Tom Eaton on Sport, Life and the Universe

Winter Games.


Winter Games.

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.

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