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  1. Well I can't say I've noticed any coverage of the World Games in this country (UK btw) beyond the very specialist sports sites like here, hence the comment. If it's a much bigger deal in other countries, then great, didn't know that - maybe we (well our main media) should be less parochial - wouldn't be the first time that's been called for - & give it more attention next time :)

  2. Is this actually serious? I’d heard about there being looks into a bid but I don’t know if they’re taking it further to the IOC. Could be a very good concept, especially if they can find a way to handle the stadium. Apart from Bonn & Aachen I was actually surprised when I was there, just how close the cities are - it does feel like travelling through one big city. 

  3. Fair point, I kinda forgot that was actually a decision they had to make. It’s a good sign though that the technical evaluations matter again & will be important in determining who wins, unlike in Bl*tt*r’s era. Hopefully those calls will be enough for the Home Nations to be convinced to go for 2030. With that, it doesn’t really matter whether we win or not, as long as it’s a fair process - if Uruguay or someone else beat us fair & square, we should definitely go for the Women’s World Cup in 2027. (Tbh, I’d probably rather England went for that anyway but as I don’t think anyone could get both, & since the men’s one will be decided first, that’s the first to try for). 

  4. FIFA made the right decision for the first time in sooo long. As for UEFA’s bloc votes, it’s sad to see that even now individuals in FIFA don’t get to vote for themselves, & from a perspective of naked self-interest re 2030, the FA probably made the decision that’d piss off fewer voters, but the real insult is the reason given by UEFA - describing the Women’s World Cup as a ‘development tournament’. Whoever at UEFA came up with that one should be ashamed of themselves :angry: Congrats ANZ, hopefully you’ll show FIFA what 2022 could’ve been too if the brown envelopes hadn’t won. 

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  5. 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?

  6. 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 :( 

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  7. 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’. 

  8. @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? :) 

  9. 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:

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    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!

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    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):

    Milano_Cortina_2026_Olympics.png

    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 :P

    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...

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  10. 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... :( 

  11. 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. 

  12. @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?

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