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  2. AustralianFan

    Brisbane 2032

    Yes the Sydney Athletics Centre served as a warmup track for the Sydney 2000 Olympics (but there was no third track).
  3. TorchbearerSydney

    Ceremonies on UTube, Part 3

    Thanks for posting the African Games. It looks like the stadium was 80 percent empty...and the on field volunteers and VIPs looked miserable and bored.
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  5. stryker

    Qatar 2022

    Expecting Qatar to put aside any controversy is the equivalent of the thinking that giving the Olympics to Beijing in 2008 would improve China's human rights record. It's already practically going to be a "dry" World Cup, a far cry from Russia in 2018 when bars actually ran out of beer. I do wonder big the check is that FIFA will write to Budweiser for them to accept this for one cycle.
  6. Shiruba98

    Qatar 2022

    Well, it's better than no World Cup at all. Hopefully, once 2022 comes around, Qatar could possibly put aside the major controversies.
  7. stryker

    2019 African Games

    Granted Morocco was on limited time to put the games together following Equatorial Guinea's withdrawal, but the opening ceremony was done before a stadium that was half-full at the very most.
  8. stryker

    Brisbane 2032

    I'm skeptical of the whole large-scale temporary seating concept as so far it hasn't been shown to work (London, Incheon, Qatar's WC Stadiums). Even if a stadium could be scaled down to 20-30,000 seats, it's questionable whether Brisbane even needs that. Unless I'm mistaken, the much-talked about second NRL franchise, the Brisbane Bombers, are planning to use Suncorp Stadium. Carrara Stadium was temporarily expanded for the CWGs athletics competition, but at just 40,000 is too small for the Olympics. It's a conundrum to be sure for Brisbane.
  9. BigVic

    Ceremonies on UTube, Part 3

    The 2008 Closing Ceremony is up on the Olympic Channel
  10. WD96

    Tokyo 2020 Torch

    This article talks about the speculation over the final torchbearer https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-2020-torchbearer/japan-speculates-over-identity-of-final-olympic-torchbearer-idUSKCN1VC06C
  11. gin-ursur

    2020 Tokyo Olympic Cauldron

    Rio obviously did the sun thing already but given the blatant cultural relevance this doesn't surprise me all that much. I'm sure the design will be distinctly different enough, the multiple colored flames would be a really unique and iconic spin to a cauldron if they're able to pull it off.
  12. Looks like the Rabat Games has already started on the 19th.
  13. cubebox

    2020 Tokyo Olympic Cauldron

    Olympic cauldron design to use the sun as motif KYODO NEWS - Jul 24, 2019 - 12:03 Organizers are planning to design the Olympic cauldron for next year's Tokyo Games as a sphere using the sun as a motif, sources close to them said Wednesday. Proposals have also been made to use hydrogen as fuel to keep the fire in the cauldron burning, to promote Japan's next-generation energy initiatives to the world, they said. Current plans are to have the spherical cauldron, which will be lit at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, open to reveal the Olympic flame as it rotates, according to the sources. Organizers are also studying a plan to color the flame blue, yellow, black, green and red -- the five colors of the Olympic rings -- with hydrogen, which is considered an eco-friendly fuel as it only emits water, they said. The torch for the Tokyo Olympics will be lit in Greece on March 12, with the relay commencing in Fukushima Prefecture on March 26 and passing through all 47 of Japan's prefectures. The opening ceremony will be held on July 24 at the New National Stadium in Tokyo. The flame will then be transferred to another cauldron near the "Yume-no-Ohashi" pedestrian bridge, a promenade which links the waterfront areas of Odaiba and Ariake, where it will be housed for the duration of the Games.
  14. Durban Sandshark

    Ceremonies on UTube, Part 3

    The 2019 Rabat African Games Opening Ceremony took place Monday, which surely would get lost sometimes in the international sports realm out of Morocco's capital city. Parade of Nations very much started almost immediately. Nations came out to its most notable national artists--great tribute for South Africans marching to the late, great Johnny Clegg and one of his signature songs "Asimbonanga" with Savuka. But the audio from the emcees with the field one and the Olympic Channel feed sportscaster seem to compete against one another in speaking. More accurately, over each other. Obviously that will be confusing to listeners. Quite enjoyable here beyond that. Judo actually got with theirs during the three days before this OC: And then there was the Indian Ocean Island Games that took place in Port-Louis, Mauritius at the Anjalay Coopen Stadium that took place a month ago and had to deal with a torrential rainfall that delayed the Opening Ceremony for nearly 30 minutes. Show went on as the rain let up significantly. The Comoros Islands fielded a far bigger contingent of athletes than in the All-African Games right now. As you would expect with these Indian Ocean Island area, they're predominately French like Reunion, Comoros, Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar, and Mayotte. Does add a nice element of the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony with a bicycle rider leading the delegations with a hallmark Mauritian house behind him or her:
  15. Durban Sandshark

