The Olympics PR spin which corners the public from all sides will now have a 450ft beacon of truth to contend with.
With each day that we creep through the Olympics, I feel more and more like I am in a chapter of Orwell’s classic, 1984.
“You can say it’s like an Arab Spring for women,” says Yobes Ondieki, a Kenyan former World Champion runner, ahead of the London Olympics. After losing out to Ethiopia in the 2004 medal tables, Kenyan officials realised the winning formula was staring them in the face: the majority of Ethiopian medals at Athens were won by women.
A Californian surfer was among the more unlikely athletes being sworn into Syria’s team at the Olympic Village today. Swimmer Azad Al-Barazi is more accustomed to the sunny beaches of Santa Monica than the warring streets of Damascus, but he was one of 10 athletes at the country’s official welcoming ceremony this afternoon.
I don’t go in for the Olympic cynicicsm. Frankly I think it will be brilliant. But there seems to be a streak in the organisers determined to wind people up – no Pepsi t-shirts, high beer prices, bans on small businesses having Games-themed promotions (my favourite was the Devon hog roast dubbed the Olympig).
There is a new craze sweeping the London 2012 Olympics, the foundation of which rarely concerns itself with sporting prowess. A rapidly growing group of knitting enthusiasts have assumed centre stage in the lead up to this week’s opening ceremony.
Along with the athletes, we’ve been training and preparing to ensure www.independent.co.uk has it all covered, from revealing features from our estemed writers, blogs from the competitors themselves, the latest results, iconic pictures and much more.
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