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  1. Spain will bid to the host World Cup in 2030

    Luis Rubiales, Pedro Sánchez and Gianni Infantino spoke about the matter on Wednesday

    It's been too long since Spain hosted a World Cup on its shores -- in concrete, since 1982, when tournament mascot Naranjito was one of the stars of the tournament.


    Upd. on 13/09/2018 at 09:28 CEST

    Jesús Malagón (@86malagon)

    The idea of hosting football's showpiece for a second time came up again on Wednesday in a meeting at Moncloa between RFEF president Luis Rubiales, FIFA chied Gianni Infantino and the president of Spain Pedro Sanchez. 


    Spain's main objective is to organise the World Cup in 2030. However, there are various alternatives in which that could happen: either as a stand-alone candidate or as joint hosts with Portugal and Morocco. The second option is the one which Rubiales feels gives the country the best chance of winning the vote. 


    The meeting was Infantino's second official visit to Spain in less than two months, after taking part in the RFEF's General Assembly, when Rubiales made his debut as the organisation's president. 


    Thirty-six years ago, on our shores, Italy won th 1982 World Cup, beating Germany 3-1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu. In 2020, Bilbao will be one of the cities which hosts a European Championships which will be spread across the continent. 


    The upcoming World Cups will be in Qatar in 2020 and in the USA, Canada and Mexico in 2026. 



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  2. On 7/10/2018 at 7:38 PM, Dezcrafty said:

    Maybe, Maybe not. Like you said, They don't really want the games right now. That's pretty much the bid-killer right there.

    the host will be decided in 2022, so in 4 years from now situation may be different. After all world cup isnt Olympics and spain has already a lot of big stadiums for that event. Some of them may need renovation, thats all. And consider that argentina that want 2030 competition has far more problems in economy than Spain

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  3. Spain has not hosted a major tournament since the 1982 World Cup, and failed in a joint bid with Portugal to stage the 2018 competition. So in 2030 will be 50 years since the last time they hosted such a competition

    Few can match Spain for pedigree in a football sense, with their club sides ruling European competition in recent years, with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid dominating the Europa League just as Real Madrid and Barcelona the Champions League. They boast iconic stadiums such as the Santiago Bernabeu and Camp Nou.

    Spain also organized maybe the best world cup ever in 1982 (or one of the best)

    But as of now there is currently little appetite within Spain for a World Cup bid due to the economic crisis that has hit the country hard in recent years.

    But if UEFA claim the 2030 ticket, Spain may see themselves in race.


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  4. Russia To Consider 2032 Olympic Games Bid

    By Robert Livingstone | Published Jul 9, 2018 4:48 PM in Featured, Summer Olympic Bids

    Russia could consider a bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid, it was reported Monday from Moscow.

    St. Petersburg, Russia were considering bidding for 2024 Summer Games (GB Photo)

    St. Petersburg, Russia considered a bid for 2024 Summer Games (GB Photo)

    Website Sputnik wrote that Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee in Moscow said “Russia will continue hosting large sports tournaments, all our partners, international organizations know that we can do that.

    “As for the Summer Olympic Games,” he added, “the hosts are selected up to 2028. We will consider the situation in the next couple of years and make a decision.

    “It’s too early to talk about it now, the decision will be up to the President, not me anyway.”

    The Summer Games in 2024 and 2028 were awarded last year to Paris and Los Angeles as part of an historic double-allocation.  The two cities were the only remaining after three other cities dropped out of the race, and the Intentional Olympic Committee (IOC) opted to select both strong candidates, giving concessions to the American entry for accepting the 2028 Games 11 years in advance.

    The 2032 host city will be elected in 2025.

    Russia is currently hosting its first FIFA World Cup, set to conclude July 15.  In 2014 the nation hosted the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

    The Summer Games were last hosted by the country in Moscow in 1980, and the Capital unsuccessfully bid to host  the 2012 edition.  St. Petersburg, the city that has been mentioned most often in discussions of future bids by Russia, pursued a 2004 Games bids that was lost to Athens.

