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  1. I hope the feeling is one of what might've been after these Games, not OMG Thank God that disaster is over. Another Tokyo Summer Games soon (say, 2040) might be a genuine possibility if Japan comes out of it pining for what might've been, and I wouldn't begrudge them that.
  2. "Screwed up hosting" is one way of putting it. I suppose it did, in the same way the Titanic screwed up docking in New York.
  3. Are we sure there's not more to come? I'm thinking we're seeing an early parade of nations, that's all. Means there's a bit of a 'crowd' this way too.
  4. Showing my age but the sonic music from the megadrive is the first I've recognised! Love it!
  5. Maybe quietly push Coates into a background role now Brisbane have the Games. He's done his bit, the guy's clearly got an ego the size of Uluru and attitudes that better suit the decade of Australia's first Games.
  6. Only time will tell how effective the reforms are. Some seem positive, some I'm less sure of, and transparency has been sacrificed on their altar. The big black mark against Bach will be how he dealt with Russia and Sochi earlier in his presidency and that won't wash off easily.
  7. Hey @GBModerator None of the forms submit on the site from my laptop in any browser. I can't post or even sign in; all that happens is it returns to the form with no fields filled in. Feels like a database issue to me but could be wrong. Could you check if there's something going on with the site or with my account? Thanks Rob
  8. Ok, so the forum won't let me submit any forms from my laptop in any browser (I can't even sign in to gamesbids anymore) but from my phone seems to work.
  9. "The awarding of the 2008 Olympics to Beijing was accompanied by the International Olympics Committee promising that the Games would act as a catalyst for human rights reform in China. "Well, a widely acknowledged genocide in Xinjiang later, thousands of Tibetans arrested, imprisoned, displaced, tortured and killed later, the snuffing out of free speech and political freedoms in Hong Kong, and the trashing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and imposition of their national security law later, that went well didn't it?" Beijing 2022: MPs in House of Commons support diplomatic boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in China https://www.skysports.com/olympics/news/15234/12356751/beijing-2022-mps-in-house-of-commons-support-diplomatic-boycott-of-next-years-winter-olympics-in-china
  10. Good idea. And wise words from the Chief Rabbi.
  11. They're allowing hosts from Tokyo onwards to add a few sports which don't add much in terms of new venues. Baseball being in for Japan and the USA but out for France makes sense. I find it hard to believe it'll back for Australia's Games. It might be that baseball isn't picked for a while after 2028. I'm not sure what criteria these sports must meet to be eligible for inclusion as a one-off (or two-off, as in the case of baseball). But I'm sure cricket is monitoring things. I'm not sure that applies to the other sports listed (climbing, surfing etc), which I think are new, permanent additions to the core programme.
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