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Everything posted by yoshi

  1. With all that’s being said about John Coates within the AOC & IOC, it’s very reminiscent of how Bach was talked about during Rogge’s second term. Is this dual inside-IOC ‘grooming’ - preparing Brisbane for getting the Games & getting Coates ready for a smooth transition to the presidency?
  2. Ok bumping this up. The deadline’s out the window - I won’t put anything specific on this but we’ll see how it goes over the next month. If there’s nothing or only one we’ll fold it into the annual comp in December
  3. There’s maybe an argument at this point to say give Birmingham 2026 & cancel 2022. Would give the World Athletics Championships & their athletes the space they need, 2022 is a very cramped summer. Although obviously it’d be best of all if they can find a host for 2026 & keep Brum - I like the Commonwealth Games, it’s very sad to see them in so much trouble
  4. Assuming the money’s still there it makes their success even more inevitable - Australia looks to be having more success at combatting the evil germ than just about anywhere in the western world. I’d think the IOC should be looking at getting the deal done ASAP once the world’s back in action - secure the future of the Games & make sure there’s a good long recovery time before the next ‘bid process’.
  5. Well it’s the first I’ve heard of any concrete news on this, but Wikipedia appears to have made its mind up (unless it’s a Malaysian editor having some fun)...first I’ve heard of Shah Alam at all tbh: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2026_Commonwealth_Games
  6. @paul @JDCLauron @Glacib @daveypodmore @Scotguy @Lord David @Rob. @thatsnotmypuppy @mr.bernham @woohooitsme83 @VIK @baron-pierreIV @JMarkSnow2012 @nzl @Utkarsh Verma @Athensfan @Citius Altius Fortius Some notable names from comps of old & others I could think of - since almost all of them will be in some kind of lockdown hopefully alerting them will get them in. There’s no particular order. And I’ve probably forgotten many...man I wish we had an @everyone. Oh & @GBModerator would you be kind enough to shout this out like you did for that Olympic comp please? We might be able to remind some locked down old members about the board, & maybe make us busy again?
  7. Bumping into the recents. Who wants to be first?
  8. Through no doing of FIFA, Qatar 2022 has accidentally become the right World Cup at the right time - for all the wrong reasons. Funny how these things turn out
  9. Is it sure to be July 2021 or might it yet be this autumn - or the other way, summer 2022? It’s not like there’s a World Cup after all...
  10. Yes I know it's a bit insensitive but I just can't hear the word lockdown without thinking of this... First, a bit of history... In the early 1900s, the Olympic movement wasn't in a great place. Two Games in a row had been eaten up by the World's Fair, leaving them as an awkward afterthought lasting 6 months. This somewhat pissed off the Greeks, who thought the Olympics were their property, so set out to save them - by using the 1906 10th anniversary to stage their own Olympics, known to this day as the Intercalated Games - Olympic but unofficial, they happened but aren't on the records. They also just happened to invent the opening ceremony: That brings us to now. The world is, tragically, in the grip of pandemic. Many countries are in lockdown & isolation, meaning lots of bored GamesBids members. We are obviously in a terrible situation, this forum's boredom is the least of our worries, but it is a rare thing we can do something about. So... Welcome to the first & hopefully last Intercalated GB Olympic Logo Comp! It's a shotgun comp, it is Olympic, it's not adding to the total count so the next main one will still be #14, & there is just one city involved (well...). It's also a return to the GamesBids tradition of designing a logo that hasn't been released yet. Please welcome... MILAN-CORTINA 2026, ITALY! We all hope that Italy recovers ASAP from the current crisis, & when they do, which they will, hopefully the 2026 Winter Olympics will be a great point in the future to look forward to, even though it's a long way off. Which means they deserve a proper logo, rather than whatever this is (the font, eww): One of the style capitals of the world deserves better. The rules are normal, in fact simpler than usual, but here goes: We are, as ever, after a logo that encompass the overall feel of the city and local influences that can be tied into a design concept. How can the city articulate graphically what it could bring to future Olympics hosting? What flavour will they bring to the games? The logos should be presented as full colour designs on white background. If you like, however, they can also be presented in black and white or utilised in forms like street banners, t-shirts, apps, vehicles, pins etc. For voting purposes, the main (colour) logo will be used on the polls, & extra stuff is not obligatory, but any extra material you produce may help you “sell” your design better to the wider GamesBids voting membership.  