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  1. I promised myself that I would never get sucked into this shitfest again but this deserves a congrats. And now I shall enigmatically return to the real world and (potentially) never look back. Ohhhhhh mystery!!!
  2. Let's be honest - it isn't Halifax, Toronto is not going to undercut Hamilton and Vancouver just doesn't care. Unless some idiots in Calgary have a wild need for another public slapdown it must be Edmonton. Or the Quebecois having a he!! of a laugh. How wild would a Quebec City Commonwealth Games be lol.
  3. I was thinking about this the other day and I think the EOC has it wrong. The European Championships are doing their job - maybe a winter European games would be a better option?
  4. Well Auckland is closer than Perth if they plane to share the football prelims around the country... I don't see a huge issue with it.
  5. The OCA has not confirmed anything. With Pyeongchang, Sapporo (again) and Beijing all able to host at short notice I'm guessing they are waiting until everything (sponsors/sport federations) are all lined up.
  6. LOL - ill fated 1992 bid. They were own-goaled as soon as they let Albertville run for the Winter Games - allowing Samaranch an easy way to give Barcelona the Summer Games.
  7. The coastline down Zushi way would be a nice option as well. It is normally quite nice that time of year.
  8. Yep - https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2019/10/16/more-sports/track-field/ioc-planning-move-tokyo-olympic-marathon-north-sapporo-bid-avoid-heat/#.Xaf6uUYzaUk I'd imagine the medals will be still be presented in Tokyo - however this is a good idea. Maybe the road cycling as well?
  9. I've had a look - not a great deal to get excited about. I find it hard to believe the only football tickets available are to the semifinals and are $500 a pop. So every other single match all across Japan are sold out? That'll be a first...
  10. Edited - was complaining about CoSport not having Paralympic tickets in Australia - it's Kingdom Sports selling them apparently. Move along. Nothing to see here.
  11. It's a local issue. I don't know why these Boston idiots feel the need to start grass root anti-Games committees outside of Boston. Do I think building a new 80,000 seat stadium is needed in Brisbane for any reason? No. Would I welcome the public transport overhaul a Games would bring? Yes. Do I think a region like mine could responsibly host a Games with the existing infrastructure to the degree the bidders claim? No. The cost and the way they are sprouting how much revenue the 2032 Games will bring in is ridiculous. The only way a 2032 Games will succeed is if local sponsors are absolutely gouged for licensing fees and ticket prices are sky high - unless it all comes from taxpayers. These are my issues. If the 2032 team came out with solid financials that are open and transparent I'd feel better about Brisbane hosting. The IOC seemingly still discourages this by just endlessly spouting the "we'll kick in a billion or two!" - like that will pay for everything and us tax and rate payers won't get fuccked over. I want to pay my part of the Games via a ticket. And only via a ticket. Make that happen and I'm behind it 100%.
  12. Which will be quickly eaten up with the maintenance costs of the venues. So yay - but hmm.
  13. Well that'll give those venues a bit more use - still... not a good look.
  14. I think we touched on this in one of the long gone fantasy bid competitions. I think the general concensus was the distance was prohibitive (700+km from Barcelona to Albertville, 800+ km from Andorra la Vella to Albertville) however that doesn't seem to be a huge issue these days. Yes - Milan to Cortina is half of these distances - however the IOC may be open to this plan to show they are serious about legacy.
  15. Ah Barcelona again. I don't know. I much rather another summer Games from them or Madrid. Maybe Lisbon? I just can't equate Spain with winter sports. I know they have mountains but... eh. It's a stretch.
  16. I'm hoping there are lots of escalators and lifts that I'm just not seeing because that is not a Paralympic friendly venue based on the latest pics...
  17. Not a surprise. They are too expensive unless you have the vast majority of venues and infrastructure already in place. Adelaide most likely has enough venues - however they may not be of the right capacity for the CGF. It may get to the point where the CGF will approach cities directly. Melbourne again? Back to back in the UK?
  18. Yep - that is what I saw - but to be honest they are both kind of adorable. Neither tops the 2008 Paralympic mascot though. Fu Niu Lele forever!
  19. Valid points - but the Comm Games are costing in excess of a billion dollaridoos these days. There has to be a way to bring that right down - and the CGF is a good position to lead the way in making these multisport events cheaper.
  20. We are here - however the 'No' is tempered with 'maybe'. There is a general lack of belief that this will come off - that it is still just politicians having a wank. We'll see.
  21. I hear this a lot and frankly major changes need to be made. The Commonwealth Games should maybe fully integrate 'Paralympic' sports on an equal footing (same amount of able bodied and non-able bodied athletes), perhaps take a leaf out of the Asian Winter Games book and invite a couple of sporting superpowers to the party and finally look at the sporting programme and scale back those sports that already have sufficient international championships/exposure.
  22. The locals didn't get behind the 2004 bid. I doubt there is much appetite for an Olympics there now either.
  23. Isn't there serious talk of Belarus rejoining Russia anyway? There was a story not long ago that Putin can be President again if it happens... I'm not sure how much of it is fantasy though. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/29/a-brotherly-takeover-could-russia-annex-belarus-op-ed-a64326
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