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  1. i was driving around Brisbane last night and you could not keep the smile off my face. I was thinking about potential pre-Olympics training camp venues just in the Brisbane area and two came to mind. 1 - The university of Queensland (8.5 Km from the CBD by road) Sports: Rugby, Athletics, field sports, Swimming, Fencing, Hockey, Squash, Volleyball and Weightlifting UQ is Queenslands oldest university and has facilities for a far number of sports - a 50m swimming pool, purpose built hockey and rugby fields and a proper athletics track with some field sport (javeli
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  2. Nikki Haley talking about “upholding America’s guiding principles” on Faux News is absolutely hysterical! Considering that’s not what they were doing at all when they were peddling the big, fat lie for weeks, which put on own Republic’s democracy at great risk. So please Nikki, just spare us the hypocritical hyperbole about Nazi Germany & “evil China” (when people like you are also part of the problem), & which is only meant for your own selfish, political self interests.
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  3. theres already a ton of infrastructure going in anyway - Cross River Rail, Brisbane Metro, Queens Wharf for starters. This is stuff we already need and was being done. The good thing about my city hosting the games is that we will have a hard deadline to get things done and will hopefully stop the bunfights between city, state and federal governments
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  4. https://stillmedab.olympic.org/media/Document%20Library/OlympicOrg/News/2021/02/IOC-Feasibility-Assessment-Brisbane.pdf Venues BRISBANE Brisbane Olympic Stadium- 50,000 (Athletics, Track and Field) NEW Brisbane Arena- 15,000 (Swimming, Water Polo) NEW Brisbane Aquatics Centre- 4,500 (Diving, Artistic Swimming, Water Polo) Existing- Upgrade Southbank Cultural Forecourt- 4,000 (Archery) Temporary Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre- 15,000 (Basketball) New Southbank Piazzy 4,500 (3X3 Basketball) Existing Anna Meares Velodrome- 5,000 (Track, BMX Cycling) Ex
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  5. When the pandemic first hit last year, the initial response was "we are committed to holding the Games on schedule and we have not considered alternatives." A week later, they announced a postponement. This time, they're fully committed to making it happen. They've said another postponement is not an option (this time I believe them) so they have no choice but to push forward given whatever restrictions they feel will be necessary. And like Stefan said, a new leader coming in just a few months before the games, what else should they say? You're right, we have no idea what the traj
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  6. My sentiments exactly FINALLY!!!!
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  7. ...I don't think Athletes, volunteers or sports journalist are essential to anything.
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  8. 80-90% of venues exist already. What big Olympic construction & infrastructure upgrades did you have in mind ?
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  9. 40 years ago is still fresh for you? Not sure I want to ask how old you are! It's definitely going to be a rough lead up to the Olympics (and for better or worse, it's probably a good thing that Tokyo hasn't happened yet so that means it shortens the gap between Tokyo and Beijing even more). As the Beijing Games come more into focus, there are going to be a lot of polarizing opinions. Some will say that the United States (or any other country) should absolutely not take part in anything related to China. Others will say that the athletes shouldn't have to be used as political pawns an
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  10. It’s quite clear that you have not visited Brisbane recently, or ever, and prefer to throw mud and lies from behind your keyboard and hope it sticks (Hi Donald!) Or is it another inferiority complex about Brisbane? Or just a tall poppy to be smacked down because you are stuck in the past? I visited Brisbane in the early 90s then again in December 2020. I was gobsmacked at the difference. Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are stunning, right now. The stunning central Brisbane River boardwalk with restaurants and bars and the South Bank on the opposite side of
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  11. as a Brisbaneite i find this offensive. sure we may not have the profile of Sydney or Paris, but we are a modern city with good infrastructure. The Hi Pauline is not needed - Hanson does not speak for me or many queenslanders.
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  12. I can't see africa getitng it soon after the Durban Comm games debacle given south africa is the only realistic host of the games in SA
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  13. Most important news: Even the IOC President cannot get an illegal haircut during lockdown.
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  14. When the Executive Board makes a strategic decision to move forward with one or more Preferred Host(s) for a specific edition of the Games, this defines the start of a “Targeted Dialogue.” At this time the preferred host(s) will be asked to submit a set of streamlined documents, including guarantees. The requirements and timelines will be the same for all preferred hosts. The Future Host Commissions will continue our work by making more detailed evaluations of the projects. This part is similar to the previous “Candidature Process”. It is the responsibility of the Executive Board to
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  15. Queensland would be a great host in 11 years time. They recently hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the AFL Grand Final last year. 2032 will be 50 years since the 1982 Commonwealth Games which was hosted in Brisbane.
