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  • No Soccer In The Olympics?

    WADA pissed at FIFA head for apparently saying they won't accept the penalties in the new universal doping code:

    http://wada-ama.org/en/t1.asp?p=29626&x=1&a=77969

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    Re: No Soccer In The Olympics?

    Soccer is the world's number one sport.
    Not having soccer at the Olympics makes the entire event pointless.

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    • #3
      Re: No Soccer In The Olympics?

      >Soccer is the world's number one sport.
      Not
      >having soccer at the Olympics makes the entire
      >event pointless.

      I agree with the first sentence of your post, but definitely not the second. While soccer is huge in most of the world, the Olympics soccer tournaments are neither very prestigious nor popular. It's basically for youth teams only (there's an upper age limit - not sure what it is, but I believe it's around 23 years). It would not be a huge problem either for soccer or for the Olympics if they got rid of it.
      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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        With soccer out, maybe they'll ease up the TNF qualifying standards as they'll be quite a bit fewer numbers in the athlete's village. That'd be nice, especially in the Marathon and Walks where the fields are way too small currently. even a 5% change there would make a big difference.

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          Re: No Soccer In The Olympics?

          FIFA put the limit of 23 yrs old for players in the Olympics so the Olys wouldn't compete with the World Cup. I think teams are only allowed one or two players over 23.

          Since national sides are not at full strength, I don't think a lot of people pay much attention to Oly soccer.

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            Re: No Soccer In The Olympics?

            >Soccer is the world's number one sport.
            Not
            >having soccer at the Olympics makes the entire
            >event pointless.

            Didn't realize it was an Olympic sport.

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            • #7
              Re: No Soccer In The Olympics?

              It is more important that America does well in soccer rather than mile running. Who is better Adu or Alan Webb?

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              • #8
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                As a soccer (and track) coach, I can attest that Oly soccer is not that big a deal. There are so many bigger trophies - naional league titles are much bigger than an Oly gold. Even I won't miss Oly soccer if it disappears (which it won't).

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                • #9
                  Re: No Soccer In The Olympics?

                  Absolutely. Olympic soccer is a non-event for both Olympic and soccer fans.
                  "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                  by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                  • #10
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                    "Not having soccer at the Olympics makes the entire event pointless"

                    The 100,000 fans who packed the Sydney athletics stadium and the hundreds of millions who simultaneously watched around the world, to see Cathy Freeman and Marion Jones, didn't give a flying $%*@ about soccer.

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                    • #11
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                      For olympic competition, I don't think team sports have the same meaning, or sense of accomplishment as the individual. If the basketball team, or the soccer team wins a gold medal, who really cares? The olympics were founded upon basic track and field competitions, along with a few other events. That's where the real glory lies.

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                        C'mon people, get with the real meaning of this thread! This isn't about whether or not Olympic soccer is popular or not (it's not, in a relative sense). It's that one of the most powerful sports organizations looks like it's throwing a huge screw-you at WADA. Can you imagine what would happen if track made such an announcement?

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                          Well, FIFA can do that without any worry of reprisal. They know they don't need the olympics to succeed. Obviously it's not a popular olympic event, so why whould they feel the need to obey another organization's rules. They're already the most popular sport in the world. Unfortunately, track needs the olympics. Without that, the entire US fan base, with the exception of the hardcore minority, would disappear. Most people don't show a modicum of interest in track until the olympics show up.

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                          • #14
                            Re: No Soccer In The Olympics?

                            >C'mon people, get with the real meaning of this
                            >thread! This isn't about whether or not Olympic
                            >soccer is popular or not (it's not, in a relative
                            >sense). It's that one of the most powerful sports
                            >organizations looks like it's throwing a huge
                            >screw-you at WADA. Can you imagine what would
                            >happen if track made such an announcement?

                            Hopefully(he says naively) this will get so big that they won't get away with it. The Aussies are going to test their rugby players apparently.

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                            • #15
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                              FIFA may want to think twice about the kind of publicity they would get come 2004 if the media started bleating that they weren't there because they want to use drugs. That's the spin they could put on it and it might be deserved.

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