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Olympics 2016
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:54:42 pm »
So who is following the Olympics this year? Personally I don't know on which over-the-air TV channel the competitions are available yet so I'll need to check that out, since I neither have cable nor satellite. I'm quite interested in soccer and the running competitions, though.

My concern, though, is will the Zika virus spread over the world once Olympics are over or will they manage to keep it out of reach from athletes and spectators? And I hope no athlete gets sick from the polluted/contaminated water because apparently it's really bad. It would suck if athletes had to forfeit as a direct result of pollution-related diseases.


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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 11:03:36 pm »
In Canada, Radio-Canada is over the air, the opening ceremonies are beginning right now.
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 11:05:52 pm »
Nice to see RC is still airing the olympics. I know they did it in the past, but nowadays everything is paid it seems so I thought they stopped. Anyway that opening ceremony is cool :D

EDIT: It's probably airing on Radio-Canada radio station too, because they're describing everything in details.
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2016, 11:41:58 pm »
Who thought it was a good idea to let Brazil run the games. That was the worst idea of the decade.
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2016, 01:08:27 am »
Nice to see RC is still airing the olympics. I know they did it in the past, but nowadays everything is paid it seems so I thought they stopped. Anyway that opening ceremony is cool :D

EDIT: It's probably airing on Radio-Canada radio station too, because they're describing everything in details.
The Canadian Olympic Committee is non-profit here, Radio-Canada is state-funded, and the Olympics is a rather big thing, so no problem about that. It's always traditionally been on Radio-Canada and I don't think there's anything who could stop them.

Who thought it was a good idea to let Brazil run the games. That was the worst idea of the decade.
Eh, that's better than nothing. The problem is, the locations are decided 7 years in advance and most of the towns who enter think they'll improve significantly in 7 years if they get the Olympics. Of course, big cities like Paris and London are a sure bet, but I do think the CIO will want to help cities less developed to develop just with the Olympics effect. Some of the towns who hosted the Olympics grew significantly before hosting it.
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2016, 04:18:50 am »
One of my Dad's friends is the China Women's Soccer team's captain, I think. That's the only thing I know about the olympics besides that it's in Brazil and it's the first olympic games to take place in South America
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2016, 05:17:52 am »
Yep. Countries to watch are, as usual, USA, China and Russia, but I do hope Canada get more than 1 gold medal. 18 medals total wasn't that bad in 2012, but only one gold... Hope they do better.

Anyway, the opening ceremonies were pretty nice, a bit of the environmental side, guess they wanted to pass a message, especially with the Amazonian deforestation.
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2016, 05:59:34 am »
Hopefully canada will be able to do well in women's soccer..
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2016, 06:15:40 am »
Who thought it was a good idea to let Brazil run the games. That was the worst idea of the decade.
IIRC they were considering pulling out of Brazil due to construction delays and safety issues, but it seems like they went with Brazil anyway. But yeah, the issue IMHO is that the olympic cities are decided too early in advance. Anything can happen within 7 years, such as an economic collapse. Plus they are too expensive, especially with security, and stadiums that risk becoming white elephants once the olympics are done.

Also bribery is a serious problem.
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2016, 06:28:57 am »
They got a lot of problems with doping testing, hope they figured it out in time. They banned quite a lot of Russians and other people and they would still be there if it wasn't for some guy at the CIO finding out there was some bribery and other weird stuff with that.

And yeah, kinda weird the women are that good at soccer and the men aren't. Why can't we watch them at some sort of Women's World Cup or something? Canada would definitely own that thing. Oh well, go Canada!

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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2016, 07:11:20 pm »
lol juju there was a womens world cup a few yaers ago. :P
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2016, 06:49:05 am »
They got a lot of problems with doping testing, hope they figured it out in time. They banned quite a lot of Russians and other people and they would still be there if it wasn't for some guy at the CIO finding out there was some bribery and other weird stuff with that.

And yeah, kinda weird the women are that good at soccer and the men aren't. Why can't we watch them at some sort of Women's World Cup or something? Canada would definitely own that thing. Oh well, go Canada!

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Well IIRC at first they wanted to ban Russia from the Olympics completely, but finally changed their mind. I'M sure many athletes from other countries will try to cheat too, though, since there are bad apples everywhere. Also there was a Women Soccer World Cup in Canada last year IIRC, right? There were even games at the Olympic Stadium.

Something I wonder, though: If Russia would have been banned completely from the Olympics for being involved in steroid scandals, would there have been chances that they retaliate by sending army troops to attack the most influential countries that voted for the ban? I know it would be a risky move from their part, but I am wondering, since they seem quick on the trigger sometimes...
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Re: Olympics 2016
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2016, 07:20:48 am »
Turns out it's a Canadian lawyer who found out the whole doping thing was sponsored by the Russian state itself, who in turn alerted the IOC and IPC (the paralympics IOC). The IOC decided to delegate the banning rights to the different sport federations, which explains why only half of the athletes were banned. Two Russian athletes weren't concerned that much by the whole deal, though, and were authorized to participate as independents. The IPC, unlike the IOC, decided to outright ban Russia as a whole.

Anyway, the job were mostly done by international organizations which do not represent a country in particular, and, as a country member of said organizations, you don't want to f*** with them. Neither with Canada.
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Re: Olympics 2016
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