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  1. They'll be plenty of his IOC colleagues to welcome him into the special IOC sub-section in hell. The Little Spanish Fascist in his blue shirt & white jacket will save him a seat at the table
  2. Coates is the epitome of IOC corruption Bribed corrupt IOC members to win Sydney 2000, rigged the system to win Brisbane 2032 Only NOC President in Western Democracies to be paid a salary by their NOC and what a salary it was to ($500,000 a year plus) and been reported today that he will become AOC Honorary Life President and will be paid $150,000 a year for the rest of his life What a sick joke
  3. It's more than just a few temporary grandstands, the Kardinia Aquatic Centre is just a local community pool you find in every country town, it has no facilities apart from a sparse changing room & small kiosk You need to build media facilities, proper athlete facilities, the diving facility is not of FINA standard It will cost millions to make it CG games minimum standard, millions which could be better spent elsewhere
  4. Anyway call me cynical, but I don't believe a word of what this government says about a Regional Games. This is the most deceitful, corrupt, lying, PR obsessed, manipulating government led by a egotistical tyrant (although that title is being challenged at the moment by the clown out West) in Australian History and anything they announce should be taken with a massive grain of salt There's an election coming in November and it would not surprise me one bit that this "regional focus" and promises of nice things to regional cities is all a sham just to gain votes at the November election and then after the election *BOOM*, "we've had independent analysis done of our 2026 plans and the best solution is to centralise the games in Melbourne"
  5. I'm sure for a a couple of million dollars, they could upgrade the Kardinia Pool into a temporary aquatic facility and for a another few million dollars more upgrade a velodrome into a temporary cycling facility and for a bit more than just a few million, upgrade Mars Stadium into Ballarat into a temporary Athletics facility But isn't the whole point of the "sustainable" & "cost effective" nature of major events now is in trying to avoid wasteful temporary solutions, when an hours drive down the road you have a aquatic facility, veoldrome & athletics track that could host an international event next weekend
  6. Kardinia Park/GHMBA is just too small of a field dimension to host an Athletics track without seriously ripping into the stands (which alone cost $20 million to remove/repair/return to Oval mode the MCG in 2006) It is even smaller (170x115m) than the MCG (173x148m) which needed a major ripup of seating and a full size IAAF standard track is 190x120m
  7. And what a giant failure that was .....
  8. Would be a joke (and utter waste of money) if that happened Just put up some removable seating (already have it there sitting and waiting for the F1 GP) around Lakeside Stadium and be done with it
  9. Kardinia Pool is local community pool facility fit for nothing else much more than a local school swim carnival. Would cost millions to get it up to CG standard
  10. If you want to get creative with track & field, could take a leaf out of what LA2028 is going to do and have field events at different venues Shot Put & Discus don't need to be in a stadium, you can put them on in a city garden park/beach front if you so desire
  11. is too narrow, would have to spend millions demolishing the newly built seating
  12. Despite what Andrews said today, most of the major events will be held in Melbourne. Could you see the Final of the Netball/Basketball being held in Bendigo with it's 4000 seat Stadium or you play it in Melbourne with 10,000+. Money will talk, they will want to squeeze every cent of revenue out of it to try and cover the cost There is no Aquatic Venue capable of hosting an international event in Geelong, so you either spend tens of millions building one or you just use the existing facility MSAC in Melbourne. Money talks There is no track cycling velodrome in Regional Victoria capable of hosting the event ... either once again you spend millions building one or use the existing facility in Melbourne Ditto with Track & Field. Are they really going to spend millions installing a one-off-track in Ballarat Mars Stadium as Andrews suggested (Geelong GHMBA Stadium too narrow for an Athletics track) or just slap up some temporary seating around Lakeside Stadium for a fraction of the cost Is just a bit of PR spin from a PR spin obsessed government pushing this "Regional" model, the major events will be held in Melbourne and the leftover slops in regional Victoria Could see the Opening Ceremony being held in Geelong GMHBA, the poor taxpayer has spend millions upon millions on that little stadium the past decade by both parties chasing votes, might as well get some use from our money for a change
  13. 10am Melbourne time Official Announcement from Dictator Dan (33 minutes from now)
  14. Pretty good trick from Kennett seeing he was not even Premier anymore when Melbourne was awarded the 2006 games in October 1999
  15. But everyone will be able to get in on a Family Pass! https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-10/tasmania-2026-commonwealth-games-bid/100820148
  16. I do love the woke hypocrisy of the Olympic Flame/Cauldron Virtue signal with your little stick flame while up the mountain you are sucking through millions of litres of fresh water and running coal powered generators 24/7 because you have no snow
  17. I for one welcome King Charles III & Queen Camilla opening the Melbourne 2026 games
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