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  1. SPOILER ALERT A rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony was held last night in Tokyo and I managed to find some footage from Channel 7 News Australia (the Australian broadcaster for the Olympics). You can expect a lot of fireworks, projections and some Japanese elements blended with contemporary art. Looks very promising.
    8 points
  2. Hello friends of GamesBids. It has been 5 years since I last posted here and at that time much of my life was in a mess: wife had cancer, problems at my job that caused me deep depression, among others. At that time I realized that if I stayed here reading the forums it would ruin the joy of receiving the Olympic Games in my beloved hometown of Rio. So I decided to simply avoid GamesBids Forums. I decided to face the lots of problems of my life and also enjoy my dream. I don't regret. Fortunately, my wife's cancer was cured in 2017 and I'm still treating my depression (it got much worse in mid-2017 and every day has been a battle since then). About the Olympics? I think you guys agree with me: It's the best event in the planet and Rio 2016 was perfect. For me it was. Rio and Brazil had, have and will have problems (just like all countries, some more, other less). But as I pointed above, we must face problems and enjoy life when possible. Rio did it. I did it. And unfortunately I couldn't did it here with some many "POVs" ruining my experience. During the years at the Forums I made a very special friend, Martin from Germany. He came to Rio 2016, we went to Maracanãzinho together watch female volleyball, he stayed few days at my home and it was one of the best days of my life. Martin is truly a gentleman and a special human being. He told me some members of the forums were in Rio. I wish I could have met all of them to have fun and show a little bit of the city. I was not invited to the rendervouz and that's really okay. Somehow this was/is a club of friends and I was never part of the club... "Danny is too sensitive to critics". You are right. Maybe I was to certain extent. But anyway it doesn't matter anymore. For those who came to Rio 2016, I truly hope you enjoyed at least one second of your stay. If you smiled once in Rio I'm happy. Smiles are more special than I thought before depression and smiles are the most pure expression of our souls. During the last 5 years I missed all the logo competitions, all the inappropriate bid contests, some jokes, some good talk, but I never missed some bad times we had here. Thankfully now it's past and no hard feelings. :) I waited 5 years to write this post. I waited the end of Tokyo Games so now Rio is past, Tokyo is past too. Right time to say something without Rio games in the mirror. I want to thank you for a great opportunity on understanding different cultures, to understand different backgrounds, to learn much of the English skills I have today (still not fluent). You guys helped me a lot with English! You guys also helped me a lot in the other fandom I'm part now. The "international mindset" that I learned here was a keypoint in my 5-year role as a chairman of an international event held annually in Brazil and respected abroad. Thank you! It was also a great opportunity to prove myself that we must focus in good things of life. It's way better than spend time trying to show other people with pre-existing judgements that things can be a little bit different. To show that maybe I was right to be happy about something we share the passion - Olympic Games. But Olympic Games in a different place, a place I love. To all those who read this letter, my respect and best wishes of good luck. To those few ready to write harsh words in the comments, my respect and best wishes of good luck too. To GBMod, thank you for everything in the past and I hope IOC bring back the bid process. It was much better. Greetings from Brazil (and Brazil continues a very amazing and beautiful place as always), Danny PS: Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony still the best after 5 years. Change my mind - lol
    7 points
  3. Couldn't watch it live due to work, sadly, but i've just finished watching it. All I can say is wow.....what a missed opportunity the Olympics had to make a good opening ceremony. The Paralympic one, while still having an unavoidable simplicity due to the current times we're living, was much funnier, much tender and gave a message of hope which is what the games are about. Also, you can tell the ceremonies team of the Paralympics had much less issues since they kept a coherent theme at all times (Para Airport, the one winged airplane story), while in the Olympics you can tell from a mile all the last minute changes/cancellations/quarrels the organizers had with a lot of mashed up segments which made no sense. The people who solely blamed Covid for the Opening Ceremony of last month being awful have zero facts to back up their arguments anymore. Congratulations to the Paralympic Organizing Comittee for their wonderful work. This is how you do a Covid era ceremony.
