The fall out over the failure of the Russian Olympic team rumbles on. Vladimir Putin is calling for an investigation into the allocation of funds. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20100305/158106139.html
The head of the Olympic committee has already resigned and the sports minister is expected to follow him as well.
The Vancouver Games were Russia’s worst, with the team winning just three gold medals, five silver and seven bronze, and finishing 11th in the medal table.
Compare this to our reaction to abject failure. Amy Williams is given an open top bus tour, and rightly so. But what about all the rest? It costs a lot of money to send competitors, their coaches and numerous blazer clad hangers on to Vancouver. They have now returned and nothing has been said. It has become accepted that we will fail in the Winter Olympics; if that is the case then perhaps it is time to call a halt to this waste of money. Not to mention how much the BBC spent on televising this in the small hours of the morning to a very small television audience.
The BBC are under pressure to reduce spending at the moment, well here is a prime candidate to be cut.