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  1. Seesh...A toss up 'tween South Africa, Australia, Italy, USA, Argentina. Australia would drop if it is awarded the 2022 FIFA WC. South Africa could get the return tournament as a safe pair of hands. They are due to host again and Rugby has made great inroads in Africa with both 15 and 7 aside codes. America seems indifferent to Rugby but Argentina/Uraguay could if the IRB allowed it...However the money driver, Europe may need to fill the coffers. 2027, so far away, looks likely to host an 'exotic' venue.
  2. I have no problem with Australia picking up the 'tab' so to speak. Twelve years is no issue anymore...Just look at the UK, 2002 - '14. They're a sports minded nation and have well proven to be great hosts of the CWGs. What could be of concern is Australia turning on the rest of the Commonwealth, after constantly having to host and saying 'stuff all of you, we're leaving'. What Gold Coast and Australia should do is use this enevetable bid to bail up the CGF as say change is need.
  3. Yaaaaaaay! This is good news for the Commonwealth...And a new city that has never been considered before. Go for it Gold Coast! Look what you missed out on Auckland... But then we know why now. My only concern is that Abuja is going to pull out all stops to secure 2018 and they will use the "Australia again!" card. This would scare the CGF if Gold Coast wins as this would signal to the African nations "why bother". May be we need a South African city to jump in... This is going to be a real Watch This Space thread.
  4. If the CGF is holding off a deadline for a year then prehaps they really don't want another Australian bid so soon and are cringing Abuja walking playing the african card. It seems they're holding out for a South African city to ride in on the wave of the 2010 FifaWC success. Still if no one else wants them...Maybee the games themselves need to be looked at.
  5. Well....The path is all clear for Gold Coast to bid now that Auckland has pulled out of the 2018 bid. Gold Coast would be a delightfull addition to the Commonwealth Games Hosts family. An unusual venue, alot like Edmonton '78 where not many people even heard of the place. A great holiday destination for Aussies and Kiwis alike. The whole area is pretty much built for leasure. Go for it Gold Coast.
  6. CWGs are still some ten months away...Anythings likley with such a risky venue, but hey - Seoul '88 was well within artillary range from the North Korean border, and everyone that mattered showed up anyway. As for any retribution in 2014 if England was not to show up this year, highly unlikely...But dumb luck would have it...Look what happened in 1986. - It wasn't even Scotland's fault!!!
  7. There is no chance of the CWGs moving elswhere now...They will only be cancelled if the worst situation occurs. If England was to pull out it probibly wouldn't matter - just a bad look - but if it starts a domino effect, with the likes of Canada, Australia, South Africa etc dropping out, then we have a problem.
  8. Mainly to our England GB members out there... Would it really matter if England didn't attend, considering a Home Olympics will only be two years away and most athletes would be 'saving' themselves for it anyway? Still, I hope England attends - just bring your own security forces as well.
  9. Actually the idea of KL jumping in has never crossed my mind...Malaysia could probibly cobble together a paired down but successful games... Still if Australia walks away, then the CWGs are in trouble - or would they be? It would have to take another major nation (eg Canada, or England) to pull out out as well to really finish them off.
  10. If anything, the games would be cancelled at the last moment, ie - mid 2010. Still, fingers crossed for a successful games As for the IT thingy, good point stevie. Just another one of those 'Engrish' events.
  11. Gosh...Gee, we just keep going around and around... New Delhi will host the 2010 CWG's or there will be no games at all. If the worst happens, then we may see a situation like during the 1980 SOG boycott where large regional games took place as a substitute. Or singular "Commonwealth" sports champs taken from the regular CWG events, like swimming, cycling, bowls etc.
  12. Yeah but India hasn't had the games lifted from them yet! They are still a going concern and todays events in Pakistan shouldn't in no way reflect any security issues in India. Lessons learned from the Mumbai attacks and the fact that the CWGs have full security should prove India's readiness.
  13. Good picks MoRush. Didn't Beijing look like this a year and a half out? p.s. Sir R. if JJ starts bombing you with sizable essays, well you asked for it!
