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If this banner has be hung for as many games as it has, then why now is it a big deal? I see nothing wrong with it. Let them fly their banner!

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Kangaroo flag at athletes village causes IOC flap

By: Darcy Wintonyk, ctvbc.ca

Date: Friday Feb. 5, 2010 10:22 PM PT

A giant flag depicting an Australian boxing kangaroo will be welcome in B.C.'s second-largest city if it is ordered removed from the Vancouver athletes village, the mayor of Surrey said Friday.

Flap over the giant green and yellow flag, which was erected on Sunday, began after a member of the International Olympic Committee toured the False Creek site and expressed concern over the banner's boisterous presence over the village.

A number of other prominent banners, including British national flags, are hung over the buildings.

An IOC spokesperson said Friday they would "look at it and take a considered view" over the next few days and then make a decision about whether to formally ask the Australian Olympic Committee to remove it.

Dozens of Australians crowded a busy street corner at the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge during Friday morning's rush hour to offer support for the Australian Olympic team and the flag flap that has grabbed international headlines.

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Waving Australian flags and bearing signs reading ‘Send Vegemite' and ‘Don't take me kangaroo down sport,' supporters said pulling down the flag would "be a bloody shame."

We're very concerned our Roo is going to pulled down," said Australian Max Madden.

"We'd like to see him stay up there."

Mike Tancred, media director for the Australian Olympic teams, said the flag has been at every athletes village since the 2000 Sydney Games.

"It's a tradition," he said.

"It says what Australia is. We're a small nation that's feisty and that's what we're all about. The athletes love it, the young people love it -- everyone loves it."

Tancred said his country's Olympic committee is not using the flag for monetary gain.

"I think someone at the IOC feels this is too commercial. This isn't some kind of ambush marketing."

The boxing kangaroo is the mascot for a flagship education program in Australia advocating fair play and Olympic ideals.

Tancred said the Aussie team would take the flag down if ordered by the IOC, and would consider moving it to Surrey.

"We're ready to welcome the world and we'd be honoured to recognize the Australian athletes who have come all this way to join us," Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said in a statement.

"I'm also going to ask mayors in other cities across the region to join us in flying the Australian team's flag for a day and celebrate our friends from Down Under."

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lame
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It's funny how you can't fly the Canadian flag on your own porch of your own house yet foreigners with that allmighty $ can do what ever they want! This country is all about money ... no values, no common sense even. The olympics are all about $


Beefy
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So Watts is for the Auzzie team, not the Canadian team. Not voting for her next election!


Jim-Surrey
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Will somebody send the IOC home this is NOT their country it is OURS and if the people of Vancouver do not have an issue with it then the IOC can back off.Personally it appears to be a bit of Aussie humor and since when is that a crime anywhere if it is not hurting anyone! (kick butt kangaroo style)?Looks better than those stupid rings, at least there is some art work to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO AUSSIES GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Joanne
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If this banner has be hung for as many games as it has, then why now is it a big deal? I see nothing wrong with it. Let them fly their banner!


E Dog
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Oh for goodness sake, it's not ambush marketing, it's TEAM SPIRIT. The I.O.C. needs to lighten up. I am sure the athletes village will soon be alive with flags, banners, and posters. For some reason, the athletes are enthusiastic. Maybe it's because they are AT THE OLYMPICS.


Dave WALLIS
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I have read a lot about the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich.Controlling the media,where people go and can't go.Discrimination.Only party approved flags,and the like.What is going on in B.C.at this time was how it started.DICTATORSHIP Oliver Redneck.


CrvyCanadian
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What's wrong with showing some national pride - I'm sure the Canadians would have done something similar if the games were in another country. And considering the size of Australia - and the summer sport capital that it is - Congrats to those that made it to a WINTER OLYMPICS!


JP in Victoria, BC
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To IOC and VANOC- As a Canadian living in Victoria, BC - I am amazied at you childish behaviour-Yet I am supporting you guysFor the month of February - I will be spending my tiem and money in Cairns, Darwin, Alice Springs , Perth and SYDNEY- HOME OF THE BOXING ROO.VanOc you made a mess and we will be laughed at. From Day One it has been and will be confusion


Maggie, Surrey
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"A number of other prominent banners, including British national flags, are hung over the buildings."So what makes the Aussie banner the exception? And if it's been flown at previous Olympics, then indeed - why not now? The IOC has some 'splainin to do.


Mike
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We've invited the world to our city. Let them show us that they're actually here!Maybe we should have a regular sporting event hosted by Canada every few years. Just like the Olympics, but NOT the Olympics. Then we don't need the IOC.Sports could become an industry for Canada!


A Koster
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This just further proves that it's not about the athletes at all. It's about making money for IOC. But they had better consider carefully because without this kind of spirit for the games, they have nothing to push. This aussie banner is flawless. A comic relief during an otherwise black period of greed which has been launched on the backs of the working poor, and protected by the current police state. Will marmite do?


Thebulldog
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This is a very serious conflict, the flag commands a fighting spirit, we do not need anyone fighting for the people in our country. Can you imagine sitting in a pub and a whiney nassle british/scottish accent is promoting the kangy at a nearby table, well like here the tables fly , the chairs are used as assault weapons, this as not acceptable for our fine city.There are enough drunks, hookers and foreigners here ..... we dont need more.


westbankkid
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I think the best thing to do is send all the members of the IOC out of the host Country (and probably VANOC as well) while the games are on. They will run a hell of a lot better with them out of the picture and not able to interfere. They are acting like the "SPOILED CHILDREN" they are. 5 Star hotels being demanded. No Way. Let them stay like the rest of the AVERAGE visitor stays.


bc grrl
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as long as the people in those 4 apartments don't mind the obstructed view i don't see a problem!this is the athlete's village, it is where they will live and a few want to bring smiles to others, that is olympic spirit! i don't see any difference to this, or a flag, or a poster that say's "4 out of 5 people prefer the taste of pepsi to coke!"


Margaret
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Leave the athetes alone! This is Canada - freedom of speech. The IOC does not own this country even though they think they do. Man up and butt out! Go Auzzies (Canada First; Australia second!!!)


HKP in Vancouver
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This is just ANOTHER example of IOC and its stupid rules !!! IOC thinks they run the World...Re. Roggie...time to wake up ...!!! or take your stupid Olympic Games and go back to Europe...


MARG MM
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Seems like the IOC and Vanoc have WAY too much power. If they ask the Aussies to take down their flag that they have displayed at numerous Olympics it would be ridiculous to say the least. Lighten up, this should be all about team spirit not pettiness.Actually this is one of several incidents where the IOC and Vanoc have flexed their dictatorial muscles. Good for Diane Watts welcoming the Aussies to fly their flag in Surrey.Good Luck to all athletes.


 

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Aussie flag flap

A flag depicting Australia’s boxing kangaroo over the athletes village is causing a flap.

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