Didn't see a thread about this, but the three finalists were selected this May: Madrid, Tokyo, and Istanbul.
Where would you like to see them held?
People just like it better that way.
A. I love R1.
B. Istanbul would be new and exciting; therefore, I think the games should be held there.
Istanbul would be a hot mess.
Istanbul would be great. Japan and Spain have already hosted Olympic Games.
It will be Istanbul. Assuming Turkey and Syria aren't at war.
The night events at a Tokyo Olympics could be lit by the light of their radioactive babies.
Tokyo may be at a disadvantage because the 2018 Winter Games are being held in Korea, but they would probably hold the most modern, efficient games of the three.
Istanbul would be the first games held in the Middle East and in a predominately Islamic country. So it has that going for it.
Madrid will be boiling in the summer and Spain is still in a financial mess. Easily the weekest of the three.
Why did Bloomberg give up?
[quote]Istanbul would be the first games held in the Middle East
Istanbul is in Europe.
All three are overcrowded messes.
Istanbul, would put Turkey in the spotlight of Arab secularism. This may be a problem.
Turks are not Arabs.
OK, Moslem Secularism, then.
Or Secularism in a Ottoman Moslem Country.
Or Turkish Muslim.
Well the ideal place would have been India, because there is no place on earth that is more in need of celebrating human fitness than India, which has probably a majority of the world's couch potatoes. Istanbul represent the Islamic Games, so they will get excited about that, but I chose it because I believe Istanbul will be almost destroyed by a mega-earthquake before then and will need the rebuilding momentum.
Also, FWIW, it's widely expected 2024 will go to Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the last time they hosted the Games (the French announced plans for this after they lost 2012 to London.) So that would make it even more difficult for Madrid since that would mean 2 Western European games in a row.
Paris should host the 2097 Olympics...to coincide with the 100th year anniversary since Diana's death.
The whole selection process is a fraud.
India hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010 R16. Didn't change much.
Tokyo looks like frontrunner going into the final stretch.
So a homophobic, Islamist regime destroying open-minded traditions can wreak havoc with publicity and invite radicals to attack the games. Just what we all need.
Why not just award the games to Tehran?
Istanbul would be really cool. It's a shame Turkey is such a mess right now because Istanbul is such a great city.
NO WAY ISTANBUL. Probably Japan. They are so clean and organized, great transport system.
Maybe they can solve the problem in Taksim Square by building a velodrome. No way is Istanbul getting it. Way too crowded already. Spain is broke- how the hell are they going to pay for it? It's Tokyo- get those tea ceremonies ready. Crowded but civil.
The Radiation Olympics will win out!
[quote]Istanbul is in Europe.
It depends on which section of the city that you're in. Only part of Istanbul is in Europe.
I've enjoyed visits to Istanbul but with the current group running the country, you can be sure that Istanbul won't get the 2020 games.
Madrid is probably paying the people in Taksim Square!