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About Guardian

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  1. Guardian

    2022: A troubling scenario

    I am not against the Chinese people, but they are going to get the same treatment from Beijing 2008, if it wins 2022. In other words, rob the poor and vulnerable to feed the corrupt CCP rich and officials. 2008 was a vanity project just for a select few of CCP cronies. Like I said before, I would not be surprised that some Chinese that were volunteers for Beijing 2008 was either in "house arrest", silenced, or even worse. Never mind that a few venues for Beijing 2008 is now abandoned and left to rot. And, to top everything about Beijing 2008, to have the world see that "Hitler salute" by brainwashed children during the Chinese national anthem sequence reminds me too much of Berlin 1936. Since I am currently living in Calgary, I would love to have the city host the Winter Olympics again. Like the decision to give the 2020 Summer Olympics to Tokyo, Calgary for 2026 could potentially be a stable choice for the IOC and to counteract any possible negative outlooks from 2022. However, the one issue I have about a possible Calgary bid will be the Olympic village for the athletes. Otherwise, with a few upgrades on some venues, the idea would work. Well, I wouldn't be surprised, if Salt Lake City would try to come up with a bid, too.
  2. Guardian

    2022: A troubling scenario

    Well, this situation could result of the USA hosting both 2024 Summer and 2026 Winter, like the way that the 1980 Winter and 1984 Summer bids were made. Besides, it is American greenbacks that the IOC wants badly, to save their skins. In other words, like 1980 Winter and 1984 Summer, the IOC needs a "bailout" again from American taxpayers. I think the majority of Americans are not going to like that at all.
  3. I think that Almaty has got these Winter Olympics in the bag now. I do not like the idea of Beijing hosting another Games, due to that the 2008 one was just a "prize" for the Chinese Communist Party. How many white elephants are there, from those 2008 Games? The Olympic Games are not the BIE's World's Fair. According to BIE rules, once a World's Fair is done, the area must not leave any trace of what transpired there. In other words, almost everything that was built for the Fair must be destroyed. That, to me, is a big waste of time, energy, space, and money for any city. The IOC better not follow the BIE's ways.
  4. Hey, guys. It has been a long time, since I have logged on to these forums. Anyway, I ran across an interesting sub-topic in the Olympic Games Wikipedia page. He/she added the "Colonialism" topic in the controversy section. I flagged it as a "dispute" argument because the person who entered that in there implicates Canada as a "sole colonial power" against "all" Aboriginal peoples on their "stolen land." This person did not give evidence of that on any other nation that has hosted the Olympic Games in the past. Never mind that he/she is probably watching news about the "Russian incursion" toward Ukraine, right after hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. If you read that section of the Olympic Games page, do you think is it a legitimate argument or is it just another ongoing negative rant about the whole idea of the Olympic Games being hosted anywhere?
  5. Guardian

    USA 2024

    Well, the door to host the 2024 edition is now wide open. A North American city could be a favorable next destination for it, while there will always have an European nation wanting it, too.
  6. Guardian

    Tokyo 2020 Bid News

    With this news, Japan is now in third place, by itself, in terms of how many Olympic Games it has hosted in the past, with four in total. Only France and the USA hosted more Olympic Games than Japan, with five and eight of them respectively.
  7. Guardian

    Tokyo 2020 Bid News

    Congratulations to Tokyo and Japan. I guess that the IOC wanted to have a "safe" location to host an Olympic Games, against the backdrop of all those Olympic Games being hosted for first-timers.
  8. Guardian

    U.S. to Boycott Sochi?

    Boycotts do not essentially work in the end of things. Not to be a broken record, but look at Beijing's example. The 2008 Summer Olympics was just a "trophy" for the legitamacy of the Chinese Communist Party and no one else. Besides, with Sochi 2014, I better not see some overt "indoctrination" of some group(s) of people at the opening ceremony, like what happened at Beijing 2008. My taste for the Olympic Games went down moderately then, when the organizers of Beijing 2008 used children to do that "Nazi salute", when the Chinese national anthem was played. In the end of it all, China stayed the same, when it comes to many political, social, and economic issue it has to deal with. Turn the page. However, things could get interesting at Sochi 2014. First of all, according to Transparency International for the latest data from 2012, Russia is the most corrupt nation to ever host an Olympic Games so far. Even China is considered "less corrupt" than it. Go figure.
  9. Guardian

    Technical Questions

    What are warning points? I have only just saw that now in my profile.
  10. Guardian

    COC To Back Possible Toronto 2024 Bid

    The biggest barrier for Toronto to bid for the Olympic Games presently is the current Harper government. It seems that the three Olympic Games Canada hosted so far had the Liberals in power, when it came to winning bids for them.
  11. Guardian

    COC To Back Possible Toronto 2024 Bid

    I get the feeling that 2024 is going the way the bids for the 2012 Olympic Games went. Having all those well-known global cities going at it made it exciting and nail-biting.
  12. Guardian

    COC To Back Possible Toronto 2024 Bid

    Well, South Africa did well in hosting the 2010 World Cup. Too bad that Uganda got the undesired incident from that terrorist group that really wanted to aim their bombers at South Africa. Of course, 2018 is located just south from the DMZ border in Korea. 2020 is going to be hard for the IOC to choose.
  13. Guardian

    COC To Back Possible Toronto 2024 Bid

    What a difference in organization and logistics then, between Montreal and Calgary. Of course, it is a bit of a "comparison between an apple and an orange" here.
  14. Guardian

    High Speed Trains

    The Chinese may have this achievement, but I bet there are some misgivings about the whole idea. See how these "American Chinese spies" (aka New Tang Dynasty) uncovered the other side of this story:
  15. Guardian

    High Speed Trains

    Meanwhile, China opens the world's longest high-speed train line between Beijing and Guangzhou. Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20842836
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