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Swiss ski chief Gian Franco Kasper: Olympics are ‘easier in dictatorships’

Swiss ski chief Gian Franco Kasper: Olympics are ‘easier in dictatorships’

International ski chief Gian Franco Kasper suggests that dictators are much more effective in organizing international sports the events like Olympic Games. Kasper said the secret is simple – no asking the people’s permission to do something useful for the country.

Mr Kasper expressed his own view on the organizing the Olympics when he was asked about whether sports federations should take into account human rights abuses when collaborating with states. “From the business side, I say: I just want to go to dictatorships, I do not want to argue with environmentalists,” Kasper, a head of FIS since 1998, said.

The 75-year-old honorary International Olympic Committee member Gian Franco Kasper suggests that dictators can organize events such as this without asking the people’s permission. that approach makes organizers’ life much easier, while the process becomes faster and cheaper. Talking about the Olympics, Mr Kasper added: “For us, everything is easier in dictatorships,” the International Ski Federation (FIS) president asserted. Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, beat Almaty in Kazakhstan for the right to host the 2022 edition, the first Winter Games to be held in China.

The Swiss ski chief also said that Qatar, which will host the 2022 Fifa World Cup, is facing many troubles during the preparatory period. The Arabian country has been criticized by human rights observers for the below standard working conditions of migrant workers building the football championship’s infrastructure.