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I'm surprised how little response there has been on this MB.

http://www.gamesbids.com/eng/other_news/1216134794.html

Pound's response is interesting...

http://www.thestar.com/sports/olympics/art...et-for-olympics

...and the comments on "Inside The Games"

http://insidethegames.biz/index.php?option...d=1:latest-news

I wonder if any worms will be crawling out of the wood after 2012 over how Paris got shafted again in Singapore in 2005?

I always thought that Rogge had shown himself quite lenient towards the outrageous way London had gone about bidding for the games.

But then again, being French, it can only be a case of "arrogance", "sour grapes" and "paranoia"!

N'est-ce pas?

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It was obvious that they would be a quid-pro-quo between the 2008 Host City and IOC President elections and that it was really unlikely that the Games and IOC Presidency would go to the same continent.

With Samaranch favouring both Beijing and Rogge, with Athens hosting 2004 and many European cities already preparing bids for 2012, can any one be really surprised by that.

Honnestly that's a non-event.

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It was obvious that they would be a quid-pro-quo between the 2008 Host City and IOC President elections and that it was really unlikely that the Games and IOC Presidency would go to the same continent.

With Samaranch favouring both Beijing and Rogge, with Athens hosting 2004 and many European cities already preparing bids for 2012, can any one be really surprised by that.

Honnestly that's a non-event.

Riiiiiight!

So that's OK then?

We can all go home and keep on applauding the IOC and kissing its backside......

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The numbers that Beijing and Rogge had do not support such a conspiracy theory. Beijing was a slam dunk back then. Nobody believed in the possibility of the Chinese losing that one. By the way, with an Asian contender in the election, the deal might have happened but it would only be justifiable if China could force a split on the Asian votes. Anyway, it is still unclear what China would get from that deal.

Probably, Rogge went there to lobby some votes and gave them the typical IOC double talk. Paris and Istanbul had no chance anyway. So this whole story seems unlikely.

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Beside, Paris had no chance in 2008. There was no way the IOC would give two SOG to Europe (and three Olympics in a row). If anyone got ripped off votes by this "scheme", its Toronto and Osaka.

Seriously, can someone even explain to me why Paris bid in 2008? I mean, its the exact same position that Madrid was in 2016: you may have an awesome bid, but whit geopolitics so stack against you you will NOT win.

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Beside, Paris had no chance in 2008. There was no way the IOC would give two SOG to Europe (and three Olympics in a row). If anyone got ripped off votes by this "scheme", its Toronto and Osaka.

Seriously, can someone even explain to me why Paris bid in 2008? I mean, its the exact same position that Madrid was in 2016: you may have an awesome bid, but whit geopolitics so stack against you you will NOT win.

Agreed.

It was downright stupid.

Chirac went ahead nevertheless because his "good friend" jas had privately told him that Paris was the only city with any chance [in "Malheureux Aux Jeux", Issert & Luzenfichter, 2006, Editions Prolongation]

Scheming b***ard!

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Riiiiiight!

So that's OK then?

We can all go home and keep on applauding the IOC and kissing its backside......

Never said it was OK.

What I said is:

- only clueless people can discover that now,

- whining about it on a forum won't make any difference,

- you either try to change the IOC prior to the bid or you bid following both the written and unwritten rule.

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Never said it was OK.

What I said is:

- only clueless people can discover that now,

So you knew all the time about the Rogge/Beijing deal and said nothing?

Wow!

You're sure to be in line for the next Pulitzer prize...

- whining about it on a forum won't make any difference,

Who said anything about whining?

I was just stating a fact.

- you either try to change the IOC prior to the bid or you bid following both the written and unwritten rule.

Does that include backhanders?

If so, no wonder Paris lost three times.....

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So you knew all the time about the Rogge/Beijing deal and said nothing?

Wow!

You're sure to be in line for the next Pulitzer prize...