    5 points
  4. Understand something about that though.. The Summer Olympics are a once every 4 years event. That means at most only 25 countries can host an Olympics in an entire century, and that's if there are no repeat hosts. I know the idea of smaller nations hosting an Olympics is alluring, but given the amount of money and resources they require to put together, it's not always such a wise idea to try and put that together. I don't want to imagine an Olympics being held in Qatar. It's a bad idea for so many reasons and I'm happy the IOC has flatly rejected the notion of Doha putting a bid in.
    5 points
  5. Malawi, Lesotho, Tuvalu, Bhutan, Suriname, Palau, Brunei, Bahrain, Laos, South Sudan
    4 points
  6. hmm.....no. why don't you let me captain the debate team for our side for a while. i don't think you're doing us any favors. please run your talking points past me first and i will edit them into coherence and reality.
    4 points
  7. I love the idea of having the opening ceremony of 2024 in the middle of Paris. Heck, if your setting is Paris, why wouldn't you?! That whole area with the esplanade leading from right under the tower, the bridge, then that big square where the handover was looks like such an amazing venue, and the whole idea of transforming the ceremony into a street or river parade feels so perfectly French somehow. It'll scream THIS IS PARIS far more than anything they could do inside the Stade de France.
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  8. Great to see you here F! Thanks for starting this up. At least one tradition is still active! Hmm. What to say? I’ve been thinking about it a lot the past few days, but it’s still difficult. I don’t think I’m able to break them down as usual, or give ratings. These will forevermore be the Covid Games. A special circumstances. They’ll always have an asterisk next to them. They were not the joyous, celebratory, fun and quirky games the Japanese or we anticipated. They were not the utter disaster the alarmists, far more than usual, predicted. They didn’t hit any heights of greatness, but they in no way were a flop or failure. They just were. I think we all feel sorry they Japanese didn’t get the games they deserved or experience the joys of being host to the world’s biggest party. We’ll always wistfully wonder what might have been. But I think it’s important that they actually went ahead, despite our doubts on the wisdom of doing so right up to the opening ceremony. On ceremonies I won’t say anything. The ceremony fanatics have already said all there is to say to oblivion. The circumstances of Tokyo 2020 meant the laser focus was on nothing but the sports, and it reminded me just how much fun watching all these athletes from so many countries in so many different and novel sports can be. I had a blast again and really enjoyed them. Loved most of the new sports (only skateboard street was a bit underwhelming, and surfing wasn’t as picturesque as I thought it would be - I look forward to seeing surfing come into its own in Tahiti!). I suppose, to me, the only thing the sports lacked was a breakout star or legend. Maybe it would have been Simone Biles, except…. . But there was no Phelps or Bolt to leave their mark. I guess that while Rio was the crowning moment for the last generation of superstars, Tokyo is now the first step for the next generation, who’ll write their legacy in Paris and LA. For Australia, and for me personally, these were a Great Games! Our best ever gold haul, tied with Athens. Our swimmers came good, more than good, and we got some really special moments from the likes of Jess Fox in the kayak, Logan Martin in BMX Freestyle and Keegan Palmer in the skateboarding. We’ve been longing for a games like these since Athens and got it finally. And we got it a a perfect time - we are in a grim lockdown, a captive audience in need of some positive vibes, watching a successful Games for Oz in our own time zone. I suspect these have rated through the roof here and will have inspired a future generation of Aussie Olympians. Just perfect or us. The vaccine we really needed for the Covid blues. While on our local coverage… I have to give kudos to Channel 7, and the 7+ App. Meant I could, on my TV, switch to the OBS feeds of any sport. Finally I was able to flick through, watch anything I wanted, and catch up on sports I rarely get to see, even in highlights. Technology at work at its best. I really missed the GamesBids Games Carnival. I used to be such good fun and became part of my traditional Games experience. It’s a pity the board has declined so much, but nice to see so many of us at least look in. Most of us have moved on and bidding just isn’t really bidding any more. My heart’s not in it any more, but I’ll still keep looking in, at least to keep zapping the fake passports spam. Hope we’ll all bump into each other again come Paris. We’ll always have Paris. Ah, Paris! I really look forward to those games. Sooooo hope they run like a classic games and meet all expectations. Would love to attend, if circumstances permit. So, well done Tokyo! You didn’t drop the baton and while it wasn’t a party, we still had fun.
