Who Wants the 2022 Olympics?


tay
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The next Olympics to be awarded, a little more than a year from now, will be the 2022 Winter Games. Rather than going to the strongest bid, the games may end up going to the last city standing—a long list of potential hosts have given up on their Olympic dreams because the whole thing is one huge, useless waste of money.


Yesterday, Krakow, Poland, officially withdrew its bid for the games (external - login to view), a day after a citywide referendum where 70 percent of voters came out against hosting the Olympics. "Krakow is closing its efforts to be the host of the 2022 Winter Games due to the low support for the idea among the residents," said mayor Jacek Majchrowski.


In January, another of the six original finalists pulled out, when Stockholm, Sweden's ruling political party declined to fund the games. They cited the pointlessness of paying hundreds of millions for facilities that would be used for two weeks and then rarely again, a story

common to almost all Olympic hosts. (external - login to view) "Arranging a Winter Olympics would mean a big investment in new sports facilities, for example for the bobsleigh and luge," the Moderate party said in a statement. (external - login to view) "There isn't any need for that type of that kind of facility after an Olympics."


In November, voters in Munich, Germany, rejected a proposed Olympic bid (external - login to view). "The vote is not a signal against the sport," said one lawmaker, "but against the non-transparency and the greed for profit of the IOC."


Last March, a joint bid from Davos/St. Moritz, Switzerland, fell apart after being rejected by a public referendum. (external - login to view)


Of the four remaining finalists, two are in rough shape. The Oslo, Norway, bid is falling apart. It was supported by a razor-thin margin in a September referendum, but public opposition has only grown since then. And on Sunday, the junior member of the government coalition voted against funding any Olympics (external - login to view). For them to go on, it would require an unprecedented alliance between the ruling Conservatives and the opposition Labour party.


The Lviv, Ukraine, bid seems dead in the water with the turmoil and war in the country. "Currently our dream is on hold," said the bid's chief.


There are only two healthy bids: Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China. One's an oil-rich state ruled by a president-for-life, and the other's, well, China. That's no coincidence. With the Sochi games raising the bar to an absurd $51 billion, hosting the Olympics no longer looks like a winning proposition. The failed and aborted 2022 candidacies all have one thing in common: When actual citizens are allowed to have a say, they say they don't want the Olympics.






Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics (external - login to view)
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

The next Olympics to be awarded, a little more than a year from now, will be the 2022 Winter Games. Rather than going to the strongest bid, the games may end up going to the last city standing—a long list of potential hosts have given up on their Olympic dreams because the whole thing is one huge, useless waste of money.

This is Inuvik's big chance!
 
Walter
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And if no one wants to host it, it will go away.
 
darkbeaver
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If we captured the human energy wasted entire during the Olympic games in real events like oyster shucking, firewood splitting, highway garbage cleanup, farm harvesting events, sheep shearing, affordable housing construction etc etc then these opulent evil and wasteful carnivals of stupid might someday be forgotten as monumental proof of human excess. Work will set us free, fiddling away the sunlight hoping to win a chunk of base medal sweating for nothing is perhaps the stupidest human activity ever devised. Who gives a fock if runner A is fifteen hundreds of a second faster than runner B? Where's my firewood?
 
taxslave
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Whistler could always do it again. Most of the venues are still useable.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Whistler could always do it again. Most of the venues are still useable.

Running through a circuit of existing venues is the only way to justify the heavy front end expense
 
darkbeaver
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Those venues should be converted to production installations. There is no way to justify massive waste of energy and time. They don't drink they don't do drugs,they claim, and they produce nothing, how are athletic do nothings better than strung out crack heads? I want units of production, stuff the ribbons.

It's time to stop the gushing fawning adoration of trick performing humans who do nothing better than a trained dog or chimp can do better and cheaper.http://forums.canadiancontent.net/im...cons/icon7.gif
 
petros
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The won't be winter by 2022 and we'll all be dead from sunburn and drowning anyway.
 
BornRuff
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

The failed and aborted 2022 candidacies all have one thing in common: When actual citizens are allowed to have a say, they say they don't want the Olympics.

It is really a product of the times. In the past, lots of people wanted to host the games. In recent years though, people all over the world have received a major economic reality check. They have felt the pain of austerity, and are way less excited to host the games if it will lead to more of that.

Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

And if no one wants to host it, it will go away.

I doubt it. They will cobble something together eventually.
 
bill barilko
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Kazakhstan would be cool-old style third world dictator and loads of good looking women-might be remnant of the 70's.

Karakat Madina - Kymasmdi - YouTube

 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Whistler could always do it again. Most of the venues are still useable.

Nope, no way should BC host another Olympic event - been there, done that. Though I do very much enjoy the games and the competitions, there is no way the expense can be justified for our province. Money is spent just trying to get a bid for them even before the cash starts flowing out once the games are awarded. I would be sorry to see the Olympics come to a halt but Russia really put the kibosh on the whole thing for me when they set such a ridiculously high bar for the next hosts - cause you gotta know that the next country to host them simply has to outdo the last.
 
spaminator
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even though it would have been cool for Toronto, and other Canadian cities to host future summer and winter Olympics, the risk of increasing the debt and deficit is too great. eg. perhaps its a good thing that we didn't win the 2008 Olympic bid.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

Nope, no way should BC host another Olympic event - been there, done that. Though I do very much enjoy the games and the competitions, there is no way the expense can be justified for our province. Money is spent just trying to get a bid for them even before the cash starts flowing out once the games are awarded. I would be sorry to see the Olympics come to a halt but Russia really put the kibosh on the whole thing for me when they set such a ridiculously high bar for the next hosts - cause you gotta know that the next country to host them simply has to outdo the last.

A simple letter to the Olympic organizers saying we got the facilities built and this is what we will rent them to you for wouls suffice.
 
BornRuff
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

even though it would have been cool for Toronto, and other Canadian cities to host future summer and winter Olympics, the risk of increasing the debt and deficit is too great. eg. perhaps its a good thing that we didn't win the 2008 Olympic bid.

I'm sure we would have taken on a good chunk of debt, but at least it would have motivated the government to actually invest in proper infrastructure for our city.
 
tay
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Seem the google translator has a long way to go but Norway doesn't want these Olympics either.......








Norway's most important newspaper, Aftenposten, says "No to Olympic winter games in Oslo 2022" (google translate)














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Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

And if no one wants to host it, it will go away.

I wish I cared, but.......nope
 
tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

I wish I cared, but.......nope





I think it's a positive sign when so many are saying 'Thanks but no Thanks' to the money grabbing Olympic bunch who fleece taxpayers to outbid each other to host these things.


The 'awarding' group have long been accused of bribery and other financial corruption so I am rather enjoying this Olympic Pride meltdown........
 
damngrumpy
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Oh God I'm with Walter on this one maybe the games could just go away.
I was opposed to the Vancouver games and no way would I want them
back having the games didn't do anything for me or the guy next door.
 

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