FYI Posted February 5, 2015 Report Share Posted February 5, 2015 Too much seems to be being made of 'picking the wrong battles'. That argument is being derived through the prism of hindsight. If that's the case, we could say that for a lot of other cities too, not just Paris. As with any competition, there will be several losers & only one winner. And no matter how hard we try to understand the outcome, one thing is for sure, like the old saying goes around here; you gotta be in it to win it. I believe it's more of a case of *suitable* battles than 'wrong' ones. With that said.. Out of the three races that Paris has entered in the span of 20 years, the only one I could say that they got "screwed over" was for 1992 with Samaranch's politicking. But even there, with what I've been able to read from old articles, the attitude of some of the French back then was much like Athens' was for the centennial; "We're Courtebiens city & deserve to have the Olympics here". That most likely didn't bode well with some. And for 2008, again I can't see that even the French thought that they could've walked right in & gotten those Games with the 800 pound gorilla in the room (Beijing) & the preceding Summer Games already slated for Europe. In this case, I could see the "warm-up" bid theory into play so the French could position themselves very nicely for 2012. Especially when there was no hesitation at the time (like there is now) to come right back & bid for 2012. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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