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  9. I'm torn between wanting to see a proper Olympics unaffected by the pandemic and wanting China to suffer because of the plague they unleashed on the world. I'm also very concerned that they could potentially cover up any negative effects of the pandemic if it's still a major concern come February and that could be dangerous for the rest of the world.
    4 points
  10. Her history of mental health issues is well known, yet you chose to call her a twat as if she had done all this deliberately to become even more iconic. Voting Biden doesn’t make you a good person per se.
    4 points
  11. **** you Bach. Thanks for ruining Olympics. You and China can rot in hell together for all I care.
    4 points
  12. Looks promising according to the screen grabs from Seven this morning
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  13. I promised there'd be Kylie, so here she is: I also promised we'd be in Melbourne, but you voted us straight to the destination - welcome to Brisbane proper, and to the legendary Gabba: But who will be so lucky (lucky, lucky, lucky) to win the comp? To find out, let's welcome another Aussie legend in her own right, live from her Melbourne mansion - the gladiolus queen herself, DAME EDNA! Edna: G'day possums! It's been wonderful to see all your designs, but only one can win - I don't have much time here, I have to perform the royal duties that are expected of one, but I do have the pleasure of announcing that the only one of these logos with the glamour and sophistication worthy of yours truly is the one designed by that great gladiolus... VICTORIAN! Yoshi: Thank you Dame Edna, you may now resume your important royal business. Yes, once again, we only needed one round to elect a champion, and although we're in Queensland, that champion is @Victorian! I believe this is also his first participation, meaning we've got two debutant winners The result of the only round was as follows: A: 1 B: 0 C: 1 D: 6 E: 2 A clear majority for another one-and-done - don't like voting much, do you :p And that's it for the 14th annual comp, once again thank you to all our designers, who made this a strong field, whatever the landslide results may say. And of course thanks to all the voters too - not gonna lie, once again, I thought we'd only get 2 of each :p Particular thanks as always to @Sir Rols for the images, the polls, the help, and the closing act idea, not to mention @paul who extracted the images from imgur which let Rols do the grids. This might be a rare occasion where you didn't win, but you were still invaluable And of course congrats to our winner @Victorian again - plus our Milan champ @Jon Will Chambers ! Finally, before the 4X all round, our closer as suggested by Rols himself - Eurovision bendy-pole-whisperer and Brisbane girl Kate Miller-Heidke, with a song written specially* to celebrate 14 years of logo comp fun. THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT! *not written specifically...
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  14. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say Beijing 2022 will be a complete disaster for China if they don't sort this out soon. The IOC won't be able to maintain careful neutrality and stave off protests from athletes over this. And I suspect many, many athletes will want to protest. 'Complex' issues around human rights/politics are one thing, but disappearing an athlete has the potential to cause the mother of all storms and be THE sole talking point of Beijing 2022. Every press conference, many podium ceremonies, interviews etc. And there'll be no way to talk round it, none of the IOC's usual guff about their presence having a positive long-term impact will wash. The IOC will have to side with the athletes and, I suspect, drop bans on protests. In short, if she's ok China needs to prove it. This will hugely escalate if not.
