Magazine article Insight on the News

D.C. Not Duped by IOC Con: The Olympics' Culture of Corruption Takes Its Sleazy Scandals Elsewhere. (Sports)

Magazine article Insight on the News

D.C. Not Duped by IOC Con: The Olympics' Culture of Corruption Takes Its Sleazy Scandals Elsewhere. (Sports)

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The nation's capital promises not to come down with an inferiority complex after being dismissed by the 13-member panel of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a site for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Washington/Baltimore failed to pass the contrived inspection from the USOC, which ultimately decided to put forward the candidacies of New York City and San Francisco to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The cheer that followed was a hip, hip, hooray! And Baltimore was absolved as well, with a hyphen, to be geographically correct.

The bad joke involves New York City and San Francisco, the so-called domestic winners in the contest to host the burdensome insult of the 2012 Summer Games. They have Washington's condolences. A loss qualifies as a victory with this waste matter.

Are you ready for some fleet/ match race keelboat open (soling) mixed sailing?

That is just one of the problems--not to delve into all 35 medal sports and the nearly 400 events, summer and winter. The IOC has left the fall and spring out of it so far, both pleasant times of the year in these parts.

The participants in the canoe/ kayak slalom competition, involving the K1, C1 and C2 in a variety of 300-meter tests, aspire not to drown.

Tiddlywinks is a game whose relevance is bound to be acknowledged by the IOC one of these years, so long as the proper inducements are made.

You can't comprehend most of the events without pages of explanations and a glossary.

Charles Moore, chairman of the USOC panel, passed along an indictment to go with Washington's rejection notice. The indictment exposed the USOC, conveniently enough.

The ever-sensitive voters of the USOC did not think Washington could curry support with the IOC. They could be right, but they were wrong to vote on the IOC's fragilities.

It seems Washington once was impolite to Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former IOC president who was called to Capitol Hill after the bribes in Salt Lake City hit the fan. The gasbags asked a series of indelicate questions of the recovering fascist in the belief that the IOC's culture of corruption was his creation. You could pick most of his sycophants out of a crowd by the Brinks truck backing up to their tin cups.

Understandably, the 123 beggars in the IOC remain unhappy about the interrupted service of their gravy train, and the USOC felt obliged to feel their pain. There's nothing like voting on dull sensations, as opposed to principle.

That encapsulates the spirit of the Olympic Games, as spirit is defined down, and Washington is better off to have missed it in 2012, or any other year. …

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