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London 2012: A Rubbish Olympics...

by Mike Wells

2012 Olympics contamination warning marker layer being installed

The Giant Cover-up: the Warning Marker Layer covers up to a million square meters of contaminated ground on the Olympic Site

"The Olympics is a great brand." So says David Higgins, Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority. One of the words Higgins would not like attached to his brand is – rubbish. Yet rubbish features large in relation to the London Olympics. The Main Stadium, Basketball Arena, Velodrome, and the Media Centre are all built on rubbish, or to be more exact former rubbish dumps. Most of this rubbish (with associated contamination) remains under these venues.


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Delhi Commonwealth Blame Games

Looking at some recent stories in the Indian news media about the construction of the Commonwealth Games facilities it is apparent that the 'same old same old' influences of privatisation, poor institutional oversight, greed, corruption and the brutal exploitation of the vulnerable poor labouring on the project have been clearly highlighted for some time.


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Delhi Commonwealth Games village 'unfit for athletes'

Scotland's Commonwealth Games team have said accommodation allocated to them in the Games village in Delhi was "unsafe and unfit for human habitation." Team Scotland were reallocated finished accommodation after complaining to the Games organising committee - but even the new apartments required "serious cleaning and maintenance" to bring them up to Games ready standards.


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Crude and brutal scams underlying the Delhi Commonwealth Games

From: Heritage Games, cleaning up the debris, Hazards Centre, 2010

Beginning from July 2010 there has been a glare of floodlights on the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. In the early weeks media hounds began enquiring into the state of preparedness with photographs of inchoate ditches and rubble, loose masonry and cement, incomplete roofs and walls. Then the first rains came and, as everything began leaking and the water gathered, the focus changed to the impediments to traffic and the inconvenience to the public.


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CABE Conspire in Orbit Sustainability Scam

CABE - the "government's advisor on architecture, urban design and public space" - have been routinely wheeled out to provide token criticisms of the London Olympic planning proposals.

The design review of the London 2012 ArcelorMittal Orbit is no exception. The review shows earnest concern for "artistic integrity", while being seemingly oblivious to the conflict entailed in jamming a restaurant, lifts, toilets and viewing platforms inside a structure whose raison d'etre is a marketing monument for its sponsors and the imperative of filling an empty area with a 'must-see' visitor attraction at short notice.


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2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Whose wealth? Whose commons?

Construction Workers.  ©Mehar JyrwaConstruction Workers. ©Mehar Jyrwa
The 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be held in New Delhi, India, from 3-14 October 2010. The declared mission of the Games is to, “..deliver the 'Best Commonwealth Games Ever;” build state-of-the-art sporting and city infrastructure....create a suitable environment and opportunities for the involvement of the citizens in the Games; to showcase the culture and heritage of India; to project Delhi as a global destination; to project India as an economic power; and to leave behind a lasting legacy.”


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A Bangladeshi view of the Olympics

.: © Martin Slavin.: © Martin Slavin


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