    3 points
  15. Sigh… You’ve just repeatedly posted the above piece three times in this thread. And variations of it beyond that. That’s textbook spamming. And in a thread nominally supposed to be about Barcelona-Pyrenees to boot. Listen mate. I/we get it that you feel defensive about Brisbane’s win. I get it you feel a bit put upon by reactions here to your postings in its defence. And, hey, I’m also happy Brisbane was elected. I think it will make a good host. I’ve also posted in its defence. But I do have some caveats. For one, I might have been happier if it had won 2052 instead of 2032 - I feel the Olympics should be a once in a lifetime thing for a country like Oz. But, hey, I’m still happy we can grab those hosting winswhen we can. For two, I share the qualms of many people about how it was “elected”. Now, while I don’t buy-in to the narrative of dismissing the choice as “criminal” or “corrupt”, I think there’s a lot to be concerned about with the process, and the very fact that there are such reactions to it underlines just how problematic the “New Norm” of selections is and can be. It’s all very trite to dismiss such concerns as “conspiracy theories”, but this new process is ripe for allowing such theoriesto emerge and thrive. And it’s not just a few members here with an axe to grind expressing such concerns - as FYI noted, it’s also respected Olympic media writers, including this site’s owner/editor, who’ve pointed out such concerns: BidWeek: The IOC thought they could steal the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and hoped we wouldn’t notice BidWeek: Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic non-bid. Will they even open an envelope? Liam Morgan: Olympics heading to Brisbane after secretive and opaque bid process David Owen: Inside Thomas Bach’s virtual IOC echo-chamber There’s good reasons to have suspicions and concerns about the process that delivered Brisbane 2032, and members here have the right to express them. Just as you, and I of certain aspects, have the right to try and refute such claims. But, just a word of advice, there’s a reason why spamming the exact same lines over and over is frowned upon in most forms of social media. It doesn’t help to advance your arguments, it comes across as hectoring more than trying to persuade or debate. Anyway, not that I mind tropic drift or thread hijacking too much, but it really has deviated from the Barcelona/Pyrenees focus. Though I’d guess that topic alone wouldn’t have lasted long or spilled to a second page.
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  16. It takes a supreme level of ignorance to think right now is quite like the cold war
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  17. You should be so proud. What a magnificent Tokyo 2020 both the Olympics and Parlympics it has been. Lifetime memories for the toughness and resilience of Tokyo 2020 and the Japanese people.
    3 points
  18. I sure know one person very much in denial about Beijing 2022. And it‘s not an athlete.
    3 points
  19. I was talking about the ceremonies specifically, Tokyo olympics were great on sports and infrastructure, the only bad side were the depressing ceremonies and the lack of spectators (not judging japan tho). But in an overall p.o.v. which games do you think were the last "great" ones?
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  20. You have had it in for him and Brisbane since we won the rights to the 32 games. Brighten up!
    3 points
  21. And now it has come to this: 16 days have flown by, as usual, and the Tokyo 2020 Games which took place in 2021 will be coming to a close about 12 hours from now. So, in order to continue the tradition, I am very curious about your verdict about these Olympic Games. Here are my two pennies worth: The organisation and atmosphere Of course this is a tough verdict to make - not only because (like everyone of you, I suppose) I watched the Games only from home but also because these Games took place under extraordinary circumstances. There was almost no crowd that could cheer and applaud for the athletes, there was hardly a glimpse (even for the TV viewer) into the host country and how it soaked up the Olympic atmosphere (or not), there were just venues and athletes, officials and the logistics and staff to make the Games work. But judging by what I heard and read from people who were able to witness the Games in person, they were truly impressed by the quality of the venues, the organisation and (when they were able to meet Japanese people in person at all) the friendliness and kindness of the hosts. And I must say that the athletic performances made it surprisingly easy most of the time to forget that hardly any audience was present at the venues. But I can hardly imagine how odd it must have felt for the Japanese to play host to a sports event they could mostly watch only from a distance. We all know about the large opposition in Japan against staging these Games at all or at least in this moment of time - and I have nothing but respect for Japan that they were forced to stage the Games due to the will of the IOC and their own government, had to swallow their fear or anger and still helped to make these Games a relative success, under these tough circumstances. Of course: These Games are still facing a rather mixed response in the Japanese population even despite the mostly smooth organisation and the many Japanese medals, but this could have turned out so much worse. I guess the IOC can call itself lucky to have awarded these difficult Games to Japan where protests traditionally tend to be not too big and too controversial or even violent. There were still clear downsides, though: The hot and humid weather was a problem to many athletes, it harmed many of their performances and even posed a serious risk to their health. In 1964, the organisers of the first Tokyo Games still were honest enough to stage the Games in October. 