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  1. Unfortunately, I hate to say it, but there's no hiding now and no complaining that the media "isn't reporting the positive things", as much as I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt to Rio, there's no denying it now. These games are in big trouble. Construction hasn't started yet in Deodoro, Barra is way behind schedule and there is labor strife to boot. New venues should have been finished this year with test events being held next summer, but there's no way on earth they're going to be able to think about test events until mid-2016 at the earliest in a lot of these places. I had hope that these games and the World Cup would be Brazil's breakout and time to shine, but it's been nothing but one crisis after another. I hate to say it but my hope of them pulling this off is fading and quickly.
  2. I'm looking forward to a successful games for Toronto, perhaps to launch them towards a 2028 or 2032 bid.
  3. I'm starting to wonder if this is becoming worse than Athens... I really hope for a successful World Cup and of course Olympic Games, but there is much work to be done. We are two years from Rio and a lot of construction hasn't even started. Something has to be done and everyone needs to get moving.
  4. Does anyone know where it may be possible other than Ebay to buy a copy of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Books? I know someone on here got one previously, I'm just hoping someone puts one up for auction soon. I'd really like to get my hands on the physical copy. I have London's but I really want Vancouver 2010 to go with it.
  5. http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/projects_redevelopment/arena-funding-model.aspx That's the official plan. However, saying that property taxes or other funds won't be allocated towards the building of this arena is complete and utter bollocks. These types of large scale projects here in the city are prone to delays and cost overruns (either through labour shortage, inclement weather, etc.) and so that extra funding is going to have to come from somewhere. Bottom line is, the city is going to pay for the massive majority of it while the Katz Group (arena owners) are the ones who will take in all the revenue. The City and taxpayers got royally screwed on this deal. There are also still a lot of unknowns in terms of funding: http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/01/29/concern-still-swirls-around-downtown-edmonton-arena-funding I was opposed to this project as well but City Council passed it and it's under construction, The Commonwealth Games I fear are just too big and too expensive for us to handle at this point in time.
  6. It's also not your property taxes and other service fees that would skyrocket as a result of this. As other posters point out, yes, Edmonton is getting a new arena, but the way it's being funded is absolutely ludicrous. We are building an arena for a hockey team that has been one of the worst teams in the league for the last seven to eight years. City Council is funding a private business enterprise (the arena) for a billionaire owner while we taking on all the costs and liabilities that go along with it while the owner gets to take in all the revenue that goes along with it. Tell me exactly how that's a good deal for Edmonton? As also pointed out, there would be no funding from the Federal Government. If Edmonton wins the bid, taxes, user fees, etc, will absolutely go through the roof and I sure as hell don't want to be on the hook for that. I support the Commonwealth Games, I just don't support the idea of having them HERE. It's not our problem that India royally screwed up. That kind of money can go to WAY more useful things.
  7. I live in Edmonton and I fully support the Durban 2022 bid should it proceed. Edmonton isn't the kind of place that should be putting an event like this on anyways...
  8. This Edmontonian is hoping Durban wins it resoundingly!
  9. Well I live in Edmonton and I am as big a multi-sport games fanatic as any one on this board, but really? Edmonton is not at a point where we are ready to host an event like this again. Yes, 1978 left a fantastic legacy for sports and venues in this city, but with the costs required to upgrade everything and get some new venues in place, Edmonton really can't afford it. Our roads are crumbling, our bridges are falling apart, construction won't even be beginning on a new leg of the LRT for at least two years (and that's assuming everything goes perfectly, which in this city never ever does), we need new schools, upgrades to old hospitals are desperately needed, it's like Expo, we simply aren't in a position right now to be able to put an event of this magnitude on. Property taxes are already going to skyrocket because of that ridiculous arena (which the Oilers owner should be paying for himself), if we were to get this event, they'd go through the roof, and make it unaffordable for a lot of people in this city to live. I for one, am hoping that Durban has a really solid plan in place, time to go a new frontier, because Edmonton, sure as hell doesn't need it. I say Go Durban!
