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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 05:42
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Originally Posted by John Eacott View Post
They were the only city to bid, and they won. Neat. "Poisoned" and "Chalice" come to mind.
The IOC's arrogance knows no bounds.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 06:10
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We should take the big business out of international sports events and bring them back to some sort of peaceful cultural exchange between different continents, religions and mentalities. Getting rid of those IOC, FIFA and UEFA type of bodies and functionaries would be something to start with. Otherwise we might end up with PR-games for dictators over and over again with doped performers at funny places.
One can already see many developed places refusing to host Olympic Games for a reason.

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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 06:13
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Originally Posted by artee View Post
They were the only city to bid, and they won. Neat. "Poisoned" and "Chalice" come to mind.
The IOC's arrogance knows no bounds.
Outdated Coates goes too far after old boysí club put-down of Premier
Not quite: the bidding system has changed and there were bids from Germany, Qatar and Hungary amongst others, as well as Australia. Brisbane was nominated as the 'preferred partner' in February.

Mr Coates was involved in the only fraudulent charter I incurred in 25 years of operation: his refusal to co-operate with police and denial of involvement has judged his character forever more as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 06:25
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Originally Posted by John Eacott View Post
Not quite: the bidding system has changed and there were bids from Germany, Qatar and Hungary amongst others, as well as Australia. Brisbane was nominated as the 'preferred partner' in February.

Mr Coates was involved in the only fraudulent charter I incurred in 25 years of operation: his refusal to co-operate with police and denial of involvement has judged his character forever more as far as I'm concerned.
My apologies if I'm wrong. My understanding was that other cities had expressed interest, but Brisbane was the only city to bid (be allowed to bid?).
Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 08:00
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Hmm, this won’t go down well….

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/y...czuk-vdgqvkvqh

‘You can’t hide in your room’ – IOC chief John Coates’ cringeworthy rant at Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

The IOC has refused to condemn its vice-president, John Coates, for the way he spoke to a female politician during an uncomfortable media conference in Tokyo.

Coates and the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, were sharing a stage after Brisbane was named as the host city for the 2032 Olympics.

Palaszczuk, 51, who has faced criticism in Australia for travelling to Japan, given the situation with the pandemic, said it was not her intention to attend tonight’s opening ceremony.

But Coates, who is also the president of the Australian Olympic Committee, arrogantly told Palaszczuk in front of Australian reporters that she would be going.

“You are going to the opening ceremony,” Coates, 71, said during a condescending exchange.

“I’m still the deputy chair of the [Brisbane 2032] candidature leadership group and so far as I understand, there will be an opening and closing ceremony in 2032 and all of you are going to get along there and understand the traditional parts of that.

None of you are staying behind and hiding in your rooms, alright?”

An embarrassed Palaszczuk responded by saying it was not her intention to offend anyone. Yet Coates continued, saying to her: “You’ve never been to the opening ceremony of an Olympic Games, have you? You don’t know the protocols. I think it’s a very important lesson for everyone here.”

When asked by The Times if it condoned Coates’s behaviour, the IOC declined to respond, saying only that it remained up to Palaszczuk to decide if she wanted to attend the ceremony.

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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 11:29
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Clearly from the ARD Deutschlandtrend monthly poll the German public has little or no interest in the Olympics with 51% have no interest, 36% having some interest and just 12% who are very interested. A cynic could suggest that given the lack of German success, compared with say the UK, is hardly surprising!! But 12% very interested is really pretty shocking. I wonder how interested people are in other nations? perhaps rather less interested than the TV and media coverage might suggest.

I'll dip in and out (cycling and athletics probably) but as for the "new sports", well, forget it. The Olympics should be being slimmed down, not constantly expanded.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 11:51
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In answer to the Thread title: NO.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 15:38
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What a bunch of miserable old curmudgeons! You don't like sport, I get it, but to condemn all of the Olympics because of "doping, corruption, advertising and commercialism etc" isn't exactly objective is it. You need an overseeing body to stop doping, it has to have rules, and something has to enforce those rules. Nobody is going to do it for free so who's going to pay. Taxes? Well no, that would really upset everyone. So bring in commercial sponsors to put up the money.

All of you condemning the Olympics seem to have little interest anyway so please just leave it to the millions of us that want to enjoy watching odd sporting endeavours that most of the time we never get to see.
EG. Brasil 3 Germany 0 at half time. 😁
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 16:56
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I'll dip in and out (cycling and athletics probably) but as for the "new sports", well, forget it. The Olympics should be being slimmed down, not constantly expanded.
Whilst listening to the united insomniacs club radio broadcast early this morning, they were discussing some of the lesser known sports that have come and gone from the Olympics. Apparently the 1900 Paris edition featured Pigeon shooting, were a crate of said birds were released and competitors had to shoot as many birds as possible. I'm assuming that this happened on an individual basis and not as a group! There was also 'Grocery Deliveries' where nations had to load, transport and deliver food products within a certain time and care, probably ended up looking like a cross between the keystone cops and "It's a knockout!" (Jeux sans frontieres) by the end.

