Thursday, July 07, 2005

London Olympics are a Reality!

When we heard the news that the London bid for the 2012 Olympics had been successful we jumped up and down with glee too! Great news.

Right now mentioning anything about “costs” or “security” can get you lynched. We’ve beaten the French to it, Vive President Blair, up yours Chirac etc. are the order of the day. Fine, nice to feel upbeat about something for a change.

But costs and security are issues that aren’t going to go away, no matter how far away in time the games might still seem right now. As regards security, the blasts in London today seem almost timed to perfection to remind us that post 9/11 Olympics in an Anglo Saxon country like the UK will bring with it a security nightmare of unprecedented scale. The games have been targeted in a bloody way before (remember Munich?). It’s unlikely to be the last time in this conflict ridden world.

As regards the cost, spokes people are confident the UK will be able to control costs better than Athens did (100% over budget!). But only time will tell… I’m hoping for the best but I’m not willing to bury my head in the sand.

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At 1:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the change in the global terrain, I am not sure France or the States, for example, could get past the security costs either.

At 2:17 AM, Blogger Gert said...

Yes, you're quite right there.

Some cynics over here say that when the NY failed the US supported the London bid.

True? No idea. I certainly believe NY is better off without 2012, in many respects...


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