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Waders Oct 8, 2010 4:49 AM

Well more crisis with the Commonwealth Games.
Looking back at the Vancouver Winter Games, I feel very happy there was no major health issue (like H1N1 flu).


Over a dozen swimmers from Australia and England have fallen ill in the latest setback for the trouble-plagued organisers in New Delhi. British media reported on Thursday that 20% of the English swimmers — about eight to 10 competitors — had been struck down with a stomach virus.

mr.x Oct 8, 2010 5:02 AM

^ apparently, used condoms flushed in toilets by athlete are clogging up sewage pipes...loll.

I loved this comment: "I don't think our Country is big enough to take in any more from the Commonwealth!"

edit: apparently, there are even more issues

- last night a temporary scoreboard collapsed, thankfully the stadium was empty
- athletics judges are threatening to walk out because the state of the field is far from standards
- officials had to wait four hours for buses to take them back to the hotels after the Opening Ceremony
- 3 Ugandan team officials were seriously injured when a security tyre killer at the Athletes Village rose up causing the car to brake immediately...
- concerns that a security mistake could be made considering the armed soldiers everywhere
- technological meltdown: 1) big delays in results, meaning media can't broadcast results immediately 2) ticketing system not working properly, people being turned away

mr.x Nov 15, 2010 7:50 PM


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Waders Jan 13, 2011 3:54 AM

One-year anniversary party for Vancouver 2010 Olympics
Hope this is the right thread.

Looks like some sort of anniversary celerberation is being planned.


'No Fun City' asks: Where's our anniversary party?

With the first anniversary of the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Olympics just one month away, residents of the "No Fun City" are asking: Where's our party?

A reunion has been planned for VANOC's paid employees, but so far, there's no word on what sort of celebration the rest of the city will see.

Former volunteer Joe Labarda plans to wear his blue jacket for the next 30 days, and on Feb. 12, he and hundreds of other volunteers have decided to meet at the Olympic cauldron and walk around the city in a sea of blue.

"We took it upon ourselves and said, ‘You know what? Let's just do it,'" he said.

He's disappointed that little else seems to have been planned.

"We haven't heard anything from the city at all as far as what they're planning for the one-year anniversary."

Mayor Gregor Robertson says that plans for a party are in the works -- they just haven't been announced.

"We haven't announced the formal plans yet, but we'll start doing that next week -- certainly a lot of big celebrations, not only downtown but all over the city," he said.

The provincial government isn't saying much either; Minister of Sport and Culture Stephanie Cadieux said the details are being finalized before they're announced later this month.

But she added that, "there will be what we would call a ‘signature celebration' in Vancouver."

That shroud of secrecy is a shame, according to Tourism Vancouver, which had hoped to promote the celebration.

"We wanted to be able to communicate that to visitors to bring people here, particularly from other parts of the province, but until you have that information, you're unable to do that and we're getting a bit late in the game for people to do any meaningful planning," said Walt Judas, a spokesman for the association.

Other cities are using provincial Spirit Festival grants to assist with celebrations. The Richmond Oval will host a free skate and torch-bearers' parade, while Whistler is putting on a two-week Olympic-themed festival.

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