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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  bb1 on Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:23 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/aug/01/olympic-sailing-ramp-in-rio-de-janeiro-collapses



A ramp built for competitors’ boats collapsed into the water at the Marina da Gloria sailing venue just days before the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images


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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  lily on Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:52 pm

Should the Olympics Committee be looking into maybe postponing it until another suitable venue is found?
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Post  bb1 on Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:17 pm

They're out of time, Lily, and anyway, the IOC would never admit they are wrong. Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics, so they will be well-run, but they won't be anything like ready.

I think a lot of the London infrastructure is still usable, but other than that, the options are limited. Russia and China could possibly organise in a year, but that's about it.

I understand Chicago was the runner-up for 2016, but courtesy of assorted local issues, it would have been just about as bad as Rio...

IMO, there's also too much money involved for the Games to be called off at this point. I hope and pray nothing ghastly happens in Rio, but the omens are not good.

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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  lily on Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:52 pm

Thank you Bonny. I only hope that nothing really bad happens......
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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  Lamplighter on Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:59 am

lily wrote:YUK!!  I mean really,  are they trying to make everyone really ill?
They have immunity to the water pollution, it has been around for generations. The Indians who bathe in the Ganges have no problems, but if you were to do the same you would run a great chance of contracting some disease for which your system has no defense. LL
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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:15 pm

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1557095/armed-motorcycle-mugger-shot-dead-by-russian-diplomat-in-rio-de-janeiro-after-botched-carjacking/

PICKED THE WRONG GUY Armed motorcycle mugger shot DEAD by Russian diplomat in Rio de Janeiro after botched carjacking
Marcos Cesar Feres Braga dragged motorcycle robber into his car and shot him
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THE RUSSIAN vice-consul in Rio de Janeiro dramatically SHOT an armed robber who tried to mug him.

The robber smashed his car window and pointed a gun at him, demanding he hand over his watch.

nstead, Marcos Cesar Feres Braga, a Brazilian lawyer who holds the vice consul post at the Russian consulate, pulled the would-be mugger into his car, grabbed his gun and shot him dead at point blank range.

The robber struck on motorbike while the diplomat waited for traffic to start moving just after the Olympic torch relay had passed by on the last day before the Rio 2016 opening ceremony.

Witnesses said that Olympic cyclists from Slovenia were passing by at the moment of the shooting



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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:19 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/aug/05/olympics-2016-daily-briefing-rio-analogue-opening-ceremony


All times are Rio times: add four hours for UK, add 13 hours for eastern Australia; subtract one hour for east-coast US and four for west coast. If that doesn’t cover you, apologies and here is google.

At 9am, it’s archery, with the men’s team and individual ranking rounds.
Followed at 1pm by more archery, with the women’s team and individual ranking rounds.
Then it’s fireworks from 8pm-10pm for the opening ceremony.


So the actual events have started, and the opening ceremony is at midnight tomorrow, UK time? Or is it tonight?

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Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:22 pm

OK, it's tonight.

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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  bb1 on Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:52 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/olympic-boxer-held-over-two-rape-allegations-10524025

Olympic Boxer Held Over Two Rape Allegations
Hassan Saada was due to box on Saturday but faces 15 days in jail while police examine claims by two women at the Olympic Village



A boxer has been arrested for allegedly raping two female workers at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro , police have said.

Officers detained 22-year-old Hassan Saada, a Moroccan athlete, after allegations of rape were made.

The alleged sexual assaults took place on Wednesday, police said in a statement.

There are conflicting reports as to whether the complainants worked as cleaners or waitresses at the village.
...etc.

Well, he won't be at the opening ceremony....

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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  lily on Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:07 pm

My goodness. I shudder to think what will happen before the end of this Games......
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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  bb1 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:51 am

So, that's it open.



Tennis star Andy Murray leads out Team GB during the Rio Olympic Games 2016, waving the British flag


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Andy did the single-handed flag carry - not easy.

I have to admit, I didn't really like the opening ceremony. I don't think it translated very well to the small screen and 2D, and the sound was terrible.

The history of Brazil through interpretative dance didn't work, IMO, not least because of the insects emerging from the primordial swamp. Then there was the lecture on global warming from the country with open sewers....

Still, maybe it was just me.

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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  bb1 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:56 am



At one point, the entire of the stadium was transformed into an otherworldly landscape as huge moving sculptures of bugs moved across the floor




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It looked more like the Zika virus being attacked by wildfire.....

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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  bb1 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:01 am

Mind you, it was good to see the US team promoting world peace by wearing the Russian flag...




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Post  bb1 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:32 pm



Germany's Olympic uniform was notable only for the several shades of grey it adopted

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Glad I'm not the only one who thought Germany looked dreary....

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Re: The Rio Olympics

Post  lily on Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:15 pm

bb1 wrote:Mind you, it was good to see the US team promoting world peace by wearing the Russian flag...




Eek rofl rofl rofl
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Post  bb1 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:30 pm

Did no-one notice at an earlier stage?




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Post  lily on Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:44 pm

I haven't watched any of the Olympics yet, Bonny. I may not even bother to be honest.
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Post  bb1 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:06 pm

I'm not a big sports fan, Lily, I might watch it if something interesting is on.

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Post  bb1 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:18 pm

Alley-oops: At least three male Team USA basketball players 'are caught in a BROTHEL in Rio' - but insist they thought it was a spa
DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus 'Boogie' Cousins and DeMar Derozan were caught going to a high-end brothel near the Copacabana beach in Rio
The Termas Monte Carlo brothel officially brands itself as a spa for men
Team source says men thought they were attending spa until they arrived
According to those inside the club, they bought some drinks and left



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I wonder why they would choose to visit a Brazilian 'spa' when they're all staying on a cruise liner? Pcorneater

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Post  lily on Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:11 pm

Maybe the spas on the ship were not 'up to their expectations"? Pcorneater
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Post  bb1 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:16 pm

Well yes, a 'spa' in a Brazilian knocking shop is bound to be far, far superior to a spa on a luxury cruise liner....And I thought they were staying on the liner because they DIDN'T want to catch anything......?

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Post  lily on Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:26 pm

rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl

Maybe they took this seriously. "When in Brazil, do as the Brazilians do"? biggrin
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HUNGARY WINS 2 GOLD MEDALS ON FIRST DAY

Post  Lamplighter on Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:08 am

Rio Olympics 2016: Emese Szasz wins epee gold for Hungary
Hungary's Hosszu shatters 400m medley world record to win gold

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Post  bb1 on Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:03 am

Well done, LL - and a nice start to the day, for once. smile

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Post  lily on Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:30 pm

hug Champers2

Congrats LL.
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