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    Can you guys give it a rest with the GIF's and slurs? This isn't a fight anyone is going to win. If you want to debate something, debate it. Don't use ad hominem attacks. If you just want to vent your vitriol go play War Thunder or something instead.
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    Please stop. And I don't just mean stop posting here. I mean stop consuming oxygen and leave this planet's valuable natural resources to other people who aren't complete dumbasses. Your "hey IOC, better call up Kazakhstan" shtick gets more asinine every time you suggest it. Not going to happen just because you think it should. As for Stockholm.. how many times have we said here they're done for? A lot. And yet somehow, some way, they're still alive. The possibility still remains that Sweden and Italy will both fall out of the running before the vote in June. At which point, the IOC calls up the USOC, not Kazakhstan, and asks them to put Salt Lake on the table. I do give you a little credit for not using this post to make another prediction about the next 7 Winter Olympics though.
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    GOOD EVENING GAMESBIDS, & WELCOME TO THE 12TH ANNUAL OLYMPIC LOGO COMPETITION! Yes, this again. Following last year's reasonable turnout for a competition that was basically a giant timing error, we have returned to the tradition of GB's winter Cultural Olympiad for the 12th (!) edition. After an August start in 2017, I'm sure you're pleased to leave it to November 26 before breaking out the festive songs. First, as ever, a proper thanks to the two Aussies whose foundations for the comp led to its longevity - @thatsnotmypuppy, the founder who came up with the idea, & @Sir Rols, who kept it going & is enthusiastically taking up his newer role as official sounding-board once again - thanks mate Now, in my latest attempt to live up to the great comps of old, I'm going for a format that's semi-traditional, but incorporates what made the World Cup one of 2016 successful. In addition, our 4 cities (yup, 4, 2 summer & 2 winter) have been picked for controversy, challenge, & pure design potential, so there's a lot to work with. So let's go around the world, from A to Z & from M to...M, here are the logo comp cities of 2018: WINTER 2030 CITY 1: ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN (the controversy) It had to be. Everyone's favourite Kazakh not-capital, this is the city that bids for every Winter Olympics except the one it might actually win. It's the city everyone's talking about, & as the IOC finally run out of options, it's a Games that might even happen. How would you show it to the world? WINTER 2030 CITY 2: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (for challenge) The largest city in the IOC's homeland, I can only assume that the reason it's never so much as bid for the Winter games is that mountains are a fair way away. That & the democracy thing. Neither of these matter to the comp (or the IOC), so how would you brand the Olympics' sort-of homecoming in 2030? SUMMER 2032 CITY 1: MEXICO CITY, um, MEXICO (for potential part 1) 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant Olympics of all time, & we're returning to where it all happened - Mexico's sprawling capital. From the Aztecs to Kahlo, Mexico is full of inspiration - a gift to the designers of our board. How will you show off Mexico as the Olympics return? SUMMER 2032 CITY 2: MUMBAI*, INDIA (for potential part 2) And finally, one of the largest & most vibrant cities on Earth - Mumbai. To emulate their big rival China by hosting the Olympics would be a huge deal for India - & in Bollywood's home city, design ideas shouldn't be hard to find. I've long wondered how the designers here would brand an Indian Olympics - here's your chance. *A note on names - Mumbai is the only official name of the city, not Bombay. If you really must use Bombay in your logo (for a visual pun, say) I can't stop you, but as we like to be realistic, bear in mind Mumbai is the only name that the IOC & India would use, & would be the name used for any real purpose. THE RULES/FORMAT We are, as ever, after logos that encompass the overall feel of the city and local influences that can be tied into a design concept. How can any of these cities articulate graphically what they could bring to future Olympics hosting? What flavour will they bring to the games? Will it inspire any of these to actually bid for the damn thing? The logos should be presented as full colour designs on white background. If you like, however, they can also be presented in black and white or utilised in forms like street banners, t-shirts, apps, vehicles, pins etc. For voting purposes, the main (colour) logo will be used on the polls, & extra stuff is not obligatory, but any extra material you produce may help you “sell” your design better to the wider GamesBids voting membership.  