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  1. :) Considering the massive decade long controversy of Qatar 2022...

    It was actually a good tournament.

    I did love the upsets of some really big teams going home early.

    Full of surprises such as Morocco climbing up into fourth place.

    BUT cannot deny the dark undertones of a culture that is not as open minded to the world, and I hope this is a wake up call to that region.

    My score is a respectable 7.5 out of 10. :)

  2. On 12/15/2022 at 3:55 PM, Victorian said:

    I was speaking to a NZ Swimming Official here at the World Short Course Championships. She was saying there are no pools in NZ that meet FINA International Swimming Facility requirements. The corridors in the NZ National Aquatics Centre are not long enough. The new pool in Christchurch they are hoping will meet FINA requirements however Councils are continuing to cut the budget of projects so this may be impacted. 

    Christchurch lost the opportunity to build a new "QEII multisport" complex years ago. The new swimming pool aquatic complex has been delayed into oblivion and may never be built. as you mentioned, there are now no FINA standard pool facilities left in NZ.  A new facility is planned for Auckland but would need a push and govt support. Currently Auckland has a very conservative mayor who is all about cutting costs and reducing debt... He's not interested in providing sports stadiums.

    Such a shame as NZ Swimming is going through a rebirth after decades of stagnation in performances and results.

    There are, of course FINA standard 50m pools, just not the five star hotel expected facilities that have to go with them nowadays.



  3. 1 hour ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    I'm still rooting for Spain.  But I think Final 4 will be Argentina, Brazil, England and France.  

    Yeah...This looks like what it could become...But England is known to completely fk things up about now at a World Cup.

  4. 6 hours ago, Faster said:

    I remember that dark, cold night that a well connected Australian here posted that Russia and Qatar had secured the hosting rights. You couldn't really believe it, but you knew it to be true. And here we are almost 12 years on and the disaster that awaits is going to be astonishing.

    Russia '18 wasn't a disaster...It was pretty good.

    The "disaster" starts in a few hours time...

    That fan zone looks like a giant detention centre and got a feeling it's going to be a Fyre Festival 2.0! 

  5. 5 hours ago, arwebb said:

    Because of other commitments, I haven't been as in tune with these Commonwealth Games as I was with the wonderful spectacle that I enjoyed in Glasgow eight years ago. Yet, from everything I have seen of them, my sense is that Birmingham, for the most part, has delivered more than the CGF could ever have hoped to believe that it would when it stepped into the breach created by Durban's exit. There are always issues and problems, of course. The rail strikes won't have helped and questions should, rightly, be asked about why a league football match at Coventry (the venue of the rugby sevens) had to be postponed at short notice yesterday because of an apparently unsafe pitch. But the issues that matter now are what happens next for Birmingham and the wider region. Unlike the West Midlands Mayor, at least based on the comments he made on the BBC News tonight, I don't see the past 11 days as the starting point for a future Olympic bid from Birmingham (at least not yet). But it could herald a long chapter of legacy events if the right level of event is targeted. Something like the 2026 European Athletics Championships, for which a bid is already in place, seems like a very good step beyond these games to me.

    Legacy is what it's all about. It's interesting you bring this up...

    A classic is Christchurch 1974 and the hosting of Pacific regional sports events that got really good coverage for about a decade after. It's still an iconic thing here in NZ...Yet Auckland has been totally forgotten as no attempt was made by that city to cash in on a legacy.

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  6. New Zealand's best ever GOLD medal haul at the CWGs and second only to Auckland in total medal haul. Fifth on the Gold  table, Sixth overall. 

    New Zealand always seems quite at home in England.

    A great effort from a post pandemic cobbled together depleted team with some surprising results from sports that were not expecting the larger haul they took. The stand out events clearly were the Cycling in all forms, Track and Field, Swimming and Squash. The barely get a mention sports threw up some surprises which allows them to gain access to funding. Great to see some "oh so close" moments from determined athletes as well...Beach Volleyball coming to mind, and great to see the girls say they'll wear what they like on the day after some Woke issues about the size of the "minimum" bikini requirements. During the day they flipped the bird to the complainers and wore the smallest they were allowed to, and evening sessions, tight leggings. 

    The pandemic saw some sports have a "quiet" games, Weightlifting, Boxing, Judo, all at least getting some minor medals.

    Track and Field saw great results when it came to jumping/vaulting over bars (those long legged "Supermodels" in their barely there "underwear" clearly a reason why that section of the stadium was packed out), and biffing cannonballs. 

    There were also frustrating disappointments, from the Team sports... Hockey, both teams, crashed out completely,  Rugby Sevens, although Bronze in both, were expected to at least Silver. Cricket T20 were lucky to get Bronze. Bowls, were expecting more and disappointed at their haul. Triathlon, I'm gonna say it - the Mix Team would've medalled if it was not for one hanger-on athlete who is well past her use-by date and should be a coach.

    But redemption for the Netball in getting on the podium with Bronze, clearly showing just how much work is still needed now that Jamaica has come of age. 

    As for the Host city...Thank you Birmingham for showing the way forward for a city hosting. I hope the mechanical Bull finds a home under cover as a keep-sake for stepping up and SAVING the games. Handing over to Victoria Region who will show another concept in hosting these minor albeit fun multisport events clearly has shown the way for New Zealand to finally step up and put in a serious bid for 2034.