  14. Nice one Sir R. You just baited him... By keeping to the topic at hand - New Delhi - will maintain a continuing flow of subject relivence. At the moment we were discussing a WORST CASE scenario of what would happen if the CGF pulled out of New Delhi at the last moment. Would a paired down games be abled to be hosted next year else where?
  15. JJ, try not to repeat what you have already mentioned earlier, as it has a habit of disconnecting the subject from others. Your points have been noted, you just need to remind with a quick point note i.e. 'as mentioned aready'. Still very good points though. We must remember here that this is a worst case scenario, New Delhi is still VERY MUCH next year's CWG host. Had've the CGF had it doubts, they would have cancelled back in 2007. It looks like India will make it to the finish line. Some of the news articals refer to detached infrastructure issues that will not affect the running of the games themselves. Roading and other facilities are always picked on when developing countries work hard to acheive what is required to host an event such as this...let alone developed nations. Lest give India a chance here.
  16. A track and field meet, with a paired down swimming and cycle programme would be a real barebones games. All the teams sports would be dumped. Pretty much anything that can fit into the main stadium, a velodrome (and a good road) and a pool would all thats needed. If there's a gun range and a decent bowls club near by, use it. Pretty basic stuff but enough to get by.
  17. If the 2010 games are cancelled, it would have an absolutely devestating affect on the Commonwealth as a whole. The gap tween Melbourne and Glasgow would be just too great. The Olympics were only cancelled due to World War and as what happened in 1976, move elswhere. I can confirm that Melbourne would now not step in to host a severly paired down games. It most likley be an UK city. India does have the drive to get the job done to the go ahead standard by September as per one year before games, and like Montreal in 1976, open on time.
  18. Part of my wish list of hosts. Perth hosting XXII Commonwealth Games. They have mooted the idea even though it would only have been 12 years since Australia last hosted, they make great hosts. I have no problems with this happening as Perth (and Darwin) is so far detached from the east coast seaboard, Jakarta's closer. Surprisingly it would only be the third city to host twice.(Edinbrugh and Auckland the other two.)
  19. AAAH HAA HAA HAAAAAAAA! wikipedia - that most factual and informative of online encyclopedias? - NOT! Tokelau is a New Zealand dependancy, for a start! Anyway to back up a bit, there is no stand by host city if the unlikely was to happen - the Games would be cancelled outright! Still what blew this situation up was the Youth Game in Pune. Outwardly a success but as teams start to come home, the horror stories of lax security and rat infested accomodations. New Delhi has been strongly advised to be ready by late next year (2009).
  20. Typical mid-gap (i.e. boring years) between games artical appeared in the NZ Herald today(15/11/08): AFP Reported: NEW DELHI GAMES THREATENED New Delhi, India could miss out on hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2010 if a dispute over the construction of the athletes' village is not resolved, a senior official said. The four yearly GAmes featuring 71 teams frome the Commonwealth countries are to be held in New Delhi from October 3 - 14, 2010. The athletes' village being built on the banks of the Yamuna River has been embroiled in a legal tussle after envirnmental groups protested that the construction would ruin the river bed. The Delhi High Court has asked an environmental expert to look inton whether the village that is to house 8500 athletes and officials should be built on the site. Austin Sealy, the chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation co-ordinating committee, said any change, at this late stage, to the Games Village arrangements would seriously jeopardise India's hosting of the Games. AFP This kind of backs up the artical mentioned a few postings back by JJ, but as everyone who's nation has hosted knows, this seems just a ploy to stimulate publicity. I can remember the build up to the 1990 CWGs in Auckland and all the BS that went with it... And now just look what's comming out of London... (As if anyone could've predicted the future on 6 July 2005...Look what happened the next day! )
  21. Have to admit veteran broadcaster Peter Montgomery is right at home out at the rowing where NZ is expecting to do very well at. He really gets the heart going with his commentary.
  22. Yeah but the ariel shots pretty much showed mountanous terrain and not alot of places to stand along the way...It looked like they were on a newish major arterial road with not alot of standing places anyway... Also that spectre of the marathon in Athens 04 must be in the back of Beijing as well as the IOC's mind.
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