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Rollingthunder
31st Mar 2004, 06:00
Anyone care to bet if they will open on-time or even open?

"A one-day strike by Greece's largest trade union is expected to stop work at venues for this summer's Olympic Games.
Hundreds of thousands of workers from the General Confederation of Labour, including those in the construction trade, will strike for an 8% pay rise.

Public transport and ports will be paralysed and some banks will close.

But the major worry is another day will be lost on Wednesday in the race to finish building before the Games open in Athens on 13 August.


The International Olympic Committee has frequently warned that Athens cannot afford to lose even a single day after years of delays.

It is now predicted, for example, that the main stadium will not be completed until 20 July."

BBC on-line

Gainesy
31st Mar 2004, 06:12
As they used to say in Cyprus:" My nephew Michael from Paphos will bring screwdiver to fix it on Tuesday".

Possibly.

tinpis
31st Mar 2004, 07:14
The chant at the Sydney olympics was "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! oi ! oi ! oi ! "

The Greeks are gonna use " Olive ! Olive ! Olive ! oil ! oil ! oil ! "


Really does anyone give a toss?

Capt.KAOS
31st Mar 2004, 08:10
was in Athens recently. no way they'll be ready on time. the road extension to the airport was only half ready....

angels
31st Mar 2004, 08:55
I'm with Capt Kaos. A mate of mine -- in the construction industry -- actually visited the main stadium recently. He said there were about four builders there who were sitting around smoking!

He also reckoned there was no way it's going to be ready. And they're supposed to put a roof on the thing.

a is dum
31st Mar 2004, 09:04
Come on, that's not fair. Rome wasn't built in one day either.
They have a few months left. And as you might know, Greek builders really start going when the vacation season starts. Go to any Greek holiday resort and you have to shout above the cranes, concrete mixers, portable radios etc. THAT is the time the Greek workforce works day and night.
Will be OK in August. NO problem, trust me.
MID August? Oh, that even better! :}

Maxflyer
31st Mar 2004, 09:17
Perhaps this is the opportunity the IOC have been waiting fro, to introduce a range of new events:-

500Mtr Hod Carrying
Synchronised Scaffolding
Nail Gun Target Shooting
Marathon Brick Laying



:}

Buster Hyman
31st Mar 2004, 12:07
Reporter: I.P.Daley.
AAP C 2004

In a shock move, that could have serious repercussions, officials from the IOC held secret talks with the new Lord Mayor of Sydney & NSW state government officials about the possibility of Sydney being used for a delayed 2004 Olympics.

It was well known within the IOC that Athens was seriously behind schedule and the latest general strike has confirmed their worst fears. The leaked meeting was held at an undisclosed location to maintain secrecy.

IOC officials have denied the report when questioned, but sources say that negotiations have been going on for two years. "Athens has been a constant thorn for the IOC. This latest setback was the final straw" Dates for the delayed games are yet to be confirmed, but a possible link up with Sydneys Gay & Lesbian Mardis Gras is a distinct possibility.

Whirlygig
31st Mar 2004, 12:11
Buster - what's the date where you are?

V. good but last sentence spoiled it ;)

Cheers

Whirlygig

Aileron Roll
31st Mar 2004, 12:29
have they finished that damn swimming pool yet ?

Aileron Roll
31st Mar 2004, 12:31
Sounds ok,

you have to hand it to the Aussi's they did do quite well with this games thing last time !

pigboat
31st Mar 2004, 13:58
RT, remember Montreal in '76? The gravel trucks used to enter the site, be weighed, drive around the corner and come back to be weighed again before dumping the load. :p

Rollingthunder
31st Mar 2004, 16:25
Yup, had a buddy working there. Visited one day when it was about -20. Think they were still pouring concrete. Those columns circling the stadium that rise to support the roof are hollow. Climbed up one to the top and looked down on the field. Very high up it was. Think we're still paying for that Olympics.

Woff1965
31st Mar 2004, 17:14
According to R4 a few weeks ago the stadium roof is not going to be erected as they don't have enough time.

Anyway what sort of idiot puts a glass roof on a building in a earthquake zone?

chuks
31st Mar 2004, 19:26
As to that glass roof, there is no call for making cutting remarks!

We just had the All Africa Games in Abuja, when there was quite a bit of similar suspense about the venue. The Germans knocked it out on time but are now in bad odour for moaning about not being paid. No sense of humour, those people!

Do the Greeks have a word for chaos? I guess we are about to find out.

Slim20
31st Mar 2004, 19:31
Do the Greeks have a word for chaos?

errr - yep, they invented that word in fact!

simon brown
31st Mar 2004, 19:39
Perhaps we should turn the building of the Olympic facilities into the games instead. We could send Oz , Moxy and the lads to represent Gt Britain...

Paul Wilson
31st Mar 2004, 21:34
It's the swimming pool thats not going to get the roof, they* still think the stadium is going to have one.


*They being the Greeks, everyone else thinks they'll chuck a bit more money at it, then throw it in the bin when they realise there is no time to put it on the stadium

Buster Hyman
1st Apr 2004, 03:09
Whirlygig.

I wasn't going to stay up until midnight &, besides, the date had already changed in the Pacific!:ok:

tinpis
1st Apr 2004, 03:52
Wernt it the Greeks that said

We came , we saw , we concreted

R4+Z
1st Apr 2004, 06:13
Swimming will be a joke anyway with Ian Thorpe not being selected for the 400m freestyle for Oz.

who wants to watch the blokes who got lucky due to a slip, I for one would want to watch the best.

Perhaps it's time the viewers boycotted the olympics. After all it's supposed to be about the competition not the officials. What kind of competition has rules which can allow for the undisputed best in a sport (for his country if not the world) to be excluded for a momentary slip. If you want to win medals you don't field the side that got the lucky break.

Anybody know whether Michael Diamond got selected. If not that is another joke!

Anthony Carn
1st Apr 2004, 06:25
Just think, when the Greek strikers get their pay rise, part of it will be paid for out of UK TV license fees. :mad:

Considering the objectives of the Olympics.....nations joining together in friendly competition......symbol of mankind's achievements....blah blah, it's sad how we so often just see many of mankind's failings........strikes, terrorism, profitmaking by deception, waste, drug taking etc etc.

And it's boring. (OK, IMHO).

IB4138
1st Apr 2004, 07:28
Are the other Greek players getting a pay rise...what about the goalkeeper, defenders and midfielders? Why just the strikers?:p