Should the Olympics be postponed?

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    May 27, 2016 10:49 PM GMT
    Doctors: Postpone or move Olympics due to Zika

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/27/health/zika-virus-olympic-games-health-officials-postpone/
  • FitBlackCuddl...

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    May 28, 2016 2:31 PM GMT
    "Doctors: Postpone or move Olympics due to Zika"

    Is MUCH too late to move the games
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    May 28, 2016 2:52 PM GMT
    guess not but
    Olympics; they always go for the hell hole city. Guess that is where Olympic Staff can get the most kick backs
    Rio is the zika virus epicentericon_rolleyes.gif
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  • Apparition

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    May 28, 2016 11:57 PM GMT
    in ten years we are going to look back and say "why on earth did they invite the world to that spot. It was the epicenter of all that followed. Hundreds of thousands of people having unprotected sex with multiple people, and taking the plague home with them. It is going to make aids look like kids bringing lice home from school in comparison.

    So stupid. The UN needs to step in and tell the money people that they are going to lose their investments, for the sake of humanity.
  • bro4bro

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    May 29, 2016 3:27 AM GMT
    Umm... the WHO (which is an agency of the UN) says moving the Olympics to another location will have no significant effect on the spread of the Zika virus.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/olympics-move-due-zika-concerns-150-experts-105605257.html?ref=gs

    As for the Olympics being held in "hell holes", I've attended the Summer Games six times (Rio will be my seventh). I've watched the games in Barcelona, Sydney, Athens, Seoul, Beijing... to be honest, the only place that came close to fitting the description of a "hell hole" was Atlanta.
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    May 29, 2016 6:07 AM GMT
    Hosting the Olympics in Compton would be 100000% safer than in Brazil. I swear the IOC are a bunch of shady and corrupt fuckers.
  • Apparition

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    May 30, 2016 3:37 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidUmm... the WHO (which is an agency of the UN) says moving the Olympics to another location will have no significant effect on the spread of the Zika virus.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/olympics-move-due-zika-concerns-150-experts-105605257.html?ref=gs

    As for the Olympics being held in "hell holes", I've attended the Summer Games six times (Rio will be my seventh). I've watched the games in Barcelona, Sydney, Athens, Seoul, Beijing... to be honest, the only place that came close to fitting the description of a "hell hole" was Atlanta.



    This was obviously not a SCIENCE based assessment, saying the risk is minimal, yet issuing the warning "The WHO and top health officials have called on those travelling to Brazil to take precautions against mosquito bites, and have said pregnant women should avoid areas where Zika is circulating, including Rio."
  • bro4bro

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    May 30, 2016 4:23 AM GMT
    I think you missed the point.

    Yes, people who are traveling to Rio should take precautions against mosquito bites, the same as when you visit an area where malaria is present. And pregnant women should avoid Brazil altogether due to the risk to the fetus.

    But what the doctors' petition warned of - and what the WHO has called "bullshit" on - is the idea that people traveling to Rio for the Olympics will carry the virus back home with them and start a "Zika apocalypse" that will spread around the globe.

    Here's what's wrong with that idea: like malaria, the Zika virus is carried by a particular species of mosquito. They're prevalent in parts of Africa (where Zika has always existed), the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Not North America, Europe, or Asia.

    While in Rio I'll be staying in Ipanema, a block and a half from the ocean. Mosquitoes don't like salt water so they aren't typically present at the beach. Many of the Olympic events I'll attend will be held indoors, so once again mosquitoes won't be an issue. When I attend an outdoor event at an inland location - track & field, for instance - I'll wear a DEET-based repellant. That worked well enough to prevent me from contracting malaria when I visited Malaysia, Thailand, New Guinea, Costa Rica...

    In Southern California where I live there aren't any mosquitoes at all, so if I bring the virus home it won't matter to anybody but me. Of course it's also possible to transmit the virus through semen - but I'm a gay man; I already have precautionary measures in place to prevent sexual transmission of viruses.
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    May 30, 2016 4:32 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidI think you missed the point.

    Yes, people who are traveling to Rio should take precautions against mosquito bites, the same as when you visit an area where malaria is present. And pregnant women should avoid Brazil altogether due to the risk to the fetus.

    But what the doctors' petition warned of - and what the WHO has called "bullshit" on - is the idea that people traveling to Rio for the Olympics will carry the virus back home with them and start a "Zika apocalypse" that will spread around the globe.

    Here's what's wrong with that idea: like malaria, the Zika virus is carried by a particular species of mosquito. They're prevalent in parts of Africa (where Zika has always existed), the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Not North America, Europe, or Asia.

    While in Rio I'll be staying in Ipanema, a block and a half from the ocean. Mosquitoes don't like salt water so they aren't typically present at the beach. Many of the Olympic events I'll attend will be held indoors, so once again mosquitoes won't be an issue. When I attend an outdoor event at an inland location - track & field, for instance - I'll wear a DEET-based repellant. That worked well enough to prevent me from contracting malaria when I visited Malaysia, Thailand, New Guinea, Costa Rica...

    In Southern California where I live there aren't any mosquitoes at all, so if I bring the virus home it won't matter to anybody but me. Of course it's also possible to transmit the virus through semen - but I'm a gay man; I already have precautionary measures in place to prevent sexual transmission of viruses.



    Question:

    How are you so lucky to attend so many olympics? This must be a thrill?

    Are you a coach or trainer?

    Do share@@
  • bro4bro

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    May 30, 2016 4:59 AM GMT
    I first attended the Summer Games in Seoul, 1988. A friend was working in Korea at the time and he told me how to find a hotel and buy tickets to the events. Not many tourists showed up for that one so nearly everyone I met was involved with the Games in some way; I was literally sitting with Carl Lewis's family at his infamous 100 m race against Ben Johnson (who won but was later disqualified for using steroids). I had such a great time there that I decided to go again four years later, and then again, and again... it's a great way to see the world, and attend some world class sports events in the bargain. I've had some friends who competed at the Olympics in various sports, and made many more friends at the Games who were former athletes, coaches, officials, and newsmen.

    It's really not hard at all to attend the Olympics but you do have to plan ahead. Tickets go on sale 12 - 18 months in advance and the good events sell out quickly, although it's often possible to pick up tickets on site, either from scalpers or regular people who happen to have extras. I usually start planning about two years ahead, which means about half the time I'm involved with planning the next trip. It has become more expensive though - I skipped London because they set their event prices way too high. Rio is pricey too but not near that bad. Beijing was cheap by comparison.

    And here's the best-kept secret about the Olympics: hotel rooms never sell out. The Sheraton will be booked but there are always mom-and-pop places with rooms available. A year ahead of the Games they think they're gonna make a killing so they set their prices sky-high; as the Games approach and they still aren't booked up they cut the prices lower and lower. It's like playing chicken. Twice I've booked a room only a month in advance; at each Games I attended, I met people who showed up with no reservation at all and managed to find something affordable.