Currie stays cool over smokers in village

NZ Newswire Updated July 23, 2012, 4:56 pm

New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie refuses to get hot under the collar over designated smoking areas inside the London Olympics athletes village.

Currie admits he was surprised when he learnt that the puffing zones had been set aside.

The move is a change from Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, the two other Olympics where he has headed the New Zealand team.

It was an issue he could have raised with his counterparts, but in the end "the pragmatist in me" took over.

In an ideal world, Curry says the areas wouldn't exist, but it was better than having people going off for a secret puff.

"My experience has been in every village of 16,000 people, some people smoke," he said.

"You normally find furtive corners and piles of cigarette butts at odd places."

Currie said none of the areas was by the New Zealand part of the village, something he would have complained about.

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  1. GCSB10:03am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Do athletes smoke? Better send Tariana Turia over there to seek them out and send Dave Currie back home.

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  2. Piri Parore09:42am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Can you people learn to spell please

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  3. andrew09:19am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    they are only there for the sex apparantly...........man wish i could go

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  4. wayne.B09:18am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    What a wanker fancy having him over their he wants to put his head back in the sand at Raglan and stay their.

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  5. Sandra Baguley09:09am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    As a none smoker I'm glad for the smokers, just imagine the amount of tax we would have to pay without these walking smelling ashtrays.

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  6. Keat09:01am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    o/dear is god upset that other countries have freedom of choice

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  7. 08:45am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    It is a good thing they have designated smoking areas and Dave Currie is a noddy.

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  8. jason07:57am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I'm surprised he hasn't sent all the smokers home or are the on an agreement that they will be sent home straight after their event. Curry is a joke and should move on and let someone else take the reigns,

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  9. Jordan07:56am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    No gold medals...trust me...not one....and we have sent a bunch of no hopers who will not even qualify for a final and have no chance of even doing so...WHY are they there?...our team should be Villi on her own...no Currie, no hanger ons...

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  10. Possumroo07:29am Monday 23rd July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Lets just hang, draw, and quarter all the smokers shall we...I mean how DARE they smoke if that is their choice? When are all the whiners going to mind their own business and stay the hell out of other peoples lives?

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