Sydney 2000 Olympics organising farce: government steps in

Sydney 2000 Olympics organising farce: government steps in

Post by OrcaVid » Sat, 07 Sep 1996 04:00:00


John Heenan Wrote
"Samaranch and the IOC must be really scared if they are happy to have as
president of SOCOG someone as willing as Michael is to slice away at their
profits.
I reckon it is also a public humillation for the US and a public
expression of loss of confidence in the private or business sector. "

Well now, don't I feel humiliated.
I am embarrassed about "people magazine" style coverage by NBC whose job
it was to report the story and not to make the story (i.e. Carl Lewis) I
am not embarassed about commercialism. This is the world we live in.
Speedo on our coaching shirts so our kids get free suits at Nationals,
signs on our roadways "adopting a highway" by a hairdressing salon so that
something apparently gets done for nothing. In the old days were the old
ways and if you think money (or value in kind) still doesn't change hands
just because it doesn't make an adverti***t in the paper well I have
some waterfront property in Florida for you.
It certainly can be managed a little more tastefully but that is like
killing the chicken in the barn instead of in the kitchen where the guests
can hear it. The net result is you still are going to eat it.
Lastly, I hope to exchange ideas, not insults. These postings get a little
left of their topic and center to much on personalities and nations.
Mike Sharadin

 
 
 

Sydney 2000 Olympics organising farce: government steps in

Post by John Heen » Sun, 08 Sep 1996 04:00:00

: John Heenan Wrote
: "Samaranch and the IOC must be really scared if they are happy to have as
: president of SOCOG someone as willing as Michael is to slice away at their
: profits.
: I reckon it is also a public humillation for the US and a public
: expression of loss of confidence in the private or business sector. "

: Well now, don't I feel humiliated.
: I am embarrassed about "people magazine" style coverage by NBC whose job
: it was to report the story and not to make the story (i.e. Carl Lewis) I
: am not embarassed about commercialism. This is the world we live in.
: Speedo on our coaching shirts so our kids get free suits at Nationals,
: signs on our roadways "adopting a highway" by a hairdressing salon so that
: something apparently gets done for nothing. In the old days were the old
: ways and if you think money (or value in kind) still doesn't change hands
: just because it doesn't make an adverti***t in the paper well I have
: some waterfront property in Florida for you.
: It certainly can be managed a little more tastefully but that is like
: killing the chicken in the barn instead of in the kitchen where the guests
: can hear it. The net result is you still are going to eat it.
: Lastly, I hope to exchange ideas, not insults. These postings get a little
: left of their topic and center to much on personalities and nations.
: Mike Sharadin

The problem in this case is one of organising the Games.  At Atlanata
the public were treated shabbily with poor transport and dodgy and
overbearing security despite all the PR.  The world was treated with
poor results reporting.  These are very basic issues.

I didn't mention anything about 'commercialism'.  There were some
snotty comments about commercialism at Atlanta during the Olympic
Games.  It's not for me to impose value judgements.

John
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Sydney 2000 Olympics organising farce: government steps in

Post by Mike Tenne » Tue, 10 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I reckon it is also a public humillation for the US and a public
>expression of loss of confidence in the private or business sector.

I suppose you could ask the citizens of Montreal if they would have
preferred "***" over bankruptcy.
Antonio doesn't care if a city/country bankrupts itself for him, as
long as he and his cronies get their perks.

The Atlanta Games made money, the city/state/universities gained some
great housing and athletic facilities, and most people went away
happy. If that's the price of "***," throw us in that briar
patch again.

I guess the people of OZ are more confident in government bureaucrats
being able to do things than private enterprise.

" Interesting," as Spock would say.

Mike Tennent

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Sydney 2000 Olympics organising farce: government steps in

Post by Michel Larouch » Wed, 11 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


> >I reckon it is also a public humillation for the US and a public
> >expression of loss of confidence in the private or business sector.

> I suppose you could ask the citizens of Montreal if they would have

I'm feed up to read that Montreal games where a fiasco.  The Olympic
stadium cost around $1.2 billion because construction workers took
advantage of the situation an rob the COJO(Comite organisateur des jeux
olympiques)
Examples:

- working elsewhere during the day and going to sleep at the stadium
while charging the COJO.

- steeling materials from the construction site.

- installing crane on the site and sending the bill to COJO eventhough
the crane was doing nothing.

etc... etc...

Montreal stadium cost $1.2 billion because their was not enough control
on the construction site....

Everything else was GREAT....