15 Aug 2016

And Then, A Spot O’ Sport...

I’m sure you’re aware, unless you’ve been lost in the Matrix recently, that the Olympics are in progress down some place called, if I heard correctly, Rio De Geriatric. This is a series of sporting events played out over two weeks every four years although thanks to the media bombardment, it’s starting to feel like a series of sporting events played out over four years every two weeks. It would seem all news has been suspended from the TV unless it has a link, however tenuous, to sport.

This reminded me of a post wot I did way back in 2012 prior to the games kicking off in London. I checked it out and, to my little mind, it still holds some sense. Sense? From me? I know, but check it out and see what you think. I can’t be alone in thinking this’d work. Here it is with a phew, or few, your choice, minor adjustments.

How much, all up, will these games cost us tax payers by close of play? What will be the future usage of all the facilities built for all the runny, jumpy, swimmy, throwie people? Going on past grandiose follies, not a whole hell of a lot. What do we get? A huge building site for years, some sport for a few days, lots of visitors and total chaos for the poor folk who live in any sort of proximity to all the 'fun'. Then, when it’s over, dereliction?

Anyone believing us ‘investors’ will see a return, or even break-even even, and see all those venues used close to capacity on a weekly basis for the foreseeably future, are, quite frankly, bag men or politicians.

You still with me? I hope so because this is where it starts to get good. Next paragraph. Here we go.

Now, there's a country not too far away that's totally bust. This country also happens to be the country wot invented the Olympics. This country also happened to host the games in 2004 so already has runny, jumpy, swimmy stuff built that's presently running, jumping and swimming on empty.

You see where this is going? You do? That's two of us then. That's right, give Greece, the birth place of the Olympiad, the games for ever and ever and ever. Every four years, {why not every three?} money pouring in, everything's in place, so no money pouring out. Stop money pouring out of all the other broke countries trying to out-do the last broke country that tried to out-do the last broke country that…… It's all in Greece, and it comes complete with sport related history.

This will also eliminate the 'need' for the leeches who roam the world, on our buck, lobbying, negotiating, bribing, hand greasing, wining, dining and first classing in an attempt to 'win' the bid for the next money laundering jamboree and with the games in one place all the time, it has to reduce the risk of corruption. Note I didn't say 'eliminate'.

Why stop there? Asian games? African games? European games? Youth games? Football World Cup? All in Greece. All major sporting events held in Greece. Greece becomes the sporting, holiday, olive growing, goat herding centre of the universe!! The way global warming's warming up, give it a couple or four years and the Winter Olympics could be there.

World records? Well, they would be true records. All achieved in the same place, same venue and under similar weather conditions – on a level playing field so to speak. Nobody claiming altitude beat them, or, "I did my best but, hay, you try running really, really fast in Atlantis!!"

What could possibly be the downside? No need for ego trips and briefcases full of bank notes for our 'betters' I guess. So that's an end to that then.

As a 2016 addendum, when the facilities aren’t in use for events, throw them open, at a cost of course, for training.

Also, the BBC could just setup their camera stuff and do the whole thing remotely. If we can get pictures back from Mars, I’m sure we can get ‘em from Greece. Commentators? Commenting right here, on what they see on their monitors. If this was to transpire, I’ll wager that when the BBC boss asks for ‘volunteers’ to cover sporting events the hand waving and shouts of, “Me!! Me!! Me!!” would diminish dramatically when first class travel and five star accommodation in exotic locations is off the table.

I’m going to draw the curtains and take one of they little green pills now. Bu-by.

Quote; Charles Barkley.
"Curling is not a sport. I called my grandmother and told her she could win a gold medal because they have dusting in the Olympics now."

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