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Campaigner calls for 2012 Olympics to honour Alan Turing

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  1. Nice idea but probably not possible. Olympic competitions are governed by the Rules & Regulations of the International Olympic Committee and the governing bodies of the various sports, not by the Organising Committee or the host nation.

  2. This Graham-Cumming must be off his rocker, thinking that an Olympic event should be named after someone who once competed in an Olympic trial and contributed significantly to mathematics and the war effort.

    100s and 100s of other Brits have competed in Olympic trials and gone on to do great things in other areas. If Olympic events are to be renamed, they should be considered too.

    Nice that Graham-Cumming though is clearly devoted to Turing’s memory.

  3. While Turing contributed a great deal to the war effort and was treated abominably for being Gay, I think this is a step to far and not really befitting to the Turing’s memory.

  4. Jean-Paul Bentham 11 Mar 2010, 8:34pm

    I think the IOC might consider it.

  5. . . . for two seconds. And then shake their heads in disbelief.

  6. Vincent Poffley 12 Mar 2010, 1:41pm

    I think the best argument for doing something like this is actually the LGBT one, and that far from downplaying Turing’s sexuality and poor treatment, it should be highlighted. Anything that can be done to improve the visibility and esteem of LGBT people in popular sports with a global audience is a good thing. Remember all the complaints we made last time about the fact there was only ONE out gay male athlete and a handful of out lesbians competing in the entire event?

    In fact, why not go further and do something to commemorate gay athletes past and present in general? Why not use this event to showcase how tolerant and inclusive the Britain of 2012 has become, and show the world what the future should look like? Why not show everyone that we have changed, and are not afraid to admit it and shout loudly about how foolish our past follies were? Other nations may see in the Olympics a chance to make puffed-up and empty statements of generic national pride, but surely we can go one better than that use our displays to highlight important social issues in sport like the invisibility of LGBT sportsmen?

  7. While I agree that Alan Turing should be commemorated as a scientist who contributed to computer science, the end of WWII and as a martyr to the LGBT cause, there’s a time and a place for that.
    Shoeing him into the olympics ceremonies for no good reason just seems like labouring the point. There are plenty of higher profile LGBT atheletes to choose from, and raking up old WWII divisions at the Olympics wouldn’t really be in keeping with the international spirit of the thing.
    It would be the olympic equivalent of those crass footie fans who chant “One world cup and 2 world wars…” from the terraces every time England play Germany.
    Feels a bit like rubbing everyone’s nose in it. Sure he’s a hero, but there’s a time and a place for it.

  8. Nice sentiment, bad idea.
    Turing needs a permanent recognition of his work, not some event to coincide with that money haemorrhaging pile of crap called the Olympics. I certainly wouldn’t want to be associated with a group that blows £12 BILLION pounds on two weeks of people playing silly bloody games.

    I have said it before that I always felt an official apology for his arrest etc was wrong, as one cannot “unbreak” a law retroactively. – However, I think that for his considerable contribution to the safety of this country he should be awarded a posthumous knighthood. he certainly deserves it more than so many pompous politicians of today, and it would set the record straight that this country recognises Alan Turing for what he was.

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