    Russian sport has been struggling to recover from allegations that its athletes were involved in a state-sponsored doping program.  A clandestine sample-switching scheme was uncovered in use at the Sochi 2014 anti-doping lab that helped give Russia’s Olympic team an unfair advantage.

    In response, some Russian athletes were banned from the Rio 2016 Games by the International Athletics Federation (IAAF), and the Russian team was excluded from the PyeongChang 2018 Games.  Some athletes who were proven clean, however, were able to participate under a neutral flag.

    Groups from Australia, India and Germany have also expressed interest in hosting the 2032 event.




  5. 2024 Olympics: Tony Estanguet visiting La Rochelle, Friday, July 10

    The Delegation of Ambition Olympic and Paralympic Association and the French Sailing Federation began this week its inspection visits to candidate sites for the sailing events of the Olympic project of Paris in 2024.

    After Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) Monday, Hyères (Var) Tuesday, Brest (Finistère) Wednesday and Thursday Morbihan, the delegation will travel to La Rochelle tomorrow.

    Tony Estanguet during the presentation of the interim results of the scoping study in November 2024 Paris 2014 (Appropriations - Sport and Society)

    On this occasion, Tony Estanguet, French member of the International Olympic Committee and one of the two leading figures of Paris 2024, will travel in Charente-Maritime according to information from France 3 Poitou-Charentes.

    This coming owes nothing to chance in view of the past of La Rochelle. The city was indeed an official candidate for sailing events for the 2008 Olympics and 2012 with the water Minimes. But the successive failures of Paris in the race games have finally won Olympic ambition of the port city.

    It is therefore with a certain legitimacy that La Rochelle retry the Olympic adventure for 2024 . But if his favorite status was evident at the last two Olympic projects, it is not the same today.

    Five cities and territories and stand before her, Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and Hyères is even the most formidable postulants under the communication project and mobilization on the ground.


    2024 Olympics: The festivities of July 14 in the colors of the Paris bid

  6. I can give you all existing venues:

    Melbourne Cricket Ground - 95,000 to 100,000+ (it was 93,000 for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, where they had to remove some rows of seating from the new Northern Stand (or was it the old Great Southern Stand?) to accommodate a 9 lane IAAF standard Athletics track) For the 1996 bid, the Great Southern Stand would have been ready for the 1992 Cricket World Cup, with the 3 older other stands (Members', Olympic and Ponsford) being simply renovated, for an overall capacity of 103,000.

    Docklands (Etihad) Stadium - 53.359 (possibly the solution for the team sports of Basketball and Volleyball (as well as Gymnastics), where the stadium could be divided into 2 halls, like Atlanta did with the Georgia Dome for the 1996 Summer Olympics)

    Kardinia Park (Simmonds Stadium) - Located in Geelong, it was proposed to seat 41,000 for our failed FIFA World Cup bid. It can be expanded and is expected to expand to that capacity.

    Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park) - 30,050 (could be another option for the main team indoor sports of Basketball and Volleyball, if a roof were added, temporary or permanent)

    Rod Laver Arena - 14,820 (naturally the site of Tennis finals, but also as per the 1996 bid, the site for Handball, could host Gymnastics too)

    Multipurpose Venue (Hisense Arena) - 10,500 overall arena mode and 4,500 as a velodrome.

    Margaret Court Arena - 7,500 (most likely the site for Basketball preliminaries and maybe Tennis)

    Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre - the main outdoor pool seats 3,000, with a Commonwealth Games capacity of 9,000. A new outdoor pool may need to be built (temporary or permanent, it will be 10,000+ with a roof of some sort)

    State Netball and Hockey Centre - 3,500 (for the arena, which could serve a minor indoor sport) and 8,000 (for the Hockey main pitch with temporary seating). A new Hockey pitch will need to be used with seating for 15,000.

