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Sir Rols: Yes, Herr Bach. I’ve paid Puppy off. I’m sure he’ll be back to cause trouble, but you can go on now. Sir Rols: Thank you Herr Bach for that colourful musical opening. While you make your costume change and before I hand the microphone back to you, I also want us all to put our hands together to the IOC Executive Committee members as the cabaret girls. I never thought Coatsey would look so good in fishnets. Anyway, what’s that Herr Bach? You’re ready. Okay, let me hand back over to our emcee tonight, IOC President and Olympic Gold medallist in Fencing in 1976, the Wunder von Wurzburg, Herr Thomas Bach! *applause* Thomas Bach: Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Monsieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, Wilkommen und Ho! Ho! Ho! Frohliche Weinachten, Merry Christmas to all of you. Especially to our hosts, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, who haff graciously invited us into their home for ziss festive season. The fact ve haff sacrificed our Christmas komforts to komm here out of season to Monte Carlo shows how seriously ve take der burden ve haff set ourselves - to secure the very future off the Olympic Games through mein meister battle plan, Agenda Tventy-Tventy! To demonstrate just how serious ve take our task, this year ve dedicate the 8th Annual GamesBids Olympic Logo Competition to Agenda Tventy-Tventy. To ziss end I haff decreed that the summer logo challenge ve set you ziss year vill be to brand our upcoming celebration of the games of that year in the city of Tokyo, Japan. Und the vinter city logo, it vill be Tventy-Tventy Too!. Almost. Ja, ve know zat for 2022, now that the Norwegians haff betrayed us, ve are but left now with scheisse! Zis kann not be! Therefore I haff asked advice from mein colleague on the USOC, Herr Probst, und sent invitations to cities around the vorld, asking for expressions off graphic interest in their hosting off those Games. Ve will choose the host from whoever is chosen by you as the best logo from these cities. To let you know the vinter candidate cities, and to outline the terms und conditions off the contest, I vill hand you back to mein Hauptwerker-Elf, Sir Rols. You vill follow his orders, und you vill all haff ein wunderbare festive season und contest. Get mit der Agenda und Viel Gluck! *all stand and applaud* ___________________ Okay, now that Puppy forced my hand, down to business and explanations. Summer: Tokyo 2020 I’ve had lots of people suggesting cities to me this year. And by far the most common suggestion was Tokyo. And the timing was right - this may be our only opportunity to do it. So, in the tradition of our previous Rio 2016 logo comp, this year you’re being asked to give TOCOG a hand and design the logo for Tokyo 2020. They might even notice us. The brief is: Make Tokyo interesting! Give us something that will raise our enthusiasm and anticipation for our upcoming journey to Japan. Let’s see some creative and contrasting approaches to branding 2020. Futuristic or Tradtional? Woodblock or Manga? Edo or Harajuku? Hokusai or Miyazaki? Let’s see how you’d sell Tokyo 2020 to the world. The logos should be presented as full colour designs on white background. If you like, however, they can also be presented in black and white or utilised in forms like street banners, t-shirts, apps, vehicles, pins etc. For voting purposes, the main (colour) logo will be used on the polls, but any extra material you produce may help you “sell” your design better to the wider GamesBids voting membership. This is a host logo, so the Olympic rings are to be used. Post your preliminary submissions on the Tokyo 2020 Logo thread I will start. If you want to hold anything back to be presented as a “surprise” when voting starts you can contact me via PM and I'll tell you where you can send the extra material. If you do post publicly, feel free to post as many logo designs as you like. You will get critiques and feedback, for better or for worse. When the time comes for voting, however, you will be asked to settle on ONE official logo as your official entry. The deadline for submissions is midnight (Sydney time) on December 31 – ie, you can submit your logos before the end of this year. All final logos will be displayed for some time before voting commences early in the new year. I anticipate we’ll vote on this in the traditional “IOC Host City Selection” format when the time comes. More details on voting when it’s time. Winter: 2022 - The Magnificent Seven This time I thought we’d use the winter side of the comp to experiment. Like any good reality show, to bring in some format tweaks and gimmicks. I thought of setting the twins against each other in Blood versus Water, but desisted. Instead, it's multiple choice-multiple entry. It's specifically designed to for try and get a BIG field. You are asked to submit logos for any of the following seven cities for the Winter Olympic Games of the year 2022: Anchorage, USA Santiago, Chile Melbourne, Australia (it’s about time, we’ve never had an Aussie city in these comps!) Harbin, China Borjomi, Georgia Barcelona, Spain, and, in tribute to Eurovision 2015 Salzburg, Austria You may submit logos for as many of those cities as you wish from the list. In other words, you can have up to seven entries, one for each city. All logos are to be posted in the Winter 2022 Logos thread I will start. You may post as many preliminary submissions as you wish for critique and feedback. Before submissions close, however, you will be asked to nominate a single logo for each city (or as many cities you entered) as your official entry/entries. You can, as in the summer comp, contact me to submit privately. The deadline for submissions, as in the summer section, is midnight (Sydney time) on December 31. Soon after, all official entries will be displayed for a period of time. Voting will commence soon after. The reason we want a big field is I want to try out a different voting format on this one. One that's been persistently championed to me all year by yoshi. For his sins, he's gonna have to bloody well accept an official role as Werker Elf #2 in this. More details when the times comes, but it will be an attempt to make a live and dynamic voting "event". A few Eurovision fan members here have had had experience with the format. It should be fun. It may be a mess. But hopefully we’ll have some laughs trying. More, come the New Year. As usual, I will rule on any disputes with either section of the comps. Don't listen to Pups. Unless I say you can. Just remember, this is all meant to be fun. Try to keep the spirit friendly. I'll shut up now. Good luck everyone!