Hardly, as almots every newspapers (including L'Equipe for example) reported since early 2000 that:

- it was very unlikely that the same continent would get both IOC Presidency and the 2008 Olympics and that, therefore, Rogge was in competition with Paris, Kim with Beijing and Pound with Toronto (and also Montreal which was at the time running for WADA headquarters),

- Samaranch was favouring Rogge and Beijing

And in the week leading to the 2001 Session, Kim was all praise about Toronto while Gosper (openly backing Pound) was quoted several times stating that 2008 was time for China...

You don't have to be a Pulitzer prize winner to read between the lines.

Does that include backhanders?

If so, no wonder Paris lost three times.....

Sure, Paris didn't try anything...

Hmm, let's see:

- Paris 2008 put a continuous emphasis on how France was the "Pays des droits de l'homme", wonder who was targeted there

- Paris had the support of dozens of international athletes who are professionnal at selling their support to the highest bidder...

Paris bid knew the IOC, knew Samaranch: they have trusted Samaranch, their mistake.

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I'm surprised how little response there has been on this MB.

http://www.gamesbids.com/eng/other_news/1216134794.html

"Beijing, a heavy favourite, went on to win its bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics in a landslide with 59 votes compared to Toronto's 22 on the second ballot in 2001."

I always find that a bit of a misleading statement.On the 2nd ballot,there were a total of 49 votes,almost half the IOC,distributed between Toronto (22) Paris (18) and Istanbul (9) so that Beijing's overall majority was actually by only 7 votes.

I wonder if any worms will be crawling out of the wood after 2012 over how Paris got shafted again in Singapore in 2005?

Lol....I love how you immediately turn a thread you started about Paris 2008 into one about Paris 2012! :lol:

I always thought that Rogge had shown himself quite lenient towards the outrageous way London had gone about bidding for the games.

So what do you suppose Rogge was getting in return this time?? <_<

But then again, being French, it can only be a case of "arrogance", "sour grapes" and "paranoia"!

N'est-ce pas?

In your case....précisement!! :rolleyes:

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Beside, Paris had no chance in 2008. There was no way the IOC would give two SOG to Europe (and three Olympics in a row). If anyone got ripped off votes by this "scheme", its Toronto and Osaka.

Seriously, can someone even explain to me why Paris bid in 2008? I mean, its the exact same position that Madrid was in 2016: you may have an awesome bid, but whit geopolitics so stack against you you will NOT win.

I somewhat disagree. Paris was the complete opposite of Madrid. They deny it, but the 2008 bid set Paris up for the 2012 bid, which they lost by a mere 4 votes. Paris wasn't going to win 2008 - the Beijing and Athens factors were against it. Even if Beijing didn't submit a bid, the IOC might have given a bit more credence to Osaka or Toronto over Paris because of the Athens factor, but that's not relevant: Beijing was there. And Paris could have won 2012. A kinder position toward a handful of Madrid supporters would have given them the Games. But Paris didn't walk into 2012 unaided.

Madrid 2012 didn't set Madrid up for anything but failure for 2016. If anything, Madrid 2016 only helped ensure the early death of Chicago 2016 and the sweeping last ballot landslide victory of Rio de Janeiro.

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I always find that a bit of a misleading statement.On the 2nd ballot,there were a total of 49 votes,almost half the IOC,distributed between Toronto (22) Paris (18) and Istanbul (9) so that Beijing's overall majority was actually by only 7 votes.

I don't think it's that misleading.

In the 2nd round, 56 IOC members wanted Beijing, & the other 49 wanted other *multiple* places. In other words, *over half* of the members wanted Beijing, only 1/5th wanted Toronto, another less than 1/5th wanted Paris, & a mere 1/10th wanted Istanbul. So in that respect, I'd say yeah, Beijing got it by a landslide.

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I don't think it's that misleading.

In the 2nd round, 56 IOC members wanted Beijing, & the other 49 wanted other *multiple* places. In other words, *over half* of the members wanted Beijing, only 1/5th wanted Toronto, another less than 1/5th wanted Paris, & a mere 1/10th wanted Istanbul. So in that respect, I'd say yeah, Beijing got it by a landslide.

