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  1. That's why I don't like speculating, or reading speculations about the ceremonies (it's like when a movie trailer gives away to many of the good scenes, or not enough). That's what the organizers, producers & directors of this big shebang are for! Just show me the finished product, & then we can all critique it all to hell (like we always do on here anyway) once the big show is over, & if it was all it was cracked up to be!
  2. Bach has already mentioned that the Games could be pushed back to fall due to "climate change". So if that's not a BIG hint of things to come, then IDK what else is. Which is incredibly ironic, cause then we could've had Melbourne 2032 instead. But of course, this is Bach & Co. that we're talking about here, that only do things when it best suits them & no one else.
  3. And some people say that the Parisians are the biggest haters alive! When the Olympics have been too successful to put a previously unknown city on the global stage?!
  4. Is that still a thing? Who's even paying attention to that anymore with everything else that's been going on as of late (plus, it's the wrong thread anyway).
  5. Oh, well. Better that, than having far-right nutjobs taking higher office.
  6. So is mine (with Qatar 2nd). Of course the IOC has to have trust in whoever they give hosting rights to. But in that case, I don't see how the Saudi's or Qatari's would be ahead of the Indians in that category, considering what Qatar did to top FIFA sponsors (namely Budweiser) right before the start of the 2022 WC. Does the IOC really want to relinquish that kind of arbitrary control to the host (especially a very questionable one at that)? And as far as relationships go, & Nita Ambani having no leadership roles within the IOC, Bach is the one who brought her onboard, though. And she is also married to the richest man in Asia (& 11th in the world), so $$$! And they also hosted Bach at their residence when Mumbai hosted the 2023 IOC session. So who knows what kind of 'discussions' happened behind those 'closed doors'. If that's not close relationships, I don't know what else is. And about Cricket at the Olympics, I find it hard to imagine that it's just a 'consolation prize' for the Indians. Sooner or later, Bach & Co. will want to take the plunge in what will be the largest country by population in the world, & one of the world's biggest economies by then. So if not 2036, then definitely sometime in the 2040's for India.
  7. ^^And the next BIG test of that, is this Nov!
  8. So, looks like Macron's big political gamble paid-off after all.
  9. Well, that’s what these are for!! I’m sure that’s what many do for NYE in Times Square every year! But (no pun intended ) my guess is the nations with very few athletes are the boats that won’t have any lavatories.
  10. LOL - just jot it down with the other 'most stupidest Olympic sports ever'!
  11. You think Parisians grumble a lot? Don’t get them started on the Olympic Games https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/may/18/you-think-parisians-grumble-a-lot-dont-get-them-started-on-the-olympic-games
  12. Speaking of: That quote is from a story from the Guardian I just posted in the Paris 2024 thread. I guess picking up that bag of Vico Saveur Barbeque chips at the grocery store will now have a whole new meaning!
  13. He's already said that you don't turn your back on someone based on one bad performance.
  14. That's pretty sad (& very hypocritical), isn't it.
  15. Lol, you mean the guy that just loves to cozy up with global leaders (dictators), that guy? But I guess when you threaten his Olympic Grand spectacle, things can change.
  16. At this very, VERY late juncture, is it even possible to cancel the Olympics at this point? In Tokyo's 2020 case, it was at least a full, four *months* when it was announced, & even then, it was postponed, not cancelled. Right now, everything is in full swing in Paris, as far as the Olympics are concerned. Teams are already there. Officials are already there. Spectators are already there. The full media is already there. So in what kind of Twilight Zone would the 2024 Olympics be cancelled, or even postponed. Not even a(nother) pandemic at this stage could possibly do it. Unless WWIII breaks out between now & July 26th, I don't see that happening. France would lose a lot of face in the world. That said, though, Bach & Co. sure must be working a lot of overtime in Lausaunne right about now.
  17. Ugh, so the timing couldn't have been any worse (in terms of the Olympics anyway)! But yes, mid-terms, for the most part, at least here in the U.S. also usually serve as a "reprimand" for the party that's currently in office. But these last U.S. midterms in 2022 were anything but, despite the so-called "red wave" that was predicted. Let's hope (& pray) that trend continues in Nov!
  18. I'm just SMH at this point. Since it looks like Macron just had a knee-jerk reaction to the European elections (& the soapbox that it's become). And actually, how often are those held? A pity that these last ones had to take place only 6-7 weeks before the Olympics.
  19. So in simpler terms, there was NO need whatsoever for these snap French elections (at least not at this pivotal Olympic moment)? I can only hear Anne Hidalgo's words now then, that she said that there was no need for Macron to turn the country into a tail-spin only weeks before the Olympics.
  20. It really is just ONE individual stirring up the entire debate on this, though. They just can't/won't grasp the whole Opening on the Seine concept. They're just being an Olympic traditionalist at this point. Much like how many were a gasp when Rio 2016 was going to hold the ceremonies & athletics in separate stadiums for the first time in Olympic history. At this point (with the Opening literally right around the corner), it is what it is. It's WAY too late to change/alter anything, so I say, why not just sit back & enjoy the show. It's like profusely complaining about the matinee right before it's about to begin. No amount of 'explaining' in this case, though, will cure TES (Tony Estanguet Syndrome).
  21. As I've mentioned before, I'm not totally in-tune with European politics, but why the sudden rush of these French election ITFP? Couldn't they have happened AFTER the Olympics? Or was there some sort of time-constraint that they had to be held soon thereafter those European elections?
  22. During the old-norm, it was often talked about how most of the IOC members didn’t even bother to read the Final Evaluation Reports of the bid cities right before the vote. That most members already had their minds made up, & the report just served as mere dressing.
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