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  1. As I've said elsewhere the recent number of new daily cases in Japan is roughly the same as here in Pennsylvania, and we have a tenth of the population of Japan. I would love to have Japan's percentage and it just seems ridiculous that people want to call this off when I see what is going on here and elsewhere in our country.
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  2. The issue isn't about athletes going rogue. Again, Japanese citizens aren't concerned that the Olympics will turn into a super-spreader event. They're concerned their government is putting the welfare of the Olympics and olympians ahead of them. At this point, the folks in Japan don't want to hear what outsiders think and how outsiders would advise them. They want assurances that hosting the Olympics will not hamper the country's effort to fight and address the pandemic. And I'm starting to understand more and more why that's a concern for them.
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  3. Good morning comrades, I’ve taken the feedback onboard and now post mostly brief posts with links to open the full article. This hopefully had opened up more space and oxygen to discuss opinions and developments more freely. Some articles are behind paywalls so will post one or 2 paragraphs to capture the gist of the story. Recent exceptions to this was this week’s major announcement around the demolition and rebuild of the Gabba as the Olympic Stadium including athletics.
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  4. i believe i read somewhere (and i can not find it now) that the bid docs have been submitted to the IOC. now we wait for July
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  5. What on earth are you talking about ? You really have no idea what you are saying. Seriously, you’re speaking utter bulls—t.
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  6. Australia sends Brisbane 2032 bid guarantees to IOC April 28, 2021 Australia has sent the International Olympic Committee (IOC) funding guarantees for Brisbane's 2032 Games bid following confirmation of federal government support, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Tuesday. Credit: Japan Today - click to read more
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  7. @REDWHITEBLUE24is a master of confirmation bias.
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  8. Just came here from the London 2036/40 thread. Whether the bid happens or not, having one of the most high profile Muslim politicians in the West speaking in good terms about the Olympics must be music to the IOC's ears at the moment!
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  9. just as an interesting tidbit. Should Brisbane get the games, Australia will be the first country to host 3 games at 3 different cities
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  10. from a purely political standpoint the feds have a lot to lose if they get in the way. there is a federal election due by september next year (talk is it will be the 2nd half of this year) and queensland is really the pivotal state
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  11. In theory, we have had a year to get used to protocols, understand how the science works through the process, and do this safely. If I were involved in this process, I’d be advising that I think Tokyo can pull this off using the right measures. In practice, we have a substantial subset of several populations who think they know better than scientists and are off in their own reality. If the people of Japan were to ask me if those people can be kept away, I could answer that such people are far less likely to make the trip, but I couldn’t be 100% confident that some athletes wouldn’t go ro
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  12. It's just replacing the Albion stadium proposal of a similar price tag. The better thing about the Gabba proposal is it will already have tenants (cricket and AFL), while the Albion stadium had a big risk of being a white elephant, and it's close to the CBD and transport.
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  13. This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved an amendment to a comprehensive bill on China that would require a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics. The amendment, offered by Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), would permit athletes to participate in the Olympics while withholding funding for high-level U.S. government participation in the Games. Such a move would express formal U.S. disapproval while stopping short of a full boycott—something which would dash American athletes’ Olympic dreams for political reasons, with little real impact.
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  14. Federal government agrees to fund half of Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic Games costs Prime Minister Scott Morrison has guaranteed the federal government will cover half the costs for the 2032 Olympics, should frontrunner Brisbane be confirmed as the Games host. The pledge was contained in a letter from Mr Morrison to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, which arrived with the Premier late on Monday afternoon. By Tony Moore 26 April, 2021 Credit: Brisbane Times - click to read more
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  15. How hockey can help football share the Brisbane Olympic spoils News that the Gabba would be completely transformed for the 2032 Olympics was great news for Brisbane sports fans, but for some, the announcement came with a significant feeling of deja vu. Should Brisbane’s bid for the Games be successful — and there is every indication that it will be — the Gabba will feature as an Olympic venue for the second time. And it will be the second time AFL and cricket will be the long-term beneficiaries of new infrastructure ostensibly built for other sports. By Came
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  16. Inside working class Woolloongabba’s push to host the Olympics For many Queenslanders, two words can bring feelings of state pride, forged on sacred sporting ground, rushing forward. “The Gabba.” One of Brisbane’s two great temples of sport, it was announced last week the Gabba would be completely redeveloped at a cost of $1 billion as the main stadium for Brisbane’s 2032 Summer Olympics, should the bid be successful By Tony Moore April 24, 2021 — 8.00pm Link to Brisbane Times
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  17. For 2022, they were left with a choice between China and Kazakhstan. And Kazakhstan nearly won. Almost goes without saying that the voters are in it for the money. They're happy at this point to get in bed with a dictatorship where there's little risk of public backlash. That's probably going to bite them in the ass at some point though.