    National Equestrian Centre - The proposed location for all Equestrian competitions in the 1996 bid, as well as for Archery.

    State Baseball and Softball Centre - The proposed location for Baseball and Softball for the 1996 bid, may be the same location should such sports return to the Olympics.

    National Water Sports Centre - The proposed location for rowing and canoeing. Officials currently say we need a new venue for these sports, but this venue is available if used.

    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - 3-4 individual divided halls for 5,000 each, with the exhibition centre's plenary hall being able to accommodate 5541 seats.

    Royal Exhibition Building - The proposed location for Fencing in the 1996 bid, will be the same for any future bid.

    Melbourne International Shooting Club - Proposed location for all shooting disciplines, it might be too small to host now due to development around the complex.

    Melbourne Gun Club - The site for Clay Target shooting at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, it could host the other shooting disciplines if it were expanded.

    Royal Melbourne Golf Club - The natural site for Golf.

    Well, that's all I can think of right about now. Any new arenas might be temporary like London's approach.

    I have some notices:

    1. AAMI Park could host Rugby-7s, if Kardinia Park will be the football stadium (or the opposite)

    2. Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena will be busy with the tennis tournament, i dont think will be able to host other events and tennis is very popular there so big Rod Laver Arena will take many qualification matches, not only finals

    3. Hisense Arena i agree, except track cycling can take probably Handball finals

    4. What about Lakeside Stadium for Mod. Pentathlon? with Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre to host swimming portion and indoor hall of the same venue to host fencing

    5. The area in Albert Park can accomodate some indoor arenas that maybe needed and of course Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre expansion, with a new pool at 15.000 and existing smaller pool to host diving and water polo

    6. St Kilda Foreshore, Triathlon, Cycling Time Trial

    7. Punt Road Oval at Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct can be transformed to an temporary archery venue?

  7. Hidalgo to submit Paris 2024 candidature decision to council leaders in March

    Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was one of the political leaders to be presented with a report on the city's candidacy for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty ImagesProvisional confirmation of a Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games could come as soon as March, after sports officials today delivered a key feasibility study to political leaders, including Anne Hidalgo, the city's Mayor.

    Receiving the report from Bernard Lapasset, President of the French International Sport Committee (CFSI), Hidalgo thanked him, Denis Masseglia, President of the French National Olympic and Sport Federation (CNOSF) and Tony Estanguet, a French International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, for their "professionalism", and said she would "submit the candidature decision to the councils of Paris's 20 arrondissements at the end of March and to the Council of Paris in April".

    Observing that the economic model for the Games still needed further precision, Hidalgo announced that she would also call a meeting of "bosses of large companies", also in March.

    But the Mayor, who until now has appeared sceptical about the potential benefits of a bid, also commented favourably on IOC President Thomas Bach's Agenda 2020 initiative, saying she was "delighted" that the IOC had in December passed 40 proposals "in favour of sustainable development".

    And she said she had "heard the force of the message sent by the people of Paris after [last month's] attacks" and was "touched to see how Paris touches the world".

    "I heard the need for engagement in the hope of a more fraternal world," Hidalgo said.

    "I hope that young people speak out and get involved."

    While the study's contents have yet to be published, it seems unthinkable that it would not have concluded that a bid is technically feasible.

    The highbrow newspaper Le Monde, which said it had secured access to the study, reported that the whole text was indeed favourable towards a bid.

    Interestingly, in these highly cost-conscious times in Western Europe, the newspaper said that the document puts the budget at an extremely modest €6 billion (£4.5 billion/$7 billion), including organisation and infrastructure costs.

    It said the study played up the contributions that would be made by the IOC, as well as private sponsors and ticket sales, using the slogan, "The Games finance the Games".

    Boston and Rome are already on the starting-line for the race, and may be joined next month by Hamburg or Berlin and possibly others.

