Pacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2725 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2705 times:
Today the UK government came out in official support of London's bid for the 2012 games. Other official bidders so far are Leipzig, Havana, Madrid and New York. Expected to announce soon are Paris, Moscow, Rio de Janiero and Toronto (depending on allocation of winter games).
Of these which do you think will be successfull ?
Judging by past choices I must conclude that these games will go to North America, or at least NOT Europe due to Europe having hosted many recent summer games (compared to Nth America). A chance for Rio but a poor one.
Also judging by past form a successful bidder must have already failed so I am thinking it will go to Toronto and that it would be a great choice. NY would be quite awful as like London it is over-crowded and far too expensive as it is. I can't believe NYers would really want the games anyway.
Any other bidders I have missed and opinions as to why or why not please.
Pacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2725 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2663 times:
Winter games are a joke, start your own thread.
Airsickness, how far back do you want to go ? What is significant about 25 years, why not go all the way and see that by 2012 Europe will have had the games 15 times and Nth America only 5. Now who is being greedy ?
I don't personally believe the games should go anywhere in particular, I just am trying to anticipate the IOC voting and the thought processes involved.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
PJ, maybe you should just start a thread on how you hate the Winter Olympics?
I prefer the winter games any more because the summer games are so friggin' commercial that it's taken most of the enjoyment out of the Summer Games. The winter games have quite a few sports I like: Hockey, skiing events, like the Downhill, the Slalom, the Super G (I think that's what it's called), and ski jumping. Summer games? Not much there excited me anymore.
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2610 times:
Caught accepting brides? What...are we talking arranged marriages here? (heheh)
Anyway, seriously though. Is Cape Town still in the running for the Games? Last time I checked (and that was a while a go), South Africa was still pursuing the Olympics.
I think it would be a wonderful idea for Cape Town to host the Olympics, considering the games have never been to South Africa and I can't remember the last time the Olympic Games were even held on the CONTINENT!
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2581 times:
The betting is irrelevant here, Jaspike. Patriotic money in the UK will go on the London bid, it is reflection of where the money's going, not who has the best chance. Paris would be favourite in France, New York in the US and so on.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7314 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2536 times:
Yes Arsenal, let's have it so that we can have a demonstration that London is totally unsuitable as a host for events, but the downside being that it will ruin the chances of other British cities bidding for events.
25 Da man
: Houston had a very attractive bid put together and we should have won the bid over NY! Such a pitty, now the Astrodome will most likely be torn down.
: What if Amsterdam hosted it although they aren't running it? Leo/ORD
: I have no clue why the North Americans and the Europeans are complaining so much about who should get the olympics between the two continents. The fac
: I guess Manchester got tired of losing bids (1996, 2000, 2004......).
: I think Sydney should bid for the 2012 games. People say Sydney is more like America every day - so why not host another olympics five minutes after w
: In the spirit of honesty my support for Toronto springs from knowing someone with a very comfortable couch there. But honestly i think it would be the
: Havana- That one is already ruled out unless they plan on lifting the embargo soon . My vote goes to Madrid or Paris. Chepos
: Tommy: You read my post about Cape Town, right? Just to let you know, there are some of us up here in the North who are thinking about you folks down
: How could London really succeed? We've had enough incompetence trying to build stadiums and athletic tracks in recent years. We need somewhere a bit m
: AerLingus: Thanks for the support. Glad to know someone still remembers our continent. It's ironic that on a world map, we're in the centre... haha I'
: Where's MX5 Boy to remind us all how fabulous the Sydney Olympics were???? He usually manages to regurgitate the gush every time the word 'olympics' i
: Jsmith, And rightly so. That is until 2008. THAT will be one hell of a show. QANTASFOREVER
: I read somewhere that Tel Aviv want to host the 2012 Olympics...oh my good what a joke... EL-AL
: Why do cities want these genetic-freak performance-enhancment-drug-taking festivals? I say we emulate the Romans whole hog and let them battle to the
: RE: Cape Town, Are they even bidding for the 2012 Olympics? It would be nice to see them in Cape Town, but I'm sure that the powers that be would like
: Johnboy That's the thing - I don't think they have put in a bid. I think this is dissappointing though, because I really believe Cape Town could pull