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  18. when the talk of the stadium at albion started i was suprised. it felt like a waste of money as the main reason cross river rail was going there was due to the stadium and it would have been a waste to not use the Gabba I hope when they re-build they put a bus plaza underneath the stadium (same as what Suncorp has) or at the minimum link it easily to the new raised pedestrian plaza (i think this is more likley as they won;t want a ton of busses crossing main street)
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  19. It surprised me too re this week’s sudden announcement that the Gabba will now also be the athletics venue. Previously, redevelopment of the Gabba was not on the cards and it was only to be used as is for ceremonies, not athletics. Then I realised that this announcement was not a redevelopment of the Gabba but a total demolition - followed by construction of a new raised Olympic Stadium on the site of the old Gabba. It makes perfect sense: - very central to Brisbane - much more accessible than previous athletics option by bus at Carrara Stadium on Gold Coast or new sta
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  20. Could someone outline the options for the athletics and ceremonies stadium(s) with images and the pros and cons of each?
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  21. people need to remember Scott Morrisons background is in marketing, and there is no better marketing opportunity than the billions of eyes the olympcs brings to a city. he will be on board
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  22. Exercising caution is not living "in a perpetual state of fear and paralysis." Think about how much money is spent on security at the Olympics. Most people would agree it's a very necessary expense, but it's not done out of fear. It's done out of preparedness in order to prevent problems from happening. That's how we need to approach sports in the COVID world, especially at this point in time where we are very much still in the throes of the pandemic. The sports world had to completely shut down last spring because no one really knew how to manage the virus and what might happen if we
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  23. No. All 3 of those are a complete and total non-starter
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  24. I hope it does. As someone who goes to the Gabba almost weekly (Go Lions!) having a raised pedestrian plaza makes a lot of sense. The biggest problem with the Gabba is that for people to access the stadium from the bus stop they need to cross a major road. This redevelopment will fix this.
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  25. You’re right, the G is very close to Melbourne’s cbd. Barcelona’s is quite close too and a little bit more of a walk.
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  26. Q: I understand also that the new Gabba Stadium will be closer to the host city CBD 2kms away than any other Summer Olympic Games in history. The MCG is about a 1km? Tokyo and Barcelona would be about 1-2km (depending where you measure it from).
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  27. This will also be the smallest Olympic Stadium since 1928
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  28. This is so exciting!!! They went with the Gabba because of public transport. I do think though that 50,000 capacity for the main stadium is a bit low. Regardless of the Olympics, Brisbane are screaming out for a brand new state of the art circular stadium to compete against their counterparts. Adelaide and Perth have great stadiums and now it is Brisbane's turn. Sometimes there are talks of Olympic Stadiums becoming white elephants- no need to worry here. It will still host cricket and football (maybe even attract new events too!) I do have a few concerns though. If it is
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  29. I think the very tight space that the Gabba occupies amongst existing residential and commericial properties means expansion is limited. Crowds exiting the Gabba literally spill out straight on to the surrounding streets The capacity of Perth’s Optus Stadium is actually 60,000 so only 10,000 more than the Gabba Olympic Stadium will be. Perth’s Stadium was built on wide open land and a golf course so loads of space to spread out. Also very tight space surrounding the Gabba means that the new raised large pedestrian plaza will add to the cost but create a nice entertainment space wh
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  30. A new stadium for Brisbane is soooo neded, but paying $1bn for a 50k stadium? Isn't that a bit too expensive for an stadium that small?, even Perth's Optus Stadium which had the same cost, has 15k more seats
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  31. This is great and eliminates the prospect of a white elephant stadium which was really the biggest problem to be solved.
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  32. Brisbane 2032 Bid Reaches Milestone 8 April 2021 (ATR) In the week when Seoul announced a proposal to jointly host an Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032 with South and North Korea, Brisbane quietly delivered its latest 2032 submission to the IOC. Credit: Around The Rings — - - - click to read more
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  33. Well, right now it's going forward, so unless something happens to change that, it's going to continue to go forward. The working assumption should be that there will be an Olympics this summer until someone in a very official capacity says otherwise. Sure, there will continue to be lingering doubts whether or not it will happen, but we shouldn't pretend like we need to wait to figure out if the Olympics are going to happen or not. So yes, at this point, Japan wants it over and done with. Do you see the folly based on that to talk about Tokyo hosting a future Olympics if this summer wo
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  34. Salt Lake City would love to bid for 2030, but that might not work out so well for the USOPC which has LA 2028 just 18 months prior. Better strategy for them is to have Salt Lake bid for the 2034 Olympics. But we'll see what happens with the IOC and if they need to beg for bid cities consider a general lack of interest and the prospect that Sapporo is probably going to take a hard pass depending on what happens with Tokyo this summer.
