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If there is still a community here on GB Forums, I wouldn't mind having a centralized discussion here on what the future, if there will be one, of the Commonwealth Games. Clearly we have seen since at least 2014, a disinterest in hosting what is now considered an anachronism from another time. Cost verses benefits seems to be what causes local politics to shy away without the help of provincial/state or central governments whom are usually luke-warm to dishing out money for what is little more than a 14 day sports extravaganza of countries that only have British colonization...in most cases...not entirely peaceful, as a distant connection. The big elephant is expense...We have seen what can go wrong when it gets out of hand, especially when "developing" countries try to host...The mismanagement and corruption of 2010 being a letdown after decades of India wanting to host and the heartbreak of South Africa not willing to back it's host city, Durban, in providing funding. Both countries considered wealthy enough but unable to justify the pointless over reaching costs. And now we have the shattered World of the "Post Covid Era" beginning to emerge from hibernation. Sports around the world now having to rebuild momentum lost. Even the Olympics are struggling to host a delayed games as I write this in 2021. If the Games are to survive, what needs to be done? Points to ponder: Commonwealth relevance: Are we still a unified Commonwealth? Countries are beginning to retreat into regional trade and cultural blocs of relevance. Demise of Queen Elizabeth II: The aura surrounding QEII is as astounding as it will ever be. She has always been considered the glue that holds the Commonwealth together but we need to realize that her reign is almost over, every chance she will be around for 2022, thankfully another home games for her, but 2026 suddenly doesn't look realistic anymore after she lost her "rock" this year. Quite a few countries may consider it an opportune time to call it a day when she passes. City hosts v Regional hosts: We all know that money is the central issue here. This multisport event has to contend with others as well as singular events that can unify a nation rather than focusing on a sole city. Could it be more prudent for the CWGs to become a nationwide event just to spread out the costs? This was an idea that New Zealand proposed some time back...mainly to hold back apathy from regional centres who rightfully want to know why their taxes should be used. Regular guaranteed hosting circuit: Even if it's just for 12 to 16 years. Could the CGF follow the IOC in awarding multi-host regulars...currently the only countries that take interest are Australia and the UK. Nothing wrong in having pre-prepared facilities to use. (See below) Make use of what you got: Nothing wrong in refurbishing facilities rather than building bigger and better only to find that you are left with a ghost town costing locals for years after. Temporary facilities are considered a normal thing nowadays, and not considered a cheap cop out. The IOC is finally realizing this. We have seen good examples in 1994, 2014 and even 2018 (those games considered one of the best). 2002 was seen as another example of a city using what it had and used a pre planned built stadium (Man City's) as it's focus that worked well...which leads to: Sustainability: What of the legacy? The classic is always the "got to have" purpose built Athlete's village. Long gone are the days of the local university's student dorms or military base barracks being used. Today we build neighborhoods in multi stack form...This is the crux of a hosting as most cities need new housing estates and nowhere in the world can they be built fast enough...2014 was one of the best examples and this is what could tilt a games in a city's favour. It's a great excuse to give it a go...Something Auckland has tried to push in it's plans. Regional and Global Security: Clearly we have seen a dangerous paradigm shift in global politics, more so in the last decade, as the world becomes a more unstable place. Covid has only inflamed this. We have gone from one Superpower in the last 25 years to the birth of a new one and return of another. We have seen the rise of Left and Right extremisms, UK leaving Europe causing instability, and a surge in military spending. Countries are moving to secure their positions in this new world and want a new outlook.... Yes there will still be a Commonwealth of sorts, but it will keep fading into the either and, although there may be a couple of hosting's left for them, I cant see the Commonwealth Games making it out of, let alone, into the 2030s unless a whole new iteration for the is made. My thoughts...What are yours?
Thailand Mulls Bid To Host 2026 Youth Olympic Games Thailand is interested in hosting the 2026 Youth Olympic Games, it was revealed in PyeongChang this week during the Olympic Winter Games. Thai National Olympic Committee (NOC) President and Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan told the Bangkok Post after a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach “This year’s edition [of the Youth Olympic Games] will be taking place in Argentina and the next edition of 2022 is likely to be held in Africa.” “No country has so far expressed its interest to host the Games in 2026,” he added, hinting that could be Thailand’s target. Four Thai NOC representatives were on hand at the high-level Olympic meeting in South Korea including IOC Member Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul who claims the IOC will support a Thai bid. “The IOC president said that if the event benefits Thai people, it could propose [to host the Games],” she told the Bangkok Post. “There is no need to have new stadiums built and making full use of the existing ones would be enough.” Earlier this year the IOC outlined its mandate to site the 2022 edition of the quadrennial youth event in Africa – with Senegal being the current leading candidate. Further, the IOC says it will target strategic regions in the future and proactively work with cities in order to keep the costs of bidding for the Games very low. The IOC will elect the successful 2022 African city in October at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, but the organization has yet to describe its direction for 2026. The strategy is to bring the smaller Youth Olympic event to areas that couldn’t typically support the larger mainstream Games. Many IOC members including International Sport Federations and other sport leadership from around the world will descend upon Bangkok in April for the annual SportAccord Convention – the biggest meeting of the year on the International Sport Calendar. The Youth Olympic Games were launched as a project by former IOC President Jacques Rogge and saw its inaugural edition hosted in Singapore in 2010 followed by Nanjing in 2014. The Winter editions have taken place in Innsbruck in 2012, Lillehammer in 2016 and will be hosted in Olympic Capital Lausanne, Switzerland in 2020. source: https://gamesbids.com/eng/youth-olympic-bids/thailand-mulls-bid-host-2026-youth-olympic-games/
Looks like there's a chance this may start to gain traction. A couple of weeks ago, there were rumblings that at least 1 US city was showing interest in the Winter Olympics. Now it appears the USOC is willing to entertain the thought.. USOC expects to discuss possible Winter Olympic bid So let's see where this goes, but clearly this is beyond the purely hypothetical stage where the highest ranking members from the USOC have publicly acknowledged the possibility.