British media slams Canada's hosting of games

British newspapers have slammed Canada as being a bad host for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Much of the

Kumaritashvili was killed in a crash during a training run at the Whistler Sliding Centre in British Columbia.

Referring to this tragic incident, a headline in the Daily Mail read: "Canada's lust for glory is to blame for this senseless tragedy".

Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail slammed Canada's Own the Podium program, and said that the Canadians can put their Maple leaf stamp on the little box carrying the lifeless body of Kumaritashvili to his home country.

Samuel also accused Canada of cheating. He complained that the Canadian luge competitors practised more than 300 times on the luge course while other countries' athletes had little access.

Lawrence Donegan of the Guardian slammed the poor facilities at the Olympics.

Simon Barnes of the Times criticised the Own the Podium slogan, saying the Canadians' attempts to exploit home advantage "has alienated the world they are supposed to play host to".

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