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The Olympics: The Biggest Corporatist Sports Scam of All

•, By Ryan McMaken

Theoretically, the Olympics are a private organization, but in practice, it is a corporatist organization run by plutocrats whose mission in life is apparently to squeeze as much tax revenue as possible out of the residents of the countries and cities that host the Olympics. This is done by demanding the usual brand-spanking new stadiums and facilities from the host cities that later become white elephants. But the IOC also demands countless perks foritself, such as only the finest food and drink, and special driving lanes on streets and highways. (See photos of the abandoned Olympics facilities in Athens.)

Faced with a bevy of such demands  in a 7,000-page dossier from the IOC, Norway chose to withdrawal. The "diva-like demands for luxury treatment" for the IOC were outlined by the Norwegian media, including:

They demand to meet the king prior to the opening ceremony. Afterwards, there shall be a cocktail reception.

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