Archive for the ‘Olympic ideal’ Category


According to CNN (because that’s who I chose to look at) the recently dearly departed London Olympiad was very green.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/10/world/europe/london-2012-olympics-environment/index.html

It’s good to see that we, here in the UK, made an effort to do things right. Using recycled materials as much as possible. Surplus gas lines were used.

The boards in the velodrome are from sustainably sourced Siberian Pine.

Does it strike anyone else as odd?

Hang on, why were the pipes surplus, because someone made too many, or have we stopped piping gas therefore will never have to repair the existing lines or because there was a special order for gas piping to build the roof?

The sustainable timeber, how much CO2 was emitted in it’s transportation? Come to that, has anyone calculated the carbon damage to the world from flying in athletes, dignitaries, families, supporters, fans and holiday makers?

Was the concrete poured of an environmental kind, I doubt it because of the strictures on budget.

I do applaud the archaeological work undertaken before the land was forever buried. I also applaud the wetland regeneration, as reported. I wonder ow long funding will remain in place to maintain the systems until they become properly self sustaining.

The greensest way to host an Olympics would be to have athletes compete at home, beamed around the world by sustainably produced electricity the results being reviewed and medals presented to those that had the longest throw, best time whatever. No travel, no expensive stadia, no gas burning torch to pollute the atmosphere.

Or am I just a miserable git?


I see the Chinese have come clean. The coach has apologised for telling his team the best way to win. Now, there are two ways of looking at this. The banning of the team from the games is, I would suggest, in the true spirit of the Olympic ideal. To be the best you can, compete fairly and with vigour against all comers to overcome.

On the other hand, in this day of professional sport (and I think I can take it as read that no-one imagines the Olympics are amateur) the goal is to come first at all costs without regard to rules that get in the way.

I hope that all teams, and individuals, learn that they live on the support of people who pay to see them perfom. To give less than 100% is disrespectful. I wonder what my employer would think if I decided to take it easy because I thought I didn’t need to work as hard as usual on any given day? He would stop paying me, and that is what the sports supporters should do.