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  1. Some thoughts on the opening ceremony:

    It's hard to compare the ceremony to others due to the covid situation - however it did seem to fall a little flat.

    Far too gloomy throughout. I think the approach should have been to start off with something serious or sadish and then launch into a fun and high energy show. This is the Olympics - it is a chance for people to enjoy themselves for a few weeks and have a distraction from covid. As tough as things are, it's ok to have a little fun every so often.

    Having Osaka as the cauldron lighter does seem like a strange and slightly commercialised decision. From what I've read, she has lived in the US since the age of 3?

    I've seen that people have been praising the drone show, and while it was cool - I was hoping for so much more. At this point, I think most of us have seen similar drone shows (on TV at least). With Japan being such a techy country, I was hoping to see a huge drone show on a scale never seen before, with exciting colours and incredible shapes. So to only have a short and fairly small display of the Tokyo 2020 logo and the globe was really disappointing.

    I'm curious to know what they would have planned if the ceremony went ahead in a 'normal world' last year. Understandably they did need to slim the ceremony down, however, I think they went a little too far.

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  2. How about an amusement theme park? Shouldn't there be one?

    Blerh no way.

    Tacky and noisy.

    I wonder if the rollercoaster in the image will even end up being there - actually being so close to so many homes, I really doubt it.

    Guessing they just stuck it there to fill the picture up ...at least I hope.

  3. So what will happen to the footprints of the basketball, BMX, field hockey and water polo (the temporary) venues? Will they just be planted over to become 'natural' parts of the park...as if they were never there?

    Well I know that the BMX track will stay and become part of the 'Velopark' along with the Velodrome. A big new cycling/bmx centre.

    I presume field hockey will be part of the park area.

    And I've seen more apartment/housing where the water polo arena is.

  4. Seems like the Olympic Stadium is all but assured to be turned over to West Ham. Have they decided what to do with the Basketball Arena when it's taken down?

    Different people have said it will be used for Rio and others said it will go to Glasgow.

    So I imagine at least one of those will use it.

    So I'm checking out that website for the park and see this picture.

    A roller coaster there???


  5. To answer paul92's question, they are sent to IOC voting members, all NOC's and members of the IF's. Also, if there's some sort of private based funding in the bid race for a city/country, then it's possible that the bidding committee would offer such persons who have contributed significant amounts a copy of the applicant, candidate or both bid books. I know for sure San Francisco's failed 2012 and 2016 bids offered such an incentive for major financial contributors.

    Thanks :)

    So potentially there could be quite a few flying around for collectors to snap up.

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