Vancouver's Olympic Juggernaut
Squashing the little guys--a PR catastrophe
Nov. 10, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue No. 47
IN THE NEWS
Vancouver 2010 Applauds UN Olympic Truce Resolution
VANCOUVER, Nov. 4, 2005--The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) applauds the UN and, particularly, the support of the Government of Canada for participating earlier this week in a United Nations Olympic Truce Resolution entitled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal."
--Vancouver Organizing Committee, Nov. 4, 2005
China's Logo Crackdown
The Nation Is Awash in Phony Western Brands But Draws the Line at Valuable Olympic Symbol
--Geoffrey Fowler, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 4, 2005
On July 2, 2003, Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Last week, the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) applauded the U.N. Olympic Truce Resolution and its title:
Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal.
"Peace" is hardly on the mind of VANOC, which has declared all-out war on all businesses that it feels infringe on Vancouver's newly acquired and highly prized Olympic brand.
Michael Brown of FEMA, who gave a new meaning to ineptitude and inaction during Hurricane Katrina, worked for nine years at the International Arabian Horse Association as commissioner of judges and stewards.
Now, another minor figure in the sports world has been handed a $500 million opportunity that could lead him down the same path to ignominy and personal disgrace.
John Furlong, president and CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee, seems to be lurching down that same path.
John Furlong has been a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee for a number of years and was chairman and COO of the Vancouver Olympic Bid Committee. In past lives he was a member of the Irish National Basketball Team, coach of the Irish National Women's Basketball Team and former Canadian Squash Champion.