57 years later, we have to deal with an organising committee which already claimed in its bid that July and August are a pleasant time for world-class sports activities in Tokyo and which even "forgot" that due to climate change, Sapporo is no cooler alternative for staging the race-walking and marathon events anymore. One also has to raise some doubts about the anti-doping measures at these Games - not only due to the alarmingly small number of doping tests taken worldwide especially during the start of the pandemic, but also due to the laxness shown during the Games. A German camera team showed how, despite the rules, athletes could walk around the venue for many minutes after their events and although they had been selected for a doping test, were left unaccompanied by officials or were even able to ignore them. This should never happen at Olympic Games that were marked by a surprising number of world and Olympic records and after all the doping scandals we have already witnessed, this should not even happen at a smaller sports event. The sports Bearing this in mind, it's easy and hard at the same time to rejoice in the excellent athletic performances we could witness at these Games. I feel bad about a Russian team ranking 4th (as of now) in the medal table after the huge doping scandal and the government's unapologetic stance towards critical media and observers worldwide. I feel bad about athletes shattering world records hailing from a time decades ago when illegal medication was probably already fueling those records. And yet, I felt amazed yet again by stories of athletes overcoming heavy obstacles (let alone by the pandemic) and giving their best and maybe even winning a medal in Tokyo, especially in that weather and atmosphere. I'm happy about the host country's strong showing after all the troubles Japan went through in the lead-up to these Games. I'm also happy that these Games had the most medalling nations in Olympic history. I'm surprised (or should I, when I think about doping again?) that the US have such difficulties surpassing China in the medal table (if one uses the international method of counting the gold medals first), but that probably shows that even for former sports powerhouses, it has become a lot tougher to maintain their status and not fall victim to the increased international competition. I'm not so happy about my own country's showing in these Games, though. Team Germany has lost many of its former powerhouses: The rowing and canoeing produced surprisingly few medals and for the first time in 25 years, Germany hasn't won a single medal in any ball team sport. Yet again, Germany is having a discussion about how to fund and prepare our athletes adequately for such an important event. Adding to that, the German athletes were unlucky: Annika Schleu lost her very good chance for a gold medal in the modern pentathlon because her horse refused - and created a debate about animal protection and unlogical rules in sports. Jonathan Horne was deemed a strong contender in Karate and seriously injured his arm five seconds before the end of his second fight. Johannes Vetter, another gold contender in the men's javelin throw, could not deal with the unusually soft track at Olympic Stadium, stumbled and failed to deliver any good throw. On the other hand, Sarah Köhler and Florian Wellbrock were able to break the 13-year-old "no Olympic swimming medals for Germany" spell and sailing and wrestling produced surprisingly good results, compared to previous Games. In the end, Germany can call itself lucky if it remains one of the Top 10 sports nations in the long run - and has to seriously increase its efforts in the lead-up to the Paris 2024 Games. The overall impression So, this is clearly a mixed bag. These were definitely not the best Games ever - which is no surprise probably, regarding the unusual circumstances. They haven't been a disaster either. But, just like the Rio 2016 Games, I still feel as if these Games took place at the wrong location and the wrong time. Yes, it was great for the athletes that they still got their chance to compete and for me it was a welcome distraction from these dire times. Yes, Japan has showed once again that it is highly capable of staging the biggest sports events in the world. But Japan has had and will have to pay an enormous price for this luxury item called "Olympic Games". While these Games have brought a lot of distraction and even joy to me, they haven't distracted my thoughts about the Olympic Idea fighting for its survival. In times of over-commercialisation, greed, corruption and doping in sports, climate change and increasing opposition against the Olympic Games, one has to ask how long this can work. Six months from now, when Beijing welcomes the world for the Olympic Winter Games, this question will probably be even more prominent, because then we will have to add China's repressions and poor human rights record to that unappetizing mix. Under these circumstances, I can sadly only give Tokyo a "Well done" or 6 out of 10 points. Tokyo and Japan are not or only partially responsible for the problems the sports world and the entire humanity have to face right now, but it could also not give the world a light of hope. Tokyo brutally confronted us with everything that is wrong on our planet right now. I will always feel sorry for the Japanese people that they had to take that burden and could not show their full potential as hosts at these Games, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The brilliant handover in Rio five years ago showed what could have been. Just like the already rather jagged opening ceremony showed: It wasn't meant to be. Here's hoping that Paris can be host under different circumstances in 2024. Otherwise, humanity and also the IOC will be seriously screwed. Nevertheless: Arigato, Tokyo - arigato, Nippon!
