Thursday, March 15, 2012

World 'split' over Olympic Games merger

This BBC story reports that people from 19 countries are split on whether the Paralympics should be integrated into the Olympic Games, according to a poll of more than 10,000 people.

Some 47 per cent of those polled favour merging both Games, while 43 per cent want to keep the Paralympics separate.

A majority of people in six countries -- including China, the US and Australia, which won the largest gold medal counts in recent years -- opposed a merger.

Eight countries, including France, Chile and Egypt, wanted to merge the games, while the remaining five countries were split on the issue.

The question asked was: Should the Paralympics stay separate?

In Canada, 55 per cent of those polled said yes and 42 per cent said no.

Read the story and tell us what you think. I don't understand all of the implications, but some Paralympians quoted were against a merger.

Polling was conducted for the BBC World Service by GlobeScan.