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IOC Says 'Totally Unfeasible' for London to Step in for Rio as 2016 Olympics Host
The Guardian ^ | Friday 9 May 2014

Posted on 05/10/2014 11:33:27 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Rio's preparations damned as 'worst ever' but IOC knocks down suggestion London could be last-ditch replacement

Misty-eyed fans can forget about digging out their Team GB shirts, the army of 2012 volunteers can leave their distinctive purple uniforms in the wardrobe, and Boris Johnson can stand down.

Much to the disappointment of those hoping