International Olympic Committee

No, no, no. What sort of an idiot thinks we should hold an Olympics here?

Laura McQuillan writes about a complete fool who has had a rush of shit to the brains and suggested we should hold an Olympics here.

Nothing says “we’re a world-class city” like hosting the Olympic Games – but could New Zealand ever do the honours?

Actually, nothing says you’re are stupid like even suggesting such a prolific waste of money.

Pulling off the world’s largest sporting event – whether the Summer or Winter Games – is a lot of hard slog that brings mountains of debt, international criticism, and often not a lot of benefit.

But International Olympic Committee boss Thomas Bach reckons New Zealand has what it takes to play host.

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Olympics, Zika and half a million free condoms in a Catholic country

Obviously the Brazilian’s don’t think that every sperm is sacred.

About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says.

Part of the reason was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.   Read more »

A star spangled middle finger

Obama is flipping the metaphoric bird at Vladimir Putin and his homophobia.

I’m not coming, have some lesbians instead.”

That may not be the exact wording of Obama’s RSVP to next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But in picking tennis star and lesbian icon, Billie Jean King, along with gay hockey player Caitlin Cahow as his delegates, the U.S. President certainly seems to be giving homophobe extraordinaire, Vladimir Putin, a star spangled middle finger.  Read more »

They will get the bum’s rush

The Telegraph

Argentina thinks they can try and use the Olympics to push their bizarre claims for the Falklands. They can try but I think they would find themselves incredibly isolated as the Poms give them the bum’s rush:
The Olympics could become a platform for an Argentine protest over the Falkland Islands, it has been claimed.

The government has sought reassurance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after receiving intelligence that the country may attempt to use the Games to highlight an Argentine campaign for sovereignty over the islands.

It is feared that athletes from the country could put on a black power-style protest, similar to the one staged by two African-American medal winners at the 1968 Mexico City Games.

Tommie Smith, who came first in the 200m men’s final, and John Carlos, who took bronze, raised their fists and wore black gloves while receiving their medals.

They wore only black socks on their feet to highlight poverty.

British government ministers fear that a possible demonstration in this summer’s Games would be seen worldwide, and create further tensions between the two countries.

About 140 Argentine athletes are due to compete in Games this year, taking part in 28 events.

A senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) source told The Sunday Times: “We are concerned that Argentina will use the Olympics as an opportunity for protests about the Falklands and have been looking into what we can do.

“They seem determined to push their case at every opportunity.”

Dear God, NO!

Some fool thinks we could have an Olympics here:

New Zealand is not too small to host an Olympic Games, the head of the International Olympic Committee says.

IOC president Jacques Rogge is in New Zealand for the final for the Rugby World Cup and has been impressed with New Zealand’s performance hosting the tournament.

“It seems to be a very, very good Rugby World Cup. [There has been] great hospitality, great passion, all the support for the various teams coming together and great organisation,” Mr Rogge, a former rugby player himself, told Radio New Zealand.

While some have said the tournament would be the last Rugby World Cup New Zealand will host, Mr Rogge did not discount the possibility New Zealand could host the much larger Olympic Games.

He rejected the suggestion the country is too small to host the four-yearly event.

“No it is not too small – you can organise the Olympics with the population of only 4.4 million.

“Whether it would be useful for the country, only you can determine, it is not to the IOC to tell that.

Len Brown will no doubt jump at the chance.