2016 Olympics in Rio

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Scott Rushing
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2016 Olympics in Rio

So what do you think , should they go on as planned or should it be postponed and moved? 

With so many great athletes are pulling out - what will the quality of the games be?  Seems like many are scared to attend both for Zeka and just general security.  I'd be fine with moving the event or at least postponing but I know organizing an event like this is not something you can easily move.  I'd be concerned if I was an athlete...here's my chance to shine but it could come with a cost...

Aimee
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they always seem to be running late with organizing everything (the host, that is) for any given Olympics, so postponing would be to their benefit EXCEPT people make travel arrangements, etc., long in advance and this would totally screw that up.

So many people are indifferent to the Olympics (myself included). I don't see it as the true measure of amateur excellence it was supposed to be, those competitors are professionals under the table...and I think including golf, with professional golfers, was just pointless. I mean, make the Olympics all true amateurs or all true professionals (and end the charade). Look at how many of the pro athletes are choosing not to participate, they say because of Zika...but it's a convenient excuse I have to think, so they don't look like jerks saying they aren't interested in participating. Rant over.

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DON
Can't really move it now.

I don't see how they could move it now. With all of the MONEY that Rio have spent to build the event venues, it would be way to costly to NOT have it in Rio. A delay might be okay, but for how LONG would you delay the games???  Assuming the games were delays due to the ZIKA problem, who can say how long it might take for things to get back to beoing okay to go down there. And if you wait too long, the weather would not be right for a summer Olympics.

Don

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scomac
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Let it happen and let the

Let it happen and let the chips fall where they may.  I really have no time for this as we've seen this same sorry song and dance before.  IOC awards games to a third world country and it's a disaster.  But they got their bribes!  It has to be the most corrupt organisation in the world next to FIFA!

I wouldn't blame any athlete for forgoing the Rio games.  It's just not worth it IMO.  At one time, for many, it was an all or nothing proposition getting a chance at the spotlight at the Olympics.  Now, most high level athletes have some sort of professional or world tour type of series to fall back on for both the glory and the income.  For the life of me I can't imagine why any PGA Tour pro would even consider going as it's absolutely not worth the risk.

The only way that they will ever stop going to these sorts of high risk countries is if the games are a commercial disaster.  The TV money will dry up so fast they will think they're in the desert.  I've never been a big fan of the summer games and there is most certainly nothing that is attracting my attention to this event beyond the problems.

Scott Rushing
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Sco  I agree with you on the

Sco  I agree with you on the bribes.  i mean it's almost comical how it comes together.  Cities and countries the lack to basic infratructure to support their own country but they can win an Olympic bid?   tired of all the bribery in the planning process. 

I like the Olympic games, mostly winter olympics though.  But I wish it was all amateur though. 

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Well, I was wrong, as in

Well, I was wrong, as in really wrong!  You know I have to say this and accept the egg on my face, but this was one of the most compelling games that I've watched! 

Perhaps it's because my expectations were so low what with all the issues that were surrounding the games prior to the start.  I was surprised there there were so few actual problems that the biggest non sporting news event to do with the games was the Ryan Lochte incident.

It was a wonderful mix of happy tales for the veterans that were able to repeat past successes and the new comers that burst onto the scene quite unexpectedly.  From the moment that 16 year old Penny Oleksiak burst onto the stage with a silver in the 100m butterfly on day two I was hooked!  a two week long feel good story if there ever was one!  cool

Aimee
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Olympics

the Olympics always manages to provide some form of drama (human, environmental, political)...had all 3 once again.

Green algae swimming pool, fecal bacteria in outdoor water venues, crime (real and imagined), redemption and spectacular athletic achievement.

But I still don't see golf as an Olympic sport. And now I hear they are talking about adding skateboarding in the future. It's getting ridiculous how they are trying so desperately to find something to attract more (younger?) viewers.

It's not how...it's how many

cac
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im not a big fan of getting

im not a big fan of getting rid of sports and adding new ones. although glad to see the back of tug o war,. would like to see darts and snooker as new sports. here in the uk we are absolutally over the moon to finish 2nd in the medal table behind USA. it has been an incredible olympics. CAC. and best wishes to the USA for 1st place.

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Scott Rushing
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I found I enjoyed the golf

I found I enjoyed the golf competition more than I thought I would, but I agree Aimee, I don't see golf as an Olympic sport.  I guess we'll hear in the next few years if it's going to remaining in the games again.  Happy for those who won metals though, and seeing the emotions (happy and not) on the players faces, it's clear they were completely absorbed in it.   

Happy that nothing real serious did go wrong though.  Still do not understand Lochte's mentality and thought process to say what he said. 

And I to can't see skateboarding as a sport in the Olympics.  They have a game..it's called the X Games.  Gofl has it's outlet, PGA Tour. Too me the Olpymics should be for those sports where the athletes don't have your traditional outlets for participation.  Relay, triathalons, swimming, etc.  Those to me are sports and athletes who need the Olympics. 

but I did read somewhere that the IOC is trying to keep the sports relevant to today's society.  So maybe that's why they're experimenting with some of the other things like skateboarding...who knows...

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DON
They have a lot of sports in

They have a lot of sports in the Olympics that I do  NOT consider to be real sports. Ryhmic gammnastics for one is not a sport, but really a form of Dance. Scynonized swimming is anpther one I think is not really a sport, again more of a dance form.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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I stand corrected...it looks

I stand corrected...it looks like from what I read golf's inclusion in the 2020 Summer games is already set...but out from there I think it's unclear.

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DON
What ever  happened to the

What ever  happened to the for AMATUERS ONLY rule for the Olympics. I used to like the games back when it was for amatuers only, NO professionals allowed. But we all know that the USSR ruined that idea with their program where they paid all of the expenses for their team members so they could work on their sport and NOT have to hold down a real job at the same time. Kind of ruined the whole amatuer only idea of the games. Too bad we can't go back in time and have it all amatuers in the games, the way it was before things changed to being paid fo play.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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I agree Don.  I wish in

I agree Don.  I wish in Basketball we would go back to that.  But because we don't win Gold's, we need to send our Professional players.  

Well it's hard to find true amateurs now..what makes someone an amateur these days?  With expenses being covered and sponsorships, etc, I'm not sure who's really amateur anymore.

What about limiting "teams" to no more than 2 professional players?

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cac
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Golf would have been a very

Golf would have been a very easy sport for the IOC to demand that all athletes were full amateurs and I don't think the pros would have felt they were missing out. It would have been great to watch but not the same televisual pull as the top pros. It's just the way sport has gone in the last 40 years. It used to be a runner had to have all earnings from sport put in a trust fund until retirement or turning pro. I think it's better now as it's all in the open although some sports ( golf to name one ) have separate pros and amateurs. CAC 

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