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Congrats, Brisbane!

Brisbane picked to hold the summer Olympics in 2032.

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by Anonymousreply 21Last Thursday at 4:15 PM

I guess the IOC wanted to turn back the clock and have the 1992 Olympics again.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Wednesday at 1:42 AM

Their rivals for the hosting

No-one wants to host the bloated thing anymore.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Wednesday at 2:27 AM

I wonder why Madrid never got it. They tried so may times. I feel kinda bad for them.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Wednesday at 2:32 AM

The IOC literally hand-picked Brisbane and discouraged the other potential candidates from Spain, Qatar, Indonesia, Turkey and others from throwing their hats in the ring. They say they want to overhaul the previously very corrupt bidding process but only one problem: the committee that assessed Brisbane's viability and sustainability is Australian.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Wednesday at 2:46 AM

R4 Spain has tried for 4 Olympics now. So sick of them always getting shafted. I have read about the process, the arguments for not giving the games to Spain seem very weak. Madrid has amazing public transit. The metro is very good and one of the biggest in Europe. I don't understand why they chose Paris for the hundreth time over Madrid? Why couldn't a new city get it? Los Angeles is also a weird choice. I love LA but the public transportation is HORRENDOUS. How will people get to and from the venues? By cars? Wtf?! Another choice that makes no sense. Also, LA has had the games before. Would be more fun with a new city, but oh well.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Wednesday at 2:52 AM

* I meant the comitteee that approved Brisbane is HEADED by an Australian. Same old IOC corruption. They should've allowed the others to at least state their case.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Wednesday at 2:56 AM

R5 They say Brisbane will only use existing venues and no new ones will be built. Madrid wasn't helped by the fact Paris is hosting 2024.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Wednesday at 3:00 AM

R7 But I thought Madrid wanted the games that eventually went to Paris? I don't understand why they chose Paris, which has had it before, and not Madrid, a new city. They have applied to be able to host the games so many times now. I do not understand why they constantly get shafted. Paris is such a boring choice. No excitement. At least Brisbane I can sorta understand, a different continent. Same with LA, despite lacking public trasportation. Like, at least it's in a different continent. The European city should have been Madrid, not Paris. Madrid is an amazing city with amazing public transportation. I don't understand why they didn't get the games. Smells of corruption.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Wednesday at 3:06 AM

r8 Paris 2024 is consolation for losing London 2012 and, supposedly, centenary celebrations of the last time Paris hosted in 1924. But bidding is always heavily influenced by politics and France has more international clout. The IOC is still corrupt no matter how they dress it.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Wednesday at 3:15 AM

You’ll all be dead by then anyway

by Anonymousreply 10Last Wednesday at 3:21 AM

Whatever happened to Danielle Brisbois

by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 3:21 AM

Isn't Madrid awful in the summer?

Brisbane's games will be held during their winter so it will have lovely weather.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Wednesday at 3:40 AM

R12 No, not really. Sure, it gets hot but it's a dry hot due to Madrid's altitude. There's very little humidity. I visited the city a decade ago. It was about 34°C every day. Didn't feel hot at all. I swear 25°C in Norway is worse than 35°C in Madrid. I think we get more humidity here. We recently had a (short) heatwave. It was abput 30°C for a few days. I almost died. It was so hot. I swear I'd take Madrid's dry heat any day instead.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Wednesday at 3:50 AM

Essentially, Australia is politically stable and as an island state, security won't present a huge problem.

Having done it twice before, it was a safe pair of hands than the other potential bidders.

Some of whom were near third world status, politically volatile and have security issues.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Wednesday at 4:19 AM

LA's public transportation system has improved tremendously since the last Olympics there ... and even more will be finished by the time the next one rolls around.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Wednesday at 5:08 AM

It's too bad the homeless will probably have claimed the subway tunnels for themselves by that point in time.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Wednesday at 5:10 AM

I really can’t imagine who would want to host it these days - incredible waste of money.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Wednesday at 5:19 AM

r7, I've heard the biggest expense is security. So there's no getting around that.

And r74, it doesn't matter that Australia is safe. We're talking about the Olympics, with athletes and media people coming from all over the world. Germany was a very secure country, and look what happened at Munich.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Wednesday at 5:41 AM

I’m Australian. We fully expected Sydney 2020 to be a disaster but the public loved it.

What they don’t spread around is that New South Wales was in debt for the Olympics for over a decade.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Wednesday at 11:04 AM

I guess this means we have to start calling it "BRIZZ-ben," instead of "BRIZZ-bane."

by Anonymousreply 20Last Wednesday at 1:40 PM

Just call it 'Brisvegas ' r20. Brisbane is often described as a big country town even though it grew out of that years ago, but locals are still not sure their town is anything other than a good place to live and lack pretension. I've heard a local describe its best feature being that you can drive to some very nice places. My hope is that it has a simpler games where the sport is the biggest talking point, not some idea that the facilities will be sooo amaaazing.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Thursday at 4:15 PM
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