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Are the Olympic Games past their sell by date
August 19, 2016

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Are the Olympic Games past their sell by date

August 19, 2016

Why do I ask , well let me explain the games are supposed to bring sports to world BUT with countries banned for drug abuse ,now officials caught with their hand in the pot selling tickets ,and after looking at the main stadium yesterday there was swathes of empty seats ,in fact the only crowds were for Brownlee event or cycling ,so the locals were priced out . The organisers must know the numbers attending so if they have spare tickets either give or sell for peanuts to locals to get bums on seats , after all they get millions from TV/ sponsores . Here's an example of how money is talking now in sport ,Ireland has  sponsored their Olympic athletes to the sum of €2 million for 2 medals (so far) the UK £300+ million and as I post they are 50+ medals and 2nd in the table . Yes it's a great moral builder ,yes it makes you proud of your country national pride etc, but can we afford to pour this amount of money into sports when we have such social problems that need financing ,????

August 19, 2016

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Are the Olympic Games past their sell by date

August 19, 2016

Totally agree Bob - the Olympics has been taken over by money, which is breeding corruption, greed and a"win at any costs" (ie drug taking) culture, completely destroying the whole ethos of the original Olympics aim, which was to promote sport in the fairest but most competitive sense. To my mind, once the likes of full time professionals entered (tennis players, golfers etc), then it opened the "can of worms" we have today, whereby anything goes in order to compete with them at a similar level. Yes, it's great to see Team GB win so many medals, but at what cost ? Our own competitors are in full time training for the years prior to the competition , sponsored by Lottery funds, which to my mind makes them just  as professional as Andy Murray is, because they have no need to earn a living, the sponsorship pays for all their living costs , and more . Yes, this funding has enabled the spectacular successes now achieved, but could the money not have been better spent saving lives in this country, rather than "breeding" super athletes ? On the global scale, Rio has staged the latest Games, pouring millions into the project, whilst many of the people in Brazil suffer absolute poverty , living in total squalor - how can that be right, in the name of sport ? To answer your question Bob, YES, I reckon the Olympics in it's current form IS past it's sell by date - if it's to continue, massive changes need to take place in it's organisation & structure, bringing the whole thing back to basics. Will it ever happen ? I doubt it, because money talks these days. John (JKW)

August 19, 2016

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1203
Are the Olympic Games past their sell by date

August 19, 2016

John further to my first post,now the Paralympic Games have been hit by lack of "MONEY" meaning at 10 countries will not be able to send competitors and some of the venues are closed . So these are the people who are the disabled and unlike the " fit and healthy" athletes have also trained under difficult conditions have had the rug pulled out from under them 2/3 weeks before they had a chance to reach new levels and show the rest of us "normal " people they are not useless . This is a dying shame on the organisers of these up coming games ,now let's see if a Bill Gates or Coca Cola will make these games happen in full ???


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