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    2012 London Olympics

    Nearly a year since Beijing - time to start looking to London...
    Martial arts athlete opens brothel to fund Olympic bid
    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 2:38 PM on 13th July 2009

    A martial arts enthusiast has opened a brothel to help fund his bid to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.

    New Zealander Logan Campbell, 23, told the Sunday Star-Times newspaper he hoped his Auckland 'gentleman's club,' which provides escort services, would help him raise £500,000 toward representing his country in tae kwon do in London.

    Campbell, who finished in the top 16 in the featherweight division at last year's Olympics, said he spent around £230,000 preparing for the Beijing games.
    brothel owners Logan Campbell and Hugo Phillips

    Most of the money came from his parents, he said. His father, Max, worked two jobs to support his son's Olympic quest.

    Campbell said his desire to avoid being a burden on his parents led him to open the brothel with business partner Hugo Phillips, 20.

    He said: 'Mum was hesitant but she met the girls, a couple came over to her house and she was sweet as.

    'She realised they were just normal people supporting their kids and stuff.

    'When people think of a pimp they think of a guy standing around on a street corner with gold chains. Pimps are more tough-type guys. I'm an owner of an escort agency.'

    Asked if he was bringing the sport into disrepute, he replied: 'Some people on the team will not think highly of me for doing this. If they saw this place and how it's operated, they'd change their mind.'

    He said he had introduced several of his female employees to his mother who 'realised they were just normal people supporting kids and stuff.'

    Tae kwon do New Zealand funding manager John Schofield said the governing body of the sport in the country would have to consider whether Campbell was suitable for international selection.

    'Selection takes into account not just performance but also the athlete's ability to serve as an example to the youth of the country,' Schofield said.

    New Zealand decriminalised prostitution six years ago.
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    maybe he can bring the 'pimp slap' to international olympic levels!

    i say let him fight
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    Comes with his own ring girls too!

    pimping...yeesh, what next? Small arms sales to shore up the local quilting bee? lol
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    Brothel for sale!

    I keep thinking this is on the Busted Martial Artists thread, but it's not a bust. It's legal in NZ.

    Updated: February 3, 2010, 1:27 AM ET
    Campbell puts brothel up for sale
    Associated Press

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A New Zealand taekwondo athlete who opened a brothel to fund his Olympic campaign is auctioning off the business and will use the proceeds to pay his way to overseas competitions, he said Wednesday.

    Logan Campbell, who finished in the top 16 in the featherweight division at the Beijing Olympics, was condemned by the New Zealand Olympic Committee when he opened a "high class gentleman's club" in Auckland to finance future competition. The NZOC said such a business went against Olympic principles.

    Campbell will sell the business on an auction Web site and hopes to raise $210,000 toward the cost of his bid to represent New Zealand at the 2012 London Olympics.

    The business is listed on the New Zealand Web site Trademe with a $1 reserve.
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    Let's get through the 2010's in Van before griping about the pimp.


    The smoke is rollin rolin rollin.

    Who wants to place bets on what athletes get their medals stripped for huffing the BC Bud?
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    Jamaican Bobsled team!


    I guess it also depends on whether or not the Olympic Village is downwind of Whistler... it could be that everyone gets a litte bit.
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    Wushu in the Olympics?

    Gotta quote Fergie on this: "I'm so 3008, You so 2000 and late". Been there, done that.

    Jackie Chan wants 'wushu' to be officially recognised at Olympic games
    2010-08-22 14:10:00

    While Beijing is scheduled to host the Sportaccord Combat Games 2010 just a few weeks from now, international kungfu film star Jackie Chan, has expressed his hope that wushu or Chinese style martial arts, would be given the recognition as an official event at the Olympic Games soon.

    "I love wushu a lot and I would love to see them included in future Olympic Games," China Daily quoted Chan, as saying.

    "Chinese wushu involves so many forms and styles of fighting and has so many different schools. This makes it difficult for wushu to make an unified impression to international audiences," he added.

    Other Asian martial arts that have already become official Olympic sports include Japanese judo in 1964 and Korean taekwondo in 2000.

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) currently recognizes Chinese wushu and Japanese karate as sports, but neither is an official or a demonstration sport at the Games.

    During the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic, the IOC allowed China to organize an international wushu event, but it was unofficial and not considered a demonstration sport. (ANI)
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    taiji is a catagory of wushu

    Funny how Jackie just made a comment about wushu and now Jet is going for taiji.
    Jet Li wants to make Taiji an Olympic sport
    CRI, August 30, 2010

    "The Expendables" star Jet Li is not just eying Hollywood but is working to include Chinese martial arts in the Olympics.

    Li announced his plan on August 26 in Beijing where he was named image ambassador for the inaugural SportAccord Combat Games, the Beijing News reports.

    Li will work specifically on promoting the martial art of Taijiquan.

    "It's my dream to help Taiji push-hands become an official Olympic sport," Li was quoted as saying. "I'll spare no efforts to make that happen in 20 years."

    Taiji push-hands, or "tuishou" in Chinese, refer to the two-person training routines involving Taiji moves and concepts that improve flexibility and balance.