    3 points
  22. And so the most popular post-Olympic event is about to begin…a decade of medal redistributions about to kick off… https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/aug/12/british-olympic-silver-medallist-chijindu-ujah-suspended-for-doping-violation
    3 points
  23. This whole just give cities a games is getting silly. It does not work like that, i wish some people here would get real
    3 points
  24. I feel sad for the people of Tokyo. Very expensive games, high expectations turn out to be disappointments in terms of ceremony execution and empty stadia. Let's see what Tokyo taxpayers will say when the bill comes up.
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  25. Paris 2024 nailed it! Inspiringly mindblasting présentation.
    3 points
  26. So the "ROC" is already set to have their third best overall medal tally at the Summer Olympics, since the Soviet Union dissolved. Where exactly is the so-called ban then? It's really laughable, is what it is.
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  27. That makes zero sense. Why does Biden (or anyone else for that matter) care what Trump thinks at this point? Let's all considering ourselves lucky that Biden is in office and not Trump, for a zillion more important reasons than the implications on the 2022 Winter Olympics
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  28. i have to say, invalidating and dismissing two people's mental health struggles while arguing that mental heath is dismissed by society in general is a bold strategy.
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  29. I think it’s time to crawl back under the rock where you came from. There’s racism, disrespect for mental health issues, a touch of conspiracy theories, using victims of a pandemic for your own argumentation…quite the Trumpian approach in that message if you ask me.
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  30. Jess Fox's gold medal win today has really inspired me. I felt so much pride for her when she won. She deserves it so much and is an exceptional person. She is an idol. I'd love to give canoe slalom a go just a bit too old though!
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  31. Some thoughts on the opening ceremony: It's hard to compare the ceremony to others due to the covid situation - however it did seem to fall a little flat. Far too gloomy throughout. I think the approach should have been to start off with something serious or sadish and then launch into a fun and high energy show. This is the Olympics - it is a chance for people to enjoy themselves for a few weeks and have a distraction from covid. As tough as things are, it's ok to have a little fun every so often. Having Osaka as the cauldron lighter does seem like a strange and slightly commercialised decision. From what I've read, she has lived in the US since the age of 3? I've seen that people have been praising the drone show, and while it was cool - I was hoping for so much more. At this point, I think most of us have seen similar drone shows (on TV at least). With Japan being such a techy country, I was hoping to see a huge drone show on a scale never seen before, with exciting colours and incredible shapes. So to only have a short and fairly small display of the Tokyo 2020 logo and the globe was really disappointing. I'm curious to know what they would have planned if the ceremony went ahead in a 'normal world' last year. Understandably they did need to slim the ceremony down, however, I think they went a little too far.
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  32. The mascots right now after watching the ceremony:
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  33. Did you know that Thomas Bach was Olympic Champion in Fencing, 1976?
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  34. 15 hours before they're officially open, and it feels like we're watching Samuel L Jackson turn the breakers off in Jurassic Park. Hold onto your butts everybody!
    3 points
  35. Not defending what the director did but it seems this is just Cancel Culture in all its glory again, aka digging up as far as possible into someone's past to see how they can screw him/her up over. And the fact all of this is happening in such a short time is kinda showing the media is very, very antagonizing against both Japan and the Olympics.
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  36. Another trivia fact I think you’d like M. This is the first time since 1923 (when LA 32 was elected) that there have been three simultaneous future summer hosts confirmed (actually, you could argue that until Tokyo’s OC on Friday, that there are currently FOUR simultaneous future Sumer hosts confirmed). The three simultaneous hosts apparent covered the same Olympiads 100 years apart (1924-1932, 2024-2032). On both occasions, Paris and LA were two of those hosts. And… both the 1932 and 2032 hosts were elected, unopposed, by acclamation.
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  37. After London 2012 most of ceremonies, including regional games, have had a lot of prerecorded segments. Rio started with a pre- recorded clip “Aquele abraco”, PyeongChang started with a children clip (long and boring) and Tokyo will follow the same line. Honestly, I don’t like them. I prefer full live shows as Lima 2019 was.
