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CFK confirms Argentina will attend London Olympics “with our flag up high”

Tuesday, February 28th 2012 - 05:14 UTC
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President Cristina Fernández rejected the possibility that a delegation of Argentine sportsmen may not fly to London to attend the 2012 Olympics as part of an Argentine boycott in response to the United Kingdom’s refusal to discuss the Malvinas Islands sovereignty. Read full article


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  • brit abroad

    Great news!! We want you there!

    Be warned tho!!!! UK Customs can be really touch on monkeys, especially in large groups!

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 05:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    I am sure that I have seen the smiling sun part of the Argie flag somewhere before.
    Ah yes; it is the opening shot of the Teletubbies.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 06:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    I assume it's dawned on her that the only people that would care would be the Argentine athletes.

    Is she not concerned that these high flying flags might go up in flames after the example set in Buenos Aires?

    The daft thing is that I'm sure that Argentines would be terribly upset if that happened which is why they do it to the union flag - assuming it would have the same impact - but it doesn't. Brits view third world rioters burning flags with little more than an eye roll.

    Argentine athletes will be welcomed - but if they try to turn it into a political protest they'll probably just be laughed at.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 06:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • shb

    Another reason to avoid London and the South East this summer. I hope they enjoy what will be the worlds biggest car park, the M25.

    If the true cost of these games is £9 Billion (as the upper limit) we could have used the money to buy the other 6 Type 45 destroyers desperately needed by the Navy, with over £2 Billion in cash left over spare to fully arm the whole class.

    I usually like the Olympics, but have no interest in this one.

    Typical Labour waste of money on trivia.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 07:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Beef

    So there was a suggestion that Argentina would refuse to send some of its athletes to the olympics? I bet that would have been popular with the nation's athletes.

    I see that the proposal of wearing a badge claiming Argentine soverignty over the FI has all gone quiet.

    When are you bunch actually going to carry out your threats?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 07:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Xect

    They will be welcome in the UK as long as they do not attempt some childish publicity stunt. If they do then they should be sent home.

    As it stands the UK is a democratic and respectful nation that will offer Argentine Olympiads no problems.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 07:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    Let's just welcome the Argentinians with open arms. I'm sick of their pettiness and it's better just to rise above it. No point ruining a nice event at their expense.

    Did she mention UNSCR 502 which they ignored?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 08:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @2 its not a smiley sun... its a cross section of an argentinian spine.......

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 08:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Viscount Falkland

    Maybe we could look forward to doing the decent thing and wrapping herself in the flag and climbing the pinnacle....

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 09:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @8 Argentinians have a spine?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Eddieposted

    No wonder argentines are deluded and brainwashed about their failed 1982 invasion - kirchner spouts the same old laughable lies and excuses for their failure - that argentina sent untrained school children with no food , clothes or weapons. lol

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    I wonder if they still plan to wear a map of the Falklands on their kit? Or has that idea been quietly shelved??

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    I think the IOC has the same attitude to their idea as FIFA did towards the General Belgrano League. Not gonna happen.

    However I fully expect the Argentines to attempt something to be an irritant during the games.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • etherea1

    So basically more incitement to ethnic and racial hatred then Cristina. . .

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @13 I wonder what pathetic thing they'll try and we'll all laugh at? I hope they do it at the bit where they all walk around waving flags at the start.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I think Argentina's application to attend might be withdrawn unless TFI blockade is removed.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    Better just to let them come and make themselves look like a bunch of d!cks. You shouldn't mix politics and sport, everyone knows that.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    Are they likely to win any medals other than the gold for chasing an illusion?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 11:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A.J.Rimmer

    Atleast they will be able to travel safely on the underground network, although i think many of them would be surprised to actually see seats on a train, from what i hear, their trains are crammed more than the transports used during WW2 by the Nazi's.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    They won't if Bob Crowe has his way. Planning more strikes to disrupt the Olympics unless he's handed cold hard cash. It's a shame they can't introduce driverless trains in time.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anti-Fascist

    Oh Argentina is coming to the Olympics. Really needed to know that!

    Should we let them in?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Viscount Falkland

    They will get the Gold in the “going backwards” race .

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    Joke time...

    Q. How can you tell an Argentinian on a train?
    A. He's the one standing outside wearing the black suit telling them to cram in more Jews.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    Stay away Argentinians.
    You are not welcome at the 2012 London Olympics.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 12:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @24 Nah, they're welcome. But when I see any, I'm going to pretend I'm from brazil get them to say 'Malvinas Argentinas' really loud and then make them look retarded.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Viscount Falkland

    “We will go to the Olympics with our flag up high,” she assured as she addressed the Malvinas issue in a speech Monday evening in Rosario, Santa Fe. She then bent over and shoved it high, to demonstrate the correct place for the flag to be flown from !