These logos are for the cities as they HOST the games. So you CAN use the rings, and don't need to include the words “Candidate City, Olympic Games 2030/32” or whatever the IOC want this week. Please post your preliminary submissions on this thread. If you want to hold anything back to be presented as a “surprise” when voting starts you can contact me or Rols via PM and I'll tell you where you can send the extra material. However, it would be nice to see as many on-thread submissions as possible for people to chew over in-thread, & to try & get the old buzz back. You can submit logos for any of the cities, & anything up to all 4 of them. However, you cannot enter more than one logo for the same city (see below). So entering one logo for each of Almaty, Mexico City & Mumbai is fine, but two logos for Almaty, say, is not fine. You are able, encouraged even, to enter for multiple cities. Feel free to post as many logo designs as you like, & to ask for feedback from our famously discerning electorate. If you really can't decide between your own designs for a city, feel free to start a poll (or to ask for one to be started). When the time comes for voting, however, you will be asked to settle on a maximum of ONLY ONE official logo per city as your official entry. The format is a revisit to the tournament system that served the World Cup comp so well in 2016. Exact details will depend on the numbers received - so will be revealed when we get there. Unlike the World Cup, the winter & summer 'halves' will be entirely separate, there will be two winners in the Olympic comp tradition. The competition is open to all members of GamesBids, or to any new legitimate members who join before the end of the submission period. I, with consultation, will rule on the legitimacy of new members. As you would expect, I will rule on any disputes - always aiming to be as fair as possible in the process. As always, just remember, this is all meant to be fun. Olympic spirit, remember?. Hopefully this will spark up some action on the board. I'll be dipping in, keeping a close eye on things, but otherwise will try and keep my green yoshi-paws off until the polling stages. The deadline for submissions is 1pm London time (that is, midnight in Sydney, as per tradition) on NEW YEAR'S EVE, 31 DECEMBER 2018. Thus, GB will begin 2019 with the voting. And this is just to alert @Rob. to the existence of the new comp in the hope that he'll do his traditional bit of putting up links to various free design programs etc for the benefit of those who want to take part but may not have the facility at the moment. All that is left to say is thank you Rols once again, and to all participants for having the guts to put your logos up for the annual GamesBids dissection, & may the best logos win. There are too many languages involved to do this properly, so I'll just say GOOD LUCK! 
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    Do we like cricket? However much 10cc love it, it can't compare to the adoration of the game in this city - WELCOME TO MUMBAI! We are in one of the finest cricket grounds on the planet - the Wankhede (yes) Stadium in India's largest city to announce our summer logo comp champion for 2019, and although the IOC President & Olympic champion in jousting, 1796, Thomas Bach, is once again in the building, it is surely much more appropriate to hand this important role to the most worshipped god in Mumbai: No, not him...I mean Sachin! Good evening Mumbai, & GamesBids. This has been a real Test match of a competition, but now all six balls have been bowled, it is over. We've faced a sticky wicket a few times - round 5 certainly provided a googly, but after using the Duckworth-Lewis Method, we have our closing partnership. We know already that the Don Bradman of the logo comps, Paul, has yet another century - he's got almost as many as me now - but this isn't a Test match, we can't have a draw. So, with both his two logos in the corridor of uncertainty, the time has come to see which logo has carried its bat, & which is in cow corner. The logo with the highest batting average is: Paul's Mumbai! Yoshi: Thank you Mr Tendulkar. You can return to the commentary box now to finish your cake. Yes, that settles it, we already knew the title belonged to @paul, but it's now settled that it's his Mumbai leaf that will be his 8th spot on the winners' sig. The final scorecard reads: A: 6 B: 3. A decisive victory, & relaxation for me after the winter tie & the round 5 mess So ends the 12th annual edition of the GB Olympic logo competition, with @JDCLauron & @paul giving a mix of old & new to the winners' enclosure. Once again, thank you to all participants & voters, without whom this couldn't have worked. Special thanks as ever are reserved for the world's finest wombat @Sir Rols, creator of polls, giver of advice, & solver of impasses once again I know again, it was quite low-key & long, but it still got a field & votes - & I think it actually went better than last year's. There's a reason this is held when it's held. As always with Olympic crises, you can blame the low general traffic on here on Tommy the swordsman. So, with congratulations to Paul & JDCLauron, time to wrap this thing up. If I/we do this again, it'll be at the same time next year, number 13 (yes Paul, Denver is pencilled in for if I'm back for #13....not gonna think of any others for months yet). In the meantime, we've got bats, balls, & leftover tequila for everyone, Sachin's ready to teach any uninitiated, & Mr President is volunteering to stand at the crease for anyone who wants bowling practice. Let's have a cricket party! FAREWELL/विदाई!
