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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. What are warning points? I have only just saw that now in my profile.
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  16. And Dubai wants to host an Olympic Games in its future? Didn't it withdrew from the 2014 Asian Games, too?
  17. I wonder, if these three new episode movies would be based on the Timothy Zahn novels: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command?
  18. I have to agree. A massive 22-year run of Olympic Winter Games successes is a major accomplishment for Canada so far. It could get interesting, if Canada can outperform the 14-gold medal run at Vancouver 2010 with another world-breaking record of gold medals to be won at Sochi 2014.
  19. Well, if this is the case, then Germany is definitely overdue to having an Olympic Games. Remember, the IOC does have a long memory.
  20. By the way, does anyone know what is going on at the Wikipedia entry about Sochi 2014? Someone keeps on claiming (without concrete evidence) that the motto of those upcoming Games has changed. However, the "new motto" seems more like a satire of a James Bond movie (and a bit of a subtle threat) than an actual motto. Yet, this person continues to change it to its "present" form, not the "Gateway to the Future" motto.
  21. Well, it would be a risk to put an Asian as an IOC President, since the IOC does not have one in the past. However, the first question that could come up amongst other veteran IOC members is this: How is your fluency of the French language?
  22. If London can do 2012, then why not New York City? Besides, when Baron de Coubertin was alive, he wanted NYC to host an Olympic Games. If the USOC says yes to 2024 and nominates it and Toronto does the same in Canada, what a contest that would be for me to witness.
  23. I think Pound's chances are long gone. Besides, his reputation in the IOC is, to me, too associated with Samaranch. To some, that cannot be good, given the fact that Samaranch was grilled in Washington by US law makers in the last last decade over some matters they didn't like about him. Also, if Bach is to be IOC President, I hope his French is good. Like Quebec in Canada, some French-speaking people will resent the fact that an organization, like the IOC, that has a head honcho that doesn't speak one of the two official languages of the Olympics.
  24. Just remembered a piece of news, regarding and off-topic remark by a certain ophthalmologist from UBC from either CBC or CTV, during London 2012. VANOC and the COC sure knows him well because he was "public enemy #1." Yep, still calls Vancouver 2010 "the biggest mistake Canada has taken so far." 2 years after it is all over and he is still shooting his mouth about he is "anti-Olympic" and so forth. Anyway, rumors has it that he may join forces with BnC, and other like groups, to protest at Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the 2015 Women's World Cup venues. Just rumors, nothing more. Like, doesn't he have thesis papers and course teachings in UBC's faculty of medicine's ophthalmology department to worry about MORE than protesting at these events? I wonder how the UBC views this guy now.
  25. Now that London 2012 is over, the concentration of the Summer Olympics shifts to Rio in 4 years time. How would the golfers qualify for Rio 2016? Would they use the world ranking system, like what tennis does, in determining who goes to Rio for the golf events? Would any of golfing's major events [like the Augusta National (the green jacket) or the British Open] become qualifying events, too? As for rugby sevens, I have to assume that the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, could be a qualifying event for Rio 2016 (I am just guessing here). How about the world rankings of the IRB Sevens World Series or the final placing of teams in an upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens, which will be held in 2013? I would love to see what you think about this topic.
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