francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4409 posts, RR: 11 Posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4164 times:
Today the IOC will announce which of Tokyo, Istanbul or Madrid will host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Any last minute guesses?
I'm thinking Tokyo myself.
Istanbul would have been a good choice but the IOC might have been hesitant a bit due to the constant possibility of regional turmoils.
Then again, Madrid did make a solid case, and while Tokyo was rumored to be favorite, could the latest news about the uncontrolled radiation leaks around Fukushima have triggered a last minute swing?
Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2508 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4056 times:
My guess is Tokyo. Madrid is not in the right economical situation, and Istanbul also wants to host the final games of the European Football Championship, together with the Olympics that may be a bit much.
Samson was a biblical tough guy, but his dad Samsonite was even more of a hard case.
commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 13500 posts, RR: 62
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3633 times:
Really happy Tokyo won. Such an incredible city, such an incredible country. Really, really happy for Japan.
Quoting Revelation (Reply 22): Q: Got a stagnant economy, an aging population and four charred nuclear reactors in the hinterland brewing nuclear tea for the next forty years or so?
A: Host the Olympics and all will be better!
In my opinion, people overlook Japan and count it out far too quickly.
Japan may have a "stagnant economy" and "aging population," but if there is any country that could innovate its way out of such problems, it's Japan. This is a country that went from feudal lords to industrial giant on a global scale virtually overnight, and then rebuilt itself literally from the rubble of war to become the world's second largest economy - again in essentially one generation.
Sure, Japan may be aging (along with virtually every developed and developing country), but it has wealth on a scale only a handful of other countries on earth can possibly match. It's technological capability is the envy of the world - still a global leader - and will be the key to finding ways to substitute robotics and mechanization for human capital. Japan is already moving in that direction, and will likely then be able to sell or export that technology at a profit.
Cadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1974 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3611 times:
I think Tokyo is a bit of an unfair choice, seeing as how the 2018 Winter Games will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Shouldn't the Olympic games be held in a different part of the world each games?
I've never been to Tokyo, but I've heard horror stories of how congested the infrastructure is, and I am forced to wonder if that was really a good option. Honestly, I'd like to see a place like South Africa put in a bid for a games. I don't know what the infrastructure is like there, but according to what I'm reading on Wikipedia, there's never been an Olympic games of any type on that continent.
I know that Philadelphia is considering putting in a bid for the 2022/2024 games, and even though it's my hometown, I can tell you that we don't have the infrastructure!
: Well the transportation system in Japan is unmatched in my opinion, but I'm talking about revitalizing the economy, getting people excited and motiva
: I'd like to see it too. Certainly we have ample facilities (Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, Wells Fargo Center, etc.), but I don't think
: Shame. This would be Japan's 4th Olympics, and just on the back of Far-East also hosting the Winter games in 2018. To me it would have been nice to se
: Two years on they don't seem to be displaying such prowess in Fukushima. They seem to be deeply in denial, with government pointing fingers at indust
: They'll probably build venues 100 miles away lol. Does Tokyo have a large stadium in Tokyo proper? I have no doubt they will be spectacular and techn
: Its good that Tokyo is hosting the Olympics, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. Any boost to the economy will only be temporary- the Olympics alone
: All things being equal, Istanbul would have been the best choice, but with the instability both in Turkey and the region, I can see why the IOC shied
: I guessed Istanbul, but glad it was Tokyo. This MAY get me to go to Japan finally... I wish it were the winter Olympics, though. 2020 is a long ways a
: There's the Olympic Stadium smack dab in the center of Tokyo. It'll have to be upgraded over the coming years, but it's more or less guaranteed to fi
: Well, it is TEPCO's fault and the government told TEPCO to shove it and will take over the cleanup from there. There's a few. The Budokan will most c
: This'll be really interesting in another way. Japan is in a LOT better shape than Brazil. I have a bad feeling about the Rio games in terms of crime a
: Well I personally think this is the perfect opportunity to completely 100% bring Japanese transportation technology and other technologies to the for
: IMHO, that was much more significant news. I was ECSTATIC when Japan won the RWC host bid. It will be great for the game of Union. It will spread awa
: Oh well, Madrid got the kick for the 4th time. Congratulations to Tokyo tho, I am pretty sure they will put up a jolly good show MIAspotter.
: Congratulations to TOKYO. Also congratulations to Istanbul as well, we've just save some 20B USD
: I will address that in the Ice Wall thread... Again, congrats to Japan and hope the Olympics go off well!
: As much rhetoric as there was about the taxpayers funding the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium I wouldn't expect it either. However that was 15 years ago
: Congrats to Tokyo... it was a no brainer, really. I don't think the Japanese need to convince anyone about the superiority of their transportation inf
: And if you are smart you will want to escape to the mountains in the summer of 2020. You think Tokyo is crazy now... just wait.
: Hahaha you know what? A short 70 minute train ride on a Saturday Morning Holiday Rapid Okutama train takes me right to the very end of the Chuo-Ome l
: Seems like a reasonable idea. That will allow hotels in cities in a reasonable travel distance (1-2 hours) from Tokyo (Yokohama, Nagoya, perhaps even
: No matter what city won the Olympic bid, the coverage of the Olympics by NBC will suck. NBC stands for Nothing But Commercials, and in between those c
: I always said it was "Nothing But Crap" due to their leftist leaning But in all realities, yeah it will suck. It's just a big money grab for them. Ja
: Amen...I can't stand the constant flood of "touching human interest story" vignettes and showing mainly the US athletes. If the point of the Olympic
: At the same time, it's an American channel... Have you watched much coverage from other countries' channels?
: Have you? During the London Olympics the national TV over here broadcasted nothing but Olympics 24/7 for the whole three weeks on two channels simult
: Nobody will really be able to work for the 2 weeks the Olympics are on, so the Yamanote line and subway lines will not be at their usual commute crus
: No, that's why I asked. Filler filler filler
: I get that people want ample coverage of the home team...but NBC has taken it to the point where the only time you might see other competitors is if
: I agree. I honestly don't see what the great "honor" is in hosting an Olympics. Let's see...your country/region/city gets a shaking down by IOC, has
: Is it Tokyo or Seoul where they actually have people whose job it is to push people into packed subway cars? (At least that's what I heard on a subwa
: Having watched the Olympics in three countries, there is no doubt in my mind that NBC had the worse coverage. Beyond the commercials, it was as thoug
: Think further away. Nothing in the Poconos is greater than 1000' vertical, and the Downhill needs at least 800m (2600'). Vertical-challenged bidding
: Just hope there's none of the dreaded jinshin jiko That would be god-awful, especially before or after a big event. Well I hope Istanbul and Madrid p