Well,I'm just not sure I can agree that 53.3% of the votes cast constitutes a landslide! A respectable majority,yes.

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Well, if further voting rounds were required, hypothetically, I can see Istanbul's 9 votes going to Beijing, & all of Paris' 18 votes going to Toronto (assuming the ones that initially voted for Paris voted for them for the technical aspect of their bid {& for the sake of argument}).

Then you would have France's 2 votes & Turkey's 1 being able to vote then cause their cities were eliminated. I can see those 3 votes going to Beijing. So in the end, hypothetically, the final tally could've been somewhere around the 65-45 range, in favor of Beijing, beating Toronto by 20-25 votes (even with all of Paris' 18 votes). I still think that if it took all the voting rounds, Beijing would've still won by a very large margin. It's inevitable that the IOC was bound & determined to go to China in 2008.

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In the system of IOC voting, I'd say that Beijing had a landslide. The combined total of 3 other candidates doesn't make much of a difference when you have one candidate running away with over 50% of the votes. Equal distribution would have the votes at around 26 each. Beijing had twice that and more.

With an elimination form of voting, if you've picked up a majority with only eliminating one competitor and still having three others to face...well, if that isn't a decisive landslide, I don't know what is.

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Just to point out:

It is known that the COC traded support from China (African votes) for Vancouver for support from Canada for the Shanghai world's fair. This kind of voting swapping is also rampant in the CWG bidding process and others. I am sure that something was worked out between the Canadian IOC members and the Brazilians to ensure Brazilian support for Toronto 2015. It happens, its part of doing business.

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Well, if further voting rounds were required, hypothetically, I can see Istanbul's 9 votes going to Beijing, & all of Paris' 18 votes going to Toronto (assuming the ones that initially voted for Paris voted for them for the technical aspect of their bid {& for the sake of argument}).

Then you would have France's 2 votes & Turkey's 1 being able to vote then cause their cities were eliminated. I can see those 3 votes going to Beijing. So in the end, hypothetically, the final tally could've been somewhere around the 65-45 range, in favor of Beijing, beating Toronto by 20-25 votes (even with all of Paris' 18 votes). I still think that if it took all the voting rounds, Beijing would've still won by a very large margin. It's inevitable that the IOC was bound & determined to go to China in 2008.

I totally agree and we can draw a parallel with this years a election. The only difference was that Madrid came so strong in the first round that their performance took them straight to the final round. Rio was 2 votes short of a second round win. Since a final round was needed, then we got the huge margin with Rio taking more than 2/3 of the votes. I would expect something similar to have happened if a final round was needed in 2001 and I expect a similar result when an African city runs unopposed for the first games in the continent.

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It happens, its part of doing business.

Exactly. It was the same when France retracted its bid for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011 (in support of Germany's bid), while Germany in exchange promised to support the French bid for the UEFA Euro 2016. No one made a scandal out of this either.

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All this political ties are a little bit unpleasant, but they end up promoting democratic decisions and some kind of stability for the Olympic Movement. The IOC is a very diverse group. The IOC members are backed by organizations that represent the people who are involved in the Olympic Games: athletes, federations and NOC. It's naïve to believe that each IOC member votes based on their personal choice. Most of them vote both with the personal reasons and with the needs of the group they represent.

Since all those groups have different agendas, which may be independent, conflicting or synergistic, the voting decision will be done according to agreements done to promote these agendas. Conflicting and synergistic agendas tend to induce the vote, while independent agendas can generate any kind of agreement one can think of. That's why the exchange of favours and the alliances make such a big impact in this processes.

In the end of the day, this process allows for many NOCs, IFs and athletes' organizations to carry on with their plans by influencing in the IOC voting process. It also creates some kind of balance that keeps from political bickering to be in the way of the Olympic Movement.

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