Idiocie olympijských hodnot

NEW YORK – Nikoho by nemělo překvapovat, že přípravy na zimní olympijské hry v ruském Soči se ukazují jako divoce předražené a zamořené korupcí. Rozsah excesů je přesto ohromující. Náklady na vybudování sjezdovek, kluzišť, silnic, hal a stadionů pro zimní sporty v subtropickém černomořském letovisku se vyšplhaly vysoko nad 50 miliard dolarů. Kritikové tvrdí, že polovina této částky byla buď rozkradena nebo vyplacena v podobě úplatků přátelům prezidenta Vladimira Putina, kteří shodou okolností získali největší zakázky.

Podle jednoho kritika, ruského podnikatele Valerije Morozova, požadovali úplatky za kontrakty i samotní pracovníci Putinovy kanceláře. Když mu bylo řečeno, že se „utopí v krvi“, uprchl Morozov ze země.

Co však někdo čekal v zemi, kde se velký byznys, organizovaný zločin a politika tak často překrývají? A pomineme-li obrovské měřítko, není Rusko rozhodně jediným státem, kde jsou olympijské sporty, závody formule 1 (které se mají také letos v Soči uskutečnit) nebo fotbalové mistrovství světa vítanou příležitostí k rozkrádání a korupci.

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