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    Link to news announcement They will be using 5 colors for the look of the games.
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    As a Brisbane local i'm biased but I can see this bid happening (not saying it'll win against larger global cities). The main issue I find is that they'd need to work on a fast rail between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. I volunteered for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games while living in Brisbane and it took me almost 2 hours to get from where I live to the main stadium in GC. And i'm located near the Brisbane airport which would be a good location for the Olympic Village and was in fact the plan for the Olympic Village for the 1992 Brisbane Olympic bid. Other venues: The aquatic centre in GC was pretty good for swimming/diving/synchronized swimming, they might need to add another pool but otherwise it's in good shape. The Brisbane tennis centre can handle the tennis event. Suncorp Stadium, Carrara Stadium & other stadiums can handle football and rugby sevens. The new velodrome at Chandler works perfectly for the cycling. Belmont is still good for the shooting. Brisbane Convention Centre, Gold Coast Convention Centre & Carrara Sports & Leisure Centre work for weightlifting, squash, wrestling, basketball and badminton. The main addition is an Olympic stadium with a capacity for over 90,000 people which South East Queensland doesn't have. That would need to host the ceremonies and the athletics. And the other is the Olympic village. I still think near the Brisbane airport where all the apartments are going up at Portside would be a perfect idea but faster transportation to the Gold Coast venues would be needed. There's obviously some other sports left out but the biggest issues from my perspective are the transport concept, hotel capacity, Olympic stadium and the Olympic village.
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    Well, while we're on the cricket theme.... Howzat @paul! Congratulations. I must say, I was gunning for your Mumbai from the start and glad it won. I was reconciled to seeing it go, though, in that penultimate round. It looked like it was gonna be the one to drop out, and I'd even begun the final poll on the assumption it would be your Mexico City versus JDC's Mumbai., Then, with just about five minutes to go, I get a frantic PM from Yoshi telling me it's all tied up with all three in a dead heat. LOL! That was unprecedented and one I'd never come up against before. It's those sort of things that make the comps fun and unpredictable. Anyway, really deserved win Paul... as always. You truly are the Don Bradman of the comps (you should google him up). As for the rest... While it was a bit sad some of the old contenders didn't front up this year, it was great to see a new contender, @JDCLauron, step up to the crease - and then score a win in his maiden over! Well done JDC! Thanks for joining and hope you see you back again for another tilt at the Ashes between you and Paul (or, indeed, any other contender). And thanks @Glacib for always being keen and joining in - I'll be gunning for you to win one yourself soon. And @Scotguy - I was so pleased to see you return for the comp, and I gotta say, I think your Mumbai was the best you've done so far. I sure was barracking for it to advance as far as it could make it. And finally, a big thanks to the irrepressible @yoshi! It's really only through his sheer optimism and determination to keep the tradition going that the comp still survives - and not only survives, continues successfully every year. I gotta admit, he's proved me wrong - I've tended to be pessimistic about the chances for the comp when he has come to me asking for my opinion on whether to go for it or not. Thanks for persisting and having faith, mate. And well done. And so, the next is the 13th eh? Hmmmmm. Gotta admit, I'd have a few ideas for that one. You might wanna watch over your shoulder I don't make a comeback for it! Just kidding Yoshi, It's all yours if you wanna stay at it, though I'll certainly be there to feed you a few suggestions.
