February 21, 2008

FIVE RING CIRCUS:

Spectators warn of chaos at Beijing Olympics (Richard Spencer, 22/02/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Foreign spectators at a key test event for the Beijing Olympics have questioned the city's readiness to host the Games in August.

Visitors from Britain, the Netherlands and elsewhere attending the event said the ticket allocation system broke down, officials excluded them from events arbitrarily and few allowances were made for disabled people.
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There was chaos yesterday at the entrance to the World Diving championships in the "Water Cube", the showpiece swimming venue.

Long queues formed as scores of touts offered tickets at prices up to five times their face value under the noses of police officers and officials.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2008 9:47 PM
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You wanna see a test of readiness? Wait 'til we get to the 2010 edition of the truly biggest sporting event on earth, the World Cup. Which, in a wayward fit of political correctness, was awarded to South Africa.

Word is that the U.S. Soccer Federation has already been put on standby, ready to jump in and take over as host when it becomes clear that South Africa is in no shape to stage the thing.

Posted by: Tom at February 23, 2008 9:04 AM
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