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    Ethics of Sport: Bood Doping, Dislocating Hundreds of Thousands, Etc.

    Ethics in sports?

    See a connection between these?

    Austrian Olympic Nordic Skier busted for blooding at Worlds:

    The skiing world is embroiled in a "blood doping" scandal - where athletes illegally inject specially altered blood back into themselves.

    Graphic footage has been leaked showing Austrian cross-country skier Max Hauke giving himself a blood transfusion.

    He was one of five athletes arrested in Seefeld, Austria, which is hosting the Nordic World Ski Championships.

    A police officer is also facing investigation for giving the video of Mr Hauke to the press.

    The arrests have sent shockwaves through the skiing world, and have happened right in the middle of one of its biggest global competitions...

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47415803


    I had a Chinese friend who alerted me to this years ago. Her single anecdote was that 650.000 residents of Beijing were given three days notice to leave their homes which were going to be razed for the Olympic Village. There were no plans to house them elsewhere. No pre-planning for the move.

    Here is an article that shows the scope of the actual dislocation. 1.5 million forcibly dislocated to build Beijing's Olympic Village:

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Some 1.5 million residents of Beijing will be displaced by the time it hosts the 2008 Olympics, many of them evicted against their will, a rights group said on Tuesday, prompting a sharp denial by China.

    The Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) said residents were often forced from their homes with little notice and little compensation, as the government embarks on a massive city redevelopment to accommodate the Games.

    “In Beijing, and in China more generally, the process of demolition and eviction is characterized by arbitrariness and lack of due process,” the group said in a report...

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-o...12263220070605

    Sport is simply a mirror for the politics and economics of the world as it is. And, the picture is not a pretty one.

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    Sure there's a connection--greed. Greed for profits. Greed for glory. Greed for prestige. A reflection of the world as it is, and as it has always been. I'm sure the ancient Greek Olympians were cheating. I wonder how many houses were knocked down to build the Coliseum.

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    Horrible.

    I also think its ridiculous that every olympics we need new venues. I get they want to spread the love, but from what i've read host cities rarely see the money come back after development. Not to mention most of these venues after the games leave are left to rot.....

    Why not re-use host cities?
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    Qatar World Cup comes to mind.

    Not sure I'll watch due to the immoral shit they did there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidog View Post
    Horrible.

    I also think its ridiculous that every olympics we need new venues. I get they want to spread the love, but from what i've read host cities rarely see the money come back after development. Not to mention most of these venues after the games leave are left to rot.....

    Why not re-use host cities?
    All the best opportunities for graft and corruption are in building new infrastructure. See: https://www.esquire.com/news-politic...s-caviar-road/

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    Lame. That is all. Carry on.

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    For years I'd thought that Scandinavian Nordic skiers were the pioneers in blood doping; long before Le Tour de France riders, and distance runners. But according to the Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_doping, and the journal article that they cite, https://www.physiology.org/doi/abs/1...1947.148.1.152, fighter pilots were way first. Go The Right Stuff.

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    Amphetamines were big with Himalayan mountaineers back in the day. (See Hermann Buhl, Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage). For all I know they still are.

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    Aren’t the high altitude mountaineers doing viagra for the vasodilation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    I'm sure the ancient Greek Olympians were cheating.
    Yup. They had rules against putting hexes on opponents. Wrestlers were limited in the amount of oil the could put on before a match
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