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BidWeek, Reporting From Toronto, Canada – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach claimed an Olympic victory of sorts ahead of this year’s biggest gathering of the international sport community, but still hints he will seize greater control over the Olympic bid process. At a meeting with the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) in Sydney ahead of […]

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Bach is still living in fantasy land. The IOC is breathing a sigh of relief at the 2026 race, at least for now. I could still see Stockholm going with a referendum given the tepid support at best there. And Milan is not the cost-savings effective model it's claimed to be. There was a good reason Turin was in the original plans. Turin had the ice hockey arenas and the speed skating oval while Milan has none of those. Sure they will get built but will they see regular use or will they whither away as white elephants as the Pyeongchang arenas have? That's more likely.

Interesting that the IOC practically has avoided anything associated with Pyeongchang's legacy (the sliding track has been mothballed, one ice hockey arena and the speed skating oval ace demolition) and no one may ever know what Rio's true costs were.


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