Van­cou­ver Olympic Games or­ga­niz­ers deal­ing with crit­i­cisms

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

VAN­COU­VER (CP) — Ev­ery Olympics has teething prob­lems.

In the first few days, bus driv­ers brought in from out of town didn’t know where they’re go­ing. Ath­letes set­tled into their new home and dis­cov­ered it’s too bright at night to sleep. Broad­cast­ers got ornery when the Olympic rings weren’t po­si­tioned per­fectly for their beauty shots.

But Van­cou­ver’s Olympics are five days old and the per­cep­tion is now that the prob­lems are more akin to a tod­dler’s tantrums: some­times they come without warn­ing, some­times they can be avoided but ei­ther way they will ruin the en­tire party.

“As Van­cou­ver faces up to Games that ap­pear to have been cursed, there is one pos­i­tive out­come for Lon­don. Many be­lieved that Lon­don would be over­shad­owed hope­lessly by the glitz of Bei­jing in 2008, but Van­cou­ver may have pro­vided a buf­fer of re­al­ity that will make what­ever Lon­don does look like light re­lief com­pared with Canada’s gloom,” wrote Kevin Ea­son in the Times of Lon­don. Lon­don is the host city for the 2012 Sum­mer Olympics. The list of chal­lenges is pil­ing up. Al­most 30,000 spec­ta­tors have been turned away from Cy­press Moun­tain be­cause the stand­ing room area has be­come wa­ter­logged and un­safe.

An ice resur­fac­ing ma­chine twice broke down at the speed­skat­ing oval in Rich­mond, de­lay­ing com­pe­ti­tion in some events by over an hour.

Timers’s er­rors threw off the re­sults of Cana­dian biath­lete JeanPhilippe LeGuel­lec and those of a Swedish biath­lete medal con­tender in pur­suit races in the Cal­laghan Val­ley on Tues­day.

An­other Bri­tish news­pa­per has groused Van­cou­ver’s Games might go down as the “worst” ever.

The re­tort by Games or­ga­niz­ers, ath­letes and sports of­fi­cials has been swift. Which Games are you at, ex­actly?

“ We are very fine here,” said Ger­hard Zim­mer­man of Ger­many, a tech­ni­cal del­e­gate of the In­ter­na­tional Skat­ing Union.

“ We are in prepa­ra­tion with them (Van­cou­ver or­ga­niz­ers) since a cou­ple of years, we have very ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple here, they know what they are do­ing. We have no com­plaints, we are very, very sat­is­fied.”

Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Michael Cham­bers said Van­cou­ver res­i­dents and Cana­di­ans in gen­eral have em­braced the Olympics.

Crit­ics in the Bri­tish me­dia “are not liv­ing the same Games I am liv­ing,” he said.

“We con­tinue to be im­pressed by the level of or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Mark Adams, the spokesper­son for the IOC.

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