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News, information and stories about the Olympics.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Cursed Olympics - Jaguar Shot Dead During Flame Ceremony

In what will doubtless prove to be a highly unfavourable augury, a 17 year old jaguar called Juma (used for a photo shoot for the Olympic torch's passage through Brazil's Amazon) was shot dead shortly afterwards when it escaped its handlers and threatened a vet.

Killing the Olympic mascot does not bode well for the Games at all!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rio Declares State of "Public Calamity"

With less than 48 days until the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a major spanner has just been thrown in the works.

Rio has gone bust, and has declared a state of "public calamity".

What does this mean?

It means that there is no money left in the city's bank account to pay for anything including, but not limited to:

- security
- health
- public transport

and, of course, the Olympics!

As such the Rio state government, and everyone else, expects a total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility, education, environment.

Plus, of course, the Olympics!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

WHO Gives Rio Olympics The Green Light

The World Health Organization said that the 2016 Olympics do not need to be moved from Rio de Janeiro, or postponed, because there is "a very low risk" that holding the games there will cause further spread of the Zika virus.

The WHO's expert panel on Zika concluded that hosting the Olympics in August (during the Brazilian winter) means that the mosquito population will be smaller, and intensified mosquito-control measures to be in place around the competition venues "should further reduce the risk of transmission."

Let us trust that the WHO is coreect!

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

WHO To Asses If Rio Olympics Should Proceed

Following growing public pressure from doctors and health professionals about the Zika virus, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Margaret Chan has caved in and agreed to convene an expert committee to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics should proceed as planned.

She is quoted by the Telegraph:
"Given the current level of international concern, I have decided to ask members of the Zika Emergency Committee to examine the risks of holding the Olympic Summer Games as currently scheduled."
The date of the meeting will be fixed next week.

However, given the alleged close connections between WHO and the IOC, WHO is not expected to nix the Games.

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