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Triffle last won the day on August 26 2013

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  1. Is it really that big of a deal hosting an Olympics in Melbourne during August? Yes it gets a bit nippy, but its not like a true Northern Hemisphere winter. The only sports it would be particularly problematic for are triathlon and open water swimming (hardly marquee events) and I suppose beach volleyball (which they could compromise and host indoors). It wouldn't have a major impact on local attendance, except for street events if it rained (the average rainfall in Melbourne in August is comparable to London and Rio but significantly less than Beijing). Sure, it doesn't quite fit with th
  2. Melbourne is positioned stupendously to host an Olympic Games on short notice. Indeed, the only major piece of infrastructure absent from the city's illustrious portfolio of sports venues is a major aquatics arena. Virtually every sport on the Olympic programme could already be accommodated by existing infrastructure, as exemplified by the following hypothetical plan: If Melbourne were to bid, undoubtedly the constituent cluster used for the Games would be the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct, situated directly south-east of the city's central grid. The venue plan for this vast pre
  3. Excellent result Now that that's done... Go Paris 2024!!
  4. Already had one disappointing election result today, another would make for a rather bad day. I had a nice dinner at least
  5. I have been travelling all year so I haven't paid as much attention to this race as I usually do. Nevertheless, my recent week in Istanbul means I have now visited each of the candidate cities. So from a personal perspective, I certainly hope Tokyo hosts in 2020. I have been somewhat confused by replies on this thread saying Istanbul is not competing against a "London, Paris or Beijing". No, its competing against another of the world's greatest cities. I wouldn't begrudge an Istanbul Olympics, because it is a great city. It would, however, leave a bad taste for me because of the economic d
  6. Ahhh that makes more sense. if a sport is voted off, I would doubt they'd subsequently by the selected 28th sport; I would imagine the IOC would favour something shiny and new. I hope that won't be the system indefinitely because it seems like it could evolve into removing sports for no justifiable reason other than to add something new.
  7. Have I got this right? Is the IOC selecting 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympics, and then I assume the 3 excluded plus new sports will compete for the final 3 places??? In which case, ignoring personal preference, what sports will most likely be outside the core list?
  8. + could add London too, I don't think they had previously bidded post the 1948 Games?
  9. No that massively over simplifies the issue and some of your suggestions are totally impractical. The MCC's position is virtually irrelevant because although they are responsible for the management of the venue, the MCG is actually owned by the Victorian Government. The key stakeholders in this hypothetical situation are the State Government and the AFL, the major tenants. The Vic Government cannot simply say to the AFL that "the MCG will be unavailable in 2024 and that's all there is to it" because the AFL has as much clout in this city as the Catholic Church did in Rome during the Middle Age
  10. Because the AFL did not rely on the MCG to the extent that it does now. Its thrown all the eggs into 1 basket in a way.
  11. Obviously won't win and a bid won't materialize either, but its interesting to consider the issue of an Olympic Stadium. The MCG is of course the iconic heart of Melbourne and would popularly be preferred by the public to be the Olympic Stadium. But the Olympics would have to be held in September in Melbourne, which is the traditional timeslot of the AFL finals. The solution for the 2000 Olympics was to simply bring the season forward so the finals were done by September and the MCG was thus vacant for the soccer tournament. But if the MCG was to be the Olympic Stadium, the venue would need t
  12. I'm tipping Brazil will shake up the status quo for the world's top 10 sporting powers (US, GB, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, Australia) in the medium term future. I feel as though Brazilians have had a larger presence at the Games in finals than I've previously noticed, perhaps that's just been a fluke. even if they're not converting to more medals yet, I think Brazil has the right formula to become a sporting power over the next couple decades.
  13. Why not? If the USA hosts any of 2020/2024/2028/2032, then the Americas will have a strong chance again by the 2040's. And i don't think Toronto is assured against B.A or Mexico in 3 decades.
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