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Salt Lake City organizers remain on the fence between bids to host the Olympic Winter Games in either 2030 or 2034. “We don’t have an answer for you on the date for the Games at this time but we’re going to be ready whether it’s 2030 or 2034,” Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games […]

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2nd to last paragraph is all that matters.  Salt Lake wants 2034 to distance themselves from LA.  But they'll be on the ready for 2030 in case the IOC is desperate and I'm sure the USOPC will milk that for every dollar it's worth

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4 hours ago, mountainboarder_530@yahoo. said:

Yup, its increasingly looking like SLC wants 2034, which is fine and makes sense for multiple reasons.  Now its time to butter up Sapporo to make sure they bite on 2030

I think Japan has other priorities for the time being

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They do, I do not question that.  First its about getting Tokyo over the finish line next year, but the IOC's every other sentence to the Japanese Olympic Committee should be Sapporo, Sapporo, Sapporo, Sapporo.  "you guys are doing great here in Tokyo, we'd love you to do the same with Sapporo", just to the point of it being overwhelming.  

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On 10/25/2020 at 5:23 PM, mountainboarder_530@yahoo. said:

They do, I do not question that.  First its about getting Tokyo over the finish line next year, but the IOC's every other sentence to the Japanese Olympic Committee should be Sapporo, Sapporo, Sapporo, Sapporo.  "you guys are doing great here in Tokyo, we'd love you to do the same with Sapporo", just to the point of it being overwhelming.  

I don't think it's a matter of praise.  The Japanese don't seem like the kind of people that would be influenced by that.  The IOC needs to make sure it will be financially viable.  And that's where they may or may not be helping out Tokyo as much as they need to.  So it's more like "the IOC's every other sentence to the Japanese Olympic Committee should be that they will make sure a Sapporo Olympics is not a financial burden because of the IOC."  That's the reassurance they need to offer right now if they want Sapporo to play ball with that

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On 10/26/2020 at 1:23 AM, mountainboarder_530@yahoo. said:

They do, I do not question that.  First its about getting Tokyo over the finish line next year, but the IOC's every other sentence to the Japanese Olympic Committee should be Sapporo, Sapporo, Sapporo, Sapporo.  "you guys are doing great here in Tokyo, we'd love you to do the same with Sapporo", just to the point of it being overwhelming.  

COVID19 is likely still going to be around come next summer, vaccine or not. If either the Tokyo Olympics get cancelled or go ahead with no fans in the stands, then I think you will see the Sapporo bid shelved. The Tokyo Olympics are costing billions of dollars and no one exactly knows what the final price tag will be if they are held even in a scaled down version next summer. A cancellation would not only doom Sapporo but it would probably take Japan out of bidding for decades to come (with all the money put into Tokyo 2020 if it was cancelled the financial fallout would be such that  I would doubt you'd see another bid from Japan for a long time). I'd say the only way in that situation that Sapporo could be persuaded to go ahead would be for the IOC to pick up 100% of the tab (which we know won't happen).

Salt Lake City is the safe option for either 2030 or 2034. Depending on the financial fallout from Tokyo will likely determine whether or Japan even entertains a bid from Sapporo. If not, while 2030 would not be SLC's first choice, I'm sure they can milk the IOC for all that it's worth since the IOC is likely to be desperate.

 

 

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