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  16. Australia takes giant leap towards hosting 2032 Olympic Games Credit: Sydney Morning Herald By Phil Lutton Updated February 24, 2021 — 10.05amfirst published at 8.42am Australia looks all but certain to host another Olympic Games, with reports that the Brisbane bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be installed as the preferred candidate by the International Olympic Committee as early as Wednesday night. Respected Olympic news website Inside the Games said the Queensland bid for 2032 has been the standout and the IOC’s Future H
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  17. So you're calling Australia "no-one" here?... Exclusive: Queensland set to be installed by IOC as preferred bidder for 2032 Olympics
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  18. Oslo is the bid that should forever haunt the IOC. It's one of the most enthusiastic winter sports nations on the planet with most of the needed infrastructure in place. And in the end, they weren't scared off so much by the costs of hosting an Olympics, but more than they didn't want to deal with the IOC and all their demands. Of course, we remember the aftermath of that with the IOC's "how dare you reject us" letter. The IOC should have bent over backwards to make it work for Oslo. They didn't do that and here they are starting down a Winter Olympics in China and all the negative press
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  19. The 2022 bidding process needs to go down in Olympic annals as one of the great disasters ever. They could have had as many as 6 European nations bidding and then 1 by 1, every single one of them dropped out leaving us just with China and Kazakhstan (following a previous Olympics in Asia). It was a close vote, as history shouldn't forget and it almost wasn't China. Yet here we are and it's just a bad situation all around. And no, direct lots of rage at China. They're human rights abusers. That they'll never change doesn't mean save your energy and direct your anger at 1 of their enab
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  20. People should be directing their rage against the Olympics and the IOC instead of China. The later is someone who will never change and which repeatedly fucks with the world, but the IOC thought it was a wonderful idea to let them host or even participate in a bidding proccess. And they still have the courage of talking about crap like Olympic Truce, human rights and brotherhood of people. I would like them more if they kee the whole kumbaya stuff for themselves and just said straight away "We love money". Doesn't make them less horrible but I like when someone is honest at least.
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  21. It's not often that I get excited about the one year to go to the closing ceremony of an Olympic Games. But, a year from today it will all be over, thankfully.
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  22. The games should be cancelled. The IOC is at serious risk of losing its credibility and the support from the TOP programme, local sponsors and broadcasters. What would happen if there is a games-time outbreak in Japan? What if the games are held safely but a few days after the OG finish, some athletes, officials or journalists test positive and face complications with Covid? (as we all know, if the virus sneaks into the respiratory system, you can consider geniuinely screwed) The biggest scandal associated with the IOC and the OG could be igniting, impacting Beijing 2022, and probably Paris 20
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  23. So Mori is out, his supposed successor, one year older even, getting cold feet. These Olympics are really like a headless chicken now. Still running around without realising they‘re actually dead.
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  24. Transport issues for "high number" of media is pressing challenge for Tokyo 2020 organisers Credit: Inside The Games By Mike Rowbottom Wednesday, 10 February 2021 Finding alternative transportation for members of the "high number of accredited press" not staying at official Tokyo 2020 hotels is a key challenge for organisers of this summer’s re-scheduled Games following the likely ruling that public transport will not be available to them. Speaking at today’s virtual briefing for media stakeholders at the Games, which sought to offer clarification on points included in
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  25. It will be the first summer Olympics opening ceremony televised live by NBC since 1990s
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  26. It has been crazy really to delay anything since the invention of the Internet- and that was 25 years ago!
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  27. To say this is long overdue is an understatement. But still nice to see NBC doing it.
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  28. China dropping subtleness and acting like the owner of the world already. Their olympics can **** off for all I care.
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  29. There's a lot of people out there who want a vaccine, so where on the priority list are athletes and journalists and volunteers? At this point, anyone who doesn't want to get vaccinated is a fool, but that's a discussion for somewhere else. I trust Japan to have their health and safety regulations in a pretty solid place to allow the event to happen, even though it clearly won't come with the usual pomp and circumstance, which will be a crying shame. But yes, just for Japan to host the Olympics will be a monumental accomplishment for the world, so here's hoping they find a way to make it ha
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  30. Cancelling Beijing would require the IOC to put someone else's humans rights issues ahead of their own financial interests. I think we all know that's not going to happen
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  31. As much as I would love to, IOC is just another of the hundreds of puppets of Uncle Winnie the Pooh right now, sadly. The whole Olympic movement is a farce as it laughts at the hundreds of Uyghur girls getting raped.
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  32. Sports world holds its breath for Tokyo’s Olympic COVID ‘playbook’ Credit: Brisbane Times By Phil Lutton January 30, 2021 — 11.00pm After postponements and endless uncertainty about how the Olympic Games in Tokyo will play out, next week will bring some long-awaited detail from the hosts and organisers. It will arrive on February 5 in the form of an official “playbook” from the International Olympic Committee, which will for the first time shed clear light on exactly how the IOC and their Japanese hosts plan to ensure a safe and successful Games for about 15,000 Olympic and Pa
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  33. I'm expecting all of the powers that be to do whatever they can to have some sort of Games this year; I don't see Tokyo waiting until 2032. I'm hopeful they don't anyway as I was already planning way long term to attend in Brisbane if they won the rights to the Games. I think they would make a terrific host.
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  34. I would have to wonder if perhaps athletes participation would be limited to countries who have gotten to the point where their athletes have been vaccinated and those countries willing to pay for their athletes to travel to Tokyo weeks before the Games to complete a mandatory 2 week quarantine. Once in Japan I would think the athletes would be as isolated as possible for the duration of their competition. But as has been stated by a few here, I have to believe that all parties involved are going to put maximum effort into developing a plan to stage the Games this year in some way shape or f
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  35. No, Brisbane have 2032!
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  36. I am looking forward to this list! Interesting idea! 1v1 lol
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