Diamond League event at Bislett stadium Oslo, Norway. Diamond´s? Does anyone out there or any of the athletes competing know where diamonds come from? Mines, dark, filthy, dangerous mines. Worked on by poor, penniless workers often working under ridiculous conditions for little pay. Not to mention the world wide black trade in african diamonds that funds guns and weapons to kill children, for the benefit of the rich and powerful. Who would want to be associated with these things? Well Steinar Hoen and the Bislett Alliance seam to be well up for it!!
In a BBC radio interview two days before the Bislett Games, Steinar Hoen arrogantly declared that he ´could have not invited Usain Bolt´ if he so wished. Well he did along with 1,700,000 Norwegian Kroner (300,000 USD) for Usain Bolt just to run. One inside source thought it was too risky putting all the money into one athlete. This was over 30 times the 10,000 USD for first place in the 200m that day. What self respecting working union would allow a discrepancy of 300,000 USD between payment of athletes appearing at the same race? As for the officials…… Oh my god what rubbish! There were over 300 officials that day and from what I saw 299 of them were either asleep or plain drunk. The women´s pole vault was a mess with rain forecasted it took the staff hours to bring out covered seating for the athletes. The event was stopped for over 30mins then started again with no warm up obstructing the mens high jump. I have NEVER witnessed such a pathetic attempt to run a high jump competition at any level before. The officials simply walked off during warm up, presumably to have a few whisky´s, leaving the jumpers to organise themselves which they did very effectively. The six officials did not check the safety of the landing area and made no attempt to make the landing bed safe after the top layer was disturbed due to very bad preparation. The six officials could not run a bath let alone a 30,000 USD high jump competition. Once the jumping started at 2.15m because there was a 20 min gap between warm up and the competition, some of the officials were obstructing the jumpers run up with out realising it. It looked as if the officials did not understand the rules or etiquette of jumping and I doubt that they were qualified, the lack of a safe landing area alone could have negated the validity of all the jumps alone under the IAAF rules. Raul Spank shouted ´for fuck sake´ in german several times as the officials got in his way. Ivan Ukhov struggled with a very bad back and was obstructed no less than three times in one jump, were the officials blind? Also on the last jump of the competition by the Olympic Champion Andrey Silnov, one official nearly pushed a trolly right in front of him. The crowd were groaning along with the jumpers at the bissare behaviour of the officials. Steinar Hoen payed the officials precisely NOTHING, making him even more money from a shambles of an event. How are amateur officials supposed to decide the result of top professional events? Great logic there from Steinar Hoen as he had his relative sing the national anthem and two skiers, Petter Northug and Marcus Heliner, take part in a total waist of time, joke race on roller skis while we should have been watching some real sport. How was this allowed as it obstructed the high jumpers and was a race so slow my mum could have beaten them. A complete lack of respect and understanding was shown by Steinar Hoen for the athletes there and the paying spectators. Not to mention hat arrogance of Petter Northug and Marcus Heliner to NOT sign ANY autographs for the young fans that day. Usain Bolt on the other hand signed plenty and then went to a 300,000 USD after party. Steinar Hoen clearly showed that he has no passion for track and filed and is more interested in VIPS and his own image. The main stand was empty until 19.30 when the VIPS could be bothered to come and watch, missing many races with up and coming Norwegian athletes. This shows just how much they actually care about their own athletes.
Despite all of this the fans and I managed to enjoy the high jump as the stadium was sold out producing an intimate and electric atmosphere. Raising my umbrella in the stand for me and my partner to shelter from the rain (against the expressed rules of the security, how welcoming of them…) we cheered on all the jumpers and heckled the brainless officials. Here is the footage of your favourite jumpers…..