Madrid was quickly pulling away as the favorite to host the Olympic Games over candidate cities Istanbul and Tokyo.
“I talked today to the president of a national federation and people are still afraid of Syria and even Iraq, even though that was years ago, affecting Turkey. There are also many concerns about the level of radiation in Japan.”
Meanwhile Spain is in the fifth year of a devastating recession and awful economy.
How do you say "look how bad Bob Costas' face lift looks" in Spanish?
I hope they can keep the Spaniard crowds from chanting monkey sounds whenever a black athlete takes the stage.
Spain is broke. Clearly, they haven't learnt the lessons from Athens.
Make the Summer Olympics in Greece, permanently. Better yet, abolish the Olympics entirely.
Istanbul would be a fine choice. Has their subway system been attacked by Islamic militants? No.
The US would be a runaway favorite even ahead of Madrid if the USOC had bothered to support a bid city like Chicago, San Francisco or New York. Instead, the USOC is aiming for 2024 where it faces long shot odds against bids from Dubai and possibly even South Africa.
Build permanent Olympic venues in Greece. Keep the summer Olympics in Greece on a permanent basis.
Madrid? Lovely. I have just the list of products and clothing for the trip.
R8, but that would eliminate the grift that most of the IOC lives off of.
Madrid is wonderful; however, given the current economic situation in Spain, this may not be a good idea at the moment. Why is Madrid still keeping itself in the running?
Fascism never dies. All three finalist cities have long experience with it.
I still call it Constantinople.
R13. But of course it's Constantinople.
Elder Greek Gay
But, we save face. We SAVE FACE!!!
Japan's nuclear meltdown continues to demonstrate that they can't handle an emergency. Civil unrest in Istanbul indicates they're not ready to host the Olympics when a coup or civil war is likely prior to 2020.
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