I'm not totally sure that skateboarding should be included as a sport (as difficult as it is), yet not many will call for the removal of horse-based events that can only be realistically partaken by those with large finances and are thus for the few, rather than the many, which in this case Skateboarding is.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 16:59
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Originally Posted by TURIN View Post
What a bunch of miserable old curmudgeons! You don't like sport, I get it, but to condemn all of the Olympics because of "doping, corruption, advertising and commercialism etc" isn't exactly objective is it. You need an overseeing body to stop doping, it has to have rules, and something has to enforce those rules. Nobody is going to do it for free so who's going to pay. Taxes? Well no, that would really upset everyone. So bring in commercial sponsors to put up the money.

All of you condemning the Olympics seem to have little interest anyway so please just leave it to the millions of us that want to enjoy watching odd sporting endeavours that most of the time we never get to see.
EG. Brasil 3 Germany 0 at half time. 😁
Hear! Hear! And if no one else is going to say it, I strongly believe that Tokyo produced a thoroughly impressive and enjoyable Opening Ceremony - very praiseworthy. I'll reserve judgement on the Games overall until later

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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 19:36
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I've always found people in aviation only to be interested in Formula One... little else sporting wise. And many look down on you for not enjoying it as much as they do!
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 20:12
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Most Olympics I have some interest in a variety of sports, but this time I just donít, it just feels so unnecessary.

Nothing against those competing, for some it will be their only chance. I just wonít be deliberately following any of it - though doubtless highlights w Iíll be repeated endlessly on the news channels.
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Old 23rd Jul 2021, 20:25
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Agreed SpringHeeledJack.

What is a young person to do if they realize that they have been given a great sporting gift? If they can run faster or swim faster than others? Are they to say "No, I don't wish to pursue this and intead will proceed directly to be some curmudgeon who spends the day doing the equivalent on the internet of writing a strong letter to the Times?

I will watch the athletics and the swimming while the Mrs. will watch the diving and gymnastics with some other events sprinkled in. I wish the youngsters the best. There will always be time for the strongly worded letter later in life.
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Old 24th Jul 2021, 01:51
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I enjoy the sports, but absolutely dislike the politics and graft associated with the IOC and the various national OCs, especially our own odious John Coates, whose disgusting performance when he lectured the Qld Premier as though she was a naughty schoolgirl was worthy of the most misogynistic dinosaur you could think of.

I have recently been surprised at the down-to-earth attitude and lack of ego of some of the athletes in the lesser-known sports. My 14 yo Granddaughter is a kayaker, and a great fan of our womens' team. She asked one for a selfie, and was rewarded with a long chat with her, an introduction to others and invitations chat with them on social media. They and at least one of their rivals from the UK have established a group to encourage young women kayakers.
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Old 24th Jul 2021, 08:14
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Originally Posted by Dannyboy39 View Post
I've always found people in aviation only to be interested in Formula One... little else sporting wise. And many look down on you for not enjoying it as much as they do!
Well as another POV where I was over the years whilst we had a hard core of F1 followers, plus the golfers, over recent years there’s been a shift towards other sports such as cycling and some of the more niche stuff ..there was at least one very good kite surfer (I think that’s the term) amongst our midst.

Anyhow I’ve got the mens cycling road race on TV ATM and sadly I see crashy Thomas has been up to his usual tricks…

As for the stadium stuff, used to be an avid follower but this time around will probably only bother with the highlights.
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Old 24th Jul 2021, 09:23
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Not that bothered as was never interested in track and field or pool though I did play waterpolo and do distance open water swimming when a teenager but can not say they grip me as spectator sports. My own sports are field sports along with a passing interest in Scots RU / F1 for my sins. Not yet seen any of the opening ceremony but I do feel that the poor Japanese have had a tough time with these games so hope they go well.
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Old 24th Jul 2021, 11:20
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Absolutely brutal cycling road race - 6 hours in 80% humidity.

The conventional wisdom was that it would all happen in the last hour, and that did indeed turn out to be the case.
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Old 24th Jul 2021, 11:36
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
Absolutely brutal cycling road race - 6 hours in 80% humidity.

The conventional wisdom was that it would all happen in the last hour, and that did indeed turn out to be the case.
Stumbled across the last 20k or so - gripping stuff. And then some stunning gymnastics (which quite frankly I don't believe are physically possible). Who cares about the organisers?
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Old 25th Jul 2021, 10:13
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The womens cycling this morning was also a belter.

And to contradict my point above on organisers, the decision to fine Norway for their handball team wearing shorts is a disgrace. Young women shouldn't be expected to show more of their backside than they are comfortable with, doubt they wanted to wear shorts to get a competitive advantage.
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Old 25th Jul 2021, 14:23
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I'm a long standing admirer of the female form, but have always been uncomfortable watching the women's volleyball games due to their ridiculously small and revealing costumes sanctioned some years back by the governing body of volleyball. There are other flattering options available that would both look nice and aid performance, or at least not hinder it!

Female athletes always wearing crop tops and small shorts whilst the males wear full (normal) vests and shorts (normal and lycra). It seems unnecessary to have such minimalistic female sport attire and I wonder if female athletes are happy with the dress code, or wear it under duress ?
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