Wrestling in rings that are ring shaped
Originally uploaded by athens2004blog.
So, this morning - once we'd got the tickets from the bank - we went to the wrestling.
Frankly, it was baffling, even after a couple of hours watching I wasn't exactly sure who got points or why. But, still, it was really enjoyable. The great thing about the Games is that wherever you go, there's someone sat around you who really, really *cares* (and knows) about that particular sport. The Poles were out in force today, supporting their wrestlers, so were the Azerbajahn (spelling?) fans, and (as ever) the Greeks - and the three Hungarians sitting behind us were almost unfeasibly excited to see their men grappling away. Not sure I'd make a regular thing of wrestling, but it was really fun to try it.
While we were there I read a thing in the paper about a survey of just over 1,000 people at the Games. Here are the results:
- 97.3% are satisfied with security. So am I. They are thorough with metal detectors and bag x-rays at every venue.
- 95% are satisfied with service of personnel and volunteers (the other 5% may have come across the ones who try to stop you waving your flag or give you wrong information!).
- 93.8% are happy with the facilities and events (but, 6.2% are asking, where are cricket and dragon boat racing?!)
- And 81.8% are happy with public transport. This is a little harsh - I think the other 18.2% are probably more annoyed that things are quite far apart than they are about the transport getting them there. The buses, trains, trams and metro we've used (for free as ticket holders) have all been quick and easy. I've been very impressed.
I was also thinking at the wrestling, why is the Former Republic Of Macdeonia called the Former Republic Of Macedonia? Wouldn't it be easier to tell us what they're called now?