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Title: Oslo says "Hell no" to the Olympics
Post by: TehBorken on Jul 04 16 06:20
Oslo is dropping out of bidding (http://deadspin.com/nobody-wants-to-host-the-2022-olympics-1582151092/1641262594/+barryap?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow) for the 2022 Winter Olympics, leaving Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing as the only remaining cities seeking to host the event. Why? One reason is that people are starting to realize that spending mega-money (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/world-cup/white-elephants/article19064519/) to build sporting venues that may not ever be used again (http://gizmodo.com/just-six-months-after-the-olympics-sochi-looks-like-a-1626519139) doesn't make economic sense.

Another is that the International Olympic Committee is a notoriously ridiculous organization run by grifters (https://www.google.com/search?q=ioc+corruption&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb) and hereditary aristocrats (http://www.buzzfeed.com/bml/10-actual-hereditary-aristocrats-who-run-the-olympics#165armi). Norwegian citizens were particularly amused/outraged (amuseraged) by the IOC's diva-like demands for luxury treatment during the hypothetical Games. Here's a piece in the Norwegian media (http://www.vg.no/sport/ol-2022/ioc-krever-gratis-sprit-paa-stadion-og-cocktail-fest-med-kongen/a/23306598/) about the controversy, with translation provided by a generous Norwegian reader named Mats Silberg:
      The IOC issued a statement (http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-statement/238610) responding to Oslo's decision:
 
"This is a missed opportunity for the City of Oslo and for all the people of Norway who are known world-wide for being huge fans of winter sports. And it is mostly a missed opportunity for the outstanding Norwegian athletes who will not be able to reach new Olympic heights in their home country."

LOL!! Sounds like Oslo has its head on straight. f*ck the IOC, who are a bunch of predatory scumbags.
Title: Re: Oslo says "Hell no" to the Olympics
Post by: Russ on Oct 29 16 04:02
Good for them. The demands seem to get longer and longer after every new olympics venue.


When we had it in Vancouver in 2010, while I thought it was good and enjoyed it... but the list of demands from the IOC was crazy.
Title: Re: Oslo says "Hell no" to the Olympics
Post by: Gopher on Mar 10 17 02:18
Why not have it in the same place every year - maybe on an island?