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  1. Can't wait. I was disappointed when Bach stood for re-election. The movement has plateau'd in his tenure. Hopefully not another European man.
  2. I'm not against a Brisbane Olympics - in fact I defended the city itself numerous times when it was announced earlier this year. Brisbane is a fresh and exciting place and is our only option for July-August. It has the potential to be an Australian Barcelona and I love that. I also love that it might encourage other non-Alpha world cities to give it a go (eg. the likes of Manchester or Durban). However I still have strong reservations about how it came to fruition. I will hold the same feeling if we get Kazan 2036 or Doha 2036. I would feel reluctant right now as a city leader to enter a process like this. I'm also convinced they will ditch Agenda 2020 in a heartbeat if they start to get a groundswell of cities interested again (which they will - Paris, LA and Brisbane will be a golden era, mark my words there will be piping hot competition for 2036/40).
  3. This is still my main concern with a Brisbane region Olympics - transport. Its just not as well established as Sydney and Melbourne and careful planning to connect a dispersed 2032 Games needs to really get the transport aspect right otherwise I can see it being a bit... Atlanta.
  4. Should have read ahead! You said what I was thinking. The more I think about in this weird world of Brisbane-Gold Coast, Beijing-Zhangjiakou and Milan-Cortina (and Stockholm-Are's consideration) I think 'New York 20XX Olympic Winter Games' works (Also the naming would be convenient if promoted as 'New York' as it would be deliberately ambiguous as both host city and host state)
  5. In fact --- just to throw it out there --- why not a New York City Winter Olympics? We all thought Beijing was ridiculous, but given the consideration to Stockholm-Are (which nearly happened) this could be an exciting option. Mountain venues upstate, ice venues in Manhattan. I think it would be thrilling, and would finally scratch the itch of the Big Apple not being an Olympic city.
  6. I think its fair to say Australia will sit 2026 out. We've done our bit to help out the CWG by giving them two outstanding Games in 2006 and 2018 and it seems like they've not been proactive enough to engage with potential candidates earlier. Its not like this problem is new for them - they have been skating on thin ice for decades now with luck of solid cities stepping up - sometimes as the only candidate. If I were the CGF I'd be pitching a double hosting to Birmingham. After 2022, put the organisation into 'sleep mode' and effectively use 2022 model again in 2026. Then hand off to Hamilton for 2030. The Asian Games had a similar issue in 1970 when they were left without a host city - 1966 host Bangkok stepped in for 1970 using the exact same Games plan.
  7. In fairness though - if we had less non-Anglosphere countries getting cold feet it might not be as much of the USA/Australia/Canada high rotation.
  8. As an Australian I can see a big difference. Canada is quite distinctly different to the US. However point taken re: the glut of 'new world' English speaking hosts (a bit of a repeat of Atlanta-Sydney-Salt Lake). Is there any interest from Lake Placid? Seeing as New York City is unlikely now as an Olympic venue until at least mid century it seems like Lake Placid (perhaps cohosted with Albany) could be intriguing.
  9. Welcome to the world of petty Australian politics - the IOC should be prepared for a long winded decade of 2032 being politicised. However, its all surfacey - and highly unlikely anything will happen that will compromise the Games themselves (Canberra upsetting Queensland is a big no-no - politically it is our Florida). Although I must admit the barking about funding and stadiums, etc, sounded a lot like history repeating itself in the preparations for Melbourne 1956 where basically the same thing happened.
  10. I hope the Canadians pull through and get on this one - Salt Lake is great but it would be nice to see Vancouver again in 2030 instead of a double US Olympics.
  11. LOL. Bach inspires me to sign off with 'Interschool Debating, 2002'.
  12. Perth doesn't have the same calibre of venues as Western Sydney. The current crisis within in NSW isn't forever. Governments have departments that handle different portfolios - as above NSW is more than capable of engaging with the CGF during the current crisis.
  13. Seeing as the other thread is a newsfeed 'retweet' dominated by one particular member, I thought it could be good to have a separate thread that is inviting for all to all to discuss the basics of the Games as they evolve over the years.
  14. Bizarre logic. You realise the NSW Govt is a massive entity capable of undertaking more than one task at a time? I would say it should compel them from a stimulus / civic pride point of view.
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