Are you enjoying the Olympic Games as much as we do? In that case you are probably doing it in front of the TV with a nice alcoholic beverage nearby. Because in Sochi itself a very un-Russian prohibition prevents fans from enjoying this great sports event to the fullest. Thanks to a new federal law alcohol (including beer) is prohibited in most area’s. Both fans and athletes are complaining.
It was the night after the spectaculair Dutch show on the 500 meter speed skating. With Michel Mulder (gold), his brother Ronald (bronze) and Jan Smeekens (silver) the men from the low lands dominated the race and wanted to celebrate this fact. So the golden medalist searched in the Olympic village for a bottle of wine. “It’s my custom to drink a glass after each race”, he explained for the Dutch national television. “I didn’t want much. Since I still have to ride the 1000 meter race, I couldn’t really celebrate my golden medal just yet.”
But the Russian security guards were unrelenting. No alcohol was allowed in the Olympic village, not even for champions. And since the Holland Heineken House (the place near the village where the Dutch celebrate their champions with alcohol fueled parties) was no place for a sportsman preparing for a race, Mulder and his colleagues had to go to bed sober. The horror.
But why these strict rules? It hardly sounds Russian right? Well, it’s all because of Vladimir Putin’s new hardcore approach on alcohol. Part of that is a federal law that prohibits alcohol 50 meter near most sports events. Outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding are the exception. But at most events the fans are complaining: “Who wants to see curling without beer?”
The only people that are somehow prepared are the Canadians. Within the no-drinking zones there are beer machines especially for them (see photo). Before getting a nice cool beer from these fridges, they just have to scan their Canadian passports. We are wondering if this huge advantage can be seen in the number of medals they’ll harvest in Sochi.
We hope this post didn’t spoil the Olympics comletely for you. Because as said we enjoy it big time at home. Not in the least because of the Sochi Drinking Game we invented. So cheers to the Olympic Games!