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  7. On 8/7/2022 at 4:11 AM, yoshi said:

    Oh well, so much for beating Australia :ph34r:. Even I could see that Bueta was playing a different game there. Amazing run from that Aussie in the 1500 final earlier :). 

    NZ beat England for the Bronze in a team sports double - Cricket and Netball!;)

    (I'm going to do my Team New Zealand report card at the end)

  8. 14 hours ago, Scotguy II said:

    Wishful thinking but you know that the OC will be Maori culture dominated. By the end of the decade NZ culture will be Maori culture 100%. Asian, Indian, African, European, British will all be relegated to individual times such as Diwali, Chinese new year etc.

    :o I wouldn't be too deflated just yet...There will be a society backlash when the Govt changes. I'm more worried it will trigger off something so much worse.

    Yes there will be the traditional maori welcome but as we are seeing with OCs this century, a more focus on community. Yes to tradition but also to reflect on what NZ has become. - Who'd thought that we would be launching rockets into space nowadays back in 1990?

    (I do know that a mention was made after the 1990 OC that although the "war story of NZ" up to the Treaty signing was amazing, it was only after the Pacific Islands dance routine (reflecting Auckland) came in that the tempo of the ceremony really picked up.)

  9. 13 hours ago, Scotguy II said:

    New Zealand may be the country that saves the games for another dew decades. 

    NZ'ers have been orgasming over these games and no doubt the Adern era will want to get a games locked in for 2034 before next years general election which highly likely will see them loose power.

    Yes definitely at least they'll want something positive to go out on...and leave National with the hard work of laying out a clear plan. - Only to come back and be Govt when the Games are on and take credit as NZ's election cycles seem to pattern out.

    Overall the '22 games have been pretty good for the original TRADITIONAL CWG sports. The team events that get all the anticipated glamour have fallen short. 

    If the CGF want to pull a double host bid and bring 2030 and 34 to the table next year...then what's to stop the NZOC/NZ Govt from going for 2030 with an Auckland centric bid head to head with Ontario-Hamilton...a great final build up to Brisbane '32. - failing that...

    All the while putting in a long term planning for a NZ wide super games in 2034 post Olympics?

    I do prefer 2034 as NZ's turn...It will be decades overdue and the look of the games will be vastly different 54 years after we previously hosted. (hopefully the OC wont be so maori-centric as it was in 1990 and more reflect the "everybody" nature of today's diverse society.


  10. No real planning for an Auckland centric games has been made yet.

    A mayoral candidate has stupidly brought back the idea of a waterfront stadium with such a long lead in time...Don't even go there...

    Forgetting that the CGF insists on using what you already have - in Auckland's case, Albany Stadium which could have a track laid in it or Waitakere Stadium that would just need temporary seating.

  11. 3 hours ago, SportLightning said:

    All "Groundswell" speculation for now...BUT it is the first time since the failed Wellington '06 attempt that the NZ Govt has shown more than a passing interest. Considering the decade long lead in time needed to host what will be chosen as an "upsized" Games, If the NZ Govt moved on it now, 2034 could be secured.

  12. On 8/1/2022 at 1:24 AM, yoshi said:

    Yeah it was, I think it particularly benefited from being at sunset, so it had to actually be human and not just bail into projections. I'm still not sure about the section with the puppets though - nightmares material :lol:. It gave attention to the famous figures of the Midlands though, which was its point. Other than that, it stands up just as well on second viewing. Also feels like the campaign to save the bull is gathering momentum, hopefully it will succeed. If nothing is confirmed by the 8th I wouldn't be surprised if the Brummies mount an overnight picket to stop his removal!

    This OC brought back wonderful memories of Manchester '02, probably the best OC and Games overall this century so far...IMHO.;) (expect that to change on Tuesday 9th August).

    The Bull will become Iconic like Matilda '82. 

  13. On 8/1/2022 at 10:48 AM, yoshi said:

    ... (Also @Alexjc New Zealand are doing extremely well... what's come over them this games? If only those Aussies hadn't taken 26, there's probably gonna be a groundswell of support for a Kiwi bid now. At least I hope so :) )

    Nobody was interested in 2026...(or picking up 2022 for that matter)... This current govt simply paid it no mind as the only two real contenders, Auckland and Christchurch were/are in the middle of a massive infrastructure building program not really ready for a '26 Games...Also mentioned elsewhere, Christchurch has only just started construction of Te Kaha Stadium after a decade and a half of arguing.

    New Zealand does have a limited budget, only 5 million taxpayers. The closest we'll get to hosting the CWGs is 2034 as Hamilton, Ont. is putting in a firm bid for '30 and looks likely to succeed.

    As for the current 2022 CWGs NZ team...:). Fourth on the overall medals table and third on the Gold table for now, but naturally will drop when the premium events start...Track and Field. 


  14. 17 hours ago, Victorian said:

    Herein lies the rub...oh and by the way the country's name is NEW ZEALAND...not Aotearoa...

    Most New Zealanders want Christchurch to host the 2034 games as the central city to a nationwide event or at least have some major participation in them.

    It's going to cost a packet.

    We cant predict the world 12 years from now, but I would expect King Charles, being well into his 80s by then, would send out the Prince and Princess of Wales to open them.

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