    Past Olympics Media Coverage

    Just this afternoon I went over thanks to a Google search to see some TV schedules that contained some past Olympics in its listings. So I spotted some Buenos Aires ones on the forum from Radio Discussions' website representing Argentina during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, you know the Centennial Olympic Games. I'll write them down if needed here; there's only a few of them right now. America 2, Telefe, and Canal 13 all were involved in the free-to-air Argentinian TV portion of these Games. Telefe is Channel 11 down there. America 2 ceased operations, I guess. What these channels did was emulating what neighboring Brazil, which was an interesting thing at the time. Not like what Argentina broadcasters do now and have just one Olympics broadcaster involved as an OTA'er. Multiple OTA channels from Argentina airing it, which certainly had a lot to do with Argentina soccer airing on all channels, often simultaneously with Argentina. And it was because of soccer, the most important sport in the nation but also aired other sports that are popular in Argentina like basketball, field hockey, and volleyball. Especially along with any other Olympic sport, mostly whenever there's Argentinian Olympians involved with a few popular foreign teams thrown in. America 2's, Telefe's, and Canal 13's coverage all weren't always nonstop, although America 2 came close to doing that but not without a break for a hour or even three before resuming to the action. Certainly had the bulk of the coverage with the other just appearing for a few hours everyday and covered both ceremonies. By contrast, TyC Sports, Argentina's premier cable sports TV network, aired more than 14 hours daily live from Atlanta from 10am until midnight Buenos Aires time and was more comprehensive with its roster of sports broadcasting most events involving many nations not just Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Something like 240 hours including the Opening Ceremony and pre-OC soccer games
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  17. panamfan

    Ceremony Bloopers and Mishaps

    There was a question about the Olympic Flag being missing during the Opening Ceremony of the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games. Apparently it was another blooper. According to comments on the Totallympics message board during their live chat of the opening ceremony - comments were made about a commontion in the background and one of the flagpoles looking like it was wobbling and might fall. I didn't notice it might self, but maybe ESPN was in commercial at the time. But, it would explain why the Olympic Flag was not brought out. Officials might have decided not to take a chance on raising it if the pole was not sturdy enough. Obviously they later fixed the issues with the pole as the Olympic Flag was flying during the closing ceremony.
  18. Durban Sandshark

    Your Favo(u)rite Olympic Tv Commercials

    In this compilation of commercials from a February 22, 1988 commercial break during ABC's presentation of the Calgary 1988 ladies' free skate comes one of my favorite Olympic-themed commercials of all time. Surely this commercial was aired all over ABC's broadcast and subsequently on NBC's Seoul coverage later that September. It's a poignant one from Dow Chemical Company coming in at 1:30 featuring Zdravko "Puska" Jezic with a black and white dramatization portrayed by an actor of a 1950s era Olympic medal ceremony anxiously getting awarded his silver medal with his Yugoslavian teammates. Interestingly, we only see he and his Yugoslav team on the podium minus everyone else on it. The Serbian-born Jezic, albeit Croatian by nationality, mentions here how much he wanted to make his nation proud in winning a medal in his sport of water polo, which doesn't get mentioned here and won two silver medals during the 1950s in that sport in Helsinki 1952 and again in Melbourne 1956. Flash forward to 1987-88. Jezic mentions he since became an American citizen working with Dow as a senior projects director "working to help make medical surgeries safer" as part of another worthy team developing polymeric materials at Dow Chemical Company in the United States from 1966 until his 1992 retirement as Dr. Jezic before joining a team photo. He co-authored numerous scientific and technical papers and 13 patents in that time. He received a degree in chemical technology from the University of Zagreb and in 1960 started working for chemical industry. Two years later, he obtained a PhD in organic chemical technology, and then spent a few years as a postdoctoral student at the University of Michigan before coming to Dow. Jezic died in New York on June 19, 2005 at the age of 75 and was posthumously enshrined in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010. A print ad version of this Dow 1988 Olympic-themed campaign appeared in magazines like Sports Illustrated. Don't know how he got the nickname Puska: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCc-Gbloyg
  19. Ikarus360

    Qatar 2022

    Finally. Though this also might mean there's no more turning back.
  20. Quaker2001

    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    If there's an Olympics in 2022, they will be in Beijing. If Beijing for whatever reason can't host the Olympics, it probably means there won't be an Olympics in 2022. Virtually every Olympics has negative stories in the lead up that make us question whether or not they will happen. It happened with Sochi. It happened with Rio. It happened with PyeongChang. It's happening with Tokyo. So why would Beijing be an exception? It is way way waaaaaaaaaay too early to assess what these protests mean for the Olympics. To try and put a number on it is an exercise in pointlessness. Especially since it's still 2019 and we have nearly 2 1/2 years to go. No Durban, that's not what Quaker is saying. The IOC is not going to apply pressure. They chose China. They have no choice but to accept the consequences of that decision. It's outside forces that would pressure the IOC, not the other way around. The IOC will do what they need to do in order to give off the impression that there are no issues with a China-hosted Olympics. Just like they did with 2008. As you alluded to, it's not like the IOC was unaware of China's history then. This likely won't phase them.
  21. mountainboarder_530@yahoo.

