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  1. It is just boringly practical but it would feel somewhat like making the games a closed shop. I think perhaps reserving every other bid process for previous hosts might be the fairer way to do things - that way it isn't cutting off new applicants completely.
  2. Given where the economy is at the moment probably the latter. Still think 2036 is too early and we're better off targeting the 2040s. Ideally it would visit at least another couple of locations in Europe before returning to London.
  3. I wouldn't be so sure about that. Nobody but Brisbane seemed to know the 2032 bidding process had started when they were announced. Also have to wonder whether such a long lead time between the host being announced and staging the games is a good idea. The actual cost of course always comes in significantly above the cost at the time they bid - partly due to inflation, partly due to other issues. An extra 4 years or so on the prep time is only going to add to that, and sometimes giving cities more time to prep actually just gives them more time to spend money, plus it can effectively mean any allocated land for related projects (i.e. the Olympic Village) has to go an extra few years before it starts earning any money back.
  4. Any of these cities got a prominent IOC member who needs a leaving present? That's how it works nowadays right?
  5. Stumbled across this years - the BBC Sportsnight programme on the eve of the announcement of who would host the 2000 Games with details of the Manchester bid and an overview of the others too.
  6. There is something that just feels a bid more laid back and relaxed about them - was the same in Glasgow too. Perhaps just so little expectation around them, unlike the IOC backed European Games which pretty much felt like they had flopped before they even got started. Ideally they'd sort their act out and join forces for a proper Eurolympics, but if not I think if the European Championships can get a more permanent commitment from athletics and swimming they could exist longer term. Would love a Winter version too.
  7. No doubt about it Germany could hold a very successful summer or winter games in the not too distant future, but 2036 would be a major own goal for both Germany and the Olympic movement considering the games of a century earlier. I don't think there has been any sign of revived interest in a Munich Winter Olympic bid but Munich 2030 could solve a few headaches for the IOC.
  8. If it's an event in it's own right then fair enough. Just need to be kept well away from actual sporting competitions. E-Sports is a skill, not a sport.
  9. Realistic it's very unlikely - rebuilding starts with homes, schools, hospitals. Bobsleigh tracks and curling rinks won't be high on the agenda. Sarajevo bid themselves for 2010 but it was just too soon and as much as a games bid can provide hope for a recovering city and country, it can't stage the games. We've seen too with Christchurch in NZ too that although the idea of a Commonwealth Games forming part of the rebuilding process (following an earthquake in this case) in reality that just isn't even on the agenda. Cities have greater priorities and can't afford to take on the potential debt.
  10. Members posting multiple lengthy posts back to back in a short period of time is a much bigger issue than the ads here - just went in the London 2012 Memories thread expecting to see a couple of pages of forumers memories but just got a repost of anyone who'd mentioned it on Twitter, which TBH we'd read at the time. Seems odd we're restricted on how many times we can "react" to posts in a day but there is seemingly no restriction on posting. Overall though I appreciate that this site is still here - I've seen a couple of long running forums in other areas disappear in recent years as those who launched them move on with their lives and don't need the headaches of the members anymore. That said though 100% agree the admins need to tidy up the forum menu page and archive the forums dedicated to past games.
  11. It's actually an event where very little hype about is actually helped - it was outstanding and no doubt the crowds made it, but even taking out the covid factor there is something about Britain's ability to sell out a crowd even for morning sessions which just isn't something that is the norm in many other countries - the first couple of days in Munich and you generally saw more seats than people in the crowd.
  12. Can't you just link to articles, or at least put them in quotes so you have to expand to read the whole thing. Whilst updates are appreciated posting them in full in a larger font size just makes the thread feel more cluttered than it needs to be. Pretty poor online etiquette too to repost articles without linking to the source.
  13. The EBU and EOC have signed a deal for the rights to the 2023 and 2027 games meaninig for the first time it'll be guaranteed live free to air coverage on PSBs across the continent, which perhaps gives it a chance of sticking arond a bit longer. Just need the federations to sort themselves out and get behind a united programme. Not sure if any potential hosts have expressed an interest in 2027 yet - the EOC chief wants them to go to a Western European host. Have to wonder if it's the sort of thing Birmingham might now go for.
  14. I know they still pretend Easter is a non-ratings period (but they often designate Games periods as "non-ratings" anyway) but really no reason it couldn't be held over Easter. Aus Open and F1 are done and dusted by then and a community festival in Melbourne shouldn't affect events elsewhere in Victoria. We managed a clash with the tail end of an international football tournament, the start of the Football League and Premier League season and the launch of a domestic cricket championships - these things are only issues if you make them are issues. Still ridiculous too they haven't got Track Cycling, surely one of the flagship events, locked in. Is it petty local politics preventing them staging it in Melbourne? If Birmingham can agree to hold them in London there really is no excuse. Agree on both counts there. The marathon was particularly poor and not very well attended along the route either which didn't help. The bike races were out in Walsall and Wolverhampton - not much better than inner city Birmingham really. Might have been better off going the other direction to Warwick. The Cannock Chase location for the Mountain Biking though was stunning.
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