Les Carpenter: With Boston's bid collapsing due to lack of support, it seems now more than ever the Olympics exist solely for cities looking to make a political statement
When bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro promised the International Olympics Committee that it would eliminate 80 percent of the sewage found in the city's notoriously filthy water, and would fully regenerate the lagoon in which rowing and kayaking events will be held. Now a few months from the start of the games, Rio has given up on keeping those promises.
It doesn't make you money.
The next Olympics to be awarded, a little more than a year from now, will be the 2022 Winter Games. Rather than going to the strongest bid, the games may end up going to the last city standing-a long list of potential hosts have given up on their Olympic dreams because the whole thing is one huge, useless waste of money.
As we inch towards the start of the winter Olympics in Sochi, Putin's government would be happy that soon they won't have
A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth has its boots on. -Abraham LincolnShakespeareWinston ChurchillMark Twain TL;DR: the Internet is full of myth, truth is buried...
If Rio succeeds in disfiguring and dismantling its most historic favela, the path will be open to further destruction throughout the city's other poor neighborhoods.
This is an edited version of a letter sent to UK Prime Minister David Cameron and a number of other officials with connections to the London Olympics. Dear Prime Minister, I have spent the past two weeks
Reports of people the world over watching coverage of the Olympics via BBC's online streaming portal abound. The reasons for this behaviour vary in the detail, but the common feature is: local coverage
They're plagued by infrastructure snafus, overspending, and a threatened rail strike. says Tim Stanley, in the midst of a recession.
Scotland Yard said every illegal seller arrested so far had held tickets despatched overseas to national committees and official re-sellers. One of the touts held is from Germany, another from Slovakia.
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Handling crowds on major events is a huge challenge for organisers, and the Olympics Organising Committee will be dealing with some of the biggest crowds there are. Simulating such crowds could be one
This month, while reporting in Athens, I saw a young Pakistani man get his head split open by the sort of street fascists whose anti-immigrant rhetoric has been echoing around Europe for years. The Greek Golden Dawn Party has its equivalents across the Continent, including in Britain, and it is into this climate of violent hostility towards migrants and foreigners that the Olympic Games, a notional celebration of team spirit across borders, is arriving.
In another of my occasional series of articles about organisations who mistakenly think they can control how you link to them on the web, there's a great example on the London 2012 website. Here's the relevant paragraph:
''Vincere i Giochi olimpici del 2020''. Un dossier spiega come Roma può farcela a battere le rivali. Sono 24 pagine di dati, studi, statistiche, proiezioni, consigli, eccetera. Un utile vademecum "confezionato" da Grayling, Centre for Future Studies e da Open Gate Italia