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  35. that was supposedly one of the flaws of the bid too (the hotel thing). That can easily be addressed too. Ive also heard things are slowly getting better from a reformer standpoint (same as Uzbekistan who also recently lost their own despot). After their previous president, they can only go up you'd think.
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  36. Having been across Kazakhstan and been to Almaty- I think it is actually a pretty safe choice, and Almaty is a fantastic city. My only concern would be hotels, because there only seemed to be 5-6 top hotels. I went to World Expo 2017 in Astana, and it was a great success with over 100 countries (including all the big ones)....the Government spends money like crazy on stuff like this, so that wouldn't be a problem! Human rights are not great, but they are slowly improving, and Kazakhstan created visa free travel following Expo- a big step for a former Soviet Republic.
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  37. Couldn’t they have done something with the Duomo cathedral, or the Dolomites or what have you? Just using a number seems so generic.
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  38. It has been more than 10 years since Qatar was awarded this World Cup. And from that moment, there was virtually zero chance that FIFA was going to pull a reversal. Not after the false promises and air conditioned stadiums. Not after moving the World Cup away from its usual calendar. Not after reports of bribery. Not after we heard that migrant workers are literally dying to build the stadiums. Even if FIFA was willing to strip Qatar of the World Cup (which we know they're not going to do after all this time), would England even want this? To host a World Cup on a little over a year
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  39. agreed on both. I live in Brisbane and work in the CBD. I would love to discuss the bid from a locals perspective, but when i do post, it just gets drowned out by the long form articles. The long form articles are great as a historical record but it really stifles conversation
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  40. The other tune is the theme song from the television show "Bonanza".
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  41. China won't want to skip the 2028 Olympics. They'll want to come here and dominate the medal table and prove their superiority. The fear won't be an anti-IOC position, but rather the continuing anti-China sentiment in the United States. Their athletes and dignitaries may feel less than welcome coming here and they'll undoubtedly spin it as the United States refusing to be hospitable to them. 7 years is a long time for the state of the world to evolve, but I'm fairly certain at this point, LA 2028 isn't losing sleep over what might happen with China. Let alone from any position of an anti-
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  42. Well, guess what? NOKOR just bailed out of Tokyo 2020ne, supposedly for Covid reasons. I think that just killed a joint Korea bid. How can anyone really depend on a regime like NoKor's for anything? North Korea withdraws from Tokyo 2020 over COVID-19 fears (insidethegames.biz)
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  43. I think what MIKIKO had in mind was spectacular. From reading the pages on the website, I found that the creative and artistic direction was so hypnotic and vibrant. I believe that it lacked some sort of unique exploration of Japanese culture that non-Japanese may not be familiar with. It is such a shame that the ceremonies are left in a dangerous position after a messy turn of events as I was looking forward to seeing what Japan could offer. I do have an idea on how MIKIKO can get their Opening Ceremony plans to see the light of day. How about they hire a 3D film animator to develop the
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  44. Very disapointing, taking in consideration Italy has one of the best logos ever for a winter Games: Torino 2006. Definitely, number "6" is for Italian Winter Games.
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  45. I voted for the cube... The futura logo es too simple! it centrates only in the year "26" such as London logo, which was centered in the year "2012". I think this happens for cities which don't need any presentation at all....
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  46. He's a bit defensive and a wee bit condescending, but we've had far, far worse. It's good we've got a local who is posting updates us on the likely 2032 host. But he seems to have a blindspot when it comes to how discussion forums are meant to work. Unfortunately, the Brisbane thread is impossible to browse and scroll through because full length articles are being posted one after the other. It's just walls and walls of text.
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  47. Unveiling of the Milano-Cortia2026 Emblem on Twitter March 30 noon @milanocortina2026
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  48. It's nice people are suggesting London again, but I can't see it so soon after 2012. Madrid feels like a city that could be tempted back but I think they got severe bidding fatigue. They feel like a city who'd be ideal for conferring preferred bidding status on so they won't have to be put through another brutal vote. If I were the IOC I'd be pushing for this to happen. Budapest, I can see it. They were the forgotten child of the 2024/28 bid process but they did hang on until the end unlike every other bid besides Paris and LA. They're quietly building some impressive facilities and
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