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  1. 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
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  2. It feels like I subscribed to a newsfeed from a local paper in South Queensland.
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  3. After cancelling the games due to covid, no foreign spectators, athletes competing at a high risk, hundred of athletes missing the games due to sanitary reasons, millions of dollars in lost, 80% of Japanese against the games, the most difficult Games ever to carry out ... a caludron who could set the stadium on fire... is all what they needed!!!!!
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  4. 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 in
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  5. 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
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  6. Vancouver & SLC are actually in different times zones, but still, they’re only an hour apart from each other. Albertville ‘92 & Lillehammer ‘94 were in the same time zone. So two consecutive NA Winter Olympics should be no issue, if need be. But be careful of suggesting another double-award around here, or you could be labeled of having a “double fetish”.
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  7. I must have missed our referendum.
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  8. in my day job i'm a lawyer and in the past ive dealt with domain name disputes. i can tell you know auDA will roll over and turn over any .com.au domains with a quick lawyers letter, especilly when someone has 200 domains. one company i acted for had the aussie distribution rights for a productm and someone registed <producttrademark>.com.au with a competing product on it - AuDA assigned that to us within 10 days
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  9. This is a proposal of how the cauldron could be lit... a very original proposal based on a "mass cauldron lighting" http://pequenaperomatona.com/en/news-idea-for-the-olympic-flame-lighting-tokyo-2020/
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  10. I would say that the new rule is that there is no rule. That's what I object to, anyway. The IOC has moved from one form of bad governance (a near-kleptocratic oligarchy where decisions are based on how they personally benefit the voters) to another bad form of governance (a dictatorship in which decisions are based on the personal will of an executive).
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  11. I'm wondering if, had let's say...Jakarta...got the nod so early on by the IOC based on the "Agenda 2020 + New Norm", you would have defended all those changes all so vigorously as well or if you had posted endless rants as to why the IOC played unfairly.
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  12. So the Japanese organizers should pull the plug because someone else did a **** job of managing their event? Sports leagues and organizations have managed to do this without dozens of cases. Yes, it's a near impossible task to do for an event on the scale of the Olympics, but can we please stop over-reacting as if the only solution is to cancel the Olympics?
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  13. I expect the Sapporo bid to be scrapped following the Tokyo games. So much money has been spent and with these mega sized venues probably with only a handful of spectators, the Tokyo Olympics are headed for a major financial loss. Given that, I don't expect Japan to have much of an appetitie for spending more money on an Olympic bid so soon. I'd go as far to say the financial ramifications from Tokyo will keep Japan out of Olympic bidding for at least a decade if not more. If the IOC isn't serious about getting Salt Lake City on the phone, they need to be.
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  14. Coates plans to retire from AOC, wants to oversee Brisbane Games By Aaron Patrick on Mar 19, 2021 – 3.43pm The IOC has selected Brisbane as the preferred candidate for the 2032 Games, and could ratify the decision at a meeting of all 103 members just before the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games in July. Mr Coates’ position in the international movement would automatically make him a board member of the Brisbane Games organising committee until 2024. After that, it would probably be up to the Queensland government to decide if the veteran sports
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  15. Sorry George_D, I should have clarified. At Athens 2004, there was 2 outside permanent pools, one 50m for the swimming competition and one permanent 25m pool in an area between the swimming pool and the next building, which was used for warm-up laps by swimmers and also some of the water polo preliminary rounds. There was in fact a third outside permanent pool which was the old diving pool but this was not used at Athens 2004 and was instead covered over to create extra space for swimming medal presentations and a temporary grandstand. As you said, there was also the permanent in
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  16. Please note: "Debate" in the IOC nowadays means that Bach writes a script, sends it to the members and let them act it out with various degrees of talent.
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  17. I'm not upset. I just point out that a) there's no transparency in the process despite the IOC pretending to learn from its past corruption and b) any neutral observer or governance expert would agree that Coates had way too many roles in all of this. And for the record: The German bid was embarassing and it's probably fine to give Brisbane the Olympics. But this could have been achieved through a clear and transparent process as well, though apparently the IOC didn't trust its own members to take the right decision and made a fait accompli.
