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  1. Off-topic, I hope that this tournament will give Canada a chance to, one day, host the other World Cup. Now that Russia has 2018, Canada is the only G8 nation to not have hosted the men's World Cup.
  2. Iranian media boycotts London 2012, stating that the logo is offensive to Islam, when it comes to Jerusalem. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17657450
  3. I ran that piece of news through my look at AroundtheRings. I don't know if this piece was true, but there were as many as about a dozen cities internationally bid for these Games. So, you could say that the news was muted at best.
  4. Well, I do not know, if this will help New Zealand host another Commonwealth Games, but congratulations to Auckland in winning the bid to host the 2017 World Masters Games. Link: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10791787
  5. I think my head is spinning. Is it just me or there is still more "decisions" to be made on sport venue sites, never mind getting them built or upgraded? For starters, I am certainly not wanting Toronto 2015 look like a repeat of Montreal 1976!
  6. Well, the death continues to haunt the FIL and, thanks to that, Calgary, too. There are "threats" to blacklist Canada from hosting any more international luge competitions because of that death in 2010. Link: http://aroundtherings.com/articles/view.aspx?id=39178
  7. Good thing that a velodrome will be a permanent venue for the Toronto area. I am seriously not sure, if Canada even has such a venue in operation right now.
  8. Found this article yesterday. To make it short, a former Canadian IOC member (somewhat ignored as "not credible", according to the article) is warning the Ontario premier McGuinty that the cost of hosting the 2015 Pan American Games could reach $4 billion. In the past, before the bid, he wanted to bring the Games to Toronto. Now, he has officially flip-flopped and is a critic, like Chris Shaw (of Vancouver 2010).
  9. Well, if anyone really cares, the decision to host these Games will occur on Thursday the 12th. After that, a "long wait" to sign the host city contract at Quebec City for the 2012 SportAccord meeting between the tentative host city committee and the IWGA.
  10. Cricket, really? That would be a first for the Pan American Games, should PASO agree to the idea. I would think that field hockey would be a natural choice anyway, since the Pan Ams are a qualifying event for the Olympics to that sport.
  11. It was just a formality of going through the process, before Lillehammer got the chance to say that it will host the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. If the 2016 bid process resulted in just one candidate city interested in these Games, then what is to say that the 2020 version is going to be any different?
  12. Great. A repeat of Montreal 1976 and could be a black eye for a possible Toronto 2024 bid.
  13. Well, I have my guesses, but I will keep them to myself. If I have any say about that potential, I would have to say that half of all the applicant cities for 2020 is making "secret negotiations" to the Chinese. Two of them are definitely not going to the Chinese for sure. One of them is right down the middle.
  14. Surprise, indeed. What would Rogge say at the closing ceremony of Innsbruck 2012? I doubt that he is going to say that the next Winter Youth Olympics, in 2016, has been delayed, due to "non-interest" in the Games.
  15. There are only so many cities that have the existing capability to host one in the first place. If I am right about this rule about bidding for the Youth Winter Olympics, the venues have to be already in place, just like the IOC-sanctioned World Games. I wouldn't mind, if Calgary wants to bid for a future Youth Winter Olympics, but it has one problem: the ski jump. It was made at the time before the current regulations about longer jump lengths were allowed. In other words, it would need an upgrade to the venue, in sync with the one in Whistler (using the latest Winter Olympics hosted).
  16. Oh, man. This idea of a youth version of the Winter Olympics is not getting traction, when it comes to publicity about it. We are less than 2 months from the first one in Innsbruck and we still don't know, if these Games will continue on. Will it be a flop, like the way PASO tried to have the Pan American Winter Games going after 1990?
  17. Just as long as Canada is not going to the Chinese to fund a possible Olympic bid, unlike certain countries bidding for 2020 at the moment.
  18. I am going to use the "wait and see" approach here. First of all, Rob Ford wants all the cost-cutting done under his first term as mayor. Second, he has been reported by an American magazine as "a Canadianized Tea Party member", with little positive news about him in it. Also, how he is going to deal with the upgrading and construction of all the venues needed for the 2015 Pan-American Games? Will they be downgraded? Will they be temporary? Would some venues have to be shelved for economic reasons? How would a possible 2024 Olympic bid would look like, once the Pan American Games are concluded? Obviously, Rio's venues was good enough for the IOC to give them the 2016 Olympic Games. Could Toronto repeat that performance in 2017, which happens to be Canada's 150th anniversary year?
  19. Am I miscounting how many times Madrid has put forward an application to host an Olympic Games? I thought this is going to be their FOURTH attempt. It did bid for 1972, 2012, and 2016 so far. As this current bid is for 2020, this would be the fourth time, if it becomes a candidate city later on.
  20. China has already been taken, like Beijing 2015, after Moscow 2013. Ditto here. However, do you think the USA should have hosted the 2022 World Cup instead of Qatar?
  21. Just only two cities wanting to host this championship? Oh, well. It is held after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and is the sport's biggest event. Either one could host a great championship, so good luck to both of them on Friday.
  22. That's true. However, Toronto is not that experienced in hosting high-performance international sporting events. The city is used to the idea of hosting professional sports leagues, like the MLB (Toronto Blue Jays), the NBA (Toronto Raptors), the CFL (Toronto Argonauts), and the NHL (Toronto Maple Leafs.) Remember, it had an Olympic test project (approved by the IOC) that flopped in the past. So, it would be like Sochi (host of the 2014 Winter Olympics) to a degree because there will be more venue building from scratch than upgrading existing venues already in place.
  23. It is going to be interesting on how Rob Ford is going to be received in Guadalajara on Sunday, for the closing ceremony.
  24. Well, it is going to be interesting on how Toronto handles preparing for the 2015 Pan American Games. If it goes well, then I say that Toronto should go for a bid for 2024. My concern is how Rob Ford is going to deal with the city's finances, as he is a "cutting hawk." And, I don't know, is Toronto getting short-changed in help getting money to pay for infrastructure upgrades and the like?
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