Jul 24

Olympics 2012 Restrictions

by in rant

I won't be attending the Olympics in London, but I'll probably watch at least some of it from here ..

If you are attending you need to be careful about what you bring with you ..

There are several documents on the official London Olympics' site outlining what you cannot do or bring with you.

Here's a couple of the items that caught my attention (and since this post is critical of them I'm probably in breach of their stupid social media guidelines)

  • Excessive amounts of food - their wording. What exactly does that mean? Are they worried about people's health or have they got some kind of hidden list of criteria for what constitutes "excessive"?
  • Any objects or clothing bearing political statements or overt commercial identification intended for ‘ambush marketing’ - basically rules out most of my t-shirts so :)
  • Flags of countries not participating in the Games (this excludes the flags of nations under the umbrella of a participating country such as England, Scotland and Wales)  - so the IOC doesn't want people to show national pride?
  • Noisemakers such as hunting horns, air horns, klaxons, drums, vuvuzelas and whistles - banning vuvuzelas = a good thing
  • Items too large to be electronically screened - not a bad idea, but how big is "too large" ?
  • "Offensive weapons" - as opposed to "polite" or "politically correct" ones? Yes, I am being facetious but "weapons" would have covered it

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