Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

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Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

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Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics
[T]he bidding for the 2022 Winter Games, which is now down to just two cities. The final vote comes next summer.
There's Beijing, China, which doesn't actually sit within 120 miles of a usable ski mountain, and there's Almaty, Kazakhstan, which in its bid touted itself as "the world's largest landlocked nation."

It's down to these two cities not because the IOC narrowed the field, but because every other city in the entire world said no.

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Essentially the only places interested in hosting the 2022 games are countries where actual citizens aren't allowed a real say in things – communist China and Kazakhstan, a presidential republic that coincidentally has only had one president since it split from the old USSR in 1989.

Essentially the entire world has told the IOC it's a corrupt joke.

"The vote is not a signal against the sport, but against the non-transparency and the greed for profit of the IOC," Ludwig Hartmann, a German politician said when his country said no.
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I've asked this before, but why the obsession with always having it in a different place?

Can't they reuse Nagano or Salt Lake City or another place? Avoid redundant investments?
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But Kazakhstan greatest country in the world.

All other countries run by little girls.

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I've been to Beijing in the winter. Unless they get the coal fired boilers they use for heating under control, it'll be gross. When one has smog halo's around the lights inside ones hotel, one knows one is breathing in shit.
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Badger wrote:I've been to Beijing in the winter. Unless they get the coal fired boilers they use for heating under control, it'll be gross. When one has smog halo's around the lights inside ones hotel, one knows one is breathing in shit.
And the nature of the games played generally require recording using long zoom. Even on a good day you can't see more than a 100 yards out. We'll be lucky to see shadows in the smog.

Maybe they could use infrared.

Shouldn't matter in the curling rink. Which is the only sport worth recording anyway.
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Not worth starting a new thread about, but does anyone remember the "inspirational" story about the skier/violinist from the last Olympics. She wasn't a very good skier, and she finished dead last in her event. But that's not the point, it was still a story about the triumph of the human spirit just qualifying for the Olympics, right?

Skiing Violinist’s Fairy Tale Olympic Qualification Was Thanks to Fixed Qualifying Races
It was a good story while it lasted. Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae, at the age of 35, set her sights on fulfilling her dream of competing at the Winter Olympics. The British violinist, who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, just needed to qualify. With the odds too long to make the British team, she managed to qualify and compete in the Sochi games under the name Vanessa Vanankorn representing Thailand, her father’s homeland. Sure, she came in last out of 67 competitors in the giant slalom event. Sure, her time was 50 seconds behind the gold medal winner’s. But the Olympic spirit isn’t just about setting world records, right?

On Tuesday, Vanessa-Mae’s fairy tale Olympic qualification officially turned out to be just that—a fairy tale—when she was suspended from future competition by the International Ski Federation [FIS] for race fixing. Basically, her zeal to participate far outpaced her talent, and a series of sham qualifying races in Slovenia were arranged in her honor to boost her performance rating and get her to the games.