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    Big Shame, End of a very important tradition

    International torch relays banned


    The torch was nearly snatched from TV presenter Konnie Huq in London

    International torch relays ahead of the Olympics have been scrapped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It follows the controversy that surrounded the Beijing Olympic relay which was dogged by protests as the torch made its way around the world.
    The 2008 relay's London leg was hit by several incidents and criticism over China's 'torch police' security staff.
    Organisers of the 2012 London Olympics have already said they had no plans to take the torch outside Britain.
    "We have always said the primary focus would be on a domestic torch relay whose main purpose is to excite and inspire the UK in the build-up to the games," said a London 2012 spokeswoman.
    "We planned to take our lead from the IOC and are very happy with this decision as it mirrors what we were intending to do."





    Instead of representing a symbol of hope and inspiration, the Olympic torch became a magnet for protesters in 2008 en route to Beijing, sparking sometimes violent protests over China's human rights record.
    IOC executive director Gilbert Felli said: "After the (2004) relay in Athens, which was the first international relay, we came to the conclusion it was easier for the torch to stay inside the (host) country.
    "There were difficulties with the NOCs (National Olympic Committees), and we also saw the risk with a torch relay going around the world.
    "Beijing had planned an international torch relay and we accepted it. We saw in the debrief that the risk was there and the IOC decided not to do it (again).
    "I think when the torch relay is inside the host country there is more control."
    The IOC confirmed its decision to scrap international torch relays applies to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and onwards.
    London's plans will see the torch tour the country in 2012 with the aim of 95% of the UK's population being no more than an hour away from seeing it at some point during its journey.

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    Last year, any douchebag with a gripe decided the Olympic relay was a good place to make an asshole of himself on TV -- encouraged by more than a few TD members.

    Probably just as well to cancel it.

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    Olympics is a farce anyway.

    Full of cheating, drug use, corruption and Nazi symbolism.

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    The Olympics are fine.

    The petty, small, grovelling, whining people have fucked everything up.

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    "Big Shame, End of a very important tradition "

    What are you talking about 'tradition'? It's only been done twice!

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    I don't really care

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    "Big Shame, End of a very important tradition "

    What are you talking about 'tradition'? It's only been done twice!




    The Tradition Started in Berlin 1936!!

    The last two times are the only times that it has covered all continents!!!

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    Now they are just gonna light a flame in Greece Fly it to England and light the big fucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red dragon
    The Tradition Started in Berlin 1936!!
    Good enough reason not to do it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red dragon
    The Tradition Started in Berlin 1936!! The last two times are the only times that it has covered all continents!!!
    Well that's the thing they're banning isnt it, the international bit. Not the relay itself.

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    Yes but the international part has been going since 1936, so not just twice.

    Global realys on the other hand which cover the entire world is since 2004.

    I hope the comittee atleast go over land from Athens to London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    "Big Shame, End of a very important tradition " What are you talking about 'tradition'? It's only been done twice!
    Seems to be the way they do it in Thailand, if is fuck a farang, especially if it is money or a noisy event then it soon becomes a Tradition/Custom.
    And you got to pay or put up with it, like Sin Sod, New Songkran, Brother going to live in Wat for a week, or large dowry for a slagdog from a bar with 3 yound kids and a sick buffalo upcountry at mother/father house.

    Quote Originally Posted by Red dragon
    I hope the comittee atleast go over land from Athens to London.
    Be best to use an F-22 as they have some damn accurate rocketry anymore and it would be a damn short ceremony at the speed of sound.

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