Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Riots - Who's are the best?

I'm not sure if any of you were aware, but there is now in place an unspoken international agreement that any country which hosts a major global sporting event must, in the preceding year, also host the World Riot Championships.
The 2013 World Riot Championships are currently taking place in Brazil in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, and, in a strange twist, that same country will be hosting the WRC again in 2015 in prelude to the 2016 Olympics.
Of course, many people following this blog in the UK will remember the London riots of 2011, which was the first occasion for a number of years that the WRC had been able to achieve the prominence which its 'world championship' status supposedly warrants; after all, the WRC in South Africa in 2009 went largely unnoticed and unreported (many people claim that this was because it was difficult to differentiate the WRC from the perennial urban discontent in that country), whilst the WRC in China 2007 really failed to get off the ground because the Chinese authorities were worried that such an event may resurrect memories of Tienanmen Square and young men in white shirts standing in front of tanks.
There is also, I understand, already preliminary discussions taking place in Doha regarding the 2017 WRC, where a request has been made that the riots take place in the cooler winter, rather than the raging heat of summer. No agreement on this has been reached.
It should also be noted that the WRC have filed an injunction against the rival Riot World Championship, claiming that its current championship in Turkey is illegal, a view (bizarrely) shared by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Finally, both the WRC and the RWC have welcomed the demise of the rival World Rioting Association, which had previously organised its riots to coincide with G8 summits; a spokesman for the WRC claimed that the WRA had 'failed to recognise the rioting ability of developing nations, and had paid the price for its elitism'.