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Everything posted by TorchbearerSydney

  1. Understandable- but sad...we could all do with some cheering up, stuck at home....:(
  2. Lithuania surely will win this year- there is really no other stand out. Last year was an amazing year- Netherlands, Italy, Australia , Iceland, Norway..so many memorable songs/ performances.
  3. Social media has really galvanised anti-Olympic bids. Small noisy minorities can hijack the agenda so much easier these days,and disseminate hysterical fake news or just noise. As for London 2012, glad you enjoyed it, but I see it now as the most tarnished Games ever, with at least 29 medallists (13 Gold) being stripped of their medals, and more to come.
  4. The IOC seems now to be rushing for only bids from super safe countries for both Summer and Winter Games - USA/Canada/ UK/ France/ Germany (referendums?) / Spain/ Italy/ China/ Japan/ Korea and Australia. No new frontiers, no controversy, long lead times etc...it is a smaller and smaller pool of bidders.
  5. This is really odd- Ukraine is basically at war with Russia and the Belarus President has basically said he wants to rejoin Russia (including handing over foreign affairs and rejoining the rouble soon)....one is Russia's biggest enemy from the former USSR, and the other is the biggest friend. ????
  6. I am not finding a consistent graphical theme (in shape, colour, style, design) in the logo, torch, uniforms....there is indigo blue, block shapes, circle shape, pink metal, flower shape, red stripes etc etc.... I am just a bot anally retentive I think!
  7. That's a bit unforgivable..I hope their is some indigenous acknowledgement at the very least. I saw a small exhibition about the Ainu in Osaka- they are a very interesting ethnic people.
  8. Not feeling the US uniforms- except the all white podium suit...all seems a bit like red and white and blue vomit, in a huge array of patterns...US uniforms are usually neat, with a simple clear graphic design and striking...
  9. Tahiti is just dumb....France has surf beaches. I actually think surfing is just dumb at the Olympics. It is an elite sport, not wildly practiced, confined to those with access to appropriate shorelines. Remember this is the IOC that (briefly) dumped wrestling- a national sport of rich and poor through much of the world.
  10. Interesting with Jakarta, they have announced the move of the capital of Indonesia to East Kalimantan....that would be be a bigger construction and logistics priority over the next decade I would have thought...as well as sorting out Jakarta's diabolic transport and flooding issues.
  11. Those Japanese uniforms make the athletes look like old-age pensioners on a bus tour....ill fitting and unflattering. I would rather they be dressed like Astroboy!
  12. I thought the idea of the YOG was that they were smaller, much cheaper than the Olympics..so they could have different host cities/ countries...and spread the love....Of course at tthe first chance they went to China (who can host the real thing and they spent a fortune) and started with 2 Asian Games in a row. Should be going to places like Hungary, Poland, New Zealand, Thailand, India, Turkey etc...
  13. Good pick up...this is obviously really bad. An advanced country doesnt have a day to waste when preparing for the Games (looking at Athens and Rio)....a developing country even less. I
  14. Thats true too...the usual suspects like Baku, Dubai, Qatar, Istanbul, Shanghai etc... have been quiet. Madrid is making some noise apparently.
  15. I know the IOC is getting panicky, but it will piss off many other cities and countries if it rushes into secret deals 12 years before the actual Games. I think the pendulum has swung too far the other way, from a rigid, flawed system 7 years out, to the almighty rush 12 years out, long before most people would consider bidding. Brisbane/ Gold Coast will host easily though- they had a hugely successful World Expo and 2 great Commonwealth Games already., plus all the Sydney experience to keep things on track and relatively cheap.
  16. It has a handsome 'chunkiness' with that wood roof...if that makes sense.
  17. Ceremonies sounding good...a one-off show in a huge stadium is no time for subtly, we want to be smashed by Japandemonium!! I want Godzilla and Mothra to feature in the closing!
  18. Great stadium..I wonder if they have reinstalled the plaques with the medal winners from 1964?
  19. Dumb Dumb Dumb ....... surely if this was the best you could offer, then dump surfing for the Games. It is hardly a core sport.
  20. I read the Football Australia felt their bid had a much better chance as a joint bid- personally i dont see it. I also feel FIFA might steer clear of a major tournament in Brasil after the Olympics..Brazil barely managed to stage that after a lot of drama. I think it is going to be Japan all they way, spectacular venues, safe as houses and a national team that has excelled in the womens game.
  21. The old 7 year time frame (ie 2025) has been thrown out- the IOC now solicits/ encourages bidders at a very early stage and will consider and award Games in a more free form way. They a are trying to lock in safe cities from a financial, government, popularity, preparation and controversy view as early as possible to ensure the future survival of the Games. It is all about minimizing corporate risk- that''s why we have a Japan/China/France/ Italy/ USA and maybe Australian Games. All as safe as you can get. The last I heard a decision could be made as early as mid next year..around th
  22. I'm heartbroken Adelaide pulled out..would have been a great games here in my hometown, there was nothing to build, we could have done it in our sleep. Austerity politics wins again. Anyway- this is the elephant the room for the CGF WHO is going to host 2026! Tic tic tic
  23. Looks like a cosmetic brand to me, definitely doesnt scream ''Olympics''. When I first glanced at it, I thought the first one would be a woman, and the second one a man, representing all humanity....my partner looked at it and said, it is sexist, with a sexy double entre feel (french kiss etc.)...
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