The dismal record of mega event evictions, media manipulation, lying and overspends continues. Sochi is striving hard to compete with Delhi and Beijing as the most brutal event in recent years.
Stories of environmental disasters continue to surface with a new report that Sochi lacks sites to dispose of garbage and construction waste. At the moment waste is dumped on a site which frequently sees blazes and the waste is said to be polluting the Pitkha River, which runs into the Black Sea. Environmentalists are also protesting at development plans which threaten the landscape of parts of the North Caucasus which are protected as natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 17/09/2010 - 04:15.
The 'normal' IOC which says it 'needs efficient transport' has come under attack from Tory GLA member and Transport spokesman Richard Tracey. He told the insidethegames blog: "The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is concerned that traffic is the biggest problem facing London 2012, but this is because they expect thousands of their officials and camp followers to be whisked around in limousines."
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 27/08/2010 - 04:07.
The IOC is still concerned about transport for London 2012. Gilbert Felli, the IOC's Executive Director for the Olympic Games said of the £25million Olympic Route Network, "London is coming up with a certain number of proposals that we believe are feasible. Now we need to do more tests and of course, everybody will have to understand that we [the IOC] are normal and need efficient transport."
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 26/08/2010 - 02:43.
Clare Sambrook - co-author with Andrew Jennings of The Great Olympic Swindle - was kind enough to email us recently pointing to a post on her site (now listed in our Blogroll) linking to her article at open Democracy written following the death of Samaranch Senior -
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 03/08/2010 - 21:32.
After the meal comes the burp! The most senior African member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Nawal El Moutawakel delivered the discordant verdict on South Africa's chances of hosting the Olympic Games saying "There is a huge amount of work to be done besides political desire, hence the experts' view that any realistic chance for [hosting the] Olympics in Africa is between 2030 and 2040".
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 30/07/2010 - 02:55.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Wed, 28/07/2010 - 11:37.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 22/07/2010 - 09:48.
Jacques Rogge faces both ways over BP's sponsorship of the 2012 Olympics. On the one hand it is reported that the Olympic governing body is content to allow BP to sponsor the London Games provided the firm takes proper "corrective measures" to alleviate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 21/07/2010 - 01:52.