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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

London's Olympic victory

After Chirac's pathetic anti-British attacks it would be hard not to take pleasure at the defeat of Paris's Olympic bid, though a New York victory would certainly have been preferable.

Over at the Telegraph views are mixed:

The Olympics, ancient and modern, have always been about peace (and some hypocrisy). Therefore it seems strange to assign the 2012 Games to the capital of a country at war. Rev Göran Koch-Swahne, Stockholm, Sweden.

I shall assume the Rev. Koch-Sucker's point is lost in translation. If he has any education he cannot imagine that ancient Greece was a particularly peaceful place. He cannot be unaware that in more modern times the Olympic committee was quite happy to award the games to Nazi Germany. Perhaps he believes that the games should only be held in countries which are active in appeasing genocidal dictators. This would explain his disappointment at Paris's failure.


At 7 July 2005 at 11:37, Blogger Jorgen said...

Absolutely. However, with Labour in charge, this is going to be expensive, especially for Londoners. I am glad I don't live in the UK anymore.

At 12 August 2005 at 10:18, Blogger Göran Koch-Swahne said...

1. In Antiquity there was Unversal Peace proclaimed for the Games.

2. The Berlin Olympics - unsutable as they were - happened in 1936, that is 3 years before the 2nd World War.

At 12 August 2005 at 10:22, Blogger Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Now you'r imagining...

There were other candidates.

At 12 August 2005 at 12:09, Blogger rexie said...

More to the point, Berlin was awarded the games in 1931 before the Nazis came to power.

Even so, we hardly experienced a love-fest at the Berlin games.

At 12 August 2005 at 14:15, Blogger Göran Koch-Swahne said...

And there were no Olympic Games during World Wars I and II.


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