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  38. Better quality pic of the drones rehearsal They are also forming the words "Imagine". Oh god....not John Lenon, please. https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1416418962401730561/pu/vid/720x1280/yj5ZeDPu32cfq4Sl.mp4 https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1416422408991371266/pu/vid/720x1280/fzWIIGsYQ7cJaFo7.mp4 And yup....they formed "And the World will live as one". Really. I am bored to the bones of Imagine in olympic ceremonies. It's the new Ode to Joy. Hopefully like Ode to Joy they also get bored and abandon it.
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  39. Preparation inside stadium
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  40. Not gonna happen. That means the CCP will have acceded to the virus they created. The tone of Beijing 2022 will be that the "virus" of 2020-21 will have been vanquished by February 2022! Xi and his gov't have made their offering to their godless gods!!
    3 points
  41. BBC trailer for Tokyo 2020 is already out and oh god....they really went all-in with the references. Even the music sounds like Ghost in the Shell.
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  42. The second olympic cauldron at 夢の大橋 (Dream Bridge). Looking at the shape of it, it seems like the pyramid structure in the stadium isn't actually the cauldron. Or maybe they have a different design for the second cauldron.
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  43. Strong rumours they will be playing "Give Me Wings" at the opening, based at the comments of people who heard rehearsals nearby the stadium. https://johosokuhou.com/2021/06/28/48363/ Its a very popular song in Japan so I can see it being used. Fans of Evangelion might remember it from the second Rebuild movie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsubasa_o_Kudasai
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  44. Japan will be the main competition for gold. I expect (hope for?) a Japan - USA final. Japan's team will have the best players from the Japanese leagues, and from what I understand, winning this gold medal is as important as any there is for the Japanese public (at least those who still support having the Games). It would be a nice story though if Israel could get in there for a medal. I'm also looking forward to the softball competition, I expect a Japan - USA final there as well. And softball will be the opening event of the Games, with the first games taking place 2 days before the Opening Ceremonies.
    3 points
  45. Are you seriously suggesting that COVID not only was intentionally released into the world (you're not the first person to suggest that), but that China did it in hopes of screwing over Japan in hopes it would help their Olympic aspirations? Not sure I can express just how batshit crazy that idea is if that's what you're suggesting. Yes, this all is extremely unfortunate for Japan their Olympics will now be anything but a joyous celebration. It's a separate conversation about the IOC and future Olympic hosts, although 1 thing you can be sure of is that Japan won't be in the running to be one of those hosts probably for a long long time. And at the very least, the priority is getting through these Olympics rather than trying to figure out how to do 1 in a future. 1 thing to note.. you talk about a future host being more of a region or even more of a full country rather than just a single city. That's already happening. Look no further than the 2026 Winter bids. 2032 with Brisbane seems like it may fit that mold as well. Any country or city/region at this point is welcome to present a plan such at that. But they need to offer up to the IOC why it makes sense and why they should be the "preferred bidder" as the story goes now
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  46. 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.
    3 points
  47. It feels like I subscribed to a newsfeed from a local paper in South Queensland.
    3 points
  48. It does feel like things have swung too far in the other direction doesn't it? If the previous process was too brutal, left too much bad feeling amongst losers and populations who watched live on big screens in city squares as their bids failed, this process seems to be too secretive, and we're still getting cities complaining which is what Bach wanted to avoid! So even on its own terms it's not quite worked. And yes, it's open to accusations of cronyism even if none has taken place. I know that annoys some people, but that's why transparency of process is important. I can see what the intent is, but I wonder if they've got the balance right. There don't seem to be any set milestones, set timelines or anything anymore. Just out of the blue announcements.
    3 points
  49. Here's the issue the IOC has right now and I've seen some people echo this on Twitter... The IOC wants to play it both ways. I am sure that they will gladly push the narrative this summer - assuming the Olympics are a go - that they were responsible for the world coming back together. They were happy to push that North Korea/South Korea angle that it helped pave the way for peace talks. But now they're saying they don't get involved in world politics and want to avoid the discussion when it doesn't suit them. We can be pretty confident they won't say anything negative about China in the next year, but there's only so much they can do to drown on the negativity that's going to come along with having an Olympics there. It's probably a big help to them to have had Tokyo get delayed by a year and shorten the lead-up to Beijing. But come the end of August, this is going to be front and center on a lot of people's radar as we get closer to next Winter
    3 points
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