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    I promised you we'd be back in Mexico...have a drink! WELCOME/BIENVENIDO! As well as a rather strong beverage, Tequila is also a town in the state of Jalisco - & that's where we are for our final! Before we make the biggest decision, we must (finally) take a look at round 4 to see who's drowning their sorrows: A: 4 B: 5 C: 6. It took us a while, but we finally got there, a proper result - & after extra time, I'm afraid it's @JDCLauron's Mumbai that must leave the scene. Good luck next time, & I'm sure the winter title is good consolation Which all means that, once again, GamesBids' king of logos @paul is guaranteed an astonishing 8th title, with both his entries contesting the finale. This is GamesBids though, so there must be one winner. So this is it, the big one, a place on that signature on the line - as before, the final has slightly altered rules: This voting round will be open for (approximately) 48 hours - it will close at 9pm UK time on Monday, 21 January. This is the final round, with only two candidates. Whichever logo has more votes will be declared winner. Vote in the poll for your favourite logo. You have ONE vote, so make it count. Your vote is public and can be seen by all. Entrants MAY vote for their own logo if they wish. For transparency, I will not vote unless required to break a tie. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of January 1 2019 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. I will not vote in this, or any subsequent rounds. However, if votes are level, I will reserve my right to vote in order to settle it. Be fair and sportsmanlike, this is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT So who will it be? Who will leave Mexico in high spirits as numero uno? The decision, of course, is all yours. We will reconvene in...well that's also your call - but it'll certainly be on Sunday. Good luck to Paul, &...Paul, & may the best logo win! GOOD LUCK!
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    Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for the national anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan! Mesdames et Messieurs, veuillez vous tenir debout pour l'hymne national de la République du Kazakhstan! Ханымдар мен мырзалар! Қазақстан Республикасының мемлекеттік әнұраны үшін тілегіңіз!   What the...I told you we shouldn't have let the Kuwaitis do the protocol. Anyway, we're here, we made it, WELCOME TO ALMATY!  We are in the very scenic (& cold) setting of the Medeo/Medeu stadium for our announcement ceremony, graced by the IOC president & gold medallist in something, sometime, Thomas Bach, & the President of Kazakhstan...actually no, he's stormed off in anthem protest. That's a problem, who will announce the winner now? It's not like we planned for any other famed Kaz... JAGSHEMASH ALMATY!!!  Good welcome, & most sincere friendshipful helloings to all of you. My name is Borat Sagdiyev, & it is pleasuring me greatly to be here presenting the winner of great competitive logo-do - Cultural Awares of GamesBids Members For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan! Myself, I feel this should settling in traditional Kazakh way, by (NEIN, ve already talked about zis - Bach). Being from strange other place, you had multiple rounds of pole-dancing instead (Poll VOTING - Bach). Well, whatever. However you people selectioned them, it is with much delight that I make announce of it - the human that has done the winning is:  JDCLauron-yev! Yoshi: Thank you Mr Sagdiyev, I think. I wouldn't recommend the mankini in this weather So there it is, a first entry & a first win for @JDCLauron - debuts don’t come better than that. Congrats too to Paul, as strong an entrant as always, yet again showing why his name is on that sig more than anyone else. The score was: A: 5 B: 5. You’ll see A winning 6-5 on the thread but one voter, lexxiv, was deemed to not have the required posting record. Thus, I had the casting vote, & I chose A simply because I liked its font best, there’s no wrong choice when both would be strong real-world symbols And with that, part 1 is done! Thank you to everyone who's got involved, without whom this wouldn't be possible - I know this has been quite low-key, but then that goes for the whole board right now. Look, Bach's in the house, blame him. Hopefully this has been a good Christmas/New Year distraction, Particular thanks of course to the designers for putting their ideas up for the GB dissection - the audience may be smaller, but it's still demanding - & of course to @Sir Rols for doing the poll-starting, Borat-pic-making, sounding-boarding etc that makes the comp possible. And of course, congrats once again to @JDCLauron.  And that's it from Almaty! We may just be back here in actual 2030, but between now & then, we have a Summer Olympic comp to decide! Between Mumbai & Mexico, we will gather tomorrow on neutral ground to determine our shortlist for that one. Until then...oh hold on, what've you found Thomas?  FAREWELL/Қоштасу! 
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    LOL! Sorry to push you to have to make the tiebreak decision, Yoshi. I always dreaded having to do that when i was in your shoes. It’s always tough trying to stay above the fray. Congratulations JDC, well done. I always thought your Almaty would come through, which was why I indulged my votes to try to get others I deemed “worthy” through the earlier rounds. Paul, as always, you’re the one everyone has to measure themselves against. I don’t think you’ve ever entered a logo that wasn’t winner-worthy. You keep the comps a true contest of talent.
