Hypocrisy abounds ahead of the Gangster Olympiad.
Still four months away, the Sochi Winter Olympics has already distinguished itself as one of the greatest spectacles in recent sporting history, a showcase of the fastest, the strongest, the most daring and agile. That they have all been tenderpreneurs and not athletes is almost beside the point. At $50 billion, it is the most expensive games of all time, a lasting monument to graft, jingoism and the moral bankruptcy of the four-yearly heist we call the Olympics.
The games have become largely synonymous with bribes, secret meetings between lobbyists and the catastrophic emptying of cities’ coffers for unproven returns.