London Olympic Games chief warns of ‘one idiot’ threat
-Activist caused havoc on River Thames
-Olympics boss concerned of ‘one idiot’ threat
-Warns a single person may cause “major disruption”
BRITAIN’S Olympic chief has warned that security forces cannot rule out the threat of disruption to the London Games after a protester halted the historic Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
Australian activist Trenton Oldfield, 35, was charged with a public order offence after he caused a half-hour hiatus in Saturday’s race by swimming in front of the two universities’ boats in the River Thames.
British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan has said there is a high risk of similar incidents during the London Olympics, which begin on July 27, with the torch relay starting next month.
“It just takes, and is likely to be, one idiot. It’s not likely to be a well-orchestrated campaign through Twitter or websites,” Mr Moynihan, himself a former Olympic rowing silver medallist, told BBC radio.
“It is likely to be someone similar to the idiot yesterday who causes major disruption. That is why all the security measures need to be put in place to minimise the chance of that happening.
The story goes on to say “his motive for his actions as fighting elitism”.
This is wrong for two reasons that I can think of.
Firstly, why fight “elitism” when there are stronger reasons for fighting things like world hunger.
Secondly, I truly believe the world needs excellence.
I say those things as a student on a low income. There is nothing elitist about my riding the train or driving an old car. I take as much offence as anybody else when somebody acts like a “elitist snob”.
But there is danger in banning “elitism”. What sort of society would we live in if everything was dumbed down?