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 02:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    Argentina won 6 medals at the last Olympics, Great Britain won 47...yeah, Argentina would really be missed if they didn't turn up... the main point though is that the Olympics are supposed to be non-political, so if Argentina did stay away for these reasons, they'd be breaking the Olympic spirit. We should send the Olympic delegates to visit Buenos Aires on a GB registered ship, then see them try and send them away.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 02:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    Feb 28th, 2012 - 02:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    Behave and be welcomed do some politcal stunt and be laughed at.
    Either way the opening ceremony is going to be rubbish £80 million for two hours.
    It's going to be cringe worthy.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 02:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    Poor people these nationalistic argentine pr*cks, Olympics are about sports, not politics or wars. These people should not be allowed to stay in England, after all is the land of the pirates, isn't it? That's what they're always saying. ¿Saben si krisabelita va a hacer algún tipo de inauguración hoy día, como puede ser alguna piscinita pública en la matanza por ejemplo? ¿Algún salón nuevo en la casa rosada? ¿Un nuevo puesto de marcas truchas en La Salada?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 03:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    I was wondering if we would miss the Argentine contribution to the games; I think not. But some Argentines have been training for years to take part and they should be allowed that honour.
    CFKC may be on better medication by time the games start and she may stop making a fool of herself and her country.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    What's happening here is she can't make a big fuss about not turning up so is making a big fuss about the fact they will be turning up.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 03:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @27 Be fair Boovis, the Olympics need their fair share of Eric “the Eel” Moussambani style winners (for those who don't get the reference, he's a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea who still holds the record for the slowest winning time for a heat in the 100m freestyle from the 2000 Olympics)

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 04:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    I think that might be a losing time rather than a winning time. He almost drowned.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 05:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    He'd never seen an Olympic size swimming pool before, the only pool his team had access to was a 20m pool at a hotel (so he had to train when there weren't any guests using it).

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 05:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JustinKuntz

    If they turn up or not? Are we bothered?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 06:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    So they are coming then, oh dear, guess what Conqueror will be using for shooting/archery targets, not to mention synchronised Kukri slashing.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 07:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    I think they're coming, and they're going to pretend people in the UK really care or know what 'Las Malvinas' is (no one knows). They'll probably have to denigrate themselves by calling them 'the falklands' and saying “THE FALKLANDS ARE ARGENTINIAN” to which your average british (pleb) person would say “didn't madonna win the world cup with their fist?”...

    ... then they'd get upset because their Malvinas chat was full of fail.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Millet

    Argentina might as well forget the Olympics. I doubt they will ever come home with gold. As far as countries go, Argentina is really not worth much. Not many people around the world give them much thought.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 09:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Am I the only person who foresees a go slow by British customs officials and a very thorough searching of the Argies luggage and maybe strip searches (especially if there are any nice looking Argie women competitors) when the Argie team shows up at Heathrow or Gatwick.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 09:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    @ 37 Pugol-H, another Malvinist who is so patriotic and nationalistic and anti-imperialist, that lives in London. You're not stupid eh, never Somalia, always London :)

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 09:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @40 You don't even need this, there is no need to drop to their level. Better to just let themselves look t!ts on their own... and they will.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Falklands are British

    Seeing how Argentina won only 6 medals in 2008, would anyone even notice if they didn't turn up?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 10:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @43 did they melt all 6 medals down and make them into a figure of Gaucho Rivero?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 11:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Maggie, what have you done?

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 11:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    @ 45 qué valiente sos, y qué macho! Argentino hasta las bolas. ¿Sos el malevo ferreyra vos? Nah, qué malevo ni que nada, realmente sos un pe lo tu do importante. Do you think that because that drug addict, alcohol drinker says that, the British will give you the islands? I can't believe I'm an argentine, I have read the same books as you did, I have studied the same history as you did, I have been educated in the same schools, but I see the world in a different way. Perhaps it's true and I'm not an Argentine, not that it makes me sad, really :), but it's funny that my views of the world are so different and unlimited, unlike yours.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 11:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @46 I've personally spent my whole life taking everything that 1970s rock guitarists say as the truth, and not just some cheap attempt at advertising their wares. When Donovan said “I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and rivers are not rivers. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and rivers once again as rivers”. I knew that was the truth.

