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Post by Cosima___J » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:00 am

Instead of focusing on the athletes who have devoted so much of their lives to perfecting their sport, we are mostly concerned about whether the games will be held without a terrorist incident. Doesn't it seem like Sochi was a poor choice for the Winter Olympics? Too close to Chechnya and other hotspots.

And Sochi seems too far away from tourist attractions that people coming to the Olympics would like to see. If you are spending all that money to get to Sochi, you probably want to take in more than the Olympics.

However, I'll certainly enjoy watching the competition in the safety and comfort of my home. I've always liked the Winter Olympics far more than the Summer version.

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Re: Sochi

Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:54 am

The Terrorist threat level on the London Olympics was massive, it's the same everywhere now, of course the threat from Chechnya adds to things.

Sochi is a Black Sea Resort, I went there in the summer of '68, it's not really a tourist trap, that's not why people go there really, they go to relax.

The point of terrorism is to cause economic damage, great inconvenience to the public, and to put fear into everyone's mind. They don't need than many actual incidents to terrorise the public, their propaganda machine, and our media does that job for them.
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Re: Sochi

Post by John F » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:26 pm

The choice of venues for these competitions is sometimes very strange. The FIFA World Cup, the top international soccer tournament, played in June and July, is to be hosted by Qatar in 2022. After giving the Cup to Qatar, the FIFA people noticed that summer temperatures there average above 100 degrees and sometimes pass 120 degrees, a little too warm for playing that sport at that level. There were other bidders, including England, but I suppose the sheikhs' money spoke louder than common sense.
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Re: Sochi

Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:23 pm

John F wrote:The choice of venues for these competitions is sometimes very strange. The FIFA World Cup, the top international soccer tournament, played in June and July, is to be hosted by Qatar in 2022. After giving the Cup to Qatar, the FIFA people noticed that summer temperatures there average above 100 degrees and sometimes pass 120 degrees, a little too warm for playing that sport at that level. There were other bidders, including England, but I suppose the sheikhs' money spoke louder than common sense.
Are the Football Stadiums not covered in Qatar?
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Re: Sochi

Post by piston » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:49 pm

Well, we've had a serious terrorist episode in a Boston sport event and it is not clear to me how the location matters any more. I wouldn't hold the Games in Kabul or Lahore, of course, but terrorism can strike just about anywhere.
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