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It does look increasingly like these aggressive rules are part of what you sign up to when you bid for the Olympics or World Cup for example. The stories from the 2010 World Cup are shocking - that FIFA basically took over bits of South Africa for 6 weeks and applied their own laws/rules there; then left the country with huge profits that they had decreed they would not be paying any tax on. Sounds also like Governments know what they are signing up for when they bid for these events, and they are happy to just sign up on our behalf. Maybe we should be annoyed at the Government for agreeing to it all, instead of the IOC? Also interesting that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups are in Russia and Qatar - places where the Government can pretty much guarantee compliance with all this - because they can roll out the security forces to enforce it all. Maybe North Korea should bid for the 2024 Olympics - the IOC would love them!
Toggle Commented May 24, 2012 on Olympics Brand Exclusion Zone at Kosmograd
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