Every day on the blog we’ll be aiming to get you limbered up for the day ahead with a series of links to some of the best Olympics coverage from the FT and elsewhere. We’ll also give you a heads up on the main fixtures on the schedule. On your marks…
1) It’s not exactly the ideal start to your Olympics: a team walking off the pitch in disgust. But that’s what happened last night, writes Matthew Engel, as the North Korean women’s football team were welcomed to the Glasgow pitch with their names on an electronic screen … next to the South Korean flag. Oops. “It is staggering that on Day One there should be a faux pas at the expense of the most prickly, paranoid nation on earth”, Matthew notes. Read the news story here.
2) Emily Steel reports from New York on social media and how it is already changing the dynamics of Olympic publicity and sponsorship.
3) Speaking of social media, the Guardian has this story on Voula Papachristou, the Greek triple jumper who has been expelled from her team after she made a racist remark on twitter.
4) VIDEO: Sponsors have spent millions to be associated with the Olympics, and many will be shmoozing clients with corporate hospitality. But the games are taking place in unsettling times. Roger Blitz, leisure industries correspondent, reports on how hospitality is being affected.
5) Should London cabbies have been allowed to use the so-called ‘Zil’ lanes set aside for Olympic dignitiaries, athletes, sponsors and media? Hannah Kuchler reports.
6) Over at The Atlantic, Isobel Coleman proclaims 2012 the year of the female Olympian. Women have been fighting to compete since 1896; this year, she points out, “for the first time, every nation competing will have a woman on its team”.
- The men’s football dominates the schedule – well, it’s actually the only thing on the schedule today. Spain plays Japan at 14.45, Brazil plays Egypt at 19.45, and Great Britain is playing Senegal at 20.00.
- The Olympics torch is making its way – rather slowly at the moment – through London, on day 69 of the relay.
- We have one day and roughly 12 hours left until the opening ceremony. We’re getting excited.