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Those smiling welcome, not all welcoming Sapporo Olympics.


6 ( +11 / -5 )

Does that mean we are going to have to see more of Bach again???

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Sapporo is an excellent choice. I hope they get it! Those Japanese curling ladies are so gorgeous!

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who learn from history are doomed to have a government that didn't learn from history.

Anyone in Japan who thinks the Olympics are a good choice for Sapporo or anywhere in Japan has closed their eyes to what happened not even a year ago. I was extremely disappointed when Tokyo was chosen, long before COVID reared its ugly head. I was against it from the beginning. I sincerely hope officials in Sapporo take their heads out of their BLANKS and stop this nonsense.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Bach eyeing the delicious ikura-don and seafoods they have to offer during the winter in Hokkaido, all expenses paid.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

This is actually worse than the Summer Olympics, because there are bigger and more useless white-elephant facilities to be built, the classic one being bobsleigh.

The national taxpayer will be on the hook for most of this, so don't expect the old-school Sapporo politicians to oppose it. They'll welcome it because it will deliver fat contracts to Hokkaido construction companies.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

One looks on with dread at the sheer stupidity of the Sapporo city government and the damage they are going to inflict on their own city with this. I'm hoping for their, and Japan's, sake that they lose this bid.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

This is a good example of why I don’t trust governments with my money. I bet if the funds were coming out of their own wallet, they would never do this. But hey, it’s other people’s money and no consequences if things hit the fan.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Didn't Japanese government and Japanese people learn their lesson from "Tokyo 2020"?

Japan is not capable of handling this kind of event. Bureaucracy can't adjust if things don't go as planned. If you want to host you have to be committed to make the kind of games people around the world expect, with spectators, etc.

And, Olympics has become the genocide games these days (leave your freedoms and sense of human rights at the door). Who would want to be associated. (Which country will Russia attack after the next Olympics?)

1 ( +3 / -2 )

No, thank you. Please stay away. Sapporo and the rest of Hokkaido are far too cash strapped to finance another stupid sports festival for Bach and his legion of fools.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Japan is desperate for money and some kind international praise. It is almost like another of Japan's addictions, for example, UNESCO World Heritage designations!

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Great! As long as not a single yen of my hard earned tax money is wasted on this sleep inducing event.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I'd rather that we got to enjoy the 2030 Sapporo Snow Festival than this ego inflated sporting event....

The Sapporo Snow Festival brings in huge crowds of tourists and money into the local economy and at a fraction of the cost of the Winter Olympics!

(The reason why I bring up the Sapporo Snow Festival, is because I know that the 2030 festival would be cancelled if Sapporo was to host the 2030 WO.....)

I've got family in Sapporo and none of them have shown any interest or support towards the idea of Sapporo hosting the Winter Olympics.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

"We're still not letting foreigners in, but please give us an international event!"

Sadly, they'll get it, because Japan has shown the lengths it'll go to in terms of bribing and then wining and dining the IOC, not mention going several tens of times above the promised budget. Oh, and the fact that no nation in its right mind wants the Winter Games anymore. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the IOC granted it to Sapporo tomorrow as long as they guaranteed the bid with, say, a hefty "deposit"?

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