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  1. While I agree that this whole stadium debacle is a complete and utterly joke. In fact, delaying it has made it more problematic for us as it's costing us $1.2 mill a month for it. I just don't see how this stadium would lead to a Commonwealth Games bid considering that there is no intention of making it an Athletics capable venue. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see another Commonwealth Games bid in CHCH, I just don't see the stadium lead us into bidding for the games.
  2. The Qatar Olympic Committee has announced it's interest in hosting the 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Qatar unsuccessfully bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in both 2016 and 2020. The Qatari capital of Doha hosted the 2006 Asian Games, an event which was seen to have encouraged them to bid for other global events. This included the FIFA World Cup, which Qatar will host in 2022 after being controversially awarded the tournament in 2010. This was despite the bid process being the subject of allegations of bribery and corruption. Similar allegations also surrounded the World Athletics Championships, which the country hosted last year. Opponents have claimed Qatar has used major sporting events to improve its image amid a poor human rights record, and criticism of migrants' rights at World Cup construction sites. Qatar is also bidding for the 2027 Asian Cup, and is set to be in a head-to-head battle with Saudi Arabia for the hosting rights for the 2030 Asian Games, with the two neighbours locked in a diplomatic crisis. Following the announcement of the two bidding countries, Amnesty International called on the Olympic Council of Asia to ensure all bids are assessed to identify potential risks. The organisation said the Games should be used to bolster and defend human rights in host countries. - Article
  3. I don't know about you but I'm keen to watch a few games live here in Christchurch, maybe even go to the opener in Auckland.
  4. I guess now's a good time to get rid of that watermark on our flags On a serious note, the Women's World Cup could be a great catalyst event to see if we could potentially co-host the FIFA World Cup as soon as 2034.
  5. Here's the FIFA Council vote breakdown, for those who are interested. My congratulations to both Australia and New Zealand!
  6. Well now this is interesting.... Even though the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup is set to be announced in a couple of days, it appears Japan will be withdrawing their bid meaning the Australian/New Zealand bid is poised to win the hosting rights for the tournament. "Japanese news website, Kyodo News, which is said to have around 50 million subscribers, reported on Monday afternoon that Japan's Football Association is set to withdraw its bid. Shortly after, Japan's national broadcaster NHK also reported that the bid would be withdrawn, with an official announcement expected on Monday evening at 7:30pm (AEST). If confirmed, that would leave only Colombia as Australia and New Zealand's only competition to host the tournament..." Read more: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/japan-to-withdraw-2023-women-s-world-cup-bid-report
  7. FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Bid Evaluation Report published – three bids submitted to FIFA Council Following a detailed assessment of the bid books and visits to the bidding countries, today FIFA confirmed that three bids will be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ host(s) at its meeting to be held online on 25 June 2020. The three qualifying bids are: joint submission by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football; submission by the Colombian Football Association; submission by the Japan Football Association. The Brazilian Football Association informed FIFA on Monday, 8 June, of its decision to withdraw its bid. The evaluation report is now available here. https://www.fifa.com/who-we-are/news/fifa-women-s-world-cup-2023tm-bid-evaluation-report-published-three-bids-submitt
  8. They decided to postpone uploading the ceremony to June 8th out of respect for the global community.
  9. Singapore would be a great candidate city. It has the facilities, they have a stable economy, they've proved they can host mid tier multi-sport events, it's a safe country etc. I would personally like to see the games held in Africa. Imagine the Commonwealth Games in Lagos or Nairobi (I would mention South Africa, but after the Durban fiasco... )
  10. Just wait until Paris 2024 where the surfing event is literally held on the other side of the world
  11. If Hamilton ends up winning the bid for 2030, can we have Hamilton in NZ host the 2034 games for the laughs.
  12. Gaborone, Abuja and Tunis were the other participating cities wanting to host the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics. I probably would've liked to seen Botswana host it since it hosted the 2014 African Youth Games.
  13. (5 Years later...) Though I'd prefer to see Auckland host the Senior Games like most people, Auckland undoubtedly can host a SYOG before 2050. NZICC would be the Media Hub/International Broadcasting Center, Mt Smart stadium could be redeveloped into the Athletics Stadium etc. A new Aquatics center and possibly a velodrome (Unless Cambridge is open to a joint bid) would be needed for the games. Otherwise, new Infrastructure is well and truly underway such as the redevelopment of Auckland International Airport and the City Rail Link. I would definitely want Auckland to be the first city in Oceania to host the SYOG. Christchurch has potential, but it still slowly recovering from the quakes. Lastly, Wellington... Yeah good luck with that. Now in terms of the Winter Youth Games, Lakes Districts is the obvious choice. Population wise, Queenstown Lakes Districts has around 40,000 residents, which is comparable to a certain host city that hosted the Senior Winter Games in '94 and the Youth Winter Games in 2016 (With Lakes Districts having 10,000 more residents than Lillehammer). The Olympic Village would be located in/or near Frankton (Near Queenstown Airport). The International Broadcast center could be located in the new Convention Center in Christchurch with a minor one in Queenstown. Venues such as Ski Jumping and Sliding centers would need to be constructed, though these would be justified to be used in the annual NZ Winter Games post games. Satellite cities could host ice events such as Dunedin and Invercargill. It would be a picture-esk location for the WYOG however the main draw back is the scheduling conflicts with other international sport competitions. Overall, I think it can host it around 2050. If Lakes Districts started planing and upgrading current infrastructures like airports, roads, and venues, then it could be sooner. But knowing Queenstown residents, they wouldn't want these games. (TL;DR, Auckland has 80-90% of the venues and has major infrastructure boost. Auckland definitely can host it before 2050. Lakes Districts has around 60-70% of the venues, new venues would be used in the NZ Winter Games. Lakes District could host around 2050, could be sooner if planing started now.) So what are the chances? Probably a 65% chance of a SYOG before 2050 and a 40% chance of a WYOG before 2050. However, we Kiwi's can only dream of an IOC sanctioned event in New Zealand...
  14. [Spoilers] As we draw near to the Opening Ceremony, I thought I'd share one last batch of photos/screenshots from the rehearsal yesterday. This batch contains artistic performances and a possible Cauldron? (Still unsure as it could be apart of an artistic performance). These are spoilers nonetheless.
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