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  1. Since this thread exists anyway, might as well post this here: the Copa América Femenina has just concluded. Brazil won for the sixth time in seven editions, Colombia finished second and Ecuador finished third. Brazil (as host) and Colombia will be the CONMEBOL representatives in the Olympic women's Football tournament for the second straight time. Brazil and Colombia also both qualify for the 2015 women's world cup. Ecuador will be in a playoff against the fourth best CONCACAF team for a spot in the world cup but they are out of contention for the Olympic tournament.

  2. WOW- Qualification has occurred, two years before the opening! Congrats to GB, GER and NED, on their way to Rio with their horsies!

    Other European dressage teams will have to wait for Tokyo, 6 years away!

    There used to be qualifications that happened even earlier (especially in shooting). I believe it's only since London that qualification events can't be more than 2 years before the opening ceremonies.

    And actually (at least) three more European dressage teams will qualify.

  3. Odds are if Canada would host 2026 (fat chance, IMO) the finals would be in Toronto and the opening match would be in Montreal. Vancouver and Edmonton would probably host either a semi or a third place match.

    Having been to Moncton's stadium this week I really don't see it as worthy of holding a world cup match (as much as I'd love to see that kind of event in New Brunswick I think it's really unrealistic). Its not conveniently located and the permanent capacity is only 10,000.

    I would personally go with twelve stadiums in eleven cities: Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto (x2), Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

  4. Not to speak for berhnam here, but we're stop with the sarcasm when you stop being a sore loser. Because you are definitely being a sore loser. You're right that FIFA is corrupt. You may be right that England was the best of the 2018 bids. But the best bid doesn't always win. The voting doesn't always favor the 'best' bid. England lost. Not only lost, but got the fewest votes of any of the 4 bids (much as Australia got the fewest votes of the 2022 bids). Does it really serve any purpose to moan and gripe about that decision as if that's going to change the original decision? Say what you want about Russia and you're right about a lot of it. Perhaps they don't deserve to host another major world sporting event. At the time though, before Russia' socio-economic issues became obvious to so many people, I thought it was a sensible choice. It was a new market for FIFA and one they thought they could tap into.

    We get that you want to see a World Cup in England. I'm sure there are plenty of people that feel the same way. You all can be upset about it, but going off on rant after rant (particularly those where you suggest FIFA re-awarded 2018 to England) most definitely makes you a sore loser. Accept the reality that the 2018 World Cup is going to be held in Russia and not in England and that all the support in the world for the sport of football from you and your countrymen isn't going to change that fact.

    Bingo, spot on once again. It's just like how people can't grip about how the IOC is such a terrible organization and then expect the same countries to work with them.

    There is something you said that bears repeating: the best bid does not always win. Atlanta wasn't the best bid. You can make a good argument for Salzburg being the best bid in 2010 and 2014, for Munich being the best bid in 2018, for Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo being better bids than Rio, for Toronto, Paris or even Osaka being better bids than Beijing, for Salt Lake being a better bid than Nagano (well, that one and 2002 are a bit smelly). And dear god was Albertville not the best bid.

    Point being, going into a bidding process for the Olympics or the World Cup thinking that it's your God given right to hold the event is a recipe to crash and burn. Nobody outside of Great Britain cares where the "home of Football" is. Shed the arrogance and maybe the English will have a chance. Athens made the mistake of assuming they had a right to 1996 and we all know how that turned out for them. Give an England bid to a team that is as competent as the team that lead the London 2012 bid and the result will be much improved.

