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Everything posted by yoshi

  1. Having been there now, I would’ve thought that if a bid with Milan & Cortina together is ok for the IOC, then Austria could actually have a bid with indoor events in Vienna & skiing in the main alpine areas around Salzburg & Innsbruck. Before the 2026 process, it probably wouldn’t have been plausible but now that they seem fine with Winter Games held at opposite ends of a country, stuff like that could be possible - & I can’t imagine they’d struggle to find a market for a new arena or 2, plus a few thousand flats in Vienna.
  2. Because the Olympic opening ceremony can now only be held on the last or second-last Friday in July. In Melbourne, late July-early August is...bleh. I agree they managed to make the global sport schedule fit a September Olympics in 2000, so they could surely have the wit to do it again - & that that’d be a better way to get Australia the Games. But apparently it’s a big no-no.
  3. Couldn’t you make use of a Perth type stadium to replace the Gabba? 60000 Aussies in a brand new Brisbane stadium would make a pretty intimidating place to start the Ashes...
  4. If the IOC are desperate for an Australian Games (& with recent experience & the memories of Sydney, you can see why they would be), surely it’s simpler & better for everyone to allow Melbourne to stage it in late August/early-mid September? They say Brisbane has 85% existing venues across the state, but Melbourne could host almost everything in the city, & are almost literally ready to host now. Do NBC really wield this much power?
  5. What is it with Qatar & innuendo? First Zaha’s stadium, now the logo is a crossbreed between a tampon & a dildo...I thought they were ultra-conservative?
  6. There’ll never be another village/town-style Winter Olympics again. Not without decoupling the indoor & outdoor parts of the Games. With the best will in the world, no Lillehammer-sized town is gonna support 4 indoor arenas & an indoor speed rink. Even Gangneung & Sochi (fair sized cities) were struggling a bit as to what to do with their indoor arenas. So unless you’re gonna go temporary, you need a big city - there’s just no other way these venues will be used.
  7. Should add that chasing being ‘iconic’ is what’s led the Olympic Movement into the mess it’s in. Far better to have something that works, is most effective & useful for its city, & doesn’t leave the city cursing the Games. Then you can make it look good. Hopefully Tokyo’s experience, then two consecutive existing stadiums, will end this stadium war, & cities can focus on being special in their own way. PS: I actually think that Tokyo’s stadium will be pretty iconic when the greenery is fully grown - & a stadium of planted walls sends a far better message than a mass of st
  8. I really like the stadium. It’s not flashy, but the combination of wood & greenery is already looking good, Tokyo needs all the plant space it can get, & its simplicity means it looks far more Japanese than Zaha’s bike helmet ever could.
  9. Well, it’s out. The shape is the logo, & appears to represent a map of the West Midlands, hence the third triangle. Must admit, I’m not too keen on how the font looks awkwardly put on top of the logo. Also surprised how invisible the new CGF thing is, you’d think they’d have made a bigger deal of the new logo now it’s not awful
  10. They finally got rid of the hideous thing! Whatever else is in the design, Brum already has a better logo than the previous few Games The new logo is nice, much better looking while still recognisable. Hopefully the rest of what’s above it will be just as good
  11. Now it’s appeared in West Brom & Stourbridge, with added transparency. The London 2012 parallels grow... I must say, it’s quite a nice shape, regardless of whether it’s meant to ‘be’ anything. I also can’t imagine Birmingham Updates aren’t in on the whole thing & acting in their posts - good harmless fun though, & it’s getting awareness up
  12. That’s a seriously nice ground, especially the outside. Bet they’re glad Brum got the Commies now, that doesn’t look much like it could take a track.
  13. It looks like green is the main colour for at least the initial logo (a little ironic for a city not exactly famed for its greenery ) but if that shape is the full logo, I’m struggling to figure out what it represents - if it was only the two triangles, it’d be a B but with 3, I’m not sure...
  14. Love how nobody on that Twitter feed (which has pictures of several similar installations across the WM) has twigged that the design is the same as the background of the Games website holding page
  15. Hold on, is that the actual logo? I assumed it was a kind of teaser for the look or part of the logo (like the shards from 2012).
  16. Called it! Looks unusual & a bit London 2012 on that page - will be interesting to see for sure.
  17. Some of those characters look a lot like Miis...are both official games coming to the Switch?
  18. It could do with something above it, but it’s actually pretty nice for a typo-logo. At least there’s some design to it *glares at Sochi*.
  19. I can see this site (in particular, these forums) becoming much more important as one of very few ways anything in this new process gets ‘out’. Plus with members all over the world clued up on what’s going on locally, this could be one of very few places where cities can try to identify their competition.
  20. Why’s he so vehement? Is he just a rivalry-fed Sydneysider?
  21. I must say, if the IOC really are now all about flexibility & adapting to cities’ needs, & really do want to go to Australia (a very sensible move in the current climate around the Olympics), they could enable a much lower-budget Games by just waiving the July-August timing window, thus allowing Melbourne to host 2032/6 in October. I guess NBC trump everything else in that regard.
  22. Well since they just abolished the formal bid process, they’re not breaking any rule now. This is still an early enough stage that nobody (except Brisbane) would’ve spent a huge amount yet - it’s better to do the deed now than to take them all through a lengthy, expensive bid process with one clear favourite.
  23. They certainly shouldn’t attempt Stockholm again. As far as Olympics hosting goes, they’re obviously in the ‘gone forever, don’t even try’ pile. From what you’re saying, it sounds like the best option for everyone would be a binational Trondheim/Are/Östersund/Lillehammer bid. Just not sure that’d get off the ground in Norway since they could easily host everything alone in Oslo & Lillehammer.
  24. All of this kind of talk with the introduction of the new rules at the Session - plus the seemingly high support from government & population...I’m wondering if we might even see Queensland 2032 announced officially before the year is out. Would be good for the IOC to have something already done to show how the new process works.
  25. I thought when Milan & Cortina first announced their bid - if only they were ok with multinational bids, it’d make much more sense for Cortina to bid with Ljubljana than Milan. Apart from the bob track (they could use Cortina) does Slovenia have enough venues to host themselves?
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