Olympic Ideals

Officials for the 2012 Olympics have unveiled the design of the stadium to be used for the games in London in five years time and, well, I quite like it. It’s a practical design rather than one designed to make a splash, and it has been criticised for this. Frankly, if it had been reversed, the self same people complaining now that the stadium was too flashy and not practical (as you may have guessed, I’m already heartily sick of people whining about every single aspect of the Olympics – whining is a trait of the English which I consider to be most disagreeable). It reminds me, from a distance, of the Maracana stadium in Brazil – somewhat ironic, really, considering that the Maracana is one of the iconic sporting structures in the world. I’m glad that the committee have chosen to not get involved in a virility competition with the Chinese, who are more than happy to do whatever it takes to prove their place in the world. Leave them to it. We don’t need it. What we have here is a design which guarantees that there will not be a white elephant sitting in north-east London for years after the event, as there are in so many other former Olympic cities. After the tournament, the stadium will reduced to a 25,000 capacity athletics stadium, which will provide...

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