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Die Zeit - Germany | 26/07/2012

Olympics all about image nowadays

The Olympics have become so over-sized that the time will come when only countries like Azerbaijan or Qatar will be able to afford to host them to brush up their image, warns the liberal weekly Die Zeit: "Rome has already retracted its bid for the Summer Games in eight years time - it would never have had the backing of the population in the financial crisis. Madrid is still in the running but it will hardly be able to keep up under the continued threat of bankruptcy. The third candidate Tokyo is still suffering from the consequences of the Tsunami and the nuclear disaster. ... London was meant to counteract Chinese state gigantism with a stadium that can be dismantled after the Games and a recyclable basketball stadium as symbolic centrepieces. But these Games are costing around 12 billion euros and need an army of British soldiers to secure them. ... Olympia cannot be allowed to become so vast that it pushes even large, wealthy societies absurdly over the limits. This huge world festival will only have a future if it can resist megalomania."

Die Zeit - Germany | 27/03/2008

How to crank up the pressure on China?

"The Olympic family, as it likes to call itself, must finally admit that it does indeed possess political power," Christof Siemes writes and explains: "What political power does sport have? Olympic officials answer this question as it suits them at any given moment. They urge the two Koreas to compete under a joint flag - as if that wouldn't be a political demonstration. Former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch promoted the awarding of the games to Beijing above all with the argument that Olympia could change a city 'and even a country'. ... Just over a month after Beijing won the games, Samaranch's successor, current IOC boss Jacques Rogge, explained that his organisation was not a 'watchdog' for the observance of human rights in China."

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