    Feb 28th, 2012 - 11:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Once again a topic abt Argentina, and the rats abandon ship, [still] the gutters not far away,
    They will be most welcome in the UK , but to be fair, if this blows, then I would not fancy your chances getting accommodation in London,
    , but its all abt competition is it not,
    As long as they take part, that is all that counts,
    They might even win a few ice creams,
    But to bring politics into sport is beyond idiocy, but then CFK is all ready making it into a victory,
    And people wonder why they get treated to the way they, do.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 12:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    barilox, No hemos leído ni los mismos libros, ni hemos estudiado en la misma escuela ni hemos estudiado la misma historia. Comparto con vos: No puedo creer que seas argentino. Inconcientemente decís “the British will give you the islands?” No barilox, si tenés ciudadanía argentina te las devolverían a vos también. Pero repito, dudo que seas argentino. No se és argentino teniendo la ciudadanía. El argentino ama a su patria, como el verdadero inglés ama la suya (su patria, no sus enclaves coloniales).

    barilox, We have not even read the same books, or have studied in the same school or have studied the same history. I share with you the follow: I can not believe you are Argentinian. Unconsciously you said “...the British will give you the islands?” Barilox No, if you have citizenship in Argentina, they would return it to you too. But again, I doubt you are Argentine. No one is Argentine just only taking its citizenship. The true Argentine loves deeply his homeland as the true Englishman loves his (their homeland not its colonial enclaves, of course).

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 12:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bombadier Spoon

    25th Infantry Regiment, 5th Naval Infantry Battalion, 601 Commando Company, 602 Commando Company, Amphibious Commandos Group,.

    This is just a short list of some of the Argentine units that fought in the 1982 war. Yes some of them were conscripts they were never “without any military instruction, proper clothing or food” plus the Argentinians has man power superiority of roughly 3 to 1. The reason I mention this is because she is almost implying that the UK only won because of things like this. Which is not the case. I put it down to Argentine cowardice. Follow my logic a second.

    1. I have bee in the British army and we work in a 3-1 ratio and have done for a long time. The term means you use three times the amount of projective power to take a defensive position. Which in the case it was the other way round and the argentians had a 3-1 favour and being the defending troops.

    Put it simply, hell of alot of troops surrended to the UK because they did not have the stomach for it.
    Is she now implying the RG military is no longer like what she thinks it used to be? and pose a possible to the UK? I don't know.

    I do know that if they did not have the balls to fight back then they won't know. Not even taken into the fact they had advantage of the number game the US also thought it would be almost impossible for the UK to take back the islands.

    Sorry RG's. Think of being cowardly as being a survivalist rather than an undeignified human trait.

    Usually I write impartially and with out insult but I thought this was needed.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 11:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @37 Synchronised kukri-slashing. I like it!

    But let's be serious. How are argies going to hold their dishrag high? I wasn't aware of the Olympic sport of stilt-walking! Or individual ballooning. Just so long as these argie athletes travel by train!

    ”We honour each and all of those teenagers that went to the Islands without any military instruction, proper clothing or food to the ultimate sacrifice”, underlined Cristina Fernandez. How funny. They already made the ultimate sacrifice. Over 193 countries and they had to get born in argieland. Who decided to send “teenage” cannon fodder to someone else's country? Who decided to cut costs and not bother with instruction, clothes or food? Who thought argies were bullet-proof? Who are responsible? 40 million argies is who.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 03:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I said at #16 “I think Argentina's application to attend might be withdrawn unless TFI blockade is removed.”
    but now I prefer the gentler option posted by others here - any attempt at politicising whilst the Games are on should be met with typically British humour and gentle ridicule. It is a great opportunity to show the superior behavioural 'high ground'.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 06:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    agreed, sport is sport,
    for the athletes to prove they are the very best, the fun and proudness of taking part, is for the ordinary guy,
    not for CFK or anyone else to claim a victory,
    unless you cross the winning line first lol.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 07:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Millet

    ARGENTINOHASTALASBOL, You say that the Falkland Island are argentine? Yeah right! You wish. Argentina's chance of ever having rule over the Falkland Islands is about as good as Argentina ever paying back the just international debts that they reigned on.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 08:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    sounds like argentina has a boil ??
    must be me .

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 11:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britishbulldog

    7 GreekYoghurt---Yes with open arms just ban the country’s that have come out in support of Argentina. That will teach them to side with lunatics

    Mar 01st, 2012 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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