So what was the aspirng Robespierre, Pol Pot or Stalin do? Quite obviously they all went into sports administration. You get the same sense of power fuelled by proto-Nationalist fervour without the messy genocide. Plus as Joao Havelange has demonstrated there are great opportunities for personal enrichment, largely outside the contraints of national laws.
Bernie Ecclestone once said “No driver, no person, will ever be bigger than Formula One itself.”, but as he could have pointed it out, by making the sport as big as possible and bigger than it needs to, they massage their own egos. How much money do you really need to spend on a glorified school Sports Day? At £9 billion for competitions featuring 10,000 athletes, that works out at £900,000 per competitor, a lot for Usain Bolt to put in an appearance, let alone those athletes, no disrespect, we had never heard about from Kiribati and Guam.
Which is why we will be having apparatchiks-only lanes across the streets of London later this month (I may go for a bike ride). Or for to further antagonise the little people while pampering the unelected few, there are legal restrictions on the use of references to the Olympics
Use of two words in Group A, or one word in Group A and one in Group B, could see you falling foul of Olympics sponsorship rules:
- Two Thousand and Twelve
Unfortunately there will be no banners bearing the names of the biggest sponsor: the UK Tax Payer.