    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    I think numbers matter. 0-5 fatalities would be no issue. 6-20 would be a finger wag. 21-30 would probably be a very serious discussion, but if for some reason a riot broke 50 fatalities in the world public eye....... I think all on boycotts would be heavily discussed. 100 or more, call the thing off, its done; no one outside of Russia and North Korea would participate. If something like that happened, like, absolute, last-call emergency.........could SLC conceivably pick up the slack? Or is even that a no-go?
  22. Durban Sandshark

    Tokyo 2020 Media Updates

    One person we surely know early on will be involved with Seven's Tokyo 2020 coverage is Basil Zempilas, the man who called Steven Bradbury's 1000m gold medal race in short track in Salt Lake City. Australia's first Winter Olympic gold medal. He's stepping down as a popular Weekend Sunrise co-anchor on 7 alongside Monique Wright, commuting every weekend cross-country from Perth to Sydney, after two years to become more of a flexible guest co-host so that Basil will focus more on his Perth media commitments at 6PR's weekday breakfast show with Steve Mills and weeknight sports reports for Seven. Could very well do Olympic basketball and rowing and maybe canoeing/kayak again: https://tvblackbox.com.au/page/2019/8/17/sunrise-on-the-hunt-for-new-host-as-basil-zempilas-steps-aside Known for his Japanese NPB baseball TV commentary along with doing some NBA and NFL games utilizing some English in calling home runs, Yuji Kondo will handle equestrian during the Tokyo 2020. Heavily influenced by American TV commentators. Even spent time in Guam playing (American) football and seeing the San Diego Chargers at home before doing that back in Japan leading as a defensive back for Ritsumeikan University to the 1994 national championship. Although we don't know what channel from the Japan Olympic Broadcast Consortium will cover it. Safe to say NHK, however: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2019/08/19/baseball/japanese-baseball/yuji-kondo-continues-chart-path-broadcast-booth/#.XVsxb-hKjcs Once again, Kiwi sports fans will watch the Olympics on SKY Sport NZ and on free-to-air PRIME like this Tokyo 2020 edition. Late last month on the 1-year stage on July 24, they were able to look back at some of NZ's favorite sports moments from Rio 2016 on One Year to Go: Rio 2016 Review that aired on SKY Sport 3 from 8pm and free-to-air on Prime, Saturday July 27 from 7pm NZT: https://www.sky.co.nz/-/one-year-to-go-olympic-games-tokyo-2020
  23. Durban Sandshark

    Your Favo(u)rite Olympic Tv Commercials

    Muhammad Ali could never stop talking about himself as The Greatest and the prettiest...and his mother Odessa Clay is getting annoyed of him saying that all the time with his "big mouth" as she makes him a beef hamburger from since-discontinued Bird's Eye 2 Quarter Pounder set to eat just to make him shut up. A funny commercial here, where she gets to throw back at him from that famous photo of her son, then named Cassius Clay, playfully jabbing her at the kitchen table in their Louisville home when she serves a plate full of juicy and tasty fried chicken. Nice to see them together. Gotta be from the late 1970s: Polish ski jumping 3x Olympic gold medalist star Kamil Stoch sporting 4F athletic gear and sneaker in a stylized brief commercial where he "challenges himself". The Krakow, Poland-based sportswear company 4F is an official partner for the Polish Ski Federation since 2007:
  24. Durban Sandshark

    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    If the ghosts of Tiananmen Square couldn't haunt China effectively enough from being awarded the 2008 Summer Olympics, how will Hong Kong's issues, much less the Uighurs, impact them now when China's now a bonafide international sports power with a lucrative and desirable market at the stage of the time frame? Like Quaker says, all the IOC can do is apply pressure on it while being aware of its serious violations. Can't realistically take the toys away from the Chinese now.
  25. No. China got violent with Tibet months before the 2008 games and the IOC didn't moved a single finger. Also, China keeps doing stuff such as sending the Ughyur into reeducation camps, bullying Taiwan out of economic treaties/international recognition whenever they can and supporting Venezuela's government and contributing to the mass exodus of their people, etc. If the IOC ever had an inch of humanity, they would had never given them the 2008 games to begin with.
  26. Quaker2001

    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    I doubt it. The IOC was not unfamiliar with China when they awarded them the 2022 Olympics. There may be pressure on them, but what's the alternative? Can another city/country take over with a little over 2 years to go? I doubt it, so it's likely Beijing or bust for the IOC and 2022. And you know darn well the IOC isn't going to tell China they're not hosting the Olympics anymore.
  27. Nacholympic

    Lima 2019

    The Pan Am Games were covered by 2 closed paid channels, by free on digital platforms and one open national TV channel, so many people had access to watch the Pan Am Games. The open national TV Channel that covered the games was sucessful in rating nubers at the time they aired the Games... it did not transmited the Closing ceremony (but did all the other platforms) since it was the time of its Prime Newscast. Nevertheless, at the time of the Handover presentation they transmited live from Peru... It does not have to do with the audience who watched the closig ceremony, but only organizers who relied in a Producer company who doesn't know how to work on international events...
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