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2012 Olympics

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Message 1 - posted by Pujie123, Feb 24, 2007

It has been reported that the estimated cost of the 2012 games for London could be as high as 9bn!! Anyone else find even half that amount staggering? I realise that a lot of the cost is supposed to go towards long term revelopment of run down parts of the capital but surely that amount of finacial input could be put to better use? That means that every 4 years another country would spend that amount if not more on what in effect is a glorified school sports day for the planet.Would not a better use of that money be towards relieving 3rd world poverty,disease and famine? The Olympics could still be staged every 4 years but then just from one chosen designated country so that rebuilding costs weren't having to repeated each time. Countries taking part would then just have to pay a fee (from sponsorship as now) to cover their inclusion. Global tv coverage as well could cover any expenses of less affluent nations so no athelete misses out.Seems to me crazy that each country falls over themselves each time to host these games when the money could be put to much better use.
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Message 2 - posted by Ibstock Panther, Feb 26, 2007

The amounts being quoted are amazing. I could not see the Olympics being staged in one country though the concept is good. Could you imagine the arguing over which country that would be? It would start another war!

What I don't understand is this. When London put forward their bid they must have had a pretty good idea on what the costs would be. How can these costs have suddenly doubled, tripled, quadrupled or whatever they have. I am starting to get bad feelings about this, its already looking messy.
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Message 3 - posted by Junk2Rubbish, Feb 26, 2007

The amounts being quoted are amazing. I could not see the Olympics being staged in one country though the concept is good. Could you imagine the arguing over which country that would be? It would start another war!

What I don't understand is this. When London put forward their bid they must have had a pretty good idea on what the costs would be. How can these costs have suddenly doubled, tripled, quadrupled or whatever they have. I am starting to get bad feelings about this, its already looking messy.

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I'm sure they deliberately didn't include vat, security and clearing of toxic waste in the original quotes.

Had they done so, it's likely that the games wouldn't be coming here.

Either we have very dumb people in charge (unlikely), or those in charge think those that they are representing are dumb.

It's time to get rid of the 3 main political parties who treat the rest of us with so much contempt.
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Message 4 - posted by Ibstock Panther, Feb 26, 2007

I hear all the arguments about the advantages of having the Olympics here but the cost far outweighs these. I dread to think what the total cost will eventually be but its going to be an awful lot. Its way way too much for an event that lasts a couple of weeks even with its longer term investment benefits.

We will have to pay the extra costs and I for one would prefer to see my money put to much better use.
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Message 5 - posted by Pujie123, Feb 26, 2007

Did I not read somewhere that Sydney are still paying for the games they hosted back in 2000? What's the betting we'll end up in the same position. As for one country hosting it permanently,how about Greece with Athens being the spiritual home of the games? That seems a fair way of choosing the country.
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Message 6 - posted by Junk2Rubbish, Jan 16, 2008

It has been reported that the estimated cost of the 2012 games for London could be as high as 9bn!!

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The costs will continue to rise. Today we see the announcement of another case where politicians can't get their sums right - another 'black hole' - another billion.
www.timesonline.co.u...
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Message 7 - posted by Ibstock Panther, Jan 16, 2008

Not surprised by this. I said a year ago I had bad feelings about it and I still do. Waste of money!

Mark013 (Most Loyal)
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Message 8 - posted by Lambchop13, Jan 16, 2008

Do I care about the 2012 Olympics?
Nope <whistle>

Just think how much it could have improved sporting facilities for our schools and local communities during the long summer holidays here in Leicester.

LC500
Still wondering where the replacement for St Margarets pool ended up?
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Message 9 - posted by Junk2Rubbish, Jan 16, 2008

Still wondering where the replacement for St Margarets pool ended up?

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Well if any of it was funded by the lottery, then its gone to the Olympics.
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Message 10 - posted by Junk2Rubbish, Jan 31, 2008

So the aquatic centre is to cost three times the quoted cost in the original bid and the Chief Executive of the Olympic Design Authority reckons that you couldn't have picked a more difficult site for it.
It's nice to know that those in charge know what they're doing.
sport.guardian.co.uk...
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Message 11 - posted by Tyke, Feb 12, 2008

<<<It has been reported that the estimated cost of the 2012 games for London could be as high as 9bn!! Anyone else find even half that amount staggering>>>
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I live in south yorkshire and my city hosted the student games some years ago.The rate payers payed for the new facilities and accomodation(which left the city deeply in debt)and the only people to make any money were the TV,pubs,clubs,bars,hotels,burger vans etc.
I can see it happening again with the olympics.9 billion pounds and the estimates are still rising!! I read in a national newspaper last week that the government are raiding the lottery good causes fund once again, even though they are supposed to be free from government interference and influence.The population in general,and the ratepayers of London in particular,are going to be stuck with enormous bills for years to come.

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Message 12 - posted by U10368973, Feb 12, 2008

Liverpool was recently named as the worst run council by the Audit Commission simply because it has a 20 million black hole in its budget due to hosting the largest arts festival ever held in the UK - the European Capital of Culture.

Central government's extra funding totals a paltry 16 million, the city has to find funds from private sponsorship to finance more than 350 events in its year long programme.

It's annoying that London can squeeze any amount it wants from government and the lottery to fund the Olympics while the rest of the country have their budgets slashed.
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Message 13 - posted by Junk2Rubbish, Mar 9, 2008

Can anything beat the IOC for its arrogance in demanding 3,000 chauffeur-driven cars for its dignitaries, officials and corporate sponsors while everybody else is kept off London's roads?
www.timesonline.co.u...
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Message 14 - posted by Hoof-Hearted, Mar 9, 2008

9 billion? double it and you won't be far short of the final figure.Mind you we may never know the true amount.
The government will have to spend whatever is demanded by the contractors,they wouldn't dare cancel the games. We shall be held to ransom for whatever the contractors demand.
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Message 15 - posted by Lambchop13, Mar 31, 2008

Can anything beat the IOC for its arrogance in demanding 3,000 chauffeur-driven cars for its dignitaries, officials and corporate sponsors while everybody else is kept off London's roads?
www.timesonline.co.u...

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Give them an Oyster card? <steam>

LC500
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