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Former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has been named Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Future Host Commission, the body responsible for identifying and recommending suitable hosts for the Summer Games. Grabar-Kitarović was elected IOC member in 2020 and will replace Norwegian Kristin Kloster Aasen who has led the Commission since its inception in 2019 […]

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8 hours ago, StefanMUC said:

 

5 hours ago, FYI said:

The "new norm, & continuous dialog" hard at work. And some like to naively declare that Russia is out because of their so-called "suspension". lol

Don’t get too excited boys because it’s a load of bollocks.

Your dubious “wikimedia” photo link with no context and no accompanying story whatsover  is 4 years old.

It was taken in 2017 back when when Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic was Croatian President and met the Russian President.

StefanMUC, you can even see the 2017 date in the link to the photo which you claim “already on her first work trip”.

No, there has been no meeting between the new Chair of the IOC Future Host Commission and Putin.

Here is the Croatia Week story and that photo:  Croatian President Starts Official Visit to Russia With Putin Meeting - 18 October 2017 - Croatia Week

And yes, Russia is still banned from the Olympic Games.   Are you living in a parrallel universe or what?

Such a meeting between the IOC and a currently banned country to discuss an Olympic candidature would never happen while that same country is banned.

Come on guys, get real, do you honestly think the first act of a new IOC Future Host Commission Chair is to rush off to a banned Olympic country to happily discuss their Olympic hosting hopes?

FYI, until the Russia ban is lifted, and who knows when that will be, Russia will remain firmly out in the cold.

Russia is a beautiful country and a St Petersburg Games would be magnificent. 

But a bloody lot of water has to go under the bridge before that happens,  given the state of Russia’s current relationship with the IOC.

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Russia's ban ends on December 16th, 2022. CAS reduced the ban from four years to two. Any attempt to extend it by WADA after CAS already reduced it would lead to costly litigation that WADA would have a hard time winning in a courtroom. Beijing will be the last Olympics that Russia "misses." It's naïve to think Russia won't be a serious contender for 2036. Russia is what the IOC is looking for, safe and reliable. The only serious competition I see for a bid from Russia is the likes of Madrid, London, maybe Rome. If there's no bid from Western Europe or possibly Seoul, Russia can easily clear the field of the likes of Budapest, Jakarta, Doha, India, Istanbul, or a bid from China.

David Owen interesting take on Russia's prospects in the editorial link below. He's stretching it a bit by connecting sports diplomacy with Russia's ability to control what prices Europe pays in natural gas, but he gives an accurate assessment of the Future Host Commissions and how they are nothing more than a rubber stamp for the IOC president.

David Owen: Hello Kolinda; Goodbye Russia’s confinement to sport’s naughty step? (insidethegames.biz)

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Quote - "the first part of that assertion will need little justification to anyone who experienced the full-blooded, highly public Summer Games campaigns of the 1980s, 1990s, 'noughties' :lol: and beyond. Let's just say I found it less than surprising that the first "race" under the new system should essentially have been won by John Coates ^_^, a consummate IOC insider." End Quote

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On 10/14/2021 at 1:26 AM, stryker said:

Russia's ban ends on December 16th, 2022. CAS reduced the ban from four years to two. Any attempt to extend it by WADA after CAS already reduced it would lead to costly litigation that WADA would have a hard time winning in a courtroom. Beijing will be the last Olympics that Russia "misses."

Looks like the ban on Russia is going to be extended.

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1 hour ago, stryker said:

This is for World Athletics only not the Olympics

True, but the IOC work together and rely on the international sporting federations to run those competitions during the Games.

The IOC will be in lock-step with World Athletics, the blue ribbon Olympic competition, in when exactly Russia is re-admitted to the Olympic Games.

While it is possible, I can’t see IOC re-admitting Russia to the Olympic Games “except for athletics.

Once the drastic step has been taken of banning an entire country from the Olympics for doping violatuons, it would be reasonable to expect that you need to be clean in all sports before you have a chance of getting back in.

It’s astounding that Russia still have not done enough.

 

 

 

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