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On 6/24/2019 at 3:43 AM, yoshi said:

I assume it’s to do with Olympic qualifying as a reason for these events, but it’s always struck me as odd that there’s almost no major quadrennial sports events held in the first year of the Olympic cycle. The European Games (in any form) would own 2021, 25, 29 etc if they went there. 

Kind of under selling the World Games there :P

Granted they have a small following, but they’ve been experiencing some major growth over the last 2/3 editions.

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Well I can't say I've noticed any coverage of the World Games in this country (UK btw) beyond the very specialist sports sites like here, hence the comment. If it's a much bigger deal in other countries, then great, didn't know that - maybe we (well our main media) should be less parochial - wouldn't be the first time that's been called for - & give it more attention next time :)

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Azerbaijan, flaring up the old Naghorno conflict which could potentially end into a mass genocide, and Belarus, cheating elections again and jailing up all of its opossition, including a 70 years old grandmother.

Nice "hosts" you picked, EOC. :unsure:

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I would say it was the other way around. The only countries interested in hosting this event are dictatorships who want to make themselves look good.

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On 10/2/2020 at 4:21 AM, Nacre said:

I would say it was the other way around. The only countries interested in hosting this event are dictatorships who want to make themselves look good.

Yes, that and also sports organisations tend to shy away from having to face scrutiny, so bigger chance they'll favour shoddy deals with Lukashenko and co. On that note, the Belarus athletics federation just elected Ivan Tikhan (hammer thrower, multiple doping offender) as its president.

Still looking much more forward to our own hosting of the European Championships in 2022. Some budget cuts were already made due to corona (e.g. makeshift facilities rather than renovation work at the rowing/canoe venue), but I hope the events will go ahead as planned and even with an audience.

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