Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Two reasons .... (1) I'll be 'wetting' myself in the pool at the Westin Denarau along with my Vvet mate from Perth, putting the world to right and doing our level best to boost the share price of Fiji Bitter (while our better halves compete for Gold Medals to see who can decimate our creditcards best) and (2) the 'Games' leave me cold.

The final straw for me was the decision by the International Olympic Committee to bow to political pressure and disregard the call by the World Anti Doping Agency for Russia to be banned from the Games following the publication of the McLaren Investigation which exposed beyond reasonable doubt (the criminal standard) a state run doping programme in Russia that undermines everything that Olympic sport is supposed to represent.

It is stands right now every medal won by a Russian competitor will be tainted.
The Games are tainted.    The whole Olympic ideal has been prostituted in favour of political expediency and greed which starts with a flawed bidding process and ends with the host country having to shoulder the cost of white elephant stadia replete with cost over-runs and back-handers to every man and his dog.

My solution ... the world community to build a permanent Olympic facility in Greece (the birthplace of the Olympics) and hold the games there.    Enforce the doping protocol with a vengeance.   Any athlete found guilty of doping should be banned permanently from the Olympics.    Their team (i.e the discipline) to be banned from competing at the following Games.    No ifs, buts or maybes.     Do that and I'm 'interested'.    Continue as is and more Fiji Bitter beckons.


Gerald said...

Your solution...NOT,4105039&hl=en

Noel said...

Not going to cheer on clean Kiwi atheletes? Sad

The Veteran said...

Gerald ... interesting your support for institutionalised corruption and doping.

Noel ... for the reasons stated.

Johno said...

The OG have been truly awful for a long time and for so many reasons...

1) They are corrupt from the top down with regard to venue selection etc.
2) They are over priced and lead to countries who need to look after their own people spending billions on white elephants
3) So many athletes are drug cheats that the clean ones are subject to suspicion.
4) Half of the sports are stupid or silly. Synchronised swimming etc.
5) the media bang on and on about the games.

Harrumph and Bah Humbug!

However if some Kiwi is doing well I will probably watch that bit.

Gerald said...

Bullshit. Corruption and doping are not in the spirit of the Olympics, no need for me to defend myself on that count.

Plenty of people before you have promoted the idea of a fixed venue in Greece over the decades, so you cannot claim it as your solution.

The Veteran said...

Gerald ... you said "corruption and doping are not the spirit of the Olympics" ... correct. They are the Olympics.

It is MY solution. If others happen to agree with me then fine.

Calm down.

Anonymous said...

And the winner of the next Olympics after Rio is!
So much for a non viewing protest.

The Veteran said...

Anon 12.07 ... your point?

Shelldrake said...

Vet. Well said apart from all the valid points you make here is an additional one. It is the greatest troughers feast there is. Thousands of freeloaders and so many self important media people suckling it all up. Have a close look at the stands at any of the events. A quarter of the seats allocated, but often not occupied by media hacks all talking to their keyboards and mainly reporting irrelevancies.

OlderChas said...

Another reason not to watch - I see now that Jack Tame has become one of the "reporters".