Monday 23 July 2007

Universiade 2007 Update

I now have little doubt that all renovations and preparations will be ready for the games which begin in just over 2 weeks. It's really quite simple. As the deadline approaches and various locations are lagging behind, dozens of human mules are brought in and put to work 14 hours a day for a pittance. Not sure how that fits in with the whole spirit of fairness and equity that universities are normally associated with but I'll leave that discussion for another day.

As mentioned in a previous post, the bulk of the competitions are taking place at the Thammasat University campus which is located in Rangsit, about 30 minutes north of Bangkok (when traffic is good.) The facilities here are impressive and will have no problem housing the 10, 000 athletes and support staff that are expected to descend.

The only problem of course, is that the thousands of students who attend Thammasat and normally live in the residences have had to clear out. The games are taking place during the middle of the first semester. The time off that is usually allotted for the semester break has been brought forward and the actual break between semesters will now only be about one week in October, long after the games have finished.

Most of the students are gone now. The campus is deserted. It's kind of peaceful.

The calm before the storm.

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