Faster Posted February 23, 2022 Report Share Posted February 23, 2022 On 1/6/2022 at 9:13 PM, stryker said: I highly doubt Sapporo would move forward with a bid if the March survey showed a majority of residents did not want the city to pursue the bid. That would be political suicide for Sapporo's ruling politicians. We've seen countless examples (Obamacare comes to mind) where politicians go forward with something the public doesn't want then they get punished at the polls for it. Remember some thought Calgary's bid which had a non-binding referendum could still go forward even if the referendum turned out negative. The city quickly ended the bid. I fully expect Sapporo to do the same. Much of Western Europe is still out right hostile with the IOC but I could see France in perhaps the best position to go forward with a WOGs bid if Paris 2024 goes well and comes in within budget (and if covid is no longer an issue by then). Milan is a bit iffier. Milan has the potential to have a budget spiral out of control with the sliding track, new ice hockey arena, and speed skating oval needing to be built with no clear legacies involved. If Turin was still part of this I'd say no doubt but Milan has to prove they can control the budget for 2026 and I'm not sure they can. If Milan ends up going over budget then I suspect it will be even tougher sledding for the IOC to attract WOGs bids from Western Europe. The new indoor arena was being built regardless of the Olympics and its not a completely new oval. It is a redevelopment of an existing oval. Italy has a long history with speed skating, so not likely to go to any less use then the current configuration is. Italy does also have a very long history in the sliding sports. Not having a sliding track in the whole country is an usual occurrence. Not the norm. The Torino track was decommissioned for the same reasons Calgary was. Costs to repair and upgrade. That being said, the IOC is strongly encouraging Italy to use St. Moritz or Ingles instead of rebuilding Cortina. For Italy I would say the worst expenditure of money is going to be the temporary venues for all the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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