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    This stadium is really starting to take shape now. From Urbanize Los Angeles: Swooping Roof Canopy Hoisted Into Place at the Inglewood NFL Stadium Link: https://urbanize.la/post/swooping-roof-canopy-hoisted-place-inglewood-nfl-stadium?fbclid=IwAR3PkiTFaFxq4FBt35RAJjz93MPmdno3i_YixoxHijcO4yLxwj-FbJo-QhU
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    Hello! I can't help but appreciate the existence of such an Olympic emblem design competition as this one, despite being an unofficial one. I've been searching for any news on an official competition like this for Paris 2024 but to no avail, for which case, I have made one for that on my shelf, just in case. For now, I submit an OFFICIAL entry to this competition for ALMATY 2030! As much as I want to do design application (venue dressing, pictograms, banners, tickets, etc.) with my emblem design, I am unable to actually do it as class schedule here in medical school is busy and unrelenting, plus a week full of exams approaches before Christmas break. Let's see if I could still be able to create entries for Zurich, Mexico City, and Mumbai before the deadline. Thank you and long live GamesBids!
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    Ok, I know there always used to be a good few members who only creeped out of the woodwork when a logo comp was on, plus there’s several old big names who haven’t been seen round here for some time. Since we don’t have status updates anymore (grumble) the only way to alert them is like this: @daveypodmore @Glacib @woohooitsme83 @Scotguy @JO2024 @mr.bernham @Rob. @Lord David This doesn’t include anyone who I know is aware of the comp, isn’t in any kind of order, & I’m sure I’ll think of more. Also, Utkarsh, you can also submit a logo for any of the other 3 cities, but not for Mumbai unless you want to replace the one above. Housekeeping done
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    Anyway, if the Swedish government just doesn’t want it, there’s nothing the IOC can do, no matter the “verbiage” they’re using about them. Just ask Calgary 2026 that. Milan is their best bet ATM, especially now that the Italian Government just came out & committed themselves to the bid on a ‘just in case’ basis. As for SLC, I actually would like to see the whole process fall apart just so the IOC has no other choice but to give 2026 to them, & then watch you, your emmy fool & dumb offspring, dart boy, all explode from the shock!
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    Bach “won’t be too concerned, though. They still have two other excellent candidates” (left)! In the meantime, the rest of the members are like:
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    Spain will bid to the host World Cup in 2030 Luis Rubiales, Pedro Sánchez and Gianni Infantino spoke about the matter on Wednesday It's been too long since Spain hosted a World Cup on its shores -- in concrete, since 1982, when tournament mascot Naranjito was one of the stars of the tournament. 12/09/2018 Upd. on 13/09/2018 at 09:28 CEST Jesús Malagón (@86malagon) IN SPORT.ES España presentará su candidatura para el Mundial 2030 The idea of hosting football's showpiece for a second time came up again on Wednesday in a meeting at Moncloa between RFEF president Luis Rubiales, FIFA chied Gianni Infantino and the president of Spain Pedro Sanchez. Spain's main objective is to organise the World Cup in 2030. However, there are various alternatives in which that could happen: either as a stand-alone candidate or as joint hosts with Portugal and Morocco. The second option is the one which Rubiales feels gives the country the best chance of winning the vote. The meeting was Infantino's second official visit to Spain in less than two months, after taking part in the RFEF's General Assembly, when Rubiales made his debut as the organisation's president. Thirty-six years ago, on our shores, Italy won th 1982 World Cup, beating Germany 3-1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu. In 2020, Bilbao will be one of the cities which hosts a European Championships which will be spread across the continent. The upcoming World Cups will be in Qatar in 2020 and in the USA, Canada and Mexico in 2026. https://www.sport-english.com/en/news/futbol-internacional/spain-will-bid-to-the-host-world-cup-in-2030-7030800
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    Japan 2019 - Tokyo 2020. France 2023 - Paris 2024. If I was the USA Rugby Federation I'd be bidding for 2027 as it is obvious that World Rugby is in cahoots with the IOC and this tournament is now being utilised as a test event
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