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Everything posted by yoshi

  1. Oh sorry, I need to get myself some new eyes A genuinely radical step for once - shame it had to be forced on them but if they act on this, it’s a big step towards a manageable Olympics. Especially the Winter games.
  2. Sounds a lot like an invitation to both SE Queensland & the Rhein-Ruhr. No mention of multiple country involvement though, so does this maybe suggest Milan is now the IOC’s favourite?
  3. yoshi

    Brisbane 2032

    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.
  4. Ah, so it’s presumably there to point towards the south, that makes sense.
  5. I don’t know about unfinished but it certainly looks very very odd. I wonder why that area is there - could it be used for anything special in the ceremonies? Could the cauldron go on top of it?
  6. They are gonna look so silly if that place is fitted out & ready to open by September 20
  7. Sensible I guess - good to see Canada finally host again Hopefully 2030 will be the end of the rotation between us & Australia, & other countries will be able to go for it. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next two after that still end up being the UK (Cardiff?) & Perth.
  8. yoshi

    England 2030

    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?
  9. yoshi

    England 2030

    I think that’s what we’re planning? Going in with Scotland, Wales & NI (& possibly ROI as well). I agree that seems like a better idea than all English, especially as the tournament is being expanded.
  10. Think it's fair to start a dedicated thread for this: So after much wrangling in Brussels the Prime Minister has got some kind of deal on the UK's status within the EU. Some people think it's the best thing since sliced bread, others think it's changed not much at all. On June 23, we're all going to vote on whether to stay in the EU or get out of it - a big decision. Add in the huge internal fight within the Tory party between David Cameron (who is Prime Minister, and wants to stay in the EU) & Boris Johnson (who wants to be Prime Minister, & wants to leave it), & you have the recipe for the political fight that'll consume this country for the next 4 months
  11. yoshi

    Stockholm/Åre 2026

    Strange how the IOC has gone from a vote they couldn’t pick right whatever they did, to a vote they can’t get wrong whatever they do. I bet they wish Milan had found all this support 4 years earlier.
  12. Although it hasn't got a right lot of attention on here, the European Championships have been taking place in Glasgow & Berlin (they ended yesterday), & it seems that despite some apprehension about the new combined event, it has been a successful start. Now, I've only dipped in & out of the coverage of the event but it's seemed to have been well-received by the athletes themselves, & from what I saw, to have attracted good crowds in both Glasgow & Berlin, as well as the better, wider coverage that comes from using the main EBU broadcasters. But the main thing that struck me is how, despite being held in two cities/nations hundreds of miles apart, the Championships still felt like a seamless - & crucially, single & unified - event. So, bearing in mind the well-documented problems that the IOC are having attracting bidders for the Olympics, is the solution to the problem of manageability, both summer & winter, to split them in half, European-style? (Hamburg - who aborted their own Olympic bid - seem keen on the Euros, so it's doing something right) Obviously the cities would need to be relatively close for timezones etc but if a bi-national multi-sport event can work on principle, how big a leap is it to Olympics in, say, Toronto AND Boston or winters in the Swiss Alps and Munich or Milan? Both sharing and spreading the load - is this an avenue worth investigating for the IOC?
  13. The binational aspect of Stockholm is being overlooked in coverage of this. I think it’s the most important aspect of the bid - if it works, it’s a total game-changer for countries without bobsled tracks, high ski runs etc.
  14. Better than Baku & Minsk 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.
  15. Ooh. Must say, I’m pleasantly surprised - especially if it’s passed without much criticism in Sweden. We very definitely have a race on now
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. Forgot to post this at the time but also yesterday (day before now, really) in Parliament: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/semi-naked-climate-protesters-disrupt-brexit-debate 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 Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever watched BBC Parliament so much
  19. Not to mention that if you go to Stockholm without any guarantees (if they don’t grant them before the decision) you’re just begging for Denver Mk. 2 when the government do actually have to commit. It really is all about whether Sweden will give the guarantees before decision day.
  20. If they provide the guarantees, agreed. But the next few days are critical for that - either the Swedes respond by giving their bid the guarantees - in which case they become favourites again - or they don’t, in which case it’s just too risky. The IOC won’t be too displeased by Milan - it’s still Europe, which is what really matters, & it’s still dual-centred, so demonstrates the new model. Even Milan’s biggest negative - Salvini - could be useful if they can show the Olympics & European populism can coexist, in case that trend continues.
  21. Oh, no doubt there - Adelaide will host a great games, all you mention plus the Adelaide Oval is crying out for a CG track (like I say, it should’ve been them before GC), & of course having no host is worse. It’s just a great shame that only our countries seem interested anymore. You can probably put Perth 2034 down now. Even though the real new frontier type countries have probably been terrified by Delhi then Durban, even 2026 in Canada or NZ would be something different. With what’s happened there lately, Christchurch 2026 would be a particularly good story & target for the city. Not sure why it doesn’t appear to have even been considered by them
  22. Meh...like the idea of Adelaide hosting (should have been their turn instead of GC) but I just get the feeling that unless Hamilton really can somehow come through for 2030 they might as well formalise the UK-Oz alternation & have done with it. Oh for a NZ, South Africa, Singapore etc just for something different - this’d mean only 1 of the last 7 Games was outside UK/Oz.
  23. I strongly suspect Stockholm will withdraw very soon then - that’s the best way for them to save face & regroup for 2030 rather than suffer losing the vote & further entrench Swedish anti-IOC feeling.
  24. I was half-tempted to make an attempt at explaining what went on in Westminster today... ...but I just think this video explains everything far better than I ever could. Listen to what Krishnan (the reporter) says & imagine that x~600, & that’s the level of mess we’re at (This is a more serious summary: Brexit: No majority for any options after MPs' votes https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47728333 )
  25. The IOC will have to do away with the requirement for government guarantees eventually. It might already be happening with how ‘flexible’ they’re being with Stockholm. Out of the ashes of the debacle of the last 10-15 years will come an era where the IOC pay for their own party’s overruns, even if it happens gradually - with talk of flexibility rather than any major announcements - & that will be better for all involved. For all the criticism (some justified) they’ve got in recent campaigns, I think in 30 years time, we’ll be hailing No Boston Olympics & their European copycats as the saviours of the Olympic Movement - the ones who made the IOC wake up.