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  • Should the Olympics be postponed or moved ?

    As the Olympics draw near a Canadian professor of law and health policy expert is calling for the Olympic committee to move the event to some other location or locations, or to postpone, in order to prevent a global health disaster.
    Here is a link to the story.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/who-iss...pics-1.2900380
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

  • #2
    Another thing to consider is that Brazil is in a full-blown political crisis. After having been removed from power through a legislative coup, the former president, Dima Rousseff, has now called for her supporters to mobilize and hit the streets. No idea how this will pan out in the future.

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    • #3
      Who had them last time? Rio should have had the plug pulled years ago.

      To late to move them for this year. Looks like the reasonable thing to do is cancel or individual country's boycott for health reasons. In the future no 3rd world country get's the games.
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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      • #4
        The games are not awarded to any country but to a city. This does not have to be a capital city (which is how Atlanta had them once). When Rio was awarded the games eight years ago Brazil was regarded as an economic success story with fantastic growth forecasts along with Russia, India and China and Rio was booming. The zika virus was not known as a problem and Rio was already a destination for millions of tourists every year. Things have gone a bit pear shaped since then but so large and elaborate does the infra structure have to be these days that eight years is barely long enough to prepare in. A lot can change politically, economically and health wise in eight years so wherever one chooses to hold them there will always be a risk that when the time comes it will have become the wrong place. Virus pandemics can happen in first world countries too.
        If the games were much simpler and less opulent, like the first post war London ones which were put together at very short notice and run on a shoe string then flexibility might be possible but those games were in the amateur era and when trillions of £s $s etc were not at stake through sponsorshp deals and media rights so I can't see it happening any time soon
        It would be nice if they went back to amateur status and held in Much Wenlock where the modern games originated being run by the local vicar. But today money doesn't just talk it screams
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • #5
          It isn't just a problem of virus as much as it is of plain filth of the waters. This was know back when Rio was awarded the games.

          Give the games to two different country's permanently. One for the summer games and one for the winter games.
          "Ask not what your country can do for you"

          Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

          you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
            Give the games to two different country's permanently. One for the summer games and one for the winter games.
            Probably politically impossible, it would take 80 years or longer to reach any consensus as to which hemispheres those should be let alone cities. Anyway who does the giving? The IOC has not long cleaned up its act but I suspect that it wouldn't stay that way if it had to take a decision like that - with the huge wealth it could bring to one city or another.
            Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
            Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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            • #7
              Aren't they having great difficulty finding places to host the games? Or is that just the winter games?

              I seem to recall reading something about that.
              Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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              • #8
                Aren't they having difficulties finding hosts for the games?
                Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                  Aren't they having great difficulty finding places to host the games? Or is that just the winter games?

                  I seem to recall reading something about that.
                  Yes to both. It is becoming more difficult due to the increasing size & expense. The IOC keeps loading on more sports to increase the TV audience, increasing the cost. The number of serious bidders for games are decreasing as the supposed benefits to the host cities are often illusory. Even more so with the Winter games, where most of the facilities are useless afterwards. Thus you get Sochi, a dictator's vanity project. Some Summer games cities do OK, like Sydney, others end up with a collection of disintegrating white elephants, like Athens.

                  On the OP, according to athletes I've heard interviewed the two worst run games in the last 20 years were Atlanta & especially Athens. Rio is likely to be worse than the former, but probably not a lot worse than the latter.
                  Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a god and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one - Hunter S. Thompson

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                  • #10
                    It's become a huge waste of money for the hosting nations, building giant sport complexes that are either subsequently under-used or not used at all.

                    Nations have better things to do with that kind of money, and it's become a corrupt professional athletic match instead of the original concept of amateurs competing.
                    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
                      Who had them last time? Rio should have had the plug pulled years ago.

                      To late to move them for this year. Looks like the reasonable thing to do is cancel or individual country's boycott for health reasons. In the future no 3rd world country get's the games.
                      Absolutely!

                      GG
                      "The will of a section rooted in self interest, should not outweigh the vital interests of a whole people." -Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain-

                      "Fanatics of any sort are dangerous." -GG-

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                      • #12
                        While the Zika epidemic is the main concern in the article, the health standards in Rio are sub standard, crime is so out of control authorities have taken to bribing gangs to police their own areas, police are corrupt, in general it was the worse possible choice, and that was before the political upheaval that is now underway.
                        Postpone them till next year, move events between several of the previous host city's.
                        Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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                        • #13
                          Responsible nations can simply boycott them.
                          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                          • #14
                            Then there's the "political" side to the whole mish mash.... In that Brazil IS a big layer in the area.... AND we want to keep things smooth down there.....

                            ... we would tend to keep our alliances intact. (i.e. NO boycotts.)

                            GG
                            "The will of a section rooted in self interest, should not outweigh the vital interests of a whole people." -Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain-

                            "Fanatics of any sort are dangerous." -GG-

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                            • #15
                              If athletes stay within the perimeters of the Olympic Village , they should be fine.




                              Good thing the 2010 Vancouver Games did not have to worry about this virus. There were a lot of sex going on there...they even ran out of condoms.
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