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Juan Antonio Samaranch dies

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posted Apr 21, 2010

Probably the man who has made the Olympics such a spectacular and prestigious event that it is today. RIP Juan Antonio.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

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posted Apr 21, 2010

Aren't people overreacting a bit? Seriously, the third headline on the front page? 'I cannot express my sadness'? The guy was 89, for crying out loud.

How about appreciating what he did and celebrating the life he had instead of mourning that it's ended. I know it's a cliche, but thousands of much younger people around the world die every day from totally avoidable illnesses or situations, and nobody bats an eyelid. This long-retired man dies at a ripe old age and it's a tragedy. Ridiculous.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

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posted Apr 21, 2010

BulletMonkey, different people react in different ways to someone's passing.

In this case, Rogge was directly involved with Samaranch in the Olympic stuff. So he's known him for a long time and he considers him as a mentor. So it's natural that Rogge would be saddened by the plight of the old man. Haven't you ever listened to 'Goodbye The Saddest Word?' by Celine Dion?

When you say that young people die of illnesses everyday and we don't care...it's sad what happens to them, but Samaranch was a famous man who touched and influenced lots of lives around, so don't you think he deserves tribute? If you know any of those young people you're mentioning, write a thread so that we can post our tributes then...Otherwise stop ruining this thread. It's very insensitive and disrespectful. Dunno who ever taught you manners.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

Back on topic...

First time I heard about Samaranch, regrettably was during the bidding process for the 2016 Olympics, when he said he was nearing the end...loveblushAfter reading his profile, I found out that he's the one who's made the present Olympics what they are now...

Thanks for all the hardwork and bringing us all the fun. Hope you're in a better place now.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

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posted Apr 21, 2010

It's probably in poor taste to speak ill of the dead so soon after their demise. So I'll keep my opinions to myself for the time being.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

His name was not SamaranCH, but SamaranK

And he was not Spanish. He was a Catalonian.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH took a fragmented, disorganized and practically money-less organization and built it into a united, financially and politically independent organization that has flourished, not only in the world of sport, but also in political circles. That's an enormous achievement to accomplish in 20 years, even in a lifetime."
Samaranch one said: "Life is life. There is a beginning and an end. This is the end of my presidency. I've known for a long time that this day was coming."
I suspect he felt the same way about death.
God bless. RIP

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posted Apr 21, 2010

Good god, I thought one of 10CC had died.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

Samaranch enriched himself while making the Olympics very corrupt.

The man thought he was more important than the athletes.

His tenure was nothing to be commended on and he will not missed by the sports world.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

Is this the same Juan Antonio Samaranch who wanted to be called Your Majesty, and had to be the last to arrive at and the first to leave events? He did a lot for the olympics, but at the same time he was a huge egomaniac.

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posted Apr 21, 2010

MagicKirin

Are you just going to post sweeping statements or back up what you are saying?

Thanks for speaking on behalf of everyone in the sports world though, I'm sure you are a worthy representative

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comment by Chris (U14432336)

posted Apr 21, 2010

For someone who demanded to be addressed as "Excellency," his passing presents no loss to mankind. Let them keep praising arrogance.

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posted Apr 22, 2010

It would appear that the author of this 'blog' has airbrushed Samaranch's dark past from history!, a classic piece of 'spin'.

Whatever Samaranch may have achieved with the IOC, and from reading other comments its not just his friendship with Franco that has raised eyebrows, the public deserve to read the truth, warts and all...

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comment by Trendy (U14320937)

posted Apr 22, 2010

Yes, let's hear the truth about this man. He took the Olympics from amateur to commercial and we all know what that does to sport. I have heard nothing but reports of cheating, secret 'fixing' and fraud attached to his name and now tainted the Olympics. It is sad when anyone dies but let's not make a hero out of someone who should have faced the law courts for what he did.

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posted Apr 22, 2010

This man betrayed every ideal that the Olympic Games stood for. In ancient Greece, the only prize was a wreath of laurels on the victor's head. Samaranch corrupted the original concept by his greed and arrogance. He makes the Westminster cheats look like amateurs, yet escaped punishment when the whole squalid chicanery was revealed some years ago. His family will mourn him, and also the minions who profited by his baleful influence. I mourn the loss of the Olympic ideals that he undermined and destroyed.

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posted Apr 22, 2010

They say that Samaranch destroyed the Olympic ideal. In other words, he did away with all the sentimental tosh and bosh; the Olympic movement thrives without it.

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posted Apr 22, 2010

I think he and a few other members of the IOC under his stewardship did okay out of the slush funds they encouraged from Olympic bidders.

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posted Apr 22, 2010

Samaranch was not Spanish; he was Catalonian.

And his name, BBC, is not pronocunced SamaranCH, but SamaranK

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posted Apr 22, 2010

Not specifically about Samaranch, but do any of these IOC jobsworths and their national counterparts pass the 'Tony Benn test' of democracy? No they don't. The Benn test, roughly, is (a) Who elects them? and (b) Can they be voted out? Participation is cloaked in secrecy and smog - they are unelected, self-perpetuating and unaccountable. Why do we (or our elected representatives) allow this? Simple - money. Throw enough millions at a government, you can get away with anything. And just look at how rich some of the 'big names' associated with London 2012 are rumoured to be getting.

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posted Apr 22, 2010

He was very much against Richard (Dick) Pound, the Canadian IOC Vice President, from succeeding him to the Presidency. Dick Pound was, and still is, very much against the use of performance enhancing drugs being taken by amateur athletes. He is currently the head of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) that is in charge of drug tests for Olympic athletes.

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posted Apr 23, 2010

Dear Citizen canada
Why "against drugs taken by amateur athletes"?
Why not all athletes?
Of course the football authorities like Lennart Johansson (former corrupt head of UEFA and pal of Juan) have more or less thrown in the towel against drugs; they ignored Russia cheating in qualfiying for Euro finals anf Sheffield uniteds drug taking at the beginning of this season.

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posted Apr 23, 2010

The IOC forces body exercises and recreation activities into extreme competitions. Many of the athletes abuse steroids because the IOC insists on cut throat tactics in the games. How far will they go to turn a good profit from the advertisors of products?

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posted Apr 23, 2010

An exemplary organiser who blazed a trail and who did the Olympic movement proud. His successor Jacques Rogge is following his footsteps so very closely. May the Olympic spirit grow from strength to strength

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posted Apr 23, 2010

ha was a lot corrupt. made himself to be above anyone else. shame he was,nt pulled up for all is corruption, he now gets away with all the underhanded dealings he did. no great loss to anyone

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