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  1. The cauldron looks like a poor imitation of the 2016 version. Not a fan of these small cauldrons at all though understand the environmental reasons behind it. Has to surely be a compromise solution though - and in the grand scheme of things I suspect the cauldrons impact on the environment is negligible compared to all the people flying in and all the waste they generate.
  2. Remains to be seen if it happens though - so often the reality of needing a football team to be the anchor tenant changes any plan for a purely Athletics venue.
  3. See BT Sport have the UK rights again, though last time that was basically just rebroadcasting the Youtube streams (so the world feed). They really made a massive mistake not partnering with the EBU, though maybe the EBU didn't want them considering the main federations did their own thing instead. Still a shame we can't quite have the Eurolympics that Europe deserves, but maybe one day the two will come together.
  4. One of the things which annoyed me about the 2012 legacy, and perhaps this is true of all Olympic Games, is there didn't seem to be a legacy of having the ability to host a future Olympic Games. Naturally most venues are downsized but more crucially spaces around them become urbanised or used for other purposes, so what was a functioning Olympic Park in 2012 may not be so suitable for the event in the future. However with that said we're clearly have a starting point, though I'd say the 2040s rather than 2030s would be best to target. The UK should really be aiming to host such events once every generation - we waited far too long after 1948.
  5. In reality the games are always much more enjoyable than they are in theory and it is a shame the awful closing ceremony has overshadowed an otherwise excellent games - the Gold Coast was a great host and exactly the sort of city that should be hosting these sort of events.
  6. Yes, I think Adelaide is the only major Australian city not to host. Alternating between the UK and Australia isn't going to be sustainable in the long term for the games which should still have a future if only they can get people to host it. I think clearly with the Gold Coast and Birmingham to follow (and to an extent Glasgow too) there has to be a focus on not building loads of new venues for the Commonwealths and hosting in cities and areas which can adapt relatively easily to host the games, and that perhaps is the real Gold Coast legacy. I would hope if anything the Gold Coast inspires New Zealand to put a bid in - timing hasn't been quite right in the past with the focus on the Rugby World Cup then the Christchurch Earthquake but 2026 would be perfect for them. As good a job as Australia do it would be nice it it was more at least another 16 years until they hosted again.
  7. Such a shame the EOC has screwed this up and unless it merges with the European Sports Championships it's future doesn't look that promising which is a huge shame as Europe should be able to sustain both a summer and winter version of a continental games.
  8. P.S. What would be good to see is Britain putting more effort into raising the profile of the sports they can host - certainly be good to see Short Track and Curling have a prominent World Championships in the UK. I guess some of the freestyle/snowboard events could probably be hosted too.
  9. I don't think it would be considered in Britain's interests to do it if we couldn't do the whole thing though, and if Lillehammer were to host anything I would think the IOC would prefer everything there - or at least in Norway. Hopefully the recent games have opened up the possibility of smaller hosts once again. Sadly just think nature lets us down in terms of hosting - I'd have thought if anywhere in Scotland was capable of at least holding a sliding track then they'd be moved to install one by now considering our recent Skeleton success and relative long term interest in Bobsleigh.
  10. Must say I loved the handover segment - actually the closing ceremony as a whole was one of the best for years. Seems this year the organisers remembered to keep some of their ceremonies budget for the end too.
  11. A road cycling team. This report is such a farce - it admits they have no evidence to back up the claims but basically goes ahead with the accusations anyway. Seems they're using the logic "there is no smoke without fire" rather than the legal process of "innocent until proven guilty".
  12. Can't be any worse than the Glasgow effort - that was easily the worst Opening Ceremony I've ever seen. Melbourne's was quite strong back in 2006 so I'm hopeful the Gold Coast can deliver, especially as Australia seems to be pretty much the only country that still cares about the Commonwealth Games.
  13. In the same way they've always covered such events - live coverage as the action happens then evening highlights. It's in exactly the same time zone as Pyeongchang so suspect the coverage will pretty much be scheduled the same - live on BBC1 overnight and in the morning, live on BBC2 at breakfast and then extended coverage in the afternoon followed by highlights in the evening. The BBC have full rights to the games so can offer every broadcast event live too.
  14. Scotland were due to host Scottish Ski & Boarder Cross Championships this weekend but the event was cancelled due to the snow. That is why we could never host the Winter Olympics!
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