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The Games themselves should be open to all

The International Olympic Committee has issued a statement acknowledging the new anti-gay laws signed by Vladimir Putin last month. The Sochi Olympic Games are set to open on February 7. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 19, 2013 - 79 comments

Grappling for survival

Wrestling Out Of The Olympics - The Gods Must Be Crazy Mad
The whole lucrative sham of it all was exposed once again this week when the executive board of the IOC — Informal Motto: "Me Some Too, Yes?" — recommended that wrestling be dropped as an Olympic sport in the 2020 Summer Games, which are supposed to be held in Istanbul, Tokyo, or Madrid, depending on whose checks clear first, I believe. According to the board, wrestling is no longer a "core sport" in the Olympics and it will have to petition for inclusion in 2020 along with, and I am not making this up, sport climbing and wakeboarding. This is terrific. Why don't we just hold the Olympics in an REI outlet store somewhere?
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posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 19, 2013 - 94 comments

Bangladesh is an elite country in both cricket and kabaddi, but neither of those sports hold Olympic status.

Lots of countries have never won an Olympic medal. And they aren't all micro-states, either. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Nov 28, 2011 - 32 comments

Welcome to Whistler

Vancouver gets the games. 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, BC. Maybe now we can get a Mefi meetup.
posted by timeistight on Jul 2, 2003 - 36 comments

IOC will not allow WTC flag at the SLC Olympics.

IOC will not allow WTC flag at the SLC Olympics. A flag was found in what was left of the World Trade Center. It was going to be flown at the opening ceremonies but the IOC says that the flag is too political. What does everyone think about this?
posted by Keen on Feb 5, 2002 - 111 comments

Net faces 10-year Olympic shutout.

Net faces 10-year Olympic shutout. Chairman of the IOC Internet working group says, "Unless and until you can guarantee your internet signal is only available within your territory, you cannot put video on your website. We're going to go forward with that and we're going to see how it evolves." Anyone have some portable transmission walls they can erect on international boundaries every two years?
posted by netbros on Dec 5, 2000 - 0 comments

C.J. Hunter failed drug tests.

C.J. Hunter failed drug tests. What I don't get is why the IOC brought this up now, months after it happened, and right when the track and field events are going. He's not even competing in the Olympics. He's there to support his wife, Marion Jones. What purpose is served by announcing this information except to bring doubt on Marion's efforts to win her events. The IOC and the media have done a bad thing here, in my mind, it confuses and disgusts me.
posted by cowboy on Sep 26, 2000 - 15 comments

Can a corrupt IOC

Can a corrupt IOC spoil the spirit of competition? Is the IOC "...more important than the Catholic Church"?
posted by john on Sep 18, 2000 - 0 comments

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