    Li used Korean Taekwondo and Japanese Judo as examples, and said he dreamed about Chinese Taiji being practiced around the world.

    In 2008, Li launched a nationwide fitness project to promote his self-developed exercise called Wuji among urbanites. Wuji blends martial-arts moves with Yoga positions.

    The weeklong SportAccord Combat Games, which open on August 28 in Beijing, will see more than 1,000 competitors from 66 countries and regions vying in 13 categories, including Wushu, Taekwondo, Judo, Karate, Muay Thai, boxing and wrestling.


    This is all fallout from the Combat Games Beijing.
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    Olympic TKD

    Martial arts: Jade Jones reveals how she plans to make it to the London Olympics
    Oct 14 2010 by Alec Doyle, Flintshire Chronicle

    JADE Jones has had an incredible few months.

    In August the Flint tae kwon-do star became the first person ever to win a gold medal for Great Britain at the Youth Olympics – and had a street party in her home town to celebrate. The heroics in Singapore followed silver success in Mexico earlier this year where she just missed out in the final of the World U17 championships to a top Korean fighter.

    But her everyday life is far from the glamour of the podium as she dedicates every day to training and preparing herself for a run at the Olympic gold medal in two years time in London.

    To that end the 17-year-old, who originally trained at Matrix Tae Kwon-do in Saltney, moved to Manchester in April to become a full-time athlete thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

    She is now locked in a cycle of training, resting and competing designed to transform her from a promising young talent into an adult medal contender.

    “There is a lot of aching,” she said. “I was knocked out of the British Open in Manchester early a few weeks ago and as it has been a tough summer and there was no competition until November I thought I might get some rest.

    “But I received an email full of fitness work I had to do to maintain my conditioning. Sometimes it is hard, but that is what you have to do.”

    Tae kwon-do has exploded in Britain. From a nation which never expected to medal at major competitions, we have grown to expect certain competitors to deliver now.

    Since Sarah Stevenson won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games attention has turned to the Korean martial art as a potentially strong chance for Britain to win a medal at London 2012.

    And Jade wants to carry the weight of the nation’s expectation on her shoulders next time around and hopefully turn a Youth Olympics gold medal into a senior one.

    “Thanks to my funding I get to train at the Manchester Tae kwon-do Academy full-time.

    “In the past we did not have these types of facilities or the money to invest in the best coaches but now we do and we are seeing the benefits.

    “For four hours a day six days a week I train and everything I do is geared towards improving and becoming the best.”

    Jade is driven and her defeat in the quarter-finals of the British Open stung her so much she is praying the draw gives her revenge in the Paris Open next month.

    “I let myself down with stupid mistakes and I was beaten by Stephanie Ollive, a French girl who I knew I could beat.

    “I am just hoping the draw pits us against each other in Paris so I can put it to bed and do myself justice. I’d like to get a little revenge.”

    Jade still visits home as often as she can but so intense is her training she readily admits she is often not much fun.

    “I go back to see my family and my old friends from Flint High School,” she said.

    “But when I get back I am often so tired from training that I can’t go out and do much.

    “I had that in school as well. My mates would often try to get me to go out but they did realise that tae kwon-do came first and when they see me perform on the international stage now, they are proud.”

    And in 2012, that pride could well reach new heights if Jade can realise her Olympic ambition.

    “I am really pleased with how this year has gone,” she said. “But I need to make sure that I continue to improve in order to give myself the best chance in the Olympics.”

    And if Jade’s determination and focus continue as they are, who will stop her?
    This is sort of random but the Gymnastic trials are in San Jose, CA. I've already reserved tickets.
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    ttt for 2011

    Iran threatens to boycott 2012 London Olympics because of logo
    By Cindy Boren | February 28, 2011; 3:51 PM ET



    Iran is threatening to boycott the 2012 Olympic Games in London because of the Games' logo.

    According to an Iranian official, the logo, with its blocky, abstract rendering of "2012," is racist because it appears to spell the word "Zion," a biblical term for Jerusalem, rather than 2012. Bahram Afsharzadeh, the secretary-general of Iran's National Olympic Committee, said via the official IRNA news agency that he sent a letter of complaint to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.

    "There is no doubt that negligence of the issue from your side may affect the presence of some countries in the games, especially Iran, which abides by commitment to the values and principles," Afsharzadeh said in the letter to Rogge, according to the Associated Press, and urged other Muslim states to protest as well.

    The International Olympic Committee and London's organizing committee disagree. "Our response is as follows: The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else," the IOC said.
    I'm glad they said it said it says 2012 because I didn't see it at first.
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    It looks like a highly stylized quasimodo doing a justin beiber "dance" move.
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    Jackie = torchbearer

    Wushu won't get in the Olympics this time, but at least Jackie is in.
    London 2012 Hall of flame: Kylie, Will Smith, Pele and Jackie Chan offered chance to run with Olympic torch

    Actors, singers and sporting legends from across the globe will carry the 2012 Olympic flame around the country, the Mirror can reveal

    Kylie Minogue, Will Smith, Pele and Jackie Chan have been lined up to run with the London Olympic Flame, the Mirror can reveal.

