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  1. Only if we can get John Sterling to be the lead announcer. I can hear it now... The Russians win. THUUUUUUUH Russians win.
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  2. And where's the risk in the 2022 Munich bid? Almost all venues are there too already... Yet, point is that IOC and FIFA/UEFA do have similar policies for contracting host cities/countries, but the IOC comes under fire while the others not really. True, Sepp Blatter is not well-liked over here, but nobody would have really dismissed a WC/EURO bid by always citing these contracting issues...
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  3. Why? Well, you gave reasons yourself already: If even small papers pick on the IOC contracts and all kinds of negative impacts, then why should anyone be surprised that the public opinion at least in several pluralist societies in Western Europe is not embracing the idea of hosting the Games with open arms anymore. You may call it double-standards by the media, probably true. But at the same time, if people aren't convinced it's the right thing to do, they won't be convinced by a media campaign trying to promote a bid. The concerns raised by anti-bid organisations in various cities should b
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  4. I meant that figuratively, not literally. So not sure why you took it that way. This is looking at it a bit black & white, though. Of course there's a first time for everything, but's if the circumstances present themselves in the first place. Let's keep in mind that Asia 2018/2020 happened bcuz the IOC was not comfortable enough with the other two 2020 options. Had the IOC have a couple of other solid European options for 2020, (or they had felt good enough to go with Istanbul), we'd very likely have yet another European Summer Games only eight years after London 2012. But why take
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  5. Turkey is a country that should be regarded as an example by the rest of the Islamic world. And even so, as an inspiration for several country of the old world in many aspects. They demonstrated passion for olympism. In Buenos Aires, like no time before,they demonstrated skills and abilities. There are challenges, they got the energy. It's time to reward them.
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  6. I think a new Turkish bid is a very needed thing for olympism at the moment, and definitely the most thrilling idea. Even more than a bid from North Am, as much as I like US I wouldn't fail to support it in case it happens, just like I backed Istanbul 2020 over Madrid and even Tokyo. I know about all the challenges, but challenges are there to be solved. Coubertin himseld said challenges, once they got overcome, produced a better result than a situation that brought no challenge in the beginning. Games at the very heart of what I call the New Orient (the french language refers to the Islamic
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  7. Yes, and like other European powers Spain is the cause for much of the problems faced by the developing world today. That is not something to be proud of. But yes, Spain does have a beautiful history - the Barcelona 1992 Olympics Opening captured that quite well. It's available on YouTube. Meanwhile Nadal is a contributor to arguably the most arrogant and pig-headed Olympic bid in history: See - this demonstrates how little these people even know or understand/respect about their opponents. They can't even take the time to try to understand the context of this race which has caus
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