At the least we are able to say the Winter Olympics are practiced at holding their occasions in a communist dictatorship, as they’ve held two of the final three in a single. We’re nearly three or 4 days into the entire thing, and already the tales of athletes being held in opposition to their will, shitty amenities, unprepared venues, and propaganda are spilling out. However oh, the quantity of adverts NBC will get to promote!
The Guardian ran a chilling though not surprising story yesterday of some athletes and the hell they’re going by means of. It begins with officers not permitting for the bitter chilly within the mountains for the cross nation occasions and one skier was compelled off with hypothermia (apparently Gregg Berhalter deliberate this, too). Requires the occasions to be moved to earlier within the day have but to be heeded as of this writing.
The Guardian article paperwork the isolation that some have discovered themselves in, whether or not testing optimistic for COVID, or in some circumstances not. And a few may miss their occasions with none type of clarification.
What’s encouraging is few are watching these Video games because the opening ceremonies had the lowest rating ever. That’s a disgrace. Sorry, NBC.
After which there was this joyful horseshit:
To be clear, in line with stories, the French publication L’Equipe had to submit the questions for this “interview” beforehand and all of them have been translated by means of China’s ruling occasion. As soon as once more, Thomas Bach has slithered out of no matter gap he lives in to assert he met with Peng once more and that everything is fine. But nobody from the WTA has been capable of discuss to her, no member of the press has been capable of communicate together with her dwell with out “firm” from a Chinese language official. Feels very above board.
Oh, and if anybody wanted to speak to the Uyghur lady who was used as a prop through the Opening Ceremonies, Dinigeer Yilamujiang, she was spirited away proper after her occasion with out chatting with the media in any respect. She’s barely been talked about for the reason that opening ceremonies by the Chinese language press. She got here and went, which wouldn’t be the worst description of how the Chinese language authorities has handled Uyghurs total. However don’t point out that to China.
And, to high yesterday’s enjoyable off, the Canada-ROC women’s hockey game had to be delayed (nonetheless ready as of writing) as a result of the ROC medical workforce didn’t share their COVID check outcomes with the Canadians. And the Russians had an outbreak earlier, and we all know that transmission on the ice has occurred previously.
In the meantime, NBC is joyful to pump all of the human curiosity tales and present you People competing for gold as if every part is hunky dory. As NBC is the principle driver of those Video games, they really would have the facility to do one thing. However once more, these advert gross sales. Bonkers, they’re.
One wonders how a lot worse it could actually recover from the following two weeks, however it seems like a lot. However the IOC shouldn’t be capable of cover from the grossness that they’ve come to embody, and these Video games ought to grasp round their neck like a millstone.
However the IOC suits into the class so many do, the place it’s grow to be “too large to fail.” Paris (2024 Summer time Video games) and Milano Cortino (2026 Winter Video games) have already ponied up. NBC is locked in. We are able to at the least rely on France and Italy to not disappear anybody. But when they have been within the temper, it’s unlikely anybody would dig too arduous.
However hey, did you hear about this snowboarder’s second uncle who stubbed his toe in the future but? It’s fairly a narrative, actually colours within the background of this competitors….