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This thread is to discuss the general architecture, sports, politics, and socio-economic side of the Olympics, winter or summer. Consider this the all-encompassing thread for possible IOC corruption, which events do or don't belong, how the events do or don't lead to white elephants, why the opening or closing ceremonies are awesome/suck, etc. Rate which games are best, which venues the worst, and so on.
 

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As long as it's related to the Olympics, sure.
 

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How The Olympic Games Displaces The Poor - The Case For Deep Reform Of An Autonomous Movement - Swimming World News

The Olympics as tool of the super-rich to make themselves richer while destroying the lives of the oppressed masses, racism, misery, etc. (Forget for the moment that the "rich" are actually corporations SPENDING billions to FUND the games and have no guarantees of profits, just the right to advertise their services at the various sites).

They ask for reform (an Olympics run by a benevolent centralized government?) but why not just stand up and cancel the Games? The environmental damage, the violence against the poor, etc., makes all the Games disasters, as they and the embedded Boykoff article point out at length.).

Of course another alternative is to privatize them and spend no government money, build no new facilities, evict no people, and roll the profits back into public projects.

This is surprisingly like the LA Olympics. Except for the “militarization of the police” in LA, whatever that means.
 

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Of course another alternative is to privatize them and spend no government money, build no new facilities, evict no people, and roll the profits back into public projects. This is surprisingly like the LA Olympics. Except for the “militarization of the police” in LA, whatever that means.

What's going on with the Olympics and the IOC reminds me of a massive project occurring in Los Angeles, not sports-related but somewhat similar since it relates to culture, and the Olympics have always included a so-called arts component. Not sure if the Olympics originally also tried to get a science-medicine angle tied into their quadrennial sporting event too:

www.hyperallergic.com/540898/save-lacma-ads-new-york-and-los-angeles-times/

On the other side, critics, including the Los Angeles Times’ Christopher Knight, have lambasted the project, attacking everything from the ballooning budget currently at $750 million, to the design (likened to a traffic booth or an oil slick), the lack of transparency, and the inflexible design of the concrete building, which will end up 10% smaller by some estimates.

What's the word that best fits all these various stories and the big-bucks people pulling the strings? Chutzpah?
 

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What's the word that best fits all these various stories and the big-bucks people pulling the strings? Chutzpah?
Kleptocracy? Life?

If we aim to correct any of this I'd first start by getting the particular sports reduced and nailed down, such that potential host cities can more properly figure out if there's a benefit for being involved. This now seemingly constant fluctuation of registered sports hampers the logistics going into the event, and by having the conversation you can at least force some semblance of refined standard into what constitutes an Olympic sport.

I wonder if a possible win-win in this scenario is to push for the IOC to break the Summer games into two distinct events - a traditional athletics competition and an adventure sport competition? While the latter might seem like a write off it could also possibly fill a niche and stand on its own, giving the Olympics a 3rd year of hype and a plausible way to bring in more sports. A whole new bidding process but each host is called upon to put forth less than demanded now, so it might make the games more accessible to other cities and nations.

Just a thought.
 

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The fight against the horrible LACMA proposal has little to do with anything other than the incredibly inappropriate nature of the proposal. Zumthor can't get it into his head that he is not in the barren Swiss hillsides any more. Govan has to go as well since he has committed himself to the project regardless of the widespread criticism and difficulty getting private donations.
 

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P&G signs up through 2028 to pay big money to push their products to viewers of Olympic events. Overall the hope is to develop a coherent multi-event strategy.building and responding to the effectiveness of prior programs.

From reading the b/s, you would think their program is focused on social equality, human rights, conservation, etc. But in fact the point is to use these buzz words to help sell products of dubious usefulness to the easily duped. Which is to say pretty much the goal of any ad campaign.
 
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