Olympic fanatics. Even if WW3 broke out in Latin America this summer, we'd still hear calls of "that's life". Big world out there folks. Bigger than even the Olympic Games. Back into your bubbles, though.
  6. This is currently the top news story in the UK, USA (CNN), Canada and other terrorities. It is major news because everyone knows the Zika virus is serious and could have wide reaching ramifications to Rio'16. Even if WHO do not react to this open letter, when you have disputes and open disagreements on public health and wellbeing, this can cause enough people to worry and consider if they are making the right decision in going to Brazil. There is a lot more water that needs to go under the bridge, but don't expect this to go away anytime soon. This is serious and the IOC must take notice.
  7. Good grief. This is not necessarily about the health of the individual.... but more to any future child you want/expect to have..... Its okay for you to be so blasé. Look at Rory MciLroys recent statement. McIlroy said that there is going to be "a point in the next couple of years" where he and fiancee Erica Stoll may think about starting a family."Right now, I'm ready to go but I don't want anything to affect that," he said. ---- ​When 150+ experts come out, 2 days later, and says 'postpone' , do you seriously expect the athletes to not take notice?!
  8. I doubt that. The athletes will dictate this events future. If you see mass withdrawals, you can consider this event toast. 2 months out, the IOC need to show the athletes they will be safe and secure in Rio. Otherwise, you're playing Russian roulette with peoples futures. Taking a cold hard look at the situation, maybe this is not such a bad thing? Given the current political environment and the concerns over preparations, maybe some more time would be of assistance to Rio. Having said that, a delay to an Olympics is a massive headache the IOC can ill afford.
  9. hehe, lol, haha. Yeah, this topic is just hilarious. You have some growing up to do, kid.
  10. Prof. Akira Akabayashi, Department of Biomedical Ethics, School of Public Health, The University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan Prof. Amir Attaran, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Community Medicine and Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada Prof. Robert Baker, Bioethics Program of Clarkson University & The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Schenectady, USA Dr. Alison Bateman-House, Division of Medical Ethics, Population Health,New York University School of Medicine, New York, USA. ; Prof. Wendy L. Wobeser, Division of Infectious Diseases, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; Prof. Bruce Levin, Department of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA;107. Prof. Vardit Ravitsky, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada; Prof. Søren Holm, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, School of Law, University of Manchester, UK; Glenn Cohen, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, USA; Prof. Samuel R. Lucas, Department of Sociology, University of California-Berkeley, USA ------- just a handful of the top doctors, you question. Maybe you should actually seek out information before posting. But yeah, they're only experts at some of the worlds top Universities - but hey, what do they know?!
  11. This summer's Rio Olympics should be moved or postponed over the Zika crisis, 150 scientists have said. Just 10 weeks before the Games begin, the group has written an open letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO) saying new findings about the virus make staging the Olympics in Rio "unethical". http://news.sky.com/story/1703221/rio-olympics-should-be-postponed-over-zika Source : Sky News, BBC, CNN ----- This is still developing -- but consider the ramifications -- when you have medical professionals warning citizens not to travel to Brazil, you can imagine that athletes will also take notice. Rory Mcilroy, has already stated he would not attend if this virus continued to spread -- such a warning from top doctors, will make this decision a lot easier. I fear we will not see an Olympics this year.
  12. ^^^ a new president. a different scandal. this drama sure is old. the whole lot need dismissed.
  13. :/ Same old Fifa. The more things change, the more they stay the same. C'est la vie.
  14. how it hits your pockets rather than how it affects your heart - this is what will guide the British public. the european project is heading for collapse... it has been on a rollercoaster that only heads one way for several year now. I hope the markets do not dictate how the brits will vote - but indeed, when it is time to vote,how the pound is doing and how the Scots are feeling will weight heavy over the vote. And in the end, the Brits will vote to stay. Ah well. The idea was nice.
  15. so, he received his comeuppance. better late than never I suppose. but what a sorry saga this has been. an utter farce. tired of seeing this mans face, and his 'news conference' .... a 101 on how to be devoid of reality and self-indulgent to the very end.
  16. Adidas, where are you! We don't hear you! Pathetic.
  17. And the end is near. Coca Cola, has called on Sepp Blatter to step down with immediate effect. Source : Reuters
  18. As for who takes over from Blatter - hmm, well that is a conundrum. I have little faith, however. Asia/Africa voted en masse for Blatter - if they were willing to entrust the top job to a disgraced figure, then how can any of us have faith in the process that lies ahead. Reform couldn't come soon enough to this joke of an organisation. I also call on the French association to replace their joke of a leader. Michael Van Praag, could command UEFA's vote.... however, I think FIFA needs a dynamic and younger candidate. But for me, Ginola and Figo are not wise choices. I do not envy FIFA going forward, what a mess.
  19. 2018 will go ahead in Russia; its inconceivable that this won't go ahead - given the timeframe involved. Qatar 2022, god knows.
  20. The findings of Fifa's inquiry into allegations of corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups have been questioned - by the man who conducted the two-year investigation into the claims. In an unexpected twist, lawyer Michael Garcia says the report "contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions". source BBC news website. Can't. Make. This. Up.
  21. The English Football Association has been accused of damaging the image of Fifa in its attempt to win the right to stage the 2018 World Cup. A Fifa report says the FA behaved improperly when trying to win the backing of a key voter. However, Qatar have been cleared of any wrongdoing during their successful bid to stage the 2022 World Cup, thus ending talks of a possible re-vote. Source BBC News website As always, with FIFA, you couldn't make it up.
  22. The fact that there is opposition to his candidacy is reason to feel positive. Very heartened by the candid remarks from the Dutch Uefa member. If we can get others speaking out, his candidacy is surely doomed.
  23. Rob, I would suggest the scales are tipping against Blatter. At least, it's moving in that direction. While I understand he has support from other federations, one should not underestimate the power and influence of UEFA. That is the one organization you want behind you when standing for re election. Yes, he may still win with the support from others. But without UEFAs support, his position will look weak, almost impossible. I do hope other nations outside Europe speak up against this cretin. France also needs to be more vocal. We cant always rely on our British friends to be those riding against the tide. This cause is just! Blatter is a disgrace, utter and complete!
  24. Dutch and English FA's call for Blatter to go! Uefa members also unlikely to vote for Blatter in next contest; about time!!! The image of Fifa has been tarnished by everything that has happened over the last years, Van Praag, Uefa executive committee member, said in an interview in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant from Sao Paulo, where he is attending this weeks Fifa Congress. There are very few people who still take Fifa seriously and whatever way you want to cut and dice it, Blatter is responsible in the end, he added. http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jun/10/greg-dyke-sepp-blatter-fifa-president-world-cup http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/sepp-blatter-row-senior-uefa-3671669"]http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/sepp-blatter-row-senior-uefa-3671669
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