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  1. The problem is that even if they manage to vaccinate 100% of the Japanese population, the athletes and various workers will still spread the virus among themselves and take various viral strains back to their home countries. I just don't see how they can keep temporary venues and facilities dormant for 20 years. Do they rent out the Olympic village and then kick the thousands of residents out for the 2032 games? Do they leave the buildings empty for that long? Or will they sell off the condos and build a second Olympic village for 2032? At this point they should simply cut their
  2. I understand that you want a boycott to happen. And that is your prerogative. But the rest of us doubt it will happen unless there are statements to that effect from groups like the British Olympic Association or the US Olympic Committee. EDIT: And as I write this the US Capitol Building is being stormed by protesters in the American equivalent of the era of the Gracchi Brothers of the Roman Republic. We have much bigger things to worry about as a country than whether we will snub a Chinese-hosted Olympics.
  3. I think the organizers will probably try to show a "new France" just like Britain showed itself as a new multicultural society in the London 2012 ceremonies. As much I am interested in the history of the city from Roman Lutece/Lutetia to the Haussmann renovations of Paris and the belle epoque, I think that the French people and government are more interested in where their country is headed in the future than the long dead past. Bonjour Lilly. Vous'etes Francais?
  4. Affordable housing is issue #1 in Vancouver. Unfortunately even if an Olympic village is initially successful in creating affordable housing (as the Vancouver 2010 village did), it will lead to further gentrification of the area and an increase in rent price. This is what happened in the east end of London after 2012, for example. Vancouver needs to come up with a plan to make the village serve as affordable housing not only in the initial sale of condos, but also in the years to come. (The easiest way is to simply have the city directly own the apartment buildings and rent them at an aff
  5. Hasn't the Spanish project been shelved? https://gamesbids.com/eng/winter-olympic-bids/future-winter-bids/pyrenees-barcelona-2030-olympic-winter-games-bid-on-hold-amid-pandemic/ I went to university in British Columbia and never saw the place as joyous as it was during the winter games, despite everything that went wrong. (Although in fairness I didn't go to many parties in university: after running out of money for food I wasn't in a position to buy beer.) It is one of the few places where there is likely to be goodwill toward an Olympic bid in the aftermath of a ruinous global
  6. The Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center only seats 3,600 people. That's why they had to build something new. It's easy to say that they should use smaller venues. But there's a 100% chance that the same media people criticizing them for building large venues would also criticize them if they used a smaller venue and there were no seats for the media, athletes, athletes family, volunteers and fans from the host country.
  7. Sour beets would be more appropriate for Russia, which are "kvas".
  8. Adelaide would be a great host city. Australia has a huge advantage because a cricket stadium like the Adelaide Oval can be easily converted into an athletics stadium. Meanwhile ice hockey rinks and Canadian football stadiums are not as useful. A Canadian city like Hamilton will need more time to prepare a games than a comparable Australian city, and the CGF are being a bit foolish in pressuring Hamilton to move its bid forward four years. They are not ready and they know it.
  9. I think the heads of these sporting federations simply do not understand the problems facing host cities. Bidding is a tiny fraction of the total cost. Saving $5 CAD million on bidding is not much compared to a total budget of $1 CAD billion that will almost certainly have cost overruns, although creative accounting will undoubtedly be used to make sure politicians don't look bad and executives get their bonus pay. Reducing the minimum venue sizes should be job #1 for the CGF. It is simply indefensible that many sports like athletics and cycling have higher required capacities for the Com
  10. I would say it was the other way around. The only countries interested in hosting this event are dictatorships who want to make themselves look good.
  11. South African social segregation also affected black athletes and fans. Similarly Russia has been punished for state-sponsored doping, and not its anti-gay legislation or sending weapons and "little green men" into Ukraine. The problem with punishing countries for human rights violations and political malfeasance is that every country violates human rights to some degree or other. Capital punishment is legal in the USA and the country has its own problems with mass imprisonment and racism. So should the USOC be banned from the Olympics? Should Japan be banned from the Olympics for its ref
  12. Japan spent roughly $9.6 billion on the Olympics by the end of 2019. Unfortunately I can't find data since then. But with expected total expenses of about $25-30 billion they should still be able to save a large sum of money by canceling the games - far more than the IOC's contributions. It is of course the fear of -as you put it- "having spend billions on the Olympics with nothing to show for it" that is motivating Japanese politicians to continue with the games, costs be damned. But if they are not able to host the games safely with fans, it will simply be throwing yet more money away.
  13. Cutting the cost of providing security, hospitality to athletes and officials, transporting people, et al absolutely would save them money. Of course it would also deny them access to the revenue from broadcasting funds, and in the unlikely chance that fans were able to attend then to ticket sales as well. The question is whether the television revenue would exceed the costs. In 2012 the security costs were $720 million, and the IOC's total contribution was $910 million. So the money the IOC kicked in barely covered the security costs alone. Japan's share of the broadcasting revenue is no
  14. The Japanese are losing interest in hosting the games anyway. For example: https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00780/ https://nypost.com/2020/07/20/japanese-people-want-no-part-of-2021-olympics-poll/ I doubt that the Japanese people would mind saving a huge sum of money during a prolonged economic contraction by cancelling the games. It's the politicians like Abe and Yuriko Koike who need to save face and keep the Olympics alive. There would presumably be little appetite for a pointless insult to China over something that the majority of Japanese want given the current reality
  15. This is what happens when a committee makes design decisions. I do too, but organizations start with high concept ideas for the design (like diversity), then the designer has to create something based on those ideas, then finally a group of people in a committee all pull the design in different directions and make the designer make those changes. And you end up with something that looks worse than what a designer would have come up with on their own.
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