Quaker2001 Posted March 28, 2016 Report Share Posted March 28, 2016 Again, the consensus seems to be that they will vote for political reasons and not really based on Agenda 2020. We can repackage this however we want, but the general consensus from almost everyone here is that they will vote for Paris for Europe's sake. It would restore Europe's reputation at the cost of America's. That's how the game is played. That's largely how the game has always been played. And yes, I think the consensus here is correct. Rio won for 2016 despite having evaluation scores that were lower than their competitors. But at the time, the majority of IOC voters felt it furthered their organization's cause by awarding the Olympics to South America than the other choices. How that decision has played out since then is a different matter altogether. If Paris wins this one over LA, it's because they feel that's best for the future of their organization. It's not going to damage the reputation of LA or the USOC for them to lose. This isn't going to come down to which city will be the least butthurt by losing. The decision will be which city does the IOC benefit the most from. You can't throw Agenda 2020 out there as an abstract concept and make a decision based on that. As a couple of people have noted, the idea behind the reforms is for cities to figure out how best to make the Olympics work for them, not for the IOC to find some sort of template and pick the city that best follows the guidelines. LA's white Elephants = 0 Paris' White Elephant = Olympic Village(s) Again. At least at this point, LA should by technicality be the strongest most responsible and safest bid....and certainly the most easiest to execute of the 4 cities. However, it could all mean nothing if they are determined to take the games back to Europe. And you're right.. it may mean nothing. But the Olympics are not pre-destined for Paris. We've seen cases like that before only to have that city wind up losing. Like I said earlier, don't look at those of us who think Paris is the front-runner (the vote is more than a year away, a lot can change before then) that we're saying LA has no chance and should just pack it in. Right now though, I think the political forces that run the IOC favor Paris in this one. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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