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Also NO NO and NOOOOO more volleyball in the Olympics! Where do you draw the line? Any sport can be an Olympic sport? Archery competitions took place in antiquity so that stays; but not shooting, because it is a totally different thing. Should we keep ping pong just because you need a little skill? Soccer needs to go as well because you can't use the senior team (w/ the exception of 3). So if the whole point of the Olympics is for the top athletes and teams to compete, whats the point in keepng soccer? There's no time for the players to prepare.

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I understand that the Olympics is the biggest show on earth and a big business.

The Olympics include all these different, and sometimes obscure sports, because they are targeting different markets. It's really simple. Very few people watch everything. Most pick their favorite sports to watch. A certain demographic watches gymnastics, another demographic and age group watches kayak and beach volleyball, another watches diving and so on. I would not be surprised at all to see golf included for that reason. It would bring a whole different demographic of older and higher income audience.

It's really like having a store. You sell the main things you always know that would sell (track and field, swimming etc), and then you bring in more customers (and revenues) by offering a little something for others who would otherwise would not be walking into your store.

So, the idea of pure olympics, and pure sports is an interesting one, but it's largely academic. Those who argue about pure sports are usually the ones who keep the OAKA seats empty when there are international track and field events. But everyone seems to be watching a little something from the olympics.

For the record, in Athens 04 I attended track and field preliminaries, gymnastics finals, and ping pong finals.

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Also NO NO and NOOOOO more volleyball in the Olympics! Where do you draw the line? Any sport can be an Olympic sport? Archery competitions took place in antiquity so that stays; but not shooting, because it is a totally different thing. Should we keep ping pong just because you need a little skill? Soccer needs to go as well because you can't use the senior team (w/ the exception of 3). So if the whole point of the Olympics is for the top athletes and teams to compete, whats the point in keepng soccer? There's no time for the players to prepare.

if voleyball should go what can u say about PING PONG

thats a joke. may as well have a foosball and air hockey medal and maybe throw in chess and checkers.

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Sorry to bring up the doping issue again but today I read this little article that many here might find interesting:

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jTtE-b...gZklrI4BIXS7DMQ

"t month's Beijing Olympics thought a rare anabolic steroid would help them elude tests, a leading anti-doping expert said Monday.

But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had been on the lookout for cheats from Greece ever since the drug, methyltrienolone, turned up in the results of 11 Greek weightlifters in April, Don Catlin, a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency's committee for science and medicine, told Ta Nea daily.

"The Greek case...involved the use of a particularly rare and dangerous anabolic whose use had not been officially recorded before," Catlin said.

"Whoever marketed it in Greece undoubtedly argued that it is not harmful and could not be traced, as only small quantities are needed for it to act."

In all, fifteen Greek athletes in three disciplines -- weightlifting, swimming and athletics -- have tested positive for methyltrienolone, severely embarrassing Greek authorities which on Monday tabled tougher anti-doping legislation in parliament.

"The (Greek) state wants clean athletes," Michalis Liapis, the Greek culture minister responsible for sport, told reporters.

The new regulations cut rewards for successful athletes to discourage drug cheating and toughen sanctions against providers of banned substances, corrupt anti-doping officials and sports officials.

The doping outbreak has already sparked a preliminary judicial probe here.

Among those caught is Fani Halkia, the women's 400m hurdles at the Athens Olympics, whose coach George Panagiotopoulos has now been sued by the IOC for causing damage to its reputation.

Catlin is a senior US chemist whose research led to the uncovering of the BALCO steroid scandal and the first test for THG, the once-undetectable drug that dope cheats had used with great success."

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  • 8 years later...

Pigi Devetzi officially lost her triple jump bronze medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after an IOC announcement that she used Stanoznol steroid during the games. She must now return the bronze medal to IOC, which will give it to the 4th place finisher Olga Ripakova from Kazakhstan.

Not all new is bad though. Viktoria Mavridou who finished in9th place in the 75 kg weightlifting class jumped one place in the standings as the bronze medal winner Marija Grabovetskaya from Kazakhstan was banished for steroid use.

Moving one place in the standings of the 94kg weightlifting class are also Kostas Garipis (from 13 to 12), and Tasos Tryantafyllou (from 14 to13) following the banishment of bronze medal winner Akaev Pasagev from Azerbaijan. 

 

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