  5. Plenty of cities that will be keen on hosting into the future as it seems to have gone really well in Scotland.

    As has been mentioned earlier, I can see the likelihood of two safe games in a row being held before a punt is taken on a risky host. Until 2050 it could go along the lines of:

    2022: Durban, South Africa

    2026: Cardiff, Wales

    2030: Hamilton, Canada

    2034: Singapore, Singapore

    2038: Christchurch, New Zealand

    2042: Adelaide, Australia

    2046: Cape Town, South Africa

    2050: Edmonton, Canada

    Four venues that would host for the first time, four getting it for a second time. I'd imagine that the Comm games are safe for awhile yet. Also think of some other places like Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago, Belfast Northern Ireland, Mumbai India. Reckon they could all pull off hosting the event if they wished. Even Nairobi in Kenya, although safety would be something that would be a consideration there.

    Why do people make those stupid lists? Nobody has expressed interest in 2030, 2034, 2038... heck, who knows if the CWG will be around in 2046? Can we at least wait until 2030 was awarded until we start speculating about 2038? Arguably speculating about anything but 2022 and MAYBE 2026 is pure bullshit.

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  6. I came across another list which included dual moguls. The list ended of by saying the FIS congress will decide which events to move forward. Telemark over dual moguls!? That's crazy.

    I'm really not a big fan of that list in general. Big air is stale IMO, it doesn't seem to be an event that is really growing in popularity. The alpine team event is just not a good format - 20s parallel runs, really? The focus for ski jumping, IMO, should be to bring in a second women's event rather than introduce a mixed event. A second nordic combined team event seems unnecessary. And telemark, really? The only thing on this list I'd be in favour of adding is the team snowboardcross event.

    Also forgot to mention a minor but interesting tweak to the format of the half-pipe and slopestyle events. Finals will not feature 3 runs rather than 2, bringing it in line with basically all non-FIS organized events. I feel like for the sake of the TV package it might be wise to reduce the size of the finals from 12 to 8 (36 runs seems like a lot) but it's definitively a good move in terms of fairness.

  7. I don't think this was posted anywhere, but the FIS has made the decision to ask the IOC to add the following events to the Olympics:

    • Alpine Skiing Mixed Team Event
    • Ski Jumping Mixed Normal Hill Team Event
    • Nordic Combined Team Sprint
    • Snowboard Big Air
    • Team Snowboardcross
    • Telemark Parallel Sprint
    • Telemark Team Parallel Sprint

    Source: http://www.fis-ski.com/mm/Document/document/General/05/53/43/fiscouncilbarcelona2014_Neutral.pdf

  8. That is precisely the issue. Although there haven't been headguards in men's bouts for some time (I'm pretty sure there weren't any at last year's world championships), by encouraging a more aggressive, perhaps more professional, style of boxing, the federation is increasing the risk of head clashes and the sort of cuts that we are seeing. I've heard commentators say the boxers will have to get used to it, and they will, but I agree with Richie Woodhall, the BBC's excellent analyst, that it is not a good image for the sport.

    Same here. The dripping blood gushing out from cuts is really off putting. If I was a parent it would not encourage me to sign up my kids up for boxing lessons.

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  9. There are a lot that I am quite found of. I think every Olympics since Barcelona (with maybe the exception of Nagano) has done a stellar job when it comes to the look. I am not found of Mexico City's look but it was definitively ahead of its time.

    As far as summer looks go I think I might actually like London's the best. I expected to absolutely hate it but everything ended up looking fantastic on TV and in pictures. For Winter I prefer Vancouver mainly because I'm a sucker for green-blue colour combinations.

  10. The FiFA press release about this is just laughable... who is doing their PR? I mean by now they must be self aware enough to realise that their rep is corrupt as hell. There is no way that they should be saying anything along the lines of "private individual's transactions blah blah.." they should be saying that they are asking the Telegraph for all the information they have on this so their ethics committee can take it into consideration as part on its ongoing investigations or something similar.

    Otto Bismark once said - "fools learn from their mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others"... FIFA didn't learn from the IOC's Salt Lake scandal and haven't even learned from their catalogue of mistakes with the 2022 bid process.... they're not even in a category with fools... they're total tw@ts.

    Man, your post is really funny. You seem to imply FIFA has an ethics comitee.
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