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Posts posted by Roger87

  1. 16 hours ago, stryker said:

    Why go for Northern England bid though when London has almost everything ready to go? Even with the IOC accepting regional bids, if a compact sustainable low-cost option is available, and London fits that description, why opt for a regional bid? The IOC maybe open to the idea of a regional bid but if a compact one presents itself I can't see it being turned down. 

    The main (and perhaps) sole reason is political post Brexit. Some sort of counterbalance to avoid the centralized influence of London, while BoJo consolidating the northern lines. 

  2. Just a week after the event. Boring ceremony, but the last hour brings the excitement. Then "Parasite" became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture and South Korea became the second non anglophone to have a sole Best Picture winner (non co-production) after France (2011's "The Artist"). 

    After the impact of K-Pop and Asian sports, now this. If only Pres. Moon drops North Korea and goes for a sole Seoul Summer Olympics. 

  3. On 2/13/2020 at 4:17 PM, TorchbearerSydney said:

    This is really odd- Ukraine is basically at war with Russia and the Belarus President has basically said he wants to rejoin Russia (including handing over foreign affairs and rejoining the rouble soon)....one is Russia's biggest enemy from the former USSR, and the other is the biggest friend. ????

    Beside that, the border is mixed between low infrasteucture and chemical exposure per Chernobyl

  4. 17 hours ago, stryker said:


    I read just recently that SoFi Stadium is nearing completion but what jumped out in this article is the headline listing the stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies. Did LA decide that both ceremonies will be at the new stadium rather than holding the closing ceremonies at the Coliseum?

    TBH, I think it's better doing the ceremonies in one sole stadium. So it's better that idea. 

  5. On 2/1/2020 at 2:30 AM, mountainboarder_530@yahoo. said:

    2038 is almaty's time to shine.  Whoever of Sapporo or SLC doesnt get it in 2030, the other will get it 2034.

    Im growing more and more excited about the 2026 in italy though, what a nice come out of nowhere story to close the deal there.  I think thats gonna be a great games.

    Nah, if Almaty couldn't win with the "artificial snow", there's no way unless there's Braslov and Lviv. 

  6. 16 hours ago, stryker said:

    Seems like a noble effort but is there any indication the Dutch government would even consider the idea? Given the size and scope of the SOGs, I highly doubt one city alone (Amsterdam or Rotterdam) could pull this off. It would have to be a country-wide bid.

    Well, considering Netherlands is a small and urbanized country (one of the top 15 worldwide), and 70-75% of the population lived in the Randstaat limits (The megalopolis comprised of the 4 majors cities and subsidiaries) it's not exactly far fetched. Like Stefan mentioned, the cities are within 90 minutes maximum each other. 

    Actually an Olympic bid of the Randstaat would be like the Rhine-Ruhr mentioned before for Germany, but more compact and better developed to be honests.  

  7. 6 hours ago, StefanMUC said:

    Erm, since when is Madrid considering a 2030 bid? If Spain ever comes up with a winter bid, that will always be Barcelona (or maybe Zaragoza).

    Yes, the bid is Barcelona Winter Olympics (Madrid doesn't have mountains close of the city). The Catalonian government made a proper bid. Now the question is about the preferences and political will related to both cities. 

  8. 10 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

    A much bigger question is that Madrid needs to sort out what it wants more.

    Is Madrid going for the 2030 Winter Games or the 2032 Summer Games?

    The IOC has already said Madrid it will not be successful to go for both Games only 2 years apart.

    The last time I revise geography, that was Barcelona NOT Madrid, and considering the recent political swift... Probably Madrid 2032 will fight against the Catalonians (again).

  9. On 1/17/2020 at 1:56 PM, stryker said:

    Does Spain actually have the cash to pull this off though, even as practical as it sounds? I'd almost be tempted to say the proposed Rhine-Rhur bid, if it ever gains traction and public approval, might be a bigger threat to Brisbane.

    Interesting, even with the menace of a potential crash, currently the financial lines of Spain (in macroeconomic aspects) look much better this time than in 2009 (And even better comparing Italy, which has a stagnant economy but still will host the Winter Olympics). And reading news about it, this time, the main football clubs of Madrid seemed to have more involvement in the bid, which can be solved some $$ and logistics aspects.

    The question is about the political line considering the current Parliament... But then, if this works in Italy with full antagonic parties...

  10. Well, at least for 2032 has the big elephant in the room out at once. And still the bid is practical. 

    For some reason, I gave better odds now to Madrid  - Honest. They may have better cards this time. Now, it's checking how to play. 

    Ironically, if there's something the chimera parties right now are looking is precisely the Castillian pride (even with different prospects). If the Spanish Olympic Committee learnt the lesson and show more humilty, the parties will back the bid :D Think like the Italian political puzzle seen during the 2026 Winter Olympics (which was capable to join La Lega, PD and M5S even when they were in war for other instances). 

  11. On 1/10/2020 at 6:24 PM, Quaker2001 said:

    1984 was a massive success because they didn't have to build all that much, so they weren't spending a lot of money.  This is the pitfall of tying infrastructure projects to an Olympics because now they're rushing to deliver and that rush is going to cost money.  If the private sector is willing to pay for it, then they're fine.  If not, that's a problem.  And the response shouldn't be "well, if they don't do all these things they said they would do before 2028, it probably won't matter anyway."

    And let's not forget, 1984 had different standards based on the venues and sports and also, we had 140 nations with 6829 athletes. In Rio 2016 we have 207 nations and 11238 athletes. This time, a proper mass public transport is required. 

    Of course, Los Angeles can deliver, but this isn't a small issue, when part of the core bid was precisely the metro system. 

  12. 1 hour ago, stryker said:


    While it's not unusual for public transportation projects to be over-budget, needing "billions of dollars" to complete all nine lines seems like a bit much. I haven't been to LA in years but how much of these upgrades or new lines can LA afford not to have and still be able to shuttle people around for the Olympics? Seems like lines such as the transit line through Sepulveda Pass would be necessary for spectators to reach the Valley Sports cluster.

    Well, clearly the key main Acchiles knee related to Los Angeles (and that's beyond the Olympics) was related to the mass transportation. Comparing to other global cities around the world (London, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul as Olympic host cities) and even inside USA (New York City for example), Los Angeles really needed a proper plan to deliver a good metro system. I guess the most important lines will be made, but yep, doing 9 lines, even with 8 years of distance can be too much to handle.

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