Thursday, March 02, 2006


Could Sweden Lose Its Gold?

From the "are you kidding me?" file comes this report from Sweden, land of meatballs.

Just four days after the Swedish ice hockey team's stunning achievement in the Winter Olympics, the sweet smell of success has been overshadowed by a bitter dispute which could result in the team's disqualification.

The Swedish Olympic Committee (SOC) is threatening to sue the Swedish Ice Hockey Association over the celebrations in Stockholm's Medborgarplatsen which, says the SOC, broke sponsorship regulations.

"This is a serious infringement," said the SOC's chairman Stefan Lindeberg to Svenska Dagbladet.

The SOC says that the triumphant hockey team was still under its Olympic obligations. But at the Medborgarplatsen party, where 25,000 fans turned up to cheer on the gold medal winners, the sponsors of the Swedish Olympic team were nowhere to be seen.

Instead, the logos of Svenska Spel and Norwegian bank DnB NOR, sponsors of the Swedish national hockey team, were shown.

"I was dismayed when I saw that the hockey association's own sponsors were on view there, despite the fact that that broke the rules," said Lindeberg.
Aww, poor baby. Some self-important bureaucrat feels he needs to throw a bit of power around because his precious sponsors weren't represented at some little victory party.

How utterly petty.

As much as I dislike the Swedish hockey team, I would not feel any satisfaction if they had their medals taken away under such circumstances.

He added that he doubted that the Olympic organisation would actually go so far as to sue one of its own sporting associations. But the hockey team's decision to breeze through the official Olympic homecoming at Arlanda airport in favour of the party at Medborgarplatsen has soured relations with the other athletes.

"The hockey association has shown no respect for the other associations," said Annette Norberg, gold medal winner in the curling, to Aftonbladet.

"I think their actions were small-minded," she said.
Small-minded? umm...did you see the thousands of fans that were celebrating? Are you jealous because people just don't give a rat's ass about curling?

What a couple of douchebags.

From the article:
"According to the SOC, the Olympic sponsors were to have been on display in connection with team members until March 1st."

Ah, yes, it's all about the $$$. What a great demonstration of the so-called olympic ideals.
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