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12-08-2017, 09:41 AM
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RE: Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C.
they just do things right in Asia

the money to be spent is spent on the actual project

not like in the US where much of it gets squandered away


btw

The most decorated speed skater of all time is Korean Russian



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12-08-2017, 09:48 AM
Post: #32
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viktor an living the life in Russia now.



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12-08-2017, 12:23 PM
Post: #33
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Quote:(CNN)South Korean Olympic organizers have expressed shock after Russia was banned from taking part in the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The absence of one of the world's major winter sports powers from the competition adds another stress for the hosts, who are already dealing with lackluster ticket sales in the shadow of the ongoing North Korea crisis.
Lee Hee-beom, President of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee, said in a radio interview Tuesday he did not expect the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "to go this far."
"We plan to meet with the chairman of the IOC and deliver our message. The message that it's better to allow as many nations, as many athletes to compete," he told South Korea's CBS Radio.
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12-08-2017, 12:24 PM
Post: #34
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koreans are pissed as hell about this

with so few korean stars and a MAJOR WINTER OLYMPICS POWER banned.. they will not be able to recoup their investment

TICKET SALES ARE LACKLUSTRE !
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12-08-2017, 12:55 PM
Post: #35
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The whole thing is a tragedy for the Koreans and the athletes. The Russian athletes that worked so hard and the athletes that win gold medals in competitions Russians should have won. Their medals won't mean as much if they couldn't beat the Russian.
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12-08-2017, 01:23 PM
Post: #36
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i think the decision will be reversed

they can't sell the tickets... with russia out it will be even more abysmal the sales
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12-08-2017, 01:52 PM
Post: #37
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this is the greatest opening to a sporting event in the history of mankind. not even Pride's intros can top this



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12-08-2017, 01:59 PM
Post: #38
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I seriously don't get why America and Russia can't be friends. Russia is bloody amazing.
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'muricans grow up with anti-russian brainwashing. the fact is they are one of the greatest civilizations ever

80 years of bolshevik tyranny could not break their will or tradition.
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12-08-2017, 11:09 PM (This post was last modified: 12-08-2017 11:09 PM by pilgrim.)
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Pyeongchang in a cold sweat over freezing opening ceremony

By Hyunjoo Jin

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's winter Olympics organisers have worries other than a ban on Russia competing, poor ticket sales and tensions over North Korea. They fear it may be too cold.

The Pyeongchang Games in February may feel like the coldest Olympics in at least three decades because the main stadium lacks a roof, leaving an estimated 35,000 spectators, including world leaders, exposed to extreme cold for the opening ceremony.

The organising committee's concerns are contained in an internal document, seen by Reuters, which expects biting winds to make conditions inside the open-air stadium at the start of the Games seem like minus 14 degrees Celsius.

That "feels-like" temperature is lower than the minus 11 degrees recorded at the 1994 Lillehammer Games in Norway, whose stadium also lacked a roof and is so far the coldest Olympics for which such data is available, the internal document shows. Reuters could not find comparable data for earlier Games.

South Korea, which built Pyeongchang's $58 million stadium without a roof to save time and money, plans a range of measures at opening and closing ceremonies to prevent people suffering hypothermia -- from distributing hot packs and blankets to speeding up security checks, the internal document shows.

Organisers also plan to use audience participation during pre-ceremony entertainment to help keep spectators warm, the document says without giving details.

After the news last month that six people had reported hypothermia during a pop concert at the stadium, organisers are also considering installing more large windshields around the stadium, a sports ministry official said.

"These are stopgap measures," said Shim Ki-joon, a ruling-party lawmaker, who sits on a parliamentary special committee set up to support the Games.

"This is a very serious issue. This is creating a headache to not only the organisers but the presidential office, which sent officials to the venue to figure out ways to fight the cold," he told Reuters.

A presidential spokesman declined to comment on the matter.

President Moon Jae-in has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Games, among other VIPs. U.S. President Donald Trump has committed to sending a "high-level" delegation, the White House has said.

Some 160 VIPs will be offered thicker and bigger blankets than those given to other spectators, a committee official said.

ORGANISERS HAD REQUESTED A ROOF

The opening and closing ceremonies will both take place in the evening, on Feb. 9 and Feb. 25 respectively. Spectators will stay outdoors for four to five hours on each occasion.

In Lillehammer in 1994, the ceremonies were held outdoors and organisers scrapped the tradition of releasing doves, a symbol of peace, because they worried the birds might suffer. Instead, the Norwegians released white dove-shaped balloons.

The International Olympics Committee discussed Pyeongchang's cold weather at its executive board meeting this week, Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi told a news conference.

"It is not something we have not encountered in the past," Dubi said on Wednesday, citing Lillehammer as well as the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.

"(Organisers) have installed windscreens and (provided) blankets and there will be plenty of information. In the last K-pop concert people were not well informed of how cold it could get."

The cold weather is at least a manageable problem for the organisers. Its other headaches are less so.

Political tensions with North Korea and China have chilled foreign interest in the Pyeongchang Games, which open just 80 km (50 miles) from the world's most heavily fortified border.

As of Dec. 5, ticket sales totalled 578,000, or 54 percent of target, though an organiser said that was similar to sales at a similar point ahead of the Sochi Games in Russia in 2014.

The International Olympic Committee has also banned Russia, which finished top of the medals table at Sochi, from Pyeongchang, citing evidence of state-sponsored, systematic cheating of doping controls.

Pyeongchang organisers had urged South Korea to equip the stadium with a roof and heating, but this was rejected due to costs and concerns over whether the structure would support a roof. The temporary arena is to be dismantled after the Games.

The culture and finance ministries, both involved in approving construction costs, did not respond to requests for comment.

"The cold could ruin the entire opening party. The fate of the event is down to the mother nature," said ruling party lawmaker Yeom Dong-yeol at the Pyeongchang parliamentary committee, who was born and raised in the town.

(Additional reporting by Jane Chung in SEOUL and Karolos Grohmann in LAUSANNE; Editing by Soyoung Kim and Mark Bendeich)
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12-09-2017, 12:31 AM
Post: #40
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not to mention the chinese boycott of the games due to SK installing THAAD

the US must be giving them side payments or subsidies to make up for the losses due to the Chinese boycott
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12-09-2017, 12:59 AM
Post: #41
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Wow. So China won't be there either? This whole Winter Olympics is turning into a giant turd. I feel sorry for the South Koreans. It's a shame but as pointed out earlier. The Olypics are not the same thing any more.
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12-09-2017, 04:32 AM
Post: #42
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no china will be there, it' sjust that Chinese fans will probably mostly boycott the event

the whole thing is turning out to be a shitshow

I think SK's complaints will probably cause IOC to reverse their decision

no way they will not let russia compete.. it will completely discredit the olympics once and for all
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12-09-2017, 08:01 AM
Post: #43
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They sure have managed to screw up the games haven't they. This cloak and dagger stuff is ridiculous. So is China boycotting now, I hadn't hear that? That would be great if so.
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12-09-2017, 08:05 AM
Post: #44
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no it's more that the Chinese people have boycotted going to korea in general.

50%+ drop in chinese tourists year on year. Of course we can expect the drop to be even stronger when it comes to the olympics.

SK just put China in grave danger by allowing US to install THAAD
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