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  1. StefanMUC

    New NOC Chair To Focus On Indonesia 2032 Olympic Bid

    Good luck with that one. Jakarta will be under the sea before it ever hosts the Olympics.
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    The Milan Cortina Italy thread

    Nobody will ever fly to Malpensa for going skiing in Cortina. That’s madness to assume people would do this. I haven’t studied exact plans for this “increased train service” to Cortina, but certainly the topography there doesn’t really lend itself to high speed connections unless at absolutely extreme financial and environmental costs. Even getting there by road was quite a stretch (from Verona/Venice), as far as I remember.
  3. I’ll believe the IOC has changed once they have true alternatives to choose from, a lavish and a sustainable bid, and they pick the latter. Until then, I’m not holding my breath.
  4. Rhein-Ruhr actually has a reputation of having rather run down infrastructure, compared to other parts of Germany except the East. Don’t hold your breath.
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    Dieter Reiter, Munich‘s mayor, has a tough local election to fight next year. He wouldn‘t touch an Olympic bid with a bargepole now.
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    Belarus with Russia or Ukraine

    When 2004 bidding happened in the mid-90s, Russia was in deep economic and social troubles with a weak President. Now, Putin tries to portray his country as a superpower again, so the context is different. OTOH, the post-Putin era 2030 and beyond might be very unstable again. Signs are already on the walls.
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    Ukraine Sets focus On Future Olympic Games Bid

    As long as the unofficial war goes on, it’s obviously not happening. Overall, Kyiv certainly would have more potential than Budapest, not the least given Ukraine’s size.
  8. Uh! Don’t call Cologne (Düsseldorf, Essen, Aachen, Bonn) (west) Westphalia - it’s like calling Chicago New England
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    Lets discuss Madonna again.

    Anyone who watched her live (and not the manipulated YT afterwards) at Eurovision knows it’s time for her to retire.
  10. Slovenia is hosting regular World Cup/Champs in all skiing disciplines, and Ljubljana has at least one indoor arena. Maribor could have another one and if Italy was involved anyway, there’d also be Trieste. It’s all hypothetical though...
  11. Well, for the ski jumping and downhill (because Croatia doesn’t have a downhill course AFAIK), they could team up with Slovenia - and use the nearest soon fully renovated bob track in Cortina
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    2020, a new decade of nostalgia for the IOC

    Maybe it’s time to point out that Budapest is a city of 2 million in a country of 10 million which does not do great economically but heavily relies on EU funding, though its fascist leader pretends to despise the EU? There is a reason even Orbán shied away from pursuing 2024 as it became clear the public would turn against him.
  13. Stockholm’s bid was far from perfect, but Milan’s not really rock solid either, especially in view of Italian govt hazardous policies. If the IOC rather gives the benefit of doubt to Italy and shuns the Swedes even now, I wouldn’t come back in their place.
  14. Nor the wonderful thought of going to bed with morally and soon also financially bankrupt Italy under the new Duce.
  15. Stockholm very narrowly
  16. First time Seehofer makes sense really.
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    Brisbane 2032

    Didn't someone from the IOC (JAS jr.?) already say Calgary could host "for free"? Well, we all know how that one ended. I do agree though that the IOC could be well-advised to go for a "targeted" approach and talk to cities and see what's possible and what's not instead of just waiting which crazy-money spending dictatorship is willing to offer itself. Though of course that would be a radical change of mind (and probably loss of money) for the folks in Lausanne.
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    Paris 2024

    I doubt they will just do it like it was before. Read today that in Cologne, the original wooden roof was replaced by an iron construction when the Cathedral was finally finished in the 19th century, which helped it to avoid even more destruction in WW2. So there’s surely aesthetically good solutions which are fire-proof available.
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    Paris 2024

    Apart from of the less serious parts of your post, Macron has heard you: He wants to have everything rebuilt within five years.
  20. Wasn‘t this just because the Athletics had already been awarded to Berlin before this concept came up?
  21. FYI: Munich is bidding to host the 2022 edition, mostly using the 1972 legacy. Decision some time this year, there may still be other candidates though, but so far no big resistance like with the failed WOG bid for the same year.
  22. Italy is virtually bankrupt though, even if Salvini claims he doesn‘t care. Govt is guaranteeing money it doesn‘t really have, but well, the IOC can‘t be pucky these days.
  23. It currently takes about three hours on the road from Barcelona to Andorra, and I doubt they could build a high-speed train link there easily. However, Andorra just hosted the alpine World Cup finals and easily has the infrastructure for the alpine skiing events, probably also snowboard/freestyle. Barcelona could also easily host the "ice cluster" events, but they'd obviously have to find space for nordic events and I guess they'd have to borrow La Plagne for sliding track (that would probably the French factor in there?). But indeed, as long as the Catalonia question isn't settled, the IOC won't touch this hot potato. It's not a completely unrealistic concept once the political conflict is solved though, but not in 2030. Also, you'd wonder: Beijing-Stockholm-Barcelona...if the Winter Olympics don't find hosts anymore, they'll just recycle the summer ones? ;-)
  24. I wonder when finally the day will come that 17.4m people realise that they‘ve been lied to all along and that those claiming to fight for them are self-absorbed cowards detached from reality? Probably never, looking at the still very narrow polls.
  25. The lengths the IOC would go to for the Nobel Prize...2032 will be awarded in 2025 at Bach‘s last session (if he gets re-elected of course, which I don‘t doubt just yet). This would be the right pompous departure gift.