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  1. Good calls I guess, although I'm a little bit weary of how Australia is basically hosting every big event in the later part of the decade - not because you'll be bad hosts, you're always great hosts* but just because there's normally a spread of these around the world - although I guess it's not much different to the UK in the early 10s, right down to the FIFA men's World Cup-shaped hole. Personally I'd have sooner had Argentina get the chance they deserve or South Africa 2. US is just very intriguing - genuinely no idea how it'll go. Every team getting a home crowd, with the American market finally turned on to rugby is the best case scenario. Getting the venue choice right will be hard - I hope they get Canada involved too, at least to play their pool games at home. *Just keep anyone involved in the Gold Coast closing ceremony as far away as possible. Greenland should do.
  2. Sounds like the IOC have realised even they couldn't be brazen enough to go for St Petersburg now, so they'll try for Putin's Mini-Me instead. I'd have thought Samaranch would be better off convincing his own country to bid now the Winter plan's basically dead and they've finally got a genuine chance for Summer victory.
  3. To be fair, he does have a point. However bad the non bidding process was, Brisbane could still be a hugely important Olympics, simply because it's small. There's a hell of a lot more cities in the bracket of "1-2 million with a supporting region of smaller cities and towns" than "5 million+ metropolis that can do it all alone". No offence but it also strikes as the kind of second tier city that could use the Olympics to kick itself into the top flight if it goes well, Barcelona style. I hope it goes very well, there's at least three regions of the UK you could apply this model to even before you start on the rest of the world (just to make the point about just how many of this kind of city region there are) so it could open things up, as long as the IOC play their cards right.
  4. You can be a republic and still in the Commonwealth - India says hi . Whether the Games will survive I don't know, she's been such a part of them. There's never even been a King's Baton for example. Hopefully they do survive though, they're a distinctive event that gives the chance for cities like Birmingham to host, and for the home nations and many others to shine in ways they can't at the Olympics. And the cliche of them being a friendlier, less packed event than the Olympics does seem true, at least through a TV screen.
  5. Should've been Adelaide 2026, it's clearly their turn. I'd hope (no offence) that 2026 will be the last we see of the UK* or Australia for a good while. I take it 2030 is Hamilton on lock, Canada have dipped out on enough certain wins for them. After that maybe a New Zealand bid will actually get somewhere, an African bid will finally be helped instead of dumped, Singapore will finally remember they're in the Commonwealth, a Caribbean hosting would be good too (Jamaica? Barbados?). We can only hope something works out. *I'd make an exception for Cardiff or Belfast, as they'd be something different. But Scotland and England have had their turns.
  6. I take it Coates will be the next IOC president if he wants it, it feels like he's been groomed for it in much the same way as how everyone knew Seb was gonna be IAAF president almost as soon as 2012 was done. Are there even any other possible candidates besides Coates, Samaranch and Coe? Unless Bach goes full Putin and changes the rules so he can stick around...
  7. I assume he's resigning so he can lead the Brisbane organising committee, at least at first? That or to begin preparing for the IOC presidency in 2025 (?)
  8. That really was a very pretty cauldron. Hopefully Soyoshi can visit it, then hopefully it'll be relit when Tokyo gets to host a full strength Olympics. The IOC should never forget how much they owe Tokyo and Japan.
  9. They really should've had BMX in the Games, especially after how great it was at the Olympics. I'm sure a top class track/park somewhere in Birmingham would've got loads of legacy use too. Missed opportunity.
  10. Ah good... better get a shift on though Looking forward to these Games, I think it'll will be a really good place for them that can really benefit from the games - I like Birmingham, and this should give it the chance to shout a little bit, hopefully that shot of confidence Manchester got in 2002. I haven't been able to get down there since before the pandemic, I'm hoping to go once the train timetable change happens and it's back to full service - the building works going on there in 2019 should be done now.
  11. Wasn't there supposed to be temporary seating at both ends?
  12. At least you haven't got Birmingham 2022 mixed up with Birmingham 2022!
  13. They really should just bring together all the pop stars who've come out of Neighbours, with it being practically as much a part of our culture as Australia's - and to see it off with it being axed this year. Like 2014 but have everyone else who aren't Kylie join in too
  14. Thought they'd picked a replacement design?! The opening ceremony was gonna be the last event at San Siro, right?
  15. If New Zealand wanted to help sport in Oceania, they could have been more useful than just "let the Aussies do it instead". Any of the big three Kiwi cities would've had these Games on a silver platter if they'd even looked like thinking about putting their hand up ffs
  16. I mean at this point, are Aragon just gonna dump Catalonia and go it alone - if this bid has any future at all? Between Zaragoza, Jaca, Andorra, and whatever else is in Aragon (tbh I don't know any other cities there) is there enough for all the indoor sports that Barcelona would've had?
  17. Is football (soccer) getting more popular in Canada now, especially with the World Cup qualification and hosting coming up? Could Toronto FC fill a 50-60k on their own?
  18. That mascot is weird... have they thought about how it'll appear at the matches given that the whole floating thing will be a problem - it'll need to have legs. That or they'll stuff a drone in a tablecloth, same effect
  19. Further to what I said in the other thread yesterday, I wonder if this might actually transform into a Barcelona 2036 Summer bid in the end. With Bach's favoured candidate now somewhat...gone, it's in Europe, in a country that's historically been enthusiastic about Olympics bids (crazily so - Seville 2004?!), almost games ready, no baggage, a HUGE amount easier than Madrid would be...I think only Istanbul could provide serious competition tbh barring a miracle. If Spain's Olympic ambition is genuine and not just regional infighting I think they'd be truly crazy not to try.
  20. Is a second Barcelona summer Olympics that crazy? Barcelona has both a possible future IOC president in its corner, and an existing athletics stadium. Not to mention everything else from 92 like aquatic centre, velodrome etc. If you look at it from a non Spanish, "objective" view, there's no doubt which Spanish city is best placed for an Olympic tilt right now... and it's not Madrid.
  21. The Mac is back! Thank you @Sir Rols for giving us a roll of honour again - although I'd like to make the point of order that it's not good news for me as much as Anthony and Munichfan, who we won't now need to hassle for most of January
  22. As a non Australian, I actually liked how the 2006 & 18 opening ceremonies were very local... the Commonwealth Games are like a state thing in Australia, I almost see it as similar to the countries of the UK. Having ceremonies that are distinctly Victorian/Scottish/Queensland/Midlands (hopefully) takes away a little bit of the sadness that it's only the UK and Australia cares about it anymore. Except for the 2018 closing catastrophe, the less said about that the better.
  23. Quite surprised at the lack of specialised indoor arenas in Paris... have they really only got two that can meet the requirements for say basketball without temporary seating, reconfiguration etc?
  24. Looks like we just got ourselves a host Lock SLC in for 34 as well, then no need to look for another winter city till the decade is nearly out - all the focus can go on 2036 now, there'll need to be a proper process now Bach's candidate St Petersburg is...out.
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