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Sapporo's 2030 Winter Olympics bid dropped; 2034 or later targeted

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...but the International Olympic Committee appears to have shifted its focus to other candidates.

Yep, and no mention why? Come on Kyodo, surel you can do better than that! (Rhetorical statement, btw).

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Not enough cash.

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They got it half right. Now they just need to complete the task and vow to never put in another bid for the Olympics.

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Oh god, would somebody just please put this idiotic, miserable idea out of its misery? Anything is better than subjecting that poor city to the constant threat of an Olympics being foisted on it for years to come....

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They obviously don’t want their wives watching over them.

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Japan shouldn’t be offered any maljor projects as corruption is so rife!

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Really wise decision.

Wait until 2100 before the next bid.

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Do they really think Japan is going to be trusted with the Olympics again, ever?!

Only asked by someone who thinks that anything besides money matters.

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There are fewer and fewer countries that are capable to waste the money, or even want to, after seeing all the cash lost in the previous Olympics since about the turn of the century.

The OIC should be focusing on finding a permanent home for the Olympics, both summer and winter, and participating countries should assist in footing the bill to participate. Payment based upon ability.

I for one would support Greece as being the host nation for the summer games.

WInter, somewhere else in Europe.

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not enough lucre, and the shinkansen wouldn't be completed in time..... still, they ran the '64 Olympics with an incomplete Haneda Monorail line (ever wondered why it stops at Hamamatsuchō rather than Tōkyō?)

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@kurisupisu

Japan shouldn’t be offered any major projects as corruption is so rife!

And your home country isn't?? Oh, that's right, the government does it, so it's okay!!

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You know what be great if no country bids for it and have the OLYMPIC COMMITTEE begging for a country to take on the games. This is the only way to break away from the corruption that goes on and with the world falling apart with all these wars I doubt there are many countries wishing to even try in these uncertain financial times.

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Fantastic news for the taxpayers.

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I for one would support Greece as being the host nation for the summer games.

After the abject disaster of '04, I doubt the Greeks share this sentiment.

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I for one would support Greece as being the host nation for the summer games.

Except for the ancient historical connection, Greece would be a horrible choice. The cost of hosting the 2004 games literally almost bankrupted the country and has left a horrible legacy, I couldn’t imagine the Greeks wanting to be permanently saddled with that mess every four years.

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This has made me really cross. My partners cousin was lined up for a nice deal if the Olympics were held in Sapporo. We could have had a nice little trip and obviously a few drinks as they say.

I blame the Tokyo bounders who were rife with corruption and cause Mr Bach so many sleepless nights with the blackening of the Olympics. I have it on good authority he was devastated by their immoral behaviour.

What a terribly sad affair.

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Hooray! A glimmer of sense and reason from a local governing body.

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This has made me really cross. My partners cousin was lined up for a nice deal if the Olympics were held in Sapporo. We could have had a nice little trip and obviously a few drinks as they say.

Yeah, reading this just makes me more glad that they cancelled the bid.

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I guess they figure time will "heal the memories" of those who are still thinking about the bribery scandal of when Tokyo got it over Paris.

My question is, how much as the bid the just abandoned cost to date?

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They changed to 2034 or later in the hope most will forget about the corruption for 2020.

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Only idiots would still want to host these olympics anyway. Just money down the drain and after the games, the infrastructure builds are completely neglected due to funds.

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Akimoto needs to return our tax money that he spent promoting his personal vanity project.

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Great news .!. Waiting for the architect of so many bribery scandals Bach to retire or be retired .!. Until that scoundrel is gone, the Olympics have no chance to be pure .!.

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