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Sapporo expected to announce cost cuts to land 2030 Winter Olympics

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By STEPHEN WADE and YURI KAGEYAMA

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Expected announcements.

Hurry up and wait.

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Announce cost cuts to get the games and then add back on and MORE after winning the bid.....

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I see what did there, Sapporo. Tokyo originally did the same. So announce they can do it for a couple of billion, then jack it up to several times that once the games are secured. Oldest trick in the book.

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Japan really loves getting Betch Slapped doesn't it? Did they not forget Bach's Bossy orders to Suga during the Tokyo Olympics and how he said come hell or high water they were going to hold them?? Why would they even consider holding the Olympics again?

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Condemned to repeat history...

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I hope Sapporo wins the bid. It would be great to see winter games in Hokkaido again. Go Japan !

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Madness.

What is with the East Asian perverse obsession with hosting this discredited and corrupt circus? Just endless taxpayers money down the drain.

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What those of you who keep criticising the IOC fail to understand is that they distribute $3.5 million each day to sporting organisations, around the world. Those who benefit most from this money are poor countries. That's why they had to hold the games. I acknowledge that there are other means of financing sports, but the Olympics is a global party that people love watching, everywhere.

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They also line their pockets and live a lavish lifestyle that most of us could never dream of. Like Bach’s stay at the President’s Suite at the Okura Hotel during the Tokyo Games that cost in the neighborhood of 100,000 dollars.

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You cannot use existing facilities that do not exist.

There is no bobsleigh track.

There is no ski resort on Hokkaido big enough for an FIS downhill or super G.

There is probably no cross country skiing facility with a short loopy track that goes past grandstands. You can't have spectators on the course any more.

Tokyo was enough of a train wreck. The lesson must be learned and this must be stopped.

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Most natives here in Sapporo don't want this at all.

Go away Olympics. The summer one was so so boring and a disaster.

Money should be spent on education for young people.

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Sapporo expected to announce cost cuts to land 2030 Winter Olympics

We saw how well that one went in Tokyo, didn't we? Remember the cost-saving "Olympics-in-a-pocket"?

No thank you. Just tell Bach to take his scam somewhere else!

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Host cities are now picked by the IOC leadership

IOC leadership must have been upset that some rank-and-file IOC members were getting their palms greased, so decided to do it themselves so that only IOC leaders will get their palms greased...

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Sapporo, which held the 1972 Winter Olympics, is considered a leading candidate. "

Well yeah, nobody else is insane enough atm.

Sapporo was likely to announce costs of between 280 billion to 300 billion yen. This is $2.55 billion to $2.65 billion at the current exchange rate."

Thats just the Dentsu fee alone ain,t it?

Why would they even consider holding the Olympics again?"

Because the big business that benefits enormously from this porkfest grease the politicians pockets in return. Worst case scenario someone will take a bow for something and retire out of public view for a while with a fat offshore bank account. Nobody gets punished - TIJ.

just look at the contrasting example in the article - Former IOC member Carlos Nuzman of Brazil was sentenced a few days ago to 30 years in prison for, among other things, bribing IOC members in the 2009 vote for 2016....whist in Japan ...Tsunekazu Takeda resigned in 2019 as an IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee when he became embroiled in bribery allegations over bidding for the 2020 Olympics. He denied any wrongdoing.

Think Takeda san will ever face the music?...Ha...riiiight.

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Host cities are now picked by the IOC leadership, and decisions have been taken out of the hands of rank-and-file IOC members.

Efficiencies in grifting - how nice. Taking out thse bothersome lower and middle echelons will always leaves a larger slice of pie for the bosses at the top.

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Why is the photo monocromatic ?

Did the Japanese self defense not have access to color photography back in 1972.

Uniforms look a mixture of Chinese and USA military.

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"The city of Sapporo is set to announce what it says will be a reduction in costs that will make it an attractive venue for the 2030 Winter Olympics."

Hogwash. Meanwhile, Tokyo is still refusing to list the official costs and breakdown of hosting 2020 (2021), which they also vowed would be cost effective and compact. And before anyone tries to defend the AT LEAST four-fold cost by pointing out Covid it was, a) way higher than budgeted LONG before Covid-19, and b) Tokyo chose to carry on the Games despite the outbreak anyway. Back to Sapporo, though, there is no way they will actually meet a budget they propose.

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Back to Sapporo, though, there is no way they will actually meet a budget they propose.

Exactly.

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Idiots learn nothing. IOC bullies the country and they come back for more.

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