Stories about London Olympics 2012

London Olympics 2012 closing ceremony: The razzle that dazzled

And that’s a wrap! Spectacular- the first word that comes to mind when describing the closing ceremony of the most anticipated event of the year. In these past 17 days, London has given the world something to talk about, raised the bar of expectations, satisfied the world’s insatiable appetite for entertainment and they did it with style and pride. But the climax was reached with the smashing success of the closing ceremony of the London Olympics 2012. Featuring more than 4,100 performers, including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren, the ceremony showcased talent, artistes and creativity with attention to detail, sparing ...

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London Olympics 2012: The odds of dying in a terrorist attack

Here come the London Olympics 2012 with another cynical exploitation of fear, thousands of law enforcement officials to protect the public and use of devices as advanced as the LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device). To top it off, there was the very timely ‘terror visa scandal’ scam by The Sun. As the media projects and orchestrates it, sometimes it seems as though terrorism is the only cause of unnatural death that we face. It seems like the lives of millions of travellers are at risk solely due to this threat alone. There were 2.84 billion commercial air passengers in 2011 ...

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Buck up Team Pakistan, or the Australians will cream you!

Pakistan won its group match against the Republic of South Africa (RSA) yesterday which, on paper, was supposed to be a walk in the park for the green shirts. This is because RSA is a new addition to the top hockey paying comity of nations – one which had been dominated by Pakistan in the sixties, seventies and up until the mid eighties. We played with true grit and determination in patches and lucky for us that they were the ones that counted. Even after falling behind on two separate occasions, our forwards managed to keep the pressure on and ...

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London Olympics 2012: Hockey pride!

I grew up in a neighbourhood where there were seasons of sports. Every time there was a major hockey competition, it’d be a hockey season. We had two levels of it: first we’d play in our street and then there would be a match with the boys from the other street in the big playground. Not all of us owned hockey sticks – most would climb trees and find a naturally bent stick (usually the joint would provide the required bend) from the tree and play with that. That was the 90s! When I saw our boys, today, standing with their ...

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London Olympics 2012: Why didn’t we smile?

A lot of things were inherently unique about the Olympics opening ceremony: the forging of the Olympic rings or the winged cyclists cruising to the sound of Arctic Monkeys. The fact that my friends and I recognised a good chunk of the bands and books mentioned made me wonder how much Britain has influenced us. But that is not why you stay up till Sehri. At around 4ish my brother yells: “Quick! Oman is on air!” I mentally go through the alphabets LMNOP and scream “Pakistan!” That is the real reason: to catch a glimpse of Team Green, even for just 10 seconds. Team Pakistan ...

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London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony: Unconventionality at its best

The long awaited London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony finally took place last night! Had it not been for the convincing tweets from literally everyone on my Twitter timeline, I don’t think I would have watched it, but I’m glad I did. Here are some tweets that tempted me to tune in to watch one of the most glorious Olympics opening ceremonies I’ve ever seen. Faizan Lakhani @faizanlakhani Genius, that was really unexpected selection to lit the Olympic cauldron, liked it. #OpeningCeremony #London2012 Farrukh Not Farooq @Karafornication The whole London Olympics ceremony is basically the opening theme of Game Of Thrones Salman Ahmed Khan @SAKsays Totally entranced by the opening ceremony of #London2012 olympics !! So I’ve decided ...

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The passport scam is a sorry start to the London Olympics

Just like any thriller, the sequence of events surrounding the Olympics visa scam, leaves one completely dazed. First came the not-so-shocking revelation that one can get a fake Pakistani passport and if you can dole out more money, even a spot in the Olympic squad, as the British tabloid, The Sun recently insinuated. Countless counter-allegations and some multiple arrests later, National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has now come out saying that the whole scam episode is in itself a scam altogether. However, there are still many unanswered questions hanging in the air. Some quarters immediately started saying that this was ...

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Olympic footballs: Proudly made in Sialkot

Throughout the history of football world cups and other major FIFA events, the world has seen one brand deliver the most astounding soccer balls, carved to perfection and tested in adverse conditions to exceed all FIFA standards for an ‘Official Match Ball’. Yes, we’re talking about the German brand, Adidas. But what lies behind the Adidas logo on these soccer gems is the sweat and blood of hard-working rural women, belonging to the city of Sialkot, Pakistan – an effort concealed in disguise, under a dangerous quilt of consumerism. Till the advent of the year 2000, Pakistan was making 75% of all the soccer ...

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PTF’s lax attitude is Aisam’s Olympic loss

“It’s great Pakistani sprinters and swimmers are going to the Olympics. I wish Aisam could have made it too,” a friend had lamented about Aisamul Haq Qureshi’s miss on the tennis wild card entry. It’s true; while sprinters, swimmers, shooters and our glory-faded hockey team still get a chance to perform at the Olympics, for Aisam, probably the most successful Pakistani athlete in individual sport this year, maybe the saying “hard work always pays” doesn’t hold true. I’ve spoken to Aisam regularly regarding different tournaments in his quest to book a place in London. Having seen firsthand the effort he put in, ...

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