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Posts posted by yoshi

  1. No, especially if the IOC continue on the path of multi-centre, national-scale (even multinational) Olympics. It might even get to the point where Olympic sliding events are almost rotated around the existing tracks, held in whichever one happens to be closest. I’d certainly be surprised if any completely new tracks are built for many years once China complete theirs. 

  2. So we really are seeing the end of the Olympic bidding process. Probably for the best in terms of the long-term health of the Movement, when you see the legacies of over-promising around the world. And if Coates is right (obviously there’s the caveat that he is Australian) there’s one thing for sure - Australia will be great hosts, they always are. I imagine this’ll mean Salt Lake 2030 will be confirmed at the same session if they get official quickly enough. 

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  3. Perhaps now the IOC are openly talking about regional bids, the next UK attempt should be another go for Northern England? This time they could involve Liverpool & even Leeds much more instead of just Manchester if they’re going for that regional angle.

    Only thing to remember is that we’ve had our turn for a while, so I’d have thought 2048 at the earliest - although if the lack of viable candidates that actually want the games continues, maybe we could sneak in earlier. Given 2012, & especially if it’s not perceived as money all going to ‘that London’ again, I can’t see us struggling for public support. 

  4. Oh, that’s a big surprise. Never even knew anyone was bidding for this. Good for Krakow, great city & the first host to not (yet, officially) be an out & out autocracy, but 1) do they have the venues & 2) how are they gonna get this past the public, as they rejected even bidding for the Winter Olympics? Especially as if the answer to 1) is no, they’ll need quite a budget. Also the games seem to be slowly going west - maybe our Danish member will get his wish in 2027? :p 

  5. Yes, the rot started when Pepsi started sponsoring the ceremony (!) Particular lowlight when Cardiff (which doesn’t get many chances to put on ceremonies & show off to the world, at least Spain could host other things) had to stage a meh mini-concert of the Black Eyed Peas with a clutch of dancers jumping around randomly. Such a shame when you see how impressive CL ceremonies were getting, especially in Lisbon & Berlin :angry: 

  6. I think this is seismic. It might not look like more than an IOC President saying ‘please bid’ but given the current (yet another) review into the bidding process, the link to Coates, the opportunity for a reboot created by the very long gap between Summer bid processes, & in particular the constant comments from Bach about producing ‘too many losers’ with the current process, I suspect that we are seeing the start of the IOC adopting the IAAF’s model of hand-picking host cities without a bid process or election. They seem to have locked their sights on Queensland since the Commonwealth Games, & with the two candidates for 2026 & Salt Lake looking ready for 2030, the Winter Games are out of mind. I wouldn’t be surprised if these introductory talks turn into very serious negotiations & plan-making soon. 

  7. It’s a great looking ground, fair play. Better than ours (but then, you are 10 years after, spent nearly £1b on it, & needed to build it to NFL levels, so it should be). Particularly love that south end, the uniform unbroken tiers are the big problem with Emirates (& Wembley) when it comes to getting some noise up. Congrats on that amazing game last night too - North London Derby for the Super Cup? ;)

  8. Better than Baku & Minsk :lol: Seriously though, hopefully these Games (that’s what they are) continue to thrive & find themselves - it’s a very worthy experiment, both in having a Games of Europe & as a blank canvas to try new things. 

    I hope we get some of the mid-sized cities/countries going for it too (Lisbon, Dublin, Prague etc). I understand why they’re starting with ex-Olympic cities (they’re right) but unless the Olympics gets small enough for them, this is the top multi-sport event they can have. 

  9. Over the last two days, we have gone into full Armando Ianucci mode. 3 main things have occurred:

    1 - The House of Commons had a vote on whether or not to have a vote...& it was a draw. Apparently the first proper tie since 1980. 

    2 - Parliament is in the process of passing a bill to make no-deal illegal...despite it not really being our decision at this point because any country could veto the A50 extension at the EU summit on Wednesday. 

    And 3...even the Palace of Westminster itself is getting fed up with the whole thing & sprung a leak in the Commons, forcing the adjournment of proceedings for the day, which in practice means until Monday: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/04/house-of-commons-suspended-water-pours-through-ceiling

    Another normal few hours in Westminster :lol:

  10. I think Stockholm will quietly withdraw between now & the 12th. It could work out that they get to avoid losing the 2026 vote, watch Milan & whoever gets 2030 hopefully bring the Winter Olympics back to a sensible budget (especially if Milan really can pull it off 1984-style) & then come back with real support for 2034. Olympic bidding is largely about picking your battles & I do fear for Stockholm’s result & reaction if they go up with no guarantees against a fully-backed Milan. 

  11. Forgot to post this at the time but also yesterday (day before now, really) in Parliament:


    It’s coming to something when a woman naked - save for an elephant trunk - supergluing herself to the glass of the public gallery is one of the more logical things to occur in the House this week :lol: Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever watched BBC Parliament so much :P