    The IOC are due to choose the host city at its 2017 Session in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

  8. 2024 Olympics: Support increased for the Paris bid

    Essential to the launch and success of any Olympic bid , popular support is one of the requirements of the French Olympic Movement and political authorities to present a project in Paris for the summer games in 2024.

    A few days before the presentation of the findings of the scoping study conducted by the French Committee of International Sport (CFSI) , a Toluna survey to Uniteam Sport shows up popular support for an Olympic bid in the capital.

    Thus, 66% of respondents are in favor of the organization of the 2024 Olympics in France, while they were 60% ​​two months ago . The opposition rate is in turn decreased from 33% to 23%.

    Not surprisingly, young people are most receptive to the idea of ​​an Olympic bid and, if applicable, an organization on the French territory. In fact, 72% of under 35 support the bid project (+2 points) and even 77% of students (+3).

    At the territorial level, the Parisians are overwhelmingly favorable games (70%), again with support increased over the last two months (2).

    The opportunity study will have to demonstrate the relevance to present an Olympic project for 2024, particularly with regard to the allocation of costs and the total amount of investment needed to host the international event.

    Jean-François Royer, CEO Uniteam Sport, "the subject of the Olympics interested in French and we feel a membership start from them.

    In times of crisis, France needs to find projects 'positive' and backbone to create economic and social dynamics. The bid to the Olympics can be an economic and social momentum.

    But the French are cautious and want the organization of such a competition is part of a reasonable fiscal framework and its benefits are sustainable. "

  9. Melbourne urged to bid for 2028 Olympic Games

    Melbourne should put in a bid to host the 2028 Olympic Games, according to the Committee for Melbourne.

    The committee represents a group of academic, business and community leaders and offers policy advice to Government.

    Its chief executive, Kate Roffey, said she planned to discuss the idea at the Sport in Victoria conference currently being held in the city.

    "Melbourne has collectively the best array of sport facilities close to the CBD of any city in the world, so we're perfectly positioned to hold an Olympics Games," Ms Roffey said.

    "We've got intellect to know how to run these sorts of major international events.

    "When you've got those two things together, the branding and the value you can generate out of these events in terms of exposure and having people coming here is enormous."

    Melbourne last hosted the Games in 1956, in an event that was widely considered as a coming of age for Australian sport as it was the first time the Games had been held in the southern hemisphere.

    Premier Denis Napthine said he would support a bid for the Games, but the proposal is still in his infancy.

    He believed Melbourne was ideally positioned to host major sporting events.

    "The normal process is the city bids, with backing from state and federal government," Dr Napthine said.

    "This matter will be considered, but I believe Melbourne and Victoria is well placed to put their hand up for a future Olympic Games down the track."

    Opposition major events spokesman John Eren said Labor was open to the idea if it won Government this year.

    "We used to be the sporting capital of the world, but we're second now to the UK, so we've lost our title and we need to get that back," Mr Eren told 774 ABC Melbourne.

    "We have a lot of sporting infrastructure that already exists, there might be some fine tuning that needs to be made.

    "Of course any major events like that we need to have a look at our infrastructure needs, but these sorts of ideas need to be floated and we're open to any suggestions and we'd be looking very carefully going forward in relation to announcing some policies."

  10. :rolleyes:

    IF they decide to bid

    IF they have a decent plan

    IF they have enough support

    Y'know, the centennial Olympics were held Atlanta, and not Athens (despite Athens bidding), which leads to the next points:

    What is this 'winning' plan?

    How is everything planned out?

    Is the IOC going to like it?

    How will Paris deal with possible New-Frontier-Durban?

    But I mean, it's okay, It's Paris' 100 Olympics, so even the most crappiest plan would be a winning bid; even if it's up against possibly strong candidates, it's going to be A-OK :rolleyes:

    This Paris' 100 year break! They deserve to win this!

    Athens bid 1996 was too arrogant, they based only in the centennoal point and they thought this only would be enough to win. A characteristic fact was that one member of greek olympic commitee had demanded that Olympic games should had been awarded to Athens without voting!!

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