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“Saudi Arabia is eyeing a bid to host the Olympics down the road, stating they are more than equipped to hold an event of such grandeur. The Arab nation will host the Asian Games in 2034 and while that is the focus for now, Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal made mention of bigger goals for the future.”

 

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I think that is a bit unfair to the IOC- look at the next decade of Games....... France/ Italy/ USA/ USA or Japan or CAN/ AUS/ USA or Japan or CAN.....the IOC has swung towards super safe liberal democracies. It doesnt seem to be courting the more controversial and problematic Middle Eastern, Dictatorships, Communist nations at the moment.

 

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Budweiser and any other booze company associated with sponsorship of the Olynpics. can kill this bid before the IOC does. No chance that the IOC allows their prize to be held under "dry" conditions. And no there's no chance what so that the IOC could force the Saudis to relax their rules on booze 

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6 hours ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

I think that is a bit unfair to the IOC- look at the next decade of Games....... France/ Italy/ USA/ USA or Japan or CAN/ AUS/ USA or Japan or CAN.....the IOC has swung towards super safe liberal democracies. It doesnt seem to be courting the more controversial and problematic Middle Eastern, Dictatorships, Communist nations at the moment.

 

I mentioned it elsewhere but France just had a narrow escape from electing a neofascist President (this time), Italy in a few weeks could very well fall and please look at US news and tell me the outlook isn‘t gloomy.

They all might have looked supersafe for the IOC at the time, but they also benefitted from none of the „critical“ candidates raising their hands for 24/26/28/30. Not talking 32 here because that was a whole different process.

Also, the IOC isn‘t courting those nations right now? Maybe not so obviously, but Fencing 1976 and co are experts in back room „diplomacy“. FIFA is already heavily in bed with Saudi Arabia, remember also the decision to give them the Asian Games 2034 already now - and that was made by the OCA, so there‘s a foot in the door with the IOC already.

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You can quibble the process and historical events, but the IOC has been pretty proactive to get 'safe' countries like USA, AUS, Canada and Japan on board for 2028-2034. The selected LA when they didnt need to (2028 was not even up for grabs). The others have been wooed and encouraged at every turn.

Doesn't mean they will continue to do this, doesn't mean Trump wont get elected in 2024 and descended the US into some hell hole etc..but they are the hosts as of now. Which is a good thing.

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