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  1. Whenever it fits Fencing 1976‘s purposes. Which might also be: never.
  2. Let‘s indeed go back to the thread‘s proper topic (instead of discussing 2036 and beyond in general): the German bid. DOSB (and politicians like e.g. Munich mayor) have multiple times stated already said they prefer a combined/national approach over a single city bid. To re-cap the five regions/cities DOSB is in dialogue with: Rhine-Ruhr is no different to LA metro really as a „region“ when it comes to a compact bid, just with more different cities. It has a lot of facilities but it lacks the athletics stadium. Leipzig is LOL and can really only be a supplement in combination with other bids - I think they have a canoe slalom course near, plus of course football stadium/indoor arena. Hamburg also lacks the athletics stadium but it is a beautiful city that has some facilities ready and surfing/sailing venues nearby. Berlin has a lot of facilities, including athletics, and of course is the capital with lots of historical narrative (good and bad). Munich (biased here!) could probably host on its own if there were downscaled venue requirements, as was shown in the 2022 European Championships that re-ignited the bid debate. There is very expressed political support (social dem/green city govt and conservative opposition) to bid (but not on its own), Olympic stadium will be renovated soon, a new indoor arena will open in autumn etc. Also clear that it is the only feasible German winter candidate but because of climate change, the city has ruled it out clearly. As Frankfurt was mentioned: not even in dialogue with DOSB, so clearly not interested. Apart from the airport, I wouldn‘t know what‘s going for them really. More like a bigger Leipzig in the sense of facilities etc. Apart from my own city being involved, my favourite would be a Berlin-Hamburg combo. They‘re within 90 minutes by train and together have basically everything in place. Both have strong NOlympics movements though.
  3. If Istanbul gets 2036, there won‘t be another European city getting 2040. Same logic when Munich 2018 was told by then FIS President Gianfranco Kasper that Sochi was in Europe too and they wouldn‘t do two in a row on same continent (famous last words! RIP Gianfranco!). And that was for winter with much less geographical options than for summer.
  4. Oh, just wanted to write something about news semi-related to the German bid myself: There is trouble with next year's Rhine-Ruhr University Games as the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia (conservative/green coalition) has withdrawn a promised sum of over 7 million EUR for renovation of the water polo venue in Duisburg and it is now unclear if that sport will be part of the event. Of course the state opposition (precisely social-democrats) have criticised this also pointing at the Olympics ambitions on the one hand and now withdrawing funds for what would likely be a nice, if lesser scale, test run event. Also, some reports that the state of Berlin (so not the federal government) has re-purposed about 500k EUR originally foreseen to prepare for a 2036 bid amid some rumours the federal government would rather prefer to focus on 2040 to instead of celebrating 100 years of learning from the past in 1936 use 2040 to celebrate 50 years of re-unification. Which actually would be a good narrative which I completely had not thought about TBH. But that would of course require 2036 to indeed go to somewhere like Fencing 1976's new favourite buddy in India. In what is probably minor news but against the background of the inner-German bidding race (if you want to call it that) might be interesting, Munich city council approved enlarging the tennis grounds where every year an ATP250 is held so that it can be upgraded to ATP500. Hmm...
  5. Official resales platform is open. https://ticket-resale.paris2024.org Immediately worked for me as I found some judo tickets/sold hockey ones.
  6. Yes. Fencing 1976. After all, his idol JAS had a cameo in Lausanne 1989. In reality because of requirements, it will be Basel, Bern or Zürich though.
  7. The voted will be recalculated, the EBU said, as every jury had to rank countries 1-26, so everyone below him just moves up a spot. It‘s an incredible sh…ow but accusations like that are to be taken seriously (though some apologists already spin the creepiest conspiracy theories).
  8. So there tomorrow is the final and in a dramatic turn of events, Croatia are pretty far ahead as faves now while Israel is rocketed into 2nd place after it was revealed that in last night's semi final it got 40% of the Italian televotes. This is of course massive and will lead to more than massive headaches. It is a pretty standard female power ballad which only very lightly hides that it is about the victims of October 7. I'd call this a typical example of the Streisand effect: as it is, a decent song with a decent performance would never have gotten as much attention if it hadn't been for all the boycotting discussions in the run-up (and ongoing demonstrations and booing in Malmö itself). Very likely now that there will be a super-polarising voting in which eventually Croatia will come out on top if everyone who wants to stop Israel's victory will rally around them. Our next Olympic host France will do very very well for sure too though.
  9. Oh dear. Another T(h)om(as) I really don‘t like.
  10. Céline with her fragile health? If the foreigners are francophone, what about Garou or Lara Fabian?
  11. Nothing confirmed in Germany yet. Decision by end of the year probably.
  12. They have Putin‘s lapdog as PM (who also loves Xina).
  13. Honestly. Stop quoting them. Really not worth anyone‘s time anymore to give that Kremlin tool clicks/views/audience.
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