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  1. If SLC was to host 2030, it would be for more concerning matters (i.e. no other *credible* bid is on the table for that year), rather than about some anniversary that’s not even theirs to begin with. Even L.A. 2028 isn’t going to be hosting their 100th anniversary in 2032. The IOC doesn’t generally award Olympics on anniversaries anyway. Just ask Athens’ 1996 bid team that. The only exception lately is Paris 2024. But that had much more to do with other important matters than their centennial anniversary of their last Games.
  2. Haven’t we been telling you that all along.
  3. Couldn’t they have done something with the Duomo cathedral, or the Dolomites or what have you? Just using a number seems so generic.
  4. The IOC loves autocracies when they’re China & Russia, economic powerhouses with a lot of geopolitical influence. Not so much backwater despots like Azerbaijan, Qatar & Kazakhstan. I also think the last thing the IOC needs (or even wants) right now is another “authoritarian government who would love the pomp of it all”. That’s what’s getting them into trouble right now with Beijing 2022. There have been some athletes already that have publicly come out to say that the IOC should consider much more seriously the human rights record of candidate nations before awarding the Olympic G
  5. It’s just the number ‘26’. Could they have not been more original.
  6. There have been some around here saying that the IOC is going all out “safe” these days in picking their hosts; ie. Japan, France, Italy, USA, Australia, & yes, even China is on that list as well that they gave. But nowhere would I describe Kazakhstan as such, & like Quaker mentioned, nor “perfect” either. Hindsight is always 20/20 & it’s very easy to say now that Almaty would’ve been a “better pick” than Beijing for 2022. Sure, Almaty had a more compact & better plan (on paper anyway) than Beijing did. But let’s not kid ourselves for one moment that Kazakhstan doesn’t hav
  7. ^That reminds me of this: IOC ATTACKS OSLO FOR DROPPING OLYMPIC BID https://planetski.eu/2014/10/02/ioc-attacks-oslo-for-dropping-olympic-bid/ IOC hits out as Norway withdraws Winter Olympic bid https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.ft.com/content/d8938ffc-4a04-11e4-8de3-00144feab7de Seems like a pattern there, no? And the irony of it all, as that the latest criticism to a NOC (because they’re calling out the IOC) is coming from the Norwegian IOC member! The IOC should really look into soap-opera scripting lol.
  8. The amount of bandwidth alone the Brisbane 2032 thread must take up these days must be insane. Which makes the thread, ironically enough, unreadable cause it’ll make the reader go insane with all those redundant (for the most part) articles.
  9. A bit defensive & a wee bit condescending is putting it very mildly. He reminds of the L.A. 2024 cheerleading squads when they couldn’t accept any criticism or accept any facts that they didn’t like. Sure we’ve had far, far worse. But he still gets totally triggered whenever anyone points out the reality of what has gone down with the ‘new process’ with utter aggression & complete denial.
  10. If Rick Scott would just STFU already with all his hypocritical drivel. Listening to him preach about “standing up for freedom & defending democracy” is like listening to an alcoholic, drug-addict give a sermon on how to stay clean & sober. What a joke.
  11. It’s kinda sad that it has been watered-down to this. When world-class cities are no longer interested in the Olympics, then the scraping of the bottom-of-the-barrel begins. Next thing you know, places like Kansas City, San Antonio, Charlotte, Leipzig, Seville, Manchester, etc. suddenly can become real possibilities. But then again, those cities would have to have a powerful IOC member in their court, so who knows.
  12. If April Fool’s hadn’t come & gone, I would’ve said that this was the annual GB’s AF’s article. From my understanding, Berlin is always a problematic contender since it’s probably the most anti-Olympic city in Germany, if the failed Berlin 2000 Olympic bid is any indicator. Plus, Berlin is very expensive & densely packed. I’d say that Germany would be better served in continuing to pursue Olympic possibilities with the Rhine-Rhur area since the IOC is now more “open” with regionalized plans. In addition, it also would allow for a new area of Germany to experience the Olympic Games
  13. But the IOC is the one pushing this now with the “new norm”. Milan-Cortina 2026 looks to be like another Vancouver-Whistler 2010 already. And then Brisbane/SEQ 2032 is going to be just as far with the Gold Coast to the south & the Sunshine Coast to the north, all for the sake of “using what you already have” so that smaller regions can be opened up to possibly hosting without supposedly building too much to host. I’m going to be very curious, though, how this all plays out in practice, since I remember reading about all the negative press Albertville ‘92 received from being all spre
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