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  1. What have I missed? Seems a little quiet
  2. I've been to both Rome and Paris many times and love both, however, it's unquestionable that the Parisian infrastructure seems more able to cope with an Olympics than the Roman. btw ... I really don't see 2024 being the US's time. Try 2028/32 .... and try with a well planned and central New York bid ... give the world what it wants!!!! It worked for China, Britain, Brazil and Japan, and I'm sure it's about to work for France ... give the world what they want!
  3. Thanks I agree, Paris already seems like an obvious choice. You don't waste time and money by bidding for something you have no chance of winning.
  4. I'm surprised some of the NOCs haven't paid attention to recent trends in the selection of host cities. In a time when visiting bidding cities is restricted, the Olympics are far more likely to be awarded to a city with international recognition ... and a country is far more likely to be successful if they offer their most celebrated internationally renowned city. A bid from a second-tier city gives the impression of a half-hearted attempt. Tokyo, Rio, London, Beijing, Athens and arguably Sydney, were all NOCs bidding with their best choice in the eyes of the wider world. I believe that the US and German bids for 2024 are really missing a chance ... voting for an Olympic host needs international appeal ... very different to any domestic considerations. Even before I've seen any of the proposals by those bidding, I can't see how either Hamburg or Boston could possibly overcome the appeal of Paris, Rome, or even Budapest!
  5. I really don't see how this is a possible solution. However, if true, it shows how worried the IOC are.... http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/could-rio-games-come-to-london-olympic-bosses-make-secret-plea-to-use-2012-venues-9344084.html
  6. Having lived in Paris for two years I can state with authority that Parisians are no colder or unpleasant than any other inhabitants of a very large European city.
  7. City mayors just need to be more realistic about the capabilities and priorities of their cities. Why should the IOC decrease the number of events? There's no shortage of capable cities still interested in hosting the Games at the moment and no shortage of interest in the different sports in the Olympic programme during the Games. Exactly!
  8. What should change is the cities that bid .... not the Olympic programme.
  9. I don't remember the IOC being so blunt with an Olympic host before ... certainly is "unprecedented". I've always been an enthusiastic supporter of Rio 2016 and really hope everything will be okay on the day, however, no matter what the outcome, I feel the IOC's future decisions on Olympic hosts are certainly going to be influenced by their experiences as we approach 2016. My partner is Brazilian .... although he enjoyed 2012 here in London, he's completely against Brazil hosting both the Olympics and World Cup while there continues to be such economic divisions in society there. Whilst I used to point out to him that the Olympics can/has acted as a catalyst for development before, recently I have been far more sympathetic to his point of view. Among his friends and family both here in London and in Brazil, there seems to be very little enthusiasm for either event ... and sometimes open hostility! I remember at the same stage of my own city's Olympic experience there was an (albeit nervous) excitement ... I find it very sad that, at least among the Brazilians I know, this seems to be completely absent ... I only hear of their anger about money being spent on stadia and corruption rather than on schools and hospitals, and their annoyance that their country is suffering an embarrassing muddle in view of the rest of the world. Very sad
  10. Again ... What the Olympics will do for Madrid. What will Madrid do for the Olympics?
  11. Why do they keep referring to Barcelona? That's a negative for Madrid not a positive!
  12. Pointless video .... didn't communicate anything!
  13. Madrid is continually saying what the Olympics can do for Madrid, rather than what Madrid can do for the Olympics.
  14. It seems like all three candidates will be just relieved when today is over .... this competition now seems to be a battle of weaknesses rather than strengths. I was of the opinion that this campaign was less interesting than previous ones, however, I think in the end it has become just as interesting seeing the suffering of the candidate cities. Initially I really wanted an Istanbul Olympics ... I love Istanbul .... one of my favourite cities in the world! But now I'd prefer Tokyo. The IOC needs a safe choice for 2020 .... a city they know can deliver the Games on time, without protests, without political drama. It may not be the most exciting prospect for some people, however, after what's sure to be a quite difficult environment in Sochi and worries about deadlines and civil unrest in Rio, I'm sure the IOC would be grateful to have the 'safe' Japanese to follow. Istanbul needs a huge amount of investment ... which I believe they can afford ... but I don't think they have the time to do it without causing the IOC headaches! Travelling around Istanbul using public transport can be an experience! Though as I said before, I love Istanbul ... just carry on modernising the city and come back a stronger and more tempting city ,,, there are few cities that could be more tempting! I think it would be a huge mistake to award the Games to Madrid at this time. Madrid is another city I have a lot of affection for, however, I think it would show poor judgement by the IOC to award the Games to a city/country suffering so much from economic strife. I also believe that Spain should really be concentrating more on its immediate economic future than bidding for an expensive two week party. Madrid is a very capable city and I'm sure the Spanish economy is already beginning the slow process to recovery, however, with youth unemployment so high and so much of their population having to live across the whole continent just to get a job, I'd like Spain to focus on their economic recovery as a priority. Madrid should really have decided to leave the competition at the same time as Rome. Tokyo has its problems ... the nuclear leaks ... but I do think these are more easily surpassed throughout the next seven years than the issues facing the other two. Tokyo is wealthy enough, organised enough and politically stable enough to provide a very smooth transition into the next Olympic city ... it may not be the most exciting prospect .... but it is one the IOC needs every so often!
  15. Thanks all! I moved to north Pakistan and converted to Islam just to annoy baron!
  16. Hey baron, CAF. I had a really great London 2012 ... went to see quite a few events .... it was brilliant. Glad to hear you enjoyed it Feeling a bit marooned in my home at the moment because I'm surrounded by the marathon ... feels a bit like the Olympics again today!
  17. I don't seem to have missed much!

  18. is loving Istanbul!!!

  19. I go to the Summer Exhibition at the RA every year - it's usually an amazing event. It opens to the public tomorrow, but as a Friend of the Academy I was able to see it today. There is only one small architectural model of part of the Velodrome - it's okay but not worth visiting. The Summer Exhibition itself is a huge disappointment this year - previous years have included several breath-taking pieces - but this year there wasn't a single one that caught my attention - in fact there seemed to be far fewer things to look at anyway.
  20. Loser - Russia. Even though they won 3 gold medals, Russia is supposed to be one of the very strongest winter sports nations - as the next Winter Games hosts one would have thought they'd be particularly motivated in Vancouver. Winner - Canada. More golds in one Games than any other country - the BBC are asking whether it was the best Winter Games ever.
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