The Olympics

The Olympics


News, information and stories about the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and the Olympics in general up until 2007.

Friday, December 15, 2006

New Olympic Domain Names

Two new domain names, that link to this site, have now been purchased:

The other domain names linking to this site, as listed in the menu bar, all remain active.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Clean Olympics

Liu Qi, secretary of the Chinese Communist Party's Beijing Municipal Committee, promised a "clean" 2008 Olympics.

This promise comes one day after the party expelled Liu Zhihua, the Beijing vice mayor in charge of Olympic construction projects. He has been accused of bribery and other offences.

Liu Zhihua took bribes of "several million yuan" and "helped his mistress to seek profit in projects".

Liu Qi said:

"We must tighten auditing and monitoring efforts on the preparatory work of the Olympics to prevent all potential problems. Efforts must be made to ensure that staff members involved in the Olympic preparations and venue construction projects remain on track, and make sure the Olympics are clean."

Lucrative projects, such as the Olympics, do seem to bring out the worst in people.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Livingstone Guarantees No Tax Rise

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, has "guaranteed" that Harrow residents will not pay more tax to fund the 2012 London Olympics.

Speaking on BBC Radio London, Livingstone said:

"I know concerns have been raised recently about increases to council tax to pay for the Olympics, I guarantee to Harrow residents that there will not be a rise.

Last year we set the Olympics council tax precept at 38p for the average London Council Tax Payer. It will remain at 38p next year and the year after and the year after that. When people see that it has not risen from 38p they will accept my firm guarantee that Londoners will not be asked to pay any more to fund the 2012 Games

Those of you with long memories may recall that Livingstone promised faithfully, when he stood for re-election as Mayor, that he would not raise congestion charges.

Once re-elected, he reneged on that promise and raised congestion charges.

Good luck to the people of Harrow, and London, if they really believe Livingstone's promises!