Denmark's minister of culture, Brian Mikkelsen, is very interested in sports. Especially football it is said. And he is a zealot when it comes to doping. Whenever he is close to a doping affair he is sure to make an appearance on Danish TV as though he personally was responsible for solving this particular crime.
During the Winter Olympics one
could get the impression that all the commotion about the Austrian
athletes had been produced by Mr Mikkelsen, and Mr Mikkelsen alone.
However, let's not be harsh on the man. He has dreams, too. And some of them he even shares with the public.
he would love to be remembered as the political visionary who brought
the Olympic Games to Copenhagen in either 2020 or 2024. This really is a
goal. It is big, prestigious, expensive, and difficult to attain
because of the worldwide competition.
Since I have the tendency
to accuse Danes of not being very keen on goals I had better shape up
and support this project whole-heartedly, no matter how boring I may
find sports competitions (apart from cricket and sheepdog trials, which
do not seem to count as sports, though).
On the other hand a
report published yesterday by Rambøll Management shows that the plans
are only feasible if they are carried out in a truly puritanical way:
nothing new, nothing spectacular, nothing prestigious. Over the next 14
to 18 years 25 billion kroner (about 3 billion €) are to be spent on
maintenance, repairs, and the upgrading of the local traffic, for
instance extensions of the Metro's lines - and this money will have to
be found, anyway.
The solution lacks vision and an
acknowledgement of the fact that the IOC will most likely be looking for
something a bit more splendid. A collaboration with the Swedes would be
a good idea in that case. After all, there's the bridge now - and there
has been a lot of talk about pulling the region around the Sound
together, which might very well be another goal.
could be the project to achieve something outstanding and truly
international. Now the question is: will the decision-makers dare? Or
would they have to act too much against their own natures?