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  1. Quaker2001

    Tokyo 2020 Media Updates

    Colorful overlays will track athletes’ speed during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    They have to know they have virtually no shot up against SLC. Probably not worth the fight. Hold off and then maybe try again a few years down the line.
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    Why would you wonder something like that other than a desire to make up random ****? I doubt Bach is going to give a wink wink nudge nudge to Munich to try and get them back in the fray as if he needs that for his legacy. Even then, what about Milan hosting 2026 helps Munich for a potential 2030 bid? Because 1 spread out bid won a vote (against another spread out bid), suddenly Munich/Garmish/Innsbruck is going to be a thing? Good like trying to beat Salt Lake City with that one
  4. Quaker2001

    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    There was a certain "other" poster here that was rooting hard for that, if nothing else just to rub it in my face that I said it wouldn't happen. Thus is the craptasticness of this website. It was one thing when once upon a time you had American posters and Canadians posters fighting with each other, but at least there was some substance behind it. In contrast with "I'm going to make an argument to oppose you for the sake of being a contrarian because me.. like.. trolling!" I get that there's not much to talk about here these days since we're likely 4 years away from the next Olympic host being determined. And that there's not that much news to be consumed. It is what it is. The funny thing for me is that I love the Olympics a lot more than I love Olympic bidding, but there aren't exactly a lot of forums out there like this. If someone wants to point me to somewhere where they actually treat the Olympics as more than "2 ceremonies and some filler in between" or "let's spend a week analyzing their choice of a color palette for their logo", please let me know!
  5. Quaker2001

    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    The phrase "highly unlikely" is being pretty generous IMO. If it's that unlikely, why does there *always* have to be the question? Because it happened once, we need to acknowledge it as a possibility every time now? Can we as a forum that's supposed to be knowledgeable on these things be fucking smarter than that? Is that too much to ask? The answer to that rhetorical question sadly is yes, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The IOC didn't do what they did with Paris and LA to avoid criticism. There was certainly a level of diplomacy there because it required making a deal, but that didn't come without a cost. It shouldn't be the default assumption that because that happened once, somehow there's a precedent there that we need to have in the back of our minds. And yes, I will continue the ranting about this because it symbolizes what this site has somewhat tragically devolved into. Which is a crying shame and I don't think it happened just because Olympic bidding got boring in the past few years.
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    I really hate what this website has become that this is still a discussion. That the narrative is still "that thing that happened once and we know is unlikely to happen again.. let's talk about it more because we're fucking bored here and it'll make things more interesting." What happened to when this place used to be smarter than that? This idea of "maybe solid hosts will entice future bidders" still falls very flat to me. What is it about Salt Lake or Sapporo that other cities will see that's going to entice them to bid? To say nothing of the fact that neither of those will happen for more than a decade. Do you really think the IOC is projecting ahead to 2038 or 2042 and worried about what the consequences of the next bid cycle will be that will affect that? That's the kind of crap GamesBids wouldn't have been talking about a few years ago. Now, it's about wild speculation with very little reasonable thought behind it. Let's say we have Salt Lake and Sapporo bidding for 2030. What's the upside in awarding them both? As opposed to letting them duke it out and producing a winner (and yes, a loser). Does anyone think if SLC lost, they wouldn't bid again for 2034? Ditto with Sapporo. They'll be in this for the long haul. What happened with Paris and LA was the perfect storm of circumstances to create what the IOC wound up doing. It's next to impossible for that to repeat itself for the IOC to be compelled to do it again.
  7. Quaker2001

    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    Bullfuckingshit it's very likely. That was a one time deal. I see no reason they would be compelled to do it again.
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    Might also have had a little something to do with the fact that Japan is already hosting an Olympics and bidding for another one (especially when that other one is having budget issues) probably wouldn't be the smartest idea. I think Sapporo will bid for 2030. SLC is the obviously front-runner, but I have a feeling the IOC will encourage Sapporo to give the appearance of a competition and then if nothing else, it gives them a leg up for 2034.
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    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    I know. Best I can do to avoid my response being "this site has gone to sh!t and you're all a bunch of bloody wankers"
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    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    What happened in Tiananmen Square is one of the most infamous and iconic protests in recent history, particularly in the era of live television coverage. Hundreds if not thousands of people were killed. The current death total from what has happened in Hong Kong is still in the single digits, all of which - to my knowledge - have been suicides. Not quite the same as an all out military assault on the protesters. We don't know what history will tell us about what's happening in Hong Kong right now or where it could lead to. Do we really want to imagine the worst possible outcome in the context of an Olympics bids forum? Again, maybe let's not hyperbolize these protests as if there's a likelihood it will escalate to the same level as Tiananmen Square.
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    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    Exactly. In order for China to not host the 2022 Olympics, 1 of 2 things would have to happen. Either A.) The IOC would have to tell China they are ripping up the host city contract and telling them they are no longer hosting the Games. I think we all know there's virtually zero chance of that happening because I doubt the IOC has a backup plan, nor would they want to follow through with it. Or then it would have to be B.) China decides they can no longer host the Olympics. Again, it's going to take a lot more than some protesters in Hong Kong for them to even consider that. I know it's the nature of this site these days that we're bored because there's not much to talk about, but let's not resort to insane theories involving events we'll probably barely remember come 2022.
  12. Quaker2001

    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    If there's an Olympics in 2022, they will be in Beijing. If Beijing for whatever reason can't host the Olympics, it probably means there won't be an Olympics in 2022. Virtually every Olympics has negative stories in the lead up that make us question whether or not they will happen. It happened with Sochi. It happened with Rio. It happened with PyeongChang. It's happening with Tokyo. So why would Beijing be an exception? It is way way waaaaaaaaaay too early to assess what these protests mean for the Olympics. To try and put a number on it is an exercise in pointlessness. Especially since it's still 2019 and we have nearly 2 1/2 years to go. No Durban, that's not what Quaker is saying. The IOC is not going to apply pressure. They chose China. They have no choice but to accept the consequences of that decision. It's outside forces that would pressure the IOC, not the other way around. The IOC will do what they need to do in order to give off the impression that there are no issues with a China-hosted Olympics. Just like they did with 2008. As you alluded to, it's not like the IOC was unaware of China's history then. This likely won't phase them.
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    Could Beijing be stripped if Hong Kong Protests go south?

    I doubt it. The IOC was not unfamiliar with China when they awarded them the 2022 Olympics. There may be pressure on them, but what's the alternative? Can another city/country take over with a little over 2 years to go? I doubt it, so it's likely Beijing or bust for the IOC and 2022. And you know darn well the IOC isn't going to tell China they're not hosting the Olympics anymore.
  14. Quaker2001

    Los Angeles 2028

    LA Memorial Coliseum Completes $315M Renovation Ahead Of Football Season
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    Tokyo 2020 Media Updates

    Some nuggets on NBC coverage from Tokyo, including the 1 notable one quoted below https://www.inquirer.com/sports/nbc-2020-olympics-tokyo-comcast-plans-20190729.html