  10. Yeah no I know, I'm looking for the CBC coverage on a private DVD from someone who would have recorded it privately themselves.The torrents aren't really what I'm looking for either.
  11. Does anyone happen to have recorded coverage of the Pre-Game, Hockey Game, Medal Ceremonies and Post Game Interview? I'm looking for a copy on DVD if possible of the Sunday morning CBC Coverage, if you have it, can you please let me know? I'm looking for the DVD copy. I'll gladly pay all costs, please PM me. Thanks, Kyle
  12. Oslo has got to get the people and government on side, This is by far and away the best technical and best overall bid. Oslo would be an AMAZING Olympics but if they can't get government or public backing, they're sunk. This is the bid I'm hoping for though.
  13. I'm torn on this one. I think they put together a good application file, they would put on a good games, but I just can't support a bi-national bid in the end. That being said, I think this will be the first bi-national bid to get to the Candidate City phase. In the end though, I think the Logistics prove to be too much, they've done a good job though thus far.
  14. I think Geography, Politics and Environment are playing against Beijing right now. I just can't see the IOC awarding the games to Asia three successive times. The smog and pollution are worse than they ever were, I don't understand how people can live and breathe that air every day. I like the Applicant File and I do believe they stand a good shot of becoming a candidate city, but Beijing is going to be a runner-up this time around.
  15. I admire Lviv for wanting to put a bid out there, but at this point given what's going on in Crimea, it's just not feasible. Even if this situation with Russia wasn't happening right now, Ukraine is downright broke, and they'd have to build a lot of their venues from scratch. The costs would just be too astronomical to contemplate for any government in it's straight, but you add Russia in on top of it and they're going nowhere quick.
  16. I'm appalled at how primitive and poorly put together the application file is. It looks like something a high school student did at the last minute. The venue plans are ill thought out and it's just a mess. Before I thought they would be second in the voting and I know politics and $$ are at play but I wouldn't send them on to a Candidate City phase. If they do get that far, they have a TON of work to do in putting the bid book together to make sure it's presentable. As it stands right now I'd have them eliminated before the Candidate City phase.
  17. Hmm with Stockholm having dropped out a while ago I would think Almaty (they have a lot of the infrastructure in place) Oslo, Beijing and possibly Krakow as the final cities. I think Oslo wins it in the first or second round.
  18. Hi All, I know it's on demand on the CBC website but I'm wondering if anyone happened to record the women's bronze medal game? If so I'm looking for a copy and will happily pay for all costs associated with it. Either PM me or send me a quick email at krempfer@hotmail.com Thanks a bunch!
  19. Well I guess that's what happens when the money goes to mafia and construction kingpins! No money gets spent on the things that spectators would normally purchase.
  20. No spectator guides or ceremonies program? That's just piss poor laziness on the part of the organizing committee.
  21. If I was a betting man, my guess is there won't be a commemorative book. I have the Calgary, Vancouver and London ones and they are all fantastic, but I have a feeling there won't be with these games, hopefully I'm wrong though!
  22. As expected, the CAS has dismissed the appeal. Results stand as they are.
  23. They filed the protest too late anyways. I think it's highly unlikely that anything will come of this. I have a better chance of winning the lottery than of this appeal going through. PS - I forgot to mention in regards to the crash before... I'm glad those boys are alright! The first thing that matters was to make sure that they were safe!
  24. Yikes, what a nasty crash! They had such a great run going too. That happens though, it's sport. Canada will finish up with 25 medals, looks like fourth in the overall medal count. 3rd in the official medal standings possibly. Our best performance outside of a home Olympics so I think it is a successful games for Canada.
  25. They just can't seem to hold it together in terms of consistency Canada 3 had an amazing start but some simple mistakes really cost them. I don't see them making that time up now but we shall see.
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