This logo is for the hosting of the 2026 Winter Olympics. So you CAN use the rings, and as it's how they define it at the IOC, it should be Milano Cortina 2026. Please post your preliminary submissions on this thread. If you want to hold anything back to be presented as a “surprise” when voting starts you can contact me or Rols via PM and I'll tell you where you can send the extra material. However, it would be nice to see as many on-thread submissions as possible for people to chew over in-thread, & to try & get the old buzz back. Yeah I know the place resembles a dodo but maybe some members in isolation might see. Feel free to post as many logo designs as you like, & to ask for feedback from our famously discerning electorate. If you really can't decide between your own designs for a city, feel free to start a poll (or to ask for one to be started). When the time comes for voting, however, you will be asked to settle on a maximum of ONLY ONE official logo as your official entry. The format depends on the numbers. It might be the traditional exhausting exhaustive ballot preferred by the IOC, but if numbers fit & opinion ok, I'd prefer the World Cup-style tournament system, just to further distinguish this from the December tradition & fit this city of football. But we need a good turnout, so get designing! The competition is open to all members of GamesBids, or to any new legitimate members who join before the end of the submission period. I, with consultation, will rule on the legitimacy of new members. As you would expect, I will rule on any disputes - always aiming to be as fair as possible in the process. As always, just remember, this is all meant to be fun. Olympic spirit, remember?. Hopefully this will spark up some action on the board, especially if there are any returnees. I'll be dipping in, keeping a close eye on things, but otherwise will try and keep my green yoshi-paws off until the polling stages. The deadline for submissions is 1pm London time (that is, midnight in Sydney, as per one tradition) in one month's time, St George's Day, THURSDAY 23 APRIL. That gives the traditional month's period, covers Easter fully, will hopefully see Italy into its recovery, & smuggles a second UK cultural reference in to wind Rols up And this is just to alert @Rob. to the existence of the new comp in the hope that he'll do his traditional bit of putting up links to various free design programs etc for the benefit of those who want to take part but may not have the facility at the moment. All that is left to say is thank you Rols once again, and to all participants for having the guts to put your logos up for this shotgun GamesBids dissection, & may the best logo win. Hopefully we'll make it to some Google Image searches too. GOOD LUCK/IN BOCCA AL LUPO!  I was not expecting that to be Italian for good luck...
  11. I know they said four weeks, but in today’s social media world, these bits of news from Canada & Australia will surely mean the IOC will need to officially announce today. Only question is what’s to be done about the rest of the calendar & future Olympics - full cycle shift isn’t implausible, the Euros & Olympics will be in 2021, the athletics will need to move, & the next World Cup is almost in 2023 anyway...
  12. Question - if the Olympics are moved by a year, then with everything else that’s already been postponed, would it be considered to move the entire sporting cycle by a year so Olympics would be in odd years instead of even? Only thinking that if there is a postponement & Paris keeps to 2024, there’s gonna be a very very cramped couple of years in 22/23.
  13. @StefanMUC Without having heard what Bach said, what you say sounds like he’s referring to a total cancellation as being the least fair solution - as against a postponement. If holding the games as planned is impossible (which it almost certainly already is), then would you rather they were postponed (either to later this year or to summer 21) or cancelled altogether, for the Olympics to resume in 2024?
  14. The great irony...October/November is the most sensible time to have a sporting event in Tokyo anyway
  15. If & when London does want the Olympics again, being able to say ‘we’re a city where talking about an Olympic bid is more likely to win votes for a mayoral candidate than lose them’ is probably enough to win the IOC over - no further questions needed.
  16. That’s all true about the government re: London, but a potential regional bid of Manchester/Liverpool/possibly Leeds or Sheffield would push all the right buttons for both Boris & the IOC in the moods they’re both in. Would provide a deadline for the cross-north rail plans & even HS2 as well. If it becomes certain that Brisbane will host 2032 (or anywhere else outside Europe for that matter), I wouldn’t be amazed to hear noises about Northern England 2036 from Boris’ circle.
