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Brekkie Boy

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  1. Something they could do without in the run up to Delhi, though IMO it looks a rather isolated incident.

    http://www.news.com.au/world/eight-hurt-in-bomb-blasts-at-indian-cricket-stadium/story-e6frfkyi-1225855037277

    AT least eight people were hurt when two bombs exploded at a cricket stadium in the Indian city of Bangalore, sparking panic among fans and stoking security fears ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

    The explosions, which occurred as spectators were streaming into the stadium overnight, came amid heightened fears about security at sporting events in India, which is scheduled to host the Commonwealth Games in October in New Delhi.

    A third small bomb which had failed to explode was later found on the roof of a ticket counter at the stadium as police combed the venue with sniffer dogs, police inspector K Raghuram said.

    ...

  2. Very much like London 2012's early days when the new Wembley was rejected in favour of an Olympic park in the East End.

    Though technically Wembley rejected the Olympics (well, athletics) rather than the other way round.

    If Meadowlands could be converted for athletics it seems the best option - but also probably means it's regular tenants are locked out of their own stadium for the best part of a year.

  3. Even LA with a $100 million warchest is a hard sell for a 3rd round. Remember, it only came back in 1984 because there were no other bidders. That's NOT going to be the case for many years to come. If LA were up against a Paris, Berlin or maybe even an Osaka, and I were on the IOC, I would NOT vote for LA. I would go with any of the other 3 because other than Beverly Hills or Palos Verdes, there is nothing attractive about the LA landscape.

    Firstly of course it all comes down to personal opinion, and I'm sure there are still people within the IOC who would get blinded by the idea of a Hollywood Olympics, whether it's the right choice or not.

    And secondly, it all comes down to who wins what. Yes, hypothetically Berlin and Paris may be your preferred choice for the games, but if one of them wins 2020 or 2024, that would change your views were LA bidding for the next games.

    Back to New York and what really works in their favour IMO is there lack of history bidding. Some cities just look desperate when they're always putting their hat into the ring - but New York hasn't got a history of doing that, so when they do bid, you know they're pretty serious about it.

  4. New York is the only American city I'd like to see host the games in the near future (failing that I'd prefer LA again over the usual contenders) - and 2024+ seems about the right time to do it.

    Internationally the US did themselves no favours winning the 1996 bid - regardless of how the games were perceived in hindsight, no country should be allowed to host the games just 12 years after the last. Personally I'd set the limit at 16 years, with no more than two games in a 40 year period.

    For me, and I suspect for many at the IOC, 2012 - and even 2016, was just too close to the last games, and with LA84 and Atlanta 96 they'd have been the third games in one generation - whilst many other countries haven't had the games at all for two or three generations.

  5. I suppose what puzzles me is that last wek there was talk of a March 31 deadline for bids, yet all the reports I've seen from here and NZ this week are now mentioning May next year. I wonder if the CGF are leaving the window open a bit longer to see if they can entice any more promising starters.

    I still have hopes the South Africans might get enthusiastic after the WC. July-August this year shouldn't be too late to get a bid rolling.

    Well, I won't try to claim the Gold Coast is still a tropical wonderland in mid-winter (July-August), but it's still pretty mild enough. April-May and September are definitely possible, even most desirable. Probably the loveliest time weather wise when it's still warm without being too hot (or wet, as is likely in high summer).

    When are the games due to be awarded - sometime next year I guess?

    I imagine realistically it's too late to get a bid off the ground for South Africa now - though IMO in the next couple of decades they are Africa's only realistic hope of getting the games, though unlike other African countries, should South Africa bid for the Olympics I'd imagine they'd always be a strong contender. It's a gamble really - do they go straight in for the Olympics, or delay their Olympic dreams and show they can host an event such as the Commonwealth Games first - but if they were to host those in 2018, I think we'd be looking at 2028 (2024 at a push) for South Africa to be bidding for the Olympics.

  6. At this moment in time I'd say they definately should, but should Delhi turn out to be a huge success, I'd imagine they'd be much more confident in moving into Africa.

    When would the Gold Coast propose to hold their games - it's getting a bit ridiculous now with them March one games, October the next. I know June - August is probably out of the question, but April/May or September wouldn't be too bad. I'd just like more than a couple of weeks between the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games!

  7. The ParalympicSport.TV site is very good for both live and on demand coverage. The highlights per day only come to 20-30 minutes, rather than a fixed 55 minute programme as it looked initially, but surely at the least broadcasters could make that available on their on demand / interactive services even if they're not carrying other coverage.

  8. Well I think it's obvious really but everything from athletes/nations pulling out or apparently threatening to pull out to the lack of interest in broadcasting the games as a result, and I guess it's also affected sponsorship too. Alot of it completely unfounded, but unfortunately these concerns could write off Delhi's games before they even begin.

  9. Hopefully the seemingly successful Hockey World Cup has settled some nerves about the games - but as I've said before I think now regardless of how successful the games are in October, the damage has been done by the uncertainty in the lead up to them.

    As for the Aerostat debate - don't quite get exactly what it is, but surely it's no more of a luxury than say fireworks. If the organizing committee has budgeted for it why not!

  10. Don't be ridiculous - no reason at all the games should be combined. And looking beyond the athletes themselves, I'm sure like able bodied folk, most disabled people enjoy the Olympics more than the Paralympics anyway.

    It's already bad enough that some Olympic events have been compromised due to going too PC in not being sexist (i.e. dropping cycling and boxing categories for 2012) never mind throwing Paralympians in the mix too. Merging the two events would benefit neither.

    Coverage wise and a shame the BBC can't even bring themselves to show the 10 minutes highlights of the Opening Ceremony. As for coverage in news - well, I've seen nothing today and due to the Six Nations there's only one full bulletin anyway.

  11. BBC is shockingly poor - just one-hour of highlights the week after the games from the broadcaster who've pretty much been a leader when it comes to the Summer Paralympics, giving that daily live coverage and highlights programmes.

    They're blaming budgets and timezones for the lack of coverage - ridiculous really. The rights are bought, so bigger waste of money not to exploit them, and with a 55-minute show produced by the host broadcaster each day all they need to do is stick that on the interactive service. As for time zone - well all the skiing events are in primetime - suits UK TV even more than a games held in Europe.

    I suspect the real reason is more down to losing the rights to the 2012 Paralympics to Channel 4, who are pledging 150 hours of coverage.

  12. Wouldn't want him anywhere near the London ceremonies.

    IMO the Vancouver Opening Ceremony was the worst of all in the last 20 years - far too formal and far too concerned with giving us a history lesson, rather than entertaining. The closing ceremony on the other hand was one of the best - fun and entertaining throughout and a visual spectacle without the Beijing budget.

    I'm hoping London will be similar in approach to Manchester 2002 (Commonwealth Games) where the opening ceremony had a closing ceremony kind of feel to it and I'm fairly confident that the producers will concentrate on the London/Britain of today, not it's history.

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