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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-us-canada-50840534
  2. Whilst not intending to sound like Paris is going to walk it, I have a hypothetical question: What if Paris had won 2012 and we were watching a race between London (with Brexit), Los Angeles (with Trump) and Budapest. Who do you think would win and why?
  3. An employment register next? It seems odd that a contract of employment with the bid city negates a need to register. Or subcontract to a registered company?
  4. In the Evaluation Commission reports, a lot of emphasis is put on the political support given to a bid - it's quite a big deal. As such, I wouldn't say Oslo are favourites at this stage. That doesn't mean things can't change, though.
  5. This is starting to get ridiculous... Are we seriously going to see Beijing Vs Almaty? Can't believe that this is a realistic prospect. Very disappointing...
  6. They would still need a better campaign than that in order to beat Edmonton. If they do, I don't see them bidding for 2024. Why do you think Istanbul won't make the shortlist?
  7. If Baku and Istanbul chose to bid, I'd be surprised to see either not make the short list (unless they suddenly put a terrible plan together or the European Games were a disaster). I also wouldn't be too quick to say Chicago don't want a Games - they're still interested and still bidding for stuff/ wanting to bid for stuff. I think if Durban gets the Commonwealth Games, it's unlikely we'll see them bid for 2024 as well (although they will very likely go for a later edition). Having said that, the current campaign of "we deserve the Commonwealth Games because Africa has never hosted" didn't wor
  8. So this was normally to be decided at the IOC Session in Sochi, then it was going to be 9th May and now it's looking like they'll make the decision at the Extraordinary Session in December... Still, it's better for democracy, I guess, if the entire IOC have a say rather than just the Executive Board as with FIFA (not to mention compliant with the Olympic Charter). I agree it should be the 130th or actually the 131st Session as not only is there the Extraordinary Session in Monaco, but there was one last year in Lausanne. There is no fast rule on having one Session per year - there are several
  9. I would disagree. Things can happen, bids can withdraw (eg Bern in 2010, Rome in 2020, Stockholm in 2022), or things can happen to impede on the bid (New York's Stadium debacle in the 2012 race, Annecy's change of leadership on the 2018 - one could argue that they both were not going to win anyway, but these incidents derailed any chances they had). With PyeongChang having 70% of venues already built at the time of the 2014 election, few expected Sochi to pull it off with no venues built (not to mention huge environmental concerns), but it was exactly that reason that they used to help them wi
  10. Hilarious! I guess just before a referendum, they'll be quite sensitive towards things like that...
  11. These are just applicant city questions, I'm referring to the Candidate City "Candidature Files" that are published after the short list... and all the presentations they do in the run up to going to Kuala Lumpur (such as at SportAccord, in Monaco if they're given time to do so, all the various meetings, forums and Congresses like the EOC, PASO, Sport For All etc.).. Only then will we learn the running "theme" of the bid and know where the momentum is heading towards...
  12. Wow, that was certainly a long and somewhat entertaining read (this whole thread in one morning). I'd agree with the general gist of it: Possibly a three or four city short list which will very likely feature Oslo and Krakow, will likely feature either Beijing or Almaty or possibly even both - and will very unlikely feature Lviv. I'm not even going to speculate what will happen round by round in Kuala Lumpur at this point as the Bid Books haven't been published and the general concepts and motivation for bidding. Each bid has it's (fairly large) pitfalls as well as their strengths (I cert
  13. Haha, very good. On a serious note, though - it's strange that there has been no southern hemisphere bids for 2022. NZ wanted to bid a while back but were categorically told "no" due to the clash with the FIFA World Cup and the reasons described in the above (albeit joke) article. One would have thought this would have been the perfect opportunity. I'd have thought that a South American city in Argentina or Chile or somewhere might too have expressed an interest...
  14. Spanner in the works/ political can of worms: It may be true to say the UK has hosted a lot recently, but Glasgow might not be a part of the UK by then...
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