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Monday
Feb132017

The Real Rio Story Or Protest And Killings: Neil Cleverly Speaks

If you've been on social media you've probably seen Neil Cleverly's account of the "real" Rio he experienced as superintendent of the Olympic Golf Course.

Coupled with Stephen Wade's update on all of the Olympic venues in dilapidated shape, and it's amazing the course ever got built.

Regarding the protests outside the course, Cleverly says...

The protests started as a few and built up. The rumour was that a local politician didn’t like the developer so he was paying people – 100 real a day, which is about £25, to sit outside and throw abuse. That way you get people turning up, the most they could otherwise expect was £250 a month.

The sustainability ones were the most fanatical, they were saying we were killing animals, plants and removing indigenous plants and we weren’t doing any of that. The amount of times we invited them to see what we were doing– they never came in so we knew they were just there to cause trouble, they didn’t give a shit about the environment.

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Reader Comments (12)

So Bartertown wasn't a far-fetched piece of fiction after all.

I'll try again. In the previous Olympic thread Dawson noted a group of people coming together that have a relationship with the land owner. Would that be the heirs of the Mauro estate or is the current situation too precarious to name the players?
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Seems like 2016 was the year of the paid protestor.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
The Olympics amount to nothing more than turd stain on the shorts of golf. Golf should part ways with the Olympics.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGSQ
Is that really Jim Furyk?
02.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
A few weeks before the Olympics Neil Cleverly was on with Katrek and McGuiness on Tap and told a very different story. Clevery couldn't figure out why Day, A. Scott, Spieth, Mcilroy and the like were so concerned about the Zyka virus. I think this story is way more scary than any mosquito. And why is this just now coming out?
02.13.2017 | Unregistered Commentertexaswedge
I just really never understood the purpose behind the outrage over guys uninterested in participating in the Olympics, for whatever reasoning they provided. Like it's anyone else's business.

And please, spare me the grow-the-game bullshit, which is industry speak for show-us-your-money.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
But they let Women play on Sunday, so Rio is a better place then Kasumigaseki.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHerb
Why cannot the media do some investigative reporting. Pipeline protesters are paid too but the media treats them like they are legit. It takes a golf course super to call a spade a spade.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGG
Seriously, this US Constitution is a good deal.

I voted for Hillary and will take Donnie all day long over this nonsense overseas and it is too cold in Canada.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Rio is what happens when the middle class disappears. When there is no hope, people no longer subscribe to societal norms. It works out for those living in compounds with barbed wire and glass on the walls and armed guards protecting them but for the rest it ends up a dystopian reality.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve S
Paying protesters? Thought only villains in the Batman movies - or George Soros - did that.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
They are STILL pushing the Olympics on NBC . The golf world showed how insulated from reality they are with their call for everyone to "play for your country." People in places like Rio are eating shit for lunch while millionaires are building golf courses and playing for their damn country.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJJBeck

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