Fit for a Hollywood Comedy
|A 2013 logo from the Games|
|A 2012 logo|
from the Games
- The majority of the events on day one of the Games could not take place because the organizers failed to pay the respective federations for the use of their facilities.
- There was no drinking water for the athletes. Temperatures at the Games were 100 degrees +.
- Organizers chose venues that were very far apart from one another and it was extremely difficult for journalists to gather information and results from events.
- The bathrooms were filthy. Which, in the excessive heat, must have smelled rather peachy.
- Organizers were often MIA. They were not reachable even by cell phone. There was nobody to guide the athletes and the guests, and a schedule of events was missing.
- The Pakistan Squash Federation demanded $5000 from the organizers for the use of their facilities, but was only promised half of that. Consequently, they turned off the air conditioning for the event. Temperatures outside the venue reached 116 degrees. Reportedly, many players were almost passing out even before their matches started.
- The Pakistan Army won the medal count of the ‘new’ Games with 115 gold medals. The second placed team had 39.
- Three teams did not participate in the ‘new’ Games.
- Since the interim committee of the POA is unrecognized, the IOC warned them not to use or display Olympic properties (e.g. the Olympic rings). It was ignored. The IOC is now threatening to ban Pakistan from the Olympics.
- Athletes were promised a daily allowance of 10 dollars a day for 12 days to cover things like meals. Not only were they underpaid, they only received 9 days of allowance – totaling $45.
- Organizers were seen showering themselves and friends in opulence with luxury transport vehicles and extravagant meals.
- The organization committee was too busy praising themselves for a job well done rather than fixing all the complaints and issues. Nice.
- Security was very lax. There was hardly any checking on any of the spectators entering the venue. Luckily there were no major incidents.