Selling the Torch

The head Olympics entrepreneur, Seb Coe, said that the official Games motto for this year’s Olympics should be “Inspire a generation!”

We’ve seen what that meant for the Woolsack knitters.

The Olympic Torch officially reached the UK today, and 8000 fundraisers will carry it in a relay up and down the country.

While described on the Olympics site as:

8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community, in the UK and worldwide.

in fact the London Olympics had one thing in mind: raising £1,729,000 from the sale of the torches. The “inspirational people” can buy the torch they carry for £215 and the stand to display it for £39.

Note: Ebay sale cancelled at 18:49:19 19th May

It’s all graft, isn’t it. (I’ve heard, though I can’t confirm, that they had to pay for the Olympic-branded sweatsuits they wear, too.)

So one torchbearer who decided to put their torch up for sale on eBay was really just falling in with the spirit of the Games as understood in London 2012.

Olympic Torch for sale on Ebay - bids cancelled

(Indeed, given that the sale was cancelled within the day, that may have been precisely the point they were making.)

The chair of the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs, William Clemmey, said:

“I was of course shocked to learn people carrying a torch would have to pay for the privilege of keeping it.

“It is outrageous young people who have achieved the honour of being asked to carry the Olympic torch will now be charged for the privilege of keeping it.

“This clearly sends mixed messages to these young people who have been encouraged by the Government to volunteer but will have to pay for the memory.

“We would never ask athletes to pay for their Olympic medals so why penalise young volunteers? I feel it rather tarnishes the whole thing.”

He’s right.

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One response to “Selling the Torch

  1. Let us not forget that this whole Torch Relay thing is an Olympic tradition stretching back all the way to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and was contrived for the one purpose of glorifying Hitler, and the Aryan Race (Which for some reason, he thought are exemplified by the Greeks). As the runners play their little part in this circus, let them be aware that they are in fact serving to keep alive the memory of a monster! (and I’m not talking about SebArsetian Coe!(LOL))

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