The IOC was recognized by the United Nations, the only other
multi-national body in the world, as a powerful and important body when
the UN passed the bill to recognize 1994 as the International Year of the
Olympic Ideal. It also supported the "Olympic Truce" and stopped the war
in Bosnia for a brief period of time. The IOC has developed many
different programs to promote amateur sports in various different Third
World countries. These are the things that they do with the money that
As for your idea to move it back to Greece, it's simply ridiculous. How
can the Games be International, yet be staged at the same place every year?
I'd like to hear more comments on this topic. So please post a message or
Yeah, personally, I agree with the original writer who said that the Games
should be returned to Greece every four years but I am a realist -- this
will not happen. However, was it too much to ask for the Olympics to be
held in Greece once (they haven't been held in Greece since 1906 -- an
unofficial 10th anniversary Olympics was held in Athens then)? Listen to me--
I sound like I'm begging -- begging for something that is rightfully ours.
---Elias--->Looking forward to my favorite parts of the Olympics:
The opening ceremony where Greece marches in FIRST
The playing of the Greek National Anthem during the opening and
American television will probably not even allow us to enjoy
these few moments -- they'll probably break to a Coca-Cola
BTW, where would you hold the winter olympics. Definitely not greece!
Hey, here's and idea. We hold the winter Olympics in Antartica (truely
international), and then once the U.S. invades Haiti, they turn it into
an international territory and we move the games there.
HOPEFULLY neither event is a possibility!
Be more cosmopolitain or we may have to take back basketball from the
rest of the world and charge licensing fees. :) It IS Canadian, eh!
Fight the oppresion, liberate your mind!
Concordia U, Que.
Concordia U, Que.
: There can only
: be one centennial celebration and this should have occurred in the birthplace
: of the Olympic ideal -- the birthplace of democracy, for that matter.
I've never seen properly organised sporting event held in Greece.
How could they possibly manage organising such a big event as the Olympics?
That's the main reason why they did not get the games of 1996, IMO.
Mika Perkiomaki "Human mind is everything. Muscules are just
Tiiliruukinkatu 22 B 22 my head." - Paavo Nurmi -
33200 Tampere, FINLAND "Tyhmyys on virhe." - Lasse Viren -
>> American television will probably not even allow us to enjoy
>> these few moments -- they'll probably break to a Coca-Cola
>Why should they cover it? THEY ARE AMERICAN, not greek! Get real, does
>Greece cover everyone elses medals, and ceremonies, NO! I'm sure if you
>were in greece you would see all the greek coverage you want, just as we
>see alot (although not enough) of Canadian coverage in the Winter
>Olympics. We got to see even more than the Americans saw. CBS had their T
>V. rights and we have ours. It's great ebing in a country with two
>languages and cultures, because you see more olympic events.
So, why should the americans cover the greek part of a ceremony? May be for
the same reasons that Europeans cover the greek part, the norwegian part,
the american part...., I think there is something you have misunderstood. It
could be very intereseting for americans to see a little bit of other
nations sportsmen, flags or celebration. During the wintergames in
Lillehammer, we saw many examples here in rec.sport.olympics that americans
were not satisfied with the CBS coverage. There were to much americans, just
the americans, and nothing like bringing the sport live, with all the
athletes. Beleeve it or not, this is how we do it here, and people are
satisfied. And I know that many americans visit Europe were satisfied with
It's marketing and they go for the best audience they can possible
attract. It's that simple. If the execs of whatever network in covering
Atl. '96 (CBS again?) feel that the opening ceremonies including the
greek enterance and national anthem, etc. is a worthwile part of the
opening ceremonies you'll see it, otherwise you'll see what's REALLY
paying for what you see in the first place. Coca-Cola brings the game to
your home, they don't make you watch it!
Concordia U, Que.
As far as corprations are concerned it is time we stop talking
about commercialism as a bad thing. We could never have an event on
the level of the Olympics in this day without corporate sponsorship.
In fact most of the symphonies and theater groups in this country
would fold with out corporate money. They provide for things
which goverments can't or won't support.
Finally, television coverage. I am a graduate broadcasting student and
my entire course of study is focused on Olympic television. I could
literally go on for pages about the topic, but I'll only mention this.
In all of my research I have never found a viewer who was completly
satisfied with Olympic coverage. It is the most diverse and difficult
event to televise for a broadcaster, it is not as easy as just
putting cameras on an event and letting the pictures fly into
your home. Mistakes have been made but producers are only trying
to provide the best coverage for the most people. If you
are a fan of a particular sport you'll never be satisfied by a
traditional Olympic broadcast, there will always be too many features
and too little sports. The time is not to far away when your cable box
will be able to bring the raw feed direct from a venue straight into
your home. Experts and serious fans of the sports will love this
but most folks would be bored sensless. Networks are not evil, they
want people to to enjoy and watch the games...they don't make
money if people aren't watching. It isn't perfect but network
broadcasts of the Olympics still are the finest example of how television can
bring all of us together in a way that few things can these days.
Will NBC have the triple cast again or did they learn from the first time ?
It was nice to watch on Satelite for free, but I wouldn't pay for it.
Concordia U, Que.
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