Except insofar as I wish Paris had won the bid. They would then be saddled with this financial and security monstrosity which will exclude all other news for the next few weeks and is always relentlessly upbeat. Indeed, I read a rather amusing comment somewhere suggesting that hosting the Olympics is not so much like being the Queen at a garden party at the Palace and more like John Hurt in ‘Alien’
But I was rather saddened at the ongoing censorship creeping into modern life in general and the Olympics in this particular case. A rather yummy Greek lady called Voula Papachristou spends some of her time practicing the hop, step and jump for some reason. She was until recently Greece’s representative in this event.
But according to this report
She’s got her self in some trouble for some remarks on Twitter*. I don’t speak Greek or ever look at Twitter so I am relying on the report for this one, but apparently they claim she mocked African immigrants and expressing support for the Golden Dawn, a fringe but legal party of the right. Well the Greek Olympic committee didn’t see the funny side and they have kicked her out for the rather woolly catch-all of going against the Olympic spirit**
So I got to wondering, if she has criticised a current hate group like say bankers and expressed support for a left of centre social democratic party, would she still be persona non-grata?
I don’t think so.
So, much as I dislike collectivist politics of which race is one of the more primitive strains, I do hope she was more or less a non-runner in terms of medal chances and is deliberately doing this for the publicity rather than another person who holds unfashionable views and is being punished accordingly.
* Why anyone uses Twitter escapes me, it just seems to get people into trouble
** Missiles on the roof, endless aggressive sponsorship, zil lanes, mad but failing security, total car bans except for the few, lunatic cost over-runs, all tickety-boo but criticise the Greek PM’s stance on immigration and you are in a world of pain apparently.