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Posts posted by phandrosis

  1. imo it's a little late to really change the idea of complete reconstruction to just simple renovations since it's likely that the companies for demolition have already been contracted. The design could change, but then they would have to deal with IF's along with breaking the promise of a modern stadium unlike any other that they presented at the session.

  2. I'm just a lurker, but I don't see why South Africa is this front runner just because they haven't hosted before. Cape Town bid in '04 but they didn't win automatically because they were in a new place, and same goes for Rio. They bid twice before they won, once in '04 and again in 2012, both times not becoming a candidate city. In my opinion, the location of a city in a nation or even a continent really shouldn't matter when it comes to it. The quality of the actual bid and all that other cheese that the IOC looks for in a bid should decide.

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  3. ^^ Better that these discussions happen early and not on latter stages. As for the stadium, I already thought since the beginning that it looked very unrealistic and that the design would most likely get simplified in the end.

    Maybe it'll be similar to London. Either it will be completely redone by some other designer (like the London Stadium) or toned down a whole bunch (like the London Aquatics Center).

  4. I went to Tokyo during July a few years back. It was pretty humid, but not as ridiculously humid and hot as the article states. Temperatures have changed since then, but one day where the temperature is that high for a few hours (which can be the case in the matter of recording "record temperatures") might effect a certain event, but most likely will not disrupt the games as a whole.

  5. I also imagine that the government will act like, "Here's the Olympics. Let's not do anything except these for the next 7 years".

    Meant to say, "I also imagine that the government will not act like, "Here's the Olympics. Let's not do anything except for the next 7 years."

  6. What I think is that some of the people that oppose the bid because of the power plant problems (saying some meaning really not a lot) believe that it could have been fixed within the time it has been since it happened. I agree that it is definitely a problem that they should be focusing on more than they have been, but it's not like they can just stop the radiation. It happened because of a natural disaster that they could have not prevented. They could have made the plants more prepared for a quake, but they wouldn't know how strong it might be. If everyone and everywhere in Japan were buckled down, waiting for the next earthquake, nothing would get done. So even though they are going for the bid, it will only take up 7-8 years of the decades, possibly centuries that the government will be working on fixing the plant leakages and containing the radiation. I also imagine that the government will act like, "Here's the Olympics. Let's not do anything except these for the next 7 years". They will be working on the problem leading up to the Olympics, during the Olympics, and after the Olympics. Even though it might not seem like they are doing a lot (which they are not), being patient with them is the best course of action. After all, they haven't dealt with such a large aftermath from a quake before so they don't really know what to do.

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