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Brekkie Boy

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  1. Surely clearing the calendar incase Tokyo 2021 has to go back another year. Indeed I think they'd almost be better off announcing that sooner rather than later to allow federations to reschedule all the events they moved from 2021 to 2022 back again, and therefore take the risk of cancellations and crowd restrictions still being a factor next year. Hopefully though we'll have progress to beat this disease later this year, but even then I think for the Olympics to have athletes at the top of the game there is an argument to postpone.
  2. Agree with the logic of postponing Birmingham for 4 years. Hamilton hosting in 2026 instead of 2030 would just be annoying (I feel the same about LA 2028 and kind of hope if Tokyo doesn't happen they'll rejig things so LA happens in 2032!) . Is a real shame Singapore has yet to host the Commonwealth Games - they would be a great host city.
  3. Just to add Seven are screening two shows reflecting on Sydney 2000 later this month - think the first is a replay of the ceremony and the second is highlights from the games themselves.
  4. It won't move because we know these events follow the money, not the morals. If it did though relocating the Winter Games to Japan would make the most sense given what is happening with the summer games - an absolute last resort if Beijing lost hosting rights and Tokyo 2021 couldn't go ahead would be to have both games in Japan in 2022.
  5. Can't help but feel for the ceremonies team in particular with the delay. Sadly likely their plans will have to be pretty much ripped up unless a vaccine is widespread by next summer.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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".
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. Eurosport really dropping the ball on this one - not only has the Eurosport Player disappeared off many devices since these rights were won their parents battle with Sky last year means none of their extra channels are being broadcast on any Sky platform across Europe and in Italy even Eurosport 1 & 2 have been pulled by Sky at the last minute and replaced by a version (from Russia I think) not screening the Olympics. http://www.a516digital.com/2018/02/eurosport-confirms-winter-olympic-pop.html And a good general overview of the rights situation: http://deadline.com/2018/02/eurosport-international-broadcasters-kick-off-transformative-2018-winter-olympics-1202280408/
  20. Well the BBC is now restricted to just one TV channel and one red button stream as part of the (poor) deal with Eurosport. Really think (and hope) Eurosport make a huge loss on all this - obvious they were more interested in profitting from the rights than establishing themselves as THE Olympic broadcaster, and it's all been very last minute and low key for them. Today they've announced you can subscribe to the Eurosport Player for just 99p for the games - just not understanding their business model at all. I'm convinced the IOC would have made much more by selling directly to the PSBs (full rights, though non-exclusive) and then as they used to letting Eurosport pay for the pay-TV rights on top.
  21. Obviously NZ have had great success in team sports but it's completely the opposite strategy of Team GB where the focus has been on individual sports with multiple medals up for grabs rather than team sports with just one or two medals to be won. As long as Liam Malone gets a race though all should be good.
  22. Regarding the villages although using barracks or student accomodation might be cheaper surely there is a potential for significant profit to be made if they do become expensive apartments/high rise complexes after the games. It's just the local federation need to make sure it's them, not the developers, scooping most the profit.
  23. Re: London vs the rest of the UK. I think given the circumstances apart from a few officials in the cities themselves there wouldn't be much outcry if London hosted over Birmingham/Manchester/Liverpool - financially it makes sense and actually putting the London venues to use once again for a major multi-sport event should quieten the complaints about the legacy. My biggest complaint about the legacy has always been that hosting future multi-sport events wasn't really part of the plan. I suspect to with bloody Brexit on the horizon the government would be keen to show we're welcoming the world and use the games to strengthen the links across the Commonwealth. Obviously in terms of benefits to a city the likes of Liverpool and Birmingham would benefit much more from the exposure than London. I quite like the idea of Liverpool hosting but practically in such a short time frame it doesn't seem viable.
  24. Kuala Lumper seems the most realistic option to me with them hosting the SEA games this year. I really don't think Liverpool, Birmingham or even Manchester could cope with the quick turnaround, mainly due to the stadium, so London would be the best UK option. I really think though it would be in Liverpool and Birminghams interest to push for it to go to KL in 2022 then stay on track for their 2026 bid, preferbly from Liverpool rather than Birmingham. If the Gold Coast weren't hosting in 2018 then Melbourne would probably be the favour - you get the impression they could host any multi-sport event with less than a weeks notice.
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