Olympic hullabaloo is getting into full swing and it’s not even Olympic year.
We’re already going to have VIP Olympic road lanes so the rich can get to the games quicker plus an increase in parking fines which you can be sure will not be reduced after the Olympics are over.
High-speed rail services between Kent and London will be severely reduced during the Olympic Games so foreign visitors can zoom into London whilst Kent commuters struggle to get into work.
Placing a large aluminium cast model of the five Olympic rings along with the Paralympic Agitos symbol on Edinburgh Castle in Scotland is costing taxpayers £200,000. Is it that big it can be seen from London?
Now it seems Sikh athletes and spectators will be able to wear ceremonial daggers around the London 2012 Olympic sites.
Security is supposed to be tight at all Games venues, Britain is even prepared to deploy surface-to-air missiles to protect London during the event.
Yet Sikhs will be allowed to take in a sheathed kirpan as long as it is worn beneath their clothing and if they can prove that they are adhering to four other articles of faith.
This is in a bid to make the event the most religion friendly Games staged, a record 193 chaplains from a multitude of faiths are being recruited. Let’s hope no Arab female athletes commit adultery otherwise we will be seeing stoning to death in the stadium too.
The International Olympic Committee normally insists that Games facilities are laid on for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists.
However, sappy Britain has to take it a step further and also cater for Zoroastrians, Jains and followers of the Baha’i faith. No mention of paganism, Britain’s first religion.
“We want to make sure the Games are accessible to everyone. The kirpan will be presented at security but it will not be unsheathed,” a London 2012 spokeswoman said. Unless of course a religious dispute kicks off then who knows what will happen.
No Olympics is without a boycott threat and 2012 will be no different.
Apparently a boycott threat could be looming over the London 2012 Olympics amid growing fears of a possible pull-out by Indian athletes in protest at the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical Company and the firm’s connection to the 1984 Bhopal disaster – one of the world’s worst industrial incidents.
Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, where Bhopal is located, asked sports minister Ajay Maken to boycott the Olympics. In a letter, he said it was not appropriate for a company linked to such a tragedy to be allowed to sponsor an event “considered as an ultimate expression of fair play, honesty and healthy endeavour”.
Concerns have also been raised by 21 Indian Olympic athletes who earlier this month urged London 2012 to end Dow’s sponsorship of a curtain-style wrap of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London.
Up to 15,000 people died and tens of thousands were maimed when poisonous gas leaked from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal in central India in 1984.