    The A-listers have been identified by organisers as the ideal celebrities to raise the profile of the UK abroad by taking part in the hugely popular relay, which starts in May.

    Tourism chiefs sent out invites to carry the Flame in the last few weeks as they bid to capitalise on worldwide interest in Britain during the Games.

    A source said: “This is one of the biggest events that Britain will ever host, and only the biggest stars in the world will do.

    “We need people who are cultural icons in their own country to really make an impression - and who better than these ambassadors?

    “They are loved in their home countries for all the right reasons, and that is exactly what is needed.

    “The Torch Relay will be a real highlight of the whole Olympic campaign and with the calibre of people expected to run, it will be an amazing spectacle.”

    Tourist board bosses know the eyes of the world will be on the Flame as it makes the 8,000-mile journey around Britain to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London.

    And they are determined to make the most of the occasion by recruiting A-list stars from the worlds of sport and showbiz to run across the UK with the Flame.

    Today marks just 150 days until the Opening Ceremony on Friday 27 July. The 70-day Torch Relay begins on May 19 and will take in 1,019 places and be carried by 8,000 Torchbearers.

    Pop queen Kylie, 43, is considered the ideal Australian to carry the Flame and will be cheered on her way by her thousands of dedicated fans.

    US actor and rapper Smith, 43, is best known for his roles in blockbusters such as Independence Day, Men In Black and Bad Boys.

    Brazilian Pele, 71, is widely considered to be the best footballer in history and won the World Cup for his country three times.

    And action man Chan, 57, started his career as a martial arts expert but has forged a role as one of Hollywood’s highest-earning action men, starring in hit movie series Rush Hour.

    London 2012 organisers have planned the route to allow the Flame to come within 10 miles of 95% of the population.

    It will pass through every English county and every local authority area in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and even visit Dublin on a unique one-day trip.
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    Wushu in the Olympics

    Sanshou is a division of modern wushu, and we've covered its inclusion in the Olympics at length. In fact, we were the only U.S. media outlet to give this any coverage at all. There's eve references here on this thread. Sanshou has never been part of the Olympic bid, only Taolu. At the time of the bid, Sanshou wasn't open to females, and even though some sex-specific sports still remain in the Games (like rhythmic gymnastics which is women only), at the time of the bid, Sanshou didn't qualify as there weren't enough participants and no women. MMA isn't even in the running at all. There isn't an international governing body that is anywhere near encompassing enough to meet IOC standards, and frankly, despite our adoration of it, MMA is still not accepted that way yet. You don't even see it covered in the sports sections very much.

    The Wushu Tournament Beijing was held in the Olympic Park in 2008 in Beijing under the auspices of the IOC. It included both Taolu and Sanshou. Wushu is still recognized as an Olympic International Federation (aka IF) but did not make a bid for this year and it's unlikely that it will do so for Rio.

    Here's some of our coverage:
    For the most in-depth coverage, read Beijing in their own words: American Athletes Reflect on the Wushu Tournament Beijing By Elly Duchamp from our 2009 January/February. It's a very hard-hitting article from the athletes themselves. The contrast between the reports of the Taolu and Sanshou athletes is very telling.

    Here's some background. I wrote this with Andy Ching back right after Beijing was announced as the host country. It's got a lot of Olympic martial history. China Gets the Gold! The Beijing Olympics.

    Here's the USAWKF spin: Wushu is Now (Almost) an Olympic Event by Anthony Roberts

    It's also mentioned in my cover story: The Wushu Champion from Shaolin

    On a related note, I'm so bummed about Jordan Wieber. She is my fav female gymnast now and she was totally cheated out of the All-Around qual. Those deductions were way too harsh in comparison with everyone else's scores.
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    whats truly amazing is the amount of condoms the olympic participants go through...
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    Slightly OT

    What is it about middle eastern women and martial arts?

    Afghan women fight it out in Herat
    March 8, 2012 | 4:19 pm


    Every day on World Now, we choose a remarkable photo from around the world. On International Women's Day, we spotted this striking shot of Afghan women doing martial arts, part of a celebration in Herat.

    "Many people may think that these activities are only for men, especially in such a country," Sakhi Attaee and Rooz Zia wrote on the WomentoBe.org website. "However, they are indeed very popular in Afghanistan, particularly among young women."

    Afghanistan is far from a feminist paradise. Last year, gender experts ranked it as the most dangerous country for women in the world. Yet Afghan women say there has been progress.

    Martial arts is one bright spot: One of the first Afghan women to participate in the Olympics, Friba Razayee, was a judo competitor. She went to the games in 2004 along with runner Robina Muqimyar. Her martial arts training began in Pakistan, where her family had fled after the Taliban took control.

    This year, the country is sending a female boxer to the Olympics in London -- 17-year-old Sadaf Rahimi.

    "I will try to show that an Afghan girl can enter the ring and achieve a position for Afghanistan," Rahimi told the Associated Press.

    Not all countries are making the same strides toward including female athletes: Human Rights Watch is pressing the International Olympic Committee to set firm rules before Saudi Arabia can participate in the Games. The country has never sent a female athlete to the Olympics.
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