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Clean up the IOC

I expect nobody will be particularly bothered when I note that the host city of the 2024 olympics will be announced in Lima, Peru next week. Of course, we already know that the city announced will be Paris, and that Los Angeles will host the games in 2028. I still keep an eye on that process though, as anextension of my interest in cities in general, and my fond memories of being part of London 2012; and the more I read about it, the more I realise it stinks. For instance, I just came across this article in The Guardian: While it has cleared up it's act a lot since the 'bad old days' of the nineties, the IOC is still a pretty rancid organisation, with votes being bought and sold as blatantly as any mafia crime racket. When you dig into it, even just a little, you realise the whole thing stinks.

Since 2012, I've been quite fond of the Olympics. Here, it seemed to me, was an event which could bring people together from across the world to one city, in a kind of sporting and cultural orgasm. It could be a force for good, helping to unite people. Yet, as with anything, there is always a down side: scratch the surface and you reveal a den of corruption and vote buying. To be honest, part of me now quite relieved that London's olympic games are now over and done with, as it means we don't have to bother with that shit any more.

Yet that wouldn't be being completely honest. I'd still love for the UK to host another olympic games - I still really think it would be cool if Manchester hosted them in 2032. For that to happen, though, quite a few holes need to be filled in. The olympics is great, but we shouldn't line the pockets of shady, double-dealing fraudsters. Surely for the olympics to survive as the world's foremost sporting and cultural event, it's governing body needs thoroughly overhauling and clearing up.

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