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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. I mean it's hard to compare the blatant bribery from cities like Nagano and SLC to what's gone on here. I see no cities that have been screwed over that actually had a chance at hosting. I can see the maneuvering of him saying look it's an unstable time, Australia handled Covid well, pick us and secure the games before the uncertainty (like we're seeing with Tokyo) goes on for years. Because countries and cities aren't focussed on a 2032 Olympic bid right now when many are in lockdown. Brisbane though has the luxury of not worrying about it too much and can take the front foot. I mean as you p
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  9. Well, that’s just it. The IOC is supposedly beyond the days of their shenanigans of the past (as you pointed out with Nagano, Sydney & SLC) with their new “reforms” & what not, & wanting to be more ‘transparent’ going forward. But yet this entire ‘new’ process was ultimately done behind closed doors. So it doesn’t seem like much has changed then, other than the format of how they perform their “new” antics now. It’s just painting them as the “usual (corrupt) IOC” from the outside. Was Doha-hah one of them (that one was for my other favorite GB’s friend )? There’s been so ma
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  10. So, DOSB have defended themselves, stating they told the IOC they did not want to participate in the dialogue stage as long as there has not been referendum, rather than - as the IOC let us know last week - they had no intention to enter the dialogue stage at this time. Which sounds the same to me, but apparently makes all the difference for DOSB. There have been talks between North Rhine-Westphalia Minister President Laschet and DOSB president Hörmann this week. They agreed they want to presume their initiative "without any time pressure". Which basically shows they have still not unde
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  11. very true but in this case, i suspect there is some cross-communication going on. I suspect Brisbane Live will not be a full time aquatic venue but will be a general entertainment venue, with a temp pool installed for the games
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  12. thats my understanding it will be a 17,000 seat arena that will hopefully take over from the outdated (and middle of nowhere) Brisbane entertainment center in Boondall (which is a 1/2 hour train ride from the CBD, and if an event goes late there is a real chance you will miss the last connecting train or bus home)
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  13. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/mar/01/boycott-beijing-winter-olympics-berlin A good article.
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  14. not a problem at all. as things move towards 2032 i'll take as many photos of games related things i can
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  15. Maybe not Brisbane, but some people are already pointing their fingers at Coates, IOC VP & AOC president. So much for the “transparency”, right? I can ultimately understand the selection (considering most of the other lackluster bids), but at the same time, the process does seem to be a bit dodgy, especially still this far out from 2032 anyway.
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  16. I think this process can be seen as their most corrupt yet (I am not implying Brisbane is corrupt)......but having a behind the scenes situation where you make a secret proposal ten plus years before the Games, it gets discussed and developed behind closed doors, then suddenly WHAM you are the preferred candidate before anyone knows....
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  17. pretty much. The gabba is hemmed in on all sides by major roads, a school and a building site for Cross River Rail (An underground metro expansion) Schools are in short supply, especially in the inner city area so any attempt to remove the school to allow the gabba to extend would almost cause riots. The old government printers site where the underground station for the metro is being built was not planned with the idea of having any form of warm up track and given they have already dug out the station box and commenced tunnelling for the dual tunnels needed for the lines an
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  18. It seems this block has recently been cleared and is a construction site for a new metro line. Meaning when they are done around 2024 access to the underground station and a new bridge to the Gabba will mean that - even if the real estate development was to be pushed back until after 2032 - there will probably not be enough room left to fit an Athletics track. So I guess we can expect the new stadium at Albion to be built. For sure, Brisbane officials will mant to make sure the icing on their Olympic cake is not held in another city. Plus, having another 2,000-ish athletes + officials at
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  19. 80-90% of venues exist already. What big Olympic construction & infrastructure upgrades did you have in mind ?
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Most important news: Even the IOC President cannot get an illegal haircut during lockdown.
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. It will be the first summer Olympics opening ceremony televised live by NBC since 1990s
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  37. It has been crazy really to delay anything since the invention of the Internet- and that was 25 years ago!
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  38. To say this is long overdue is an understatement. But still nice to see NBC doing it.
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  39. China dropping subtleness and acting like the owner of the world already. Their olympics can **** off for all I care.
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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. No, Brisbane have 2032!
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  44. I am looking forward to this list! Interesting idea! 1v1 lol
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