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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. "Screwed up hosting" is one way of putting it. I suppose it did, in the same way the Titanic screwed up docking in New York.
    5 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. **** you Bach. Thanks for ruining Olympics. You and China can rot in hell together for all I care.
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  6. Looks promising according to the screen grabs from Seven this morning
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  7. Uhmmm . . . so GLARINGLY OBVIOUS!!
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  8. 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...
    4 points
  9. 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.
    3 points
  10. 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!
    3 points
  11. The mascots right now after watching the ceremony:
    3 points
  12. Did you know that Thomas Bach was Olympic Champion in Fencing, 1976?
    3 points
  13. 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
  14. 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.
    3 points
  15. I am very glad for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia - a good place to host for 2032, but I am not a fan of the new bid process... For me it is somehow behind closed doors - you don't get much information why Brisbane was chosen, since there is no official bid book...
    3 points
  16. @Victoriandid us proud!
    3 points
  17. 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.
    3 points
  18. 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.
    3 points
  19. 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.
    3 points
  20. https://www.instagram.com/p/CRcEQJwhUJ2/ Drones forming the Tokyo 2020 logo and the globe
    3 points
  21. Preparation inside stadium
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  22. 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
  23. 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.
    3 points
  24. 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.
    3 points
  25. 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
    3 points
  26. 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
  27. Very exciting!!!! This is real now!!! A live in Melbourne and as much as I love my city, I would’ve had soccer in Queensland instead. A missed opportunity to not have Metricon Stadium used.
    3 points
  28. 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
    3 points
  29. 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
  30. It feels like I subscribed to a newsfeed from a local paper in South Queensland.
    3 points
  31. 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!!!!!
    3 points
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. mate, you’re the biggest twat of all, coming on here, a Tokyo Olympics forum and sledging a champion and a highly popular person in the host country. Naomi Osaka has, like many around the world right now, has got internal battles, mental health challenges. Mental health illness has become the biggest outcome of this pandemic. I suggest you take a good look at your sick disgusting attitude and while you’re doing that, crawl back under the rock from which you came.
    2 points
  35. Well, i fell asleep soon after the parade of nations started last night (sorry parade fans, I’m with Baron on this one. Tedious. Having seen them all since Montreal, I’m just over them in a big way). So just caught up with rest this morning. Anyway, don’t know what to say really. Glad I caught it, but I’ll never watch it again. Weird. Austere. Some nice moments, but nothing wow. I guess it was a delicate balance doing an opening ceremony for the COVID era. Considering that, they probably got the tone right, but it’s always gonna be a bid sad to think of what could have been. That’s fricken COVID for you. It’s almost like a dare to China to even think of going bombastic next year. But it’s China, I doubt they’ll know how NOT to be bombastic. Just a thought on Olympic OCs in general. I know the traditions and formalities are important, but i think they’re starting to get burdened by just how many set pieces they are obligated to include. For a while now, I think it’s been the closing ceremonies that have been shining more. i liked the cauldron.
    2 points
  36. Lord how this place has withered on the vine. Tokyo and the IOC had the NBA bubble, the two NHL bubbles and the Champions league bubble to learn from. Yet because they refused to sacrifice the parade of nations and the athletes village they have f-cking cocked this **** right up. Like Lord Jesus, what in the goddamn hell were these nitwits thinking. Its not f-cking hard. All Judoka your bubble is here, all fencers - here. All gymnasts over there. Instead he have the countries together and MIXING for f-cksakes. Like really, you have Johnson committing another Holodomor agains the youth of the UK for the good of the old farts and now this **** WHAT THE F-CK PS Puppy I hope you're well.
    2 points
  37. Now I'm in near national stadium.About 1 hour and half later,I see 5 rings in the sky.Many people in the street who want to witness it,and I'm one of them with soyoshi.
    2 points
  38. Probably because the ceremonies have fallen into disgrace now because of the Director anti-semitic remarks, so they want to avoid more damage to the reputation. Its a normal practice.
    2 points
  39. Everyone needs to keep an eye out for @Victorian's Brisbane logo in global news etc - as the winner of the comp last year, it's literally the nearest thing there is to a Brisbane 2032 logo ATM
    2 points
  40. We have seen some very short footages of the next ceremony and I can’t help remembering some of the top moments of the previous summer games ceremonies. According to me, they are (starting in 1992): Barcelona 1992: The Mediterrean sea Atlanta 1996: Summer time Sydney 2000: Nature Athens 2004 : Clepsidra Beijing 2008 (Many top moments) : One world, one dream London 2012: Pandemonium Rio 2016: Pindorama What could be this time????
    2 points
  41. Simple IOC “Yes/No” Vote on Brisbane 2032 In considering the simple “Yes/No” Vote on 21 July by IOC Members on awarding Brisbane the 2032 Games, here is a breakdown of the countries of the 102 IOC Members (which may or may not give an indication of voting intention). The IOC President has also said that no alternative to Brisbane will be offered. Country of that member Number of IOC Members from that country Abidjan 1 Afghanistan 1 Algeria 1 Argentina 1 Aruba 1 Australia 2 Austria 1 Belgium 2 Bhutan 1 Brazil 2 Burundi 1 Cameroon 1 Canada 3 Cape Verde 1 Chile 1 China 3 Costa Rica 1 Côte d’Ivoire 1 Croatia 1 Cuba 1 Czechoslovakia 1 Denmark 2 Dominican Republic 1 Ethiopia 1 Fiji 1 Finland 2 France 3 **Germany **2 Great Britain 3 Greece 1 Hungary 2 India 2 Indonesia 1 Ireland 1 Israel 1 Italy 2 Japan 2 Jordan 1 Kenya 1 Korea 2 Kuwai 1 Lesotho 1 Liechtenstein 1 Lithuania 1 Luxembourg 1 Monaco 1 Mongolia 1 Moreno 1 Morocco 1 New Zealand 1 Norway 1 Palau 1 Pakistan 1 Papua New Guinea 1 Paraguay 1 Phillipines 1 Puerto Rico 1 Romania 1 Rwanda 1 Qatar 1 Russia 2 Saudi Arabia 1 Senegal 1 Serbia 1 Singapore 1 Slovakia 1 South Africa 1 Spain 2 Sweden 2 Switzerland 3 Thailand 1 Turkey 1 Uganda 1 Ukraine 2 USA 2 Zimbabwe 1 Total IOC Members: 102 ** IOC President Thomas Bach from Germany abstains unless there is a tie
    2 points
  42. 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”.
    2 points
  43. 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 state population of 5.174 million Queenslanders. The IOC has taken note of the majority support, actually specifically mentioned it in their Assessment Report ahead of the recent announcement and is now on the cusp of voting to award the 2032 Games to Queenland.
    2 points
  44. 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.
    2 points
  45. My sentiments exactly FINALLY!!!!
    2 points
  46. 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 point? Just because you're making all these posts to fill 9 pages worth of a thread does not mean they're pushing to make these decisions now. You need to get it in your head that just because this is a hot topic for you now doesn't mean government officials are going to make decisions *now* for an event that is still 15 months away and also happens to have another Olympics in front of it.
    2 points
  47. 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.
    2 points
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