  17. It's been a long old road to get here, but we made it! It might not technically be Cairo, but where could be more fitting for the crowning of our new pharoah than the Valley of the Kings here in one of the planet's most ancient cities, LUXOR! We have one aim in mind - to crown the 13th Gamesbids Summer Olympic Logo Comp champion, & since I don't like wasting time, let's introduce the man who's going to do the deed, Egypt's most famous Egyptian - Tutankhamun Omar Sharif Mohamed 'Mo' Salah! Mo: Good evening everyone, very nice to see you. After 5 logos were turned into mummies, only 2 remain. But only one can score the goal, & rise to the top of the league/Giza pyramid. Ony one can be the pharoah, while the other must head to the tomb. Only one can (Get on vith it, I need you back playing ze fussball - Jurgen Klopp). Oh, ok. With no further delay, the champion hieroglyphic of 2020 belongs to: SIR ROLS! Yoshi: Thank you Mr Salah. If you could take your time over getting back to Liverpool, there's a chance Arsenal might keep our unbeaten season record . Yes, it has finally happened. The old adage that those who can, do, & those who can't, organise, has been disproved as Gamesbids' finest wombat, @Sir Rols, takes his very first title. Once again, apologies for the lack of a proper picture with Mo, caused by technical issues, Rols' Mac being broken to be precise. I hope he gets it fixed (Sydney must have an Apple Store, surely), although perhaps it was a curse on his chances before...dur dur duuuuur! Well, it was Comp 13. As for scores, we had 5 votes in the end, & I was narrowly saved from the hell of actually having to make a decision: A: 3. B: 2. Close, but clear. So, that was the lengthened, lowkey, quiet, almost embarrassing but ultimately successful 13th Gamesbids Olympic Logo Comp. I can't tell a lie & say it lived up to the thriving comps of old, but we still had a field, we still had some votes, & ultimately as long as we have those, we have a comp. With that in mind, thank you to everyone who submitted and/or voted in the comp. Of course the main problem is that the forum's raison d'etre has well & truly gone the way of the dodo. But, a champion is still a champion, & this year's spoils belong to @Sir Rols & @paul. And the special thanks this time go to the same people, Rols for the thread-starting, vote getting, venting space as always, & Paul for saving the comp with his making the grids in absence of Rols' Mac. Just please mate, next time, don't leave it so late . So there we go, that's that. If we do this again, if the board still has some life in it, it will be at the same time again, December 2020, & I have plans for us to go on a European odyssey...shut up yoshi, can't say more yet! Until then, congrats again to Rols & Paul, & I'm told the Sphinx has something for us... FAREWELL/توديع - فراق!
  18. Less than 24 hours to go, & still just 3 votes in. We’ve had 7 (I think), & 9 votes in the earlier rounds, so let’s get a decent number for the decider
  19. Yeah, I know both the finalists are in Egypt but I promised we'd be in America.... (In fairness to me, I also didn't know this'd be the final ). WELCOME/أهلا بك! Ever since I first knew about its existence, I've wondered...why is the Louis Armstrong Stadium, a tennis court, named after Louis Armstrong? It's not like America's short of tennis history: We are in New York, New York, for Round 3 of our quest to award the 13th GB Olympic logo title - so let's take a look at what eventually happened in Round 2: A: 3. B:1. C:1. D: 3. E: 1. So, from the situation yesterday, logo A gained a vote - but not a majority. Logo D gained 2 votes, thus meaning that, as I set out, the 3 logos that stayed on 1 vote are all eliminated. So, it's goodbye to @Glacib's Cairo, @JDCLauron's New Orleans, & @paul's Cairo. Thank you to all of them for the entries. It's also notable that we got 9 votes in the 3 days, so the final will run for 72 hours. This all means that only two entries remain, turning Round 3 into the Grand Final! And as always with two left, the rules are slightly different, so read on: This voting round will be open for (approximately) 72 hours - it will close at 10pm UK time on Friday, 14 February. This is the final round, with only two candidates. Whichever logo has more votes will be declared winner. Vote in the poll for your favourite logo. You have ONE vote, so make it count. Your vote is public and can be seen by all. Entrants MAY vote for their own logo if they wish. For transparency, I will not vote unless required to break a tie. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of January 1 2020 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. I will not vote in this round. However, if votes are level, I will reserve my right to vote in order to break the tie. Be fair and sportsmanlike, this is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT So, one of these logos will feel the love on Valentine's Day, the other will serve a double fault at the home of the US Open. We will reconvene, on the right continent this time, on Friday to settle it & wrap the comp up. Until then, good luck to both our finalists, & may the best logo win! GOOD LUCK!
  20. ANNOUNCEMENT Ladies & gentlemen, we have a small quandary to deal with. The votes as it stands at the stated end time are: A: 2. B: 1. C: 1. D: 1. E: 1. So, we have a leader, but not with a majority, & everything else is tied. To attempt to avoid the need for a time-consuming runoff vote, we will extend the voting time by 24 hours, to 10pm UK time tomorrow, Tuesday 11 February. If nothing changes, the we will have to have a runoff vote, but hopefully we will get some more votes & we will be able to decide how to proceed from there. If at least one logo currently on one vote gains at least one extra vote tomorrow, then any logo that remains on one vote at the deadline will be eliminated. Sorry for the delay, & thank you
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