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  18. Thank goodness, these decisions are not made based on blogging comments on whatever media platform. Three indicators show clearly that a majority of Queenslanders support the Olympics coming to the state. One of those polls was the recent Queensland State Election won in a landslide by this Olympics Government. The second was The Courier Mail’s recent opinion poll which found that 60% of Queenslanders support the Olympics coming to the state. A third indicator is that the infamous petition by Pauline Hanson’s party to cancel the Bid was signed by a paltry 5,003 from a stat
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  19. Wait, Brisbane is going to host 2032 games? Sorry i've been disconnected from everything. I mean, remember when there were actual bid races because people actually wanted to host the games? Anyway congratulations to Australia i guess
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. My sentiments exactly FINALLY!!!!
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  26. ...I don't think Athletes, volunteers or sports journalist are essential to anything.
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  27. They said they didn't have a Plan B last time. Then came up with a Plan B very quickly. No idea what they would do if they decide they can't hold the Games this summer. But if that decision has to be made, it won't be made for at least until the spring. There was no way they could have gone ahead with the Olympics last year. But now, sports teams and leagues are managing to operate. Obviously the Olympics is an event like nothing else, but to say it's not possible.. way too early for that kind of declaration. You say they should cut their losses, but this isn't the best example of a
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  28. Computer picked a great time to quit...anyway: ------------------------------------------------------------------ What's that Skippy? What do you mean nobody's fallen down a well?! What are you saying then? We've got to find a logo? For the Brisbane Olympics? When? 2032...fair enough, how many to choose from? 5?! Well, only one way to solve this one... In the words of Sydney 2000, G'Day to the world! Welcome to the GOLD COAST! Don't panic, Peter Beattie has been safely stowed away in a VW camper, no risk of him infiltrating this
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  29. Goodbye and good riddance you fascist orange shitbag
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  30. Wow! I wasn't expecting that and so really great the deadline was extended! Otherwise it would have to have been another year before finally getting an entry in! Massive thanks to everyone for your votes; and to all designers for making it a competition - and of course, to you guys for running a great competition. I'm mega excited to be joining the community again properly - and a nice way to do it! Looking forward to voting on the Brisbane designs next week! J
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  31. I made this video about the 1936 US Olympic Basketball Team that was comprised of Universal Studios employees. It was the first Olympics that ever included basketball, and the US took home the gold! It's a little-known story, but has so many interesting facets across the board. It was relatively controversial just for the team to attend. I hope you enjoy the video!
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  32. My goodness, man.. get off Pavlovian streak of yours when you get excited anytime you see the slightest hint of what could look like a boycott. You do realize that Trump is about to no longer be president, right? Short of one of the biggest political coups ever, Joe Biden is about to be POTUS. He doesn't need to take a stand on China to help get elected. The vote already happened. And what is a "pro boycott order" anyway? Do you think with all that's going on right now that either Trump (likely not going to be the president in 2022) or Biden is thinking about the Olympics at this
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  33. Yeah, the look of the games was released last May, but I don't blame anyone for not noticing due to the current status of the Pandemic. Anyway. Beijing Winter Olympics color system and core graphics release dynamic graphics for the first time in Olympic history https://www.tellerreport.com/sports/2020-05-08-beijing-winter-olympics-color-system-and-core-graphics-release-dynamic-graphics-for-the-first-time-in-olympic-history.rJDKIIzc8.html So, yeah, much like the LA'28 logo, they're going for the Dynamic graphics. Which means we're going to have a Look of the Games in moti
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  34. Date:Oct 30, 2020 News source:The Japan Times Link to this article:https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/10/30/olympics/japanese-language-olympic-parade/
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  35. Wow, how so special that would have been for you to be there in the Stadium that night! My elderly mother and I were just outside the Stadium Australia on little folding stools in the crowded Olympic Park Live Site. It was a great typical Aussie communal party atmosphere there and we all cheered big time when Juan Antonio proclaimed his Games verdict. Treasured memories. I was so lucky as well to be in the Stadium for the first OC Dress Rehearsal then in the actual OC on 15/9/2000. I hope of course that Queensland can bring the Games down under for the third time in 2032.
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  36. Was nice to be in the stadium to hear it....Sydney 2000 was the highlight of my life, I carried the flame into Byron Bay, witnessed the opening and closing and every athletic session, and all up I saw 70 gold medals being won! My best fiend from Uni even hosted the 1 hour pre opening activities in the stadium. And when I was a little kid a few miles from the stadium I used to stage my own Olympic Games in the backyard1
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  37. I love the concept, but I do not like the execution. Can the bold font (L, 2 and 8) at least be the same font since the As change? It seems like the L and the 8 are the same or similar, but the 2 is kind of a sports jersey kind of font. Is this the offical logo or some kind of promo to keep people excited since it's so far away--I hope? I'm not a fan of the A that's currently their icon on social media (some kind of Old English, brush font). Reminds me of the Oakland As.
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  38. Actually, very innovating. It was about time we had a groundbreaking logo which would fit the current digital era, and I like how the way the "A" changes talks so much about LA's identity and culture without going over the top. I agree they could had used a better font for the rest of the letters, though. It was just very weird that they released it so early. It should had happened in 2021, but i guess they now have plenty of time to get to work in a brand which also matches perfectly with this and with the digital age. I hope there are nods to the Festive Federalism brand of LA'84.
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  39. What’s that? Suicide for fear of death? Never in a million years would athletes en masse go for that idea.
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  40. The French have this proclivity to do strange things with their ceremonies. And they like to do outdoor/"theatre in the streets." 1. weird Albertville 1992 ceremonies 2. Med Games 1993 - held lakeside, or by a beach in Languedoc-Rosillon. (There's a partial clip of that on UTube.) 3. this FIFA 1998 World Cup 4. Jeux de la Francophonie 2013 in Nice when the OC was held at the Place Messina (the public square) in Nice. I hope they don't f*ck up 2024 with their weirdness. Oh, well, Cirque du Soleil just filed for bankruptcy becuz all their shows in Vegas closed
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  41. As a Brisbane based politics nut even i struggle to see where this is going. Sure the north and west traditionally vote conservative, but it;s the city seats where the election is won, and given whats happened in Qld with the last few elections i would not call it at all. There is no mood for change. no one has the baseball bats out like we did for Bligh and especially Newman. Theres also next to no election advertising at the moment (there was a Frekington billboard around the corner from me for about a week and than it was pulled down) meaning a good chunk of voters are not even
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  42. There’s maybe an argument at this point to say give Birmingham 2026 & cancel 2022. Would give the World Athletics Championships & their athletes the space they need, 2022 is a very cramped summer. Although obviously it’d be best of all if they can find a host for 2026 & keep Brum - I like the Commonwealth Games, it’s very sad to see them in so much trouble
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  43. It's really disappointing that Qatar insists on hosting events they are so poorly suited for. They would be solid hosts for the Cricket World Cup; the tournament can easily be scheduled for February and most of the people living in Qatar are from India, Bangladesh and Nepal and enjoy cricket. Yet they have no interest in cricket's world cup. Meanwhile, there is no chance they would be able to host the Olympics in 40+ C heat during July. Every sport in the world would have to change their schedule to accommodate a summer Olympics held in the winter so Qatar could host. Then again I th
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  44. 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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  45. The changing A is totally derivative of the MTV logo....and anyone who has been alive the last 30 years would have seen it somewhere. I think MTV did it better though. Remember Tokyo changed its logo because it was similar to a Belgium Theater troupe- not many of us had seen that!
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  46. I find it funny looking at that stadium- it doesnt look THAT big- but it held 115,000! Looks smaller than the LA Colliseum or Birds Nest for example, but held a lot more people. Was an amazing venue during the Games...
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  47. FIFA made the right decision for the first time in sooo long. As for UEFA’s bloc votes, it’s sad to see that even now individuals in FIFA don’t get to vote for themselves, & from a perspective of naked self-interest re 2030, the FA probably made the decision that’d piss off fewer voters, but the real insult is the reason given by UEFA - describing the Women’s World Cup as a ‘development tournament’. Whoever at UEFA came up with that one should be ashamed of themselves Congrats ANZ, hopefully you’ll show FIFA what 2022 could’ve been too if the brown envelopes hadn’t won.
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  48. I’d just like to point out that Bob Katter is one of our idiot politicians. He’s from rural Queensland (the state I live in) and he’s a homophobic idiot who is essentially just a shock jock who goes for headlines. He’s not a politician anyone in this country with a brain takes seriously.
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  49. Australia is a safe pick in these times..and sadly epidemiologists are predicting global pandemics more regularly in the future... Australia is spending (ie wasting) $100 billion plus on new submarines, and $100 billion plus on new strike fighters at the moment. So I never wont to here that we cant afford 3-5 billion for the Olympics!
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