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2022 Olympic Bids Dropping Fast

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Seems like jig is up on the IOC corruption. Democracies around the world are withdrawing their Olympic bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Politicians and people have realized that all that spending and contracting that goes into developing one-time use Olympic infrastructure is a complete waste of spending. Adding to that loss are the bribes and kickbacks sent to the IOC members to lobby for the venue "win."

    Krakow, Munich, Davos/St. Moritz, Oslo, and Stockholm have all withdrawn due to public outcry in their respective countries (Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, and Sweden; respectively.) The Lviv, Ukraine bid seems null due to the upheaval in the country now.

    There are only two bids remain: Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan. One is ruled by a President-For-Life and the other is a Communistic country trying that has been trying to improve their public image for the last decade.

    Point is, the IOC pitches the Olympic Games as an event that will give long-term economic boosts to whomever hosts. But it doesn't do that at all. Studies show that at best, it is a zero-sum gain.

    One solution to this is to is to make one Olympic stadium, like somewhere in Greece. Athens has state of the art Olympic infrastructure that is slowly going into disrepair. The biggest obstacle would be getting around the IOC as most of their money comes from countries competing over the bid.
  • Liberal
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    Boston is actually considering this also for the 2024 Summer Games. What an absolute waste of public funds and resources . I can just imagine the back room dealing that goes on between the pols and the Olympic committee. These games bring nothing but heavy traffic and useless, unneeded stadiums to the host city while proving short term marginal jobs that could easily be filled by creating real, needed infrastructure projects that would benefit the whole area for years! http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/02/26/draft-report-olympics-feasible-but-...l
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    What's really funny is that the backroom dealing with the IOC has become some commonplace, that they don't even really try to hide it anymore.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    And what country has over 100 billion to build the infrastructure ? A report on Russia said that several billion dollars were spent building the road from Putin's house to the ceremonies which was said to be 29 miles. Of course the contract was given to a longtime friend of Putin. We need to find a way to save on this cost. Maybe having the Olympics at sites that hosted them 20 years before. Or you could have them in Dubai, or somewhere else that seems to have too much money. Maybe we could build 6 reusable venues in the US, Russia, China, Europe, Australia, and South America. But these disposable venues is just crazy.
  • Other Party
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    Zach F Wrote: What's really funny is that the backroom dealing with the IOC has become some commonplace, that they don't even really try to hide it anymore.
    That is the saddest commentary of all, that they don't even try to hide the corruption, kickbacks, and bribes. Everybody knows it and they don't seem to even care that everyone knows it.

    At least the US Congress and the United Nations TRY to hide their crimes. They will at least look you in the eye and lie about how wonderful and honest and hardworking they are. And those two corrupt organizations, the US Congress and the UN, are the two large powerful political organizations that immediately come to mind as having the same level of corruption as the IOC.

    I hope the US has the common sense to not even TRY to get the Olympic Games again, but probably not.

    I agree that the summer games should be permanently in Greece, their birthplace. The winter games in the least controversial place possible...maybe Switzerland?

    But as long as it's not the USA, let em have the games in North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria (their level of corruption may even match the IOC), Afghanistan (since we turned it into such a wonderful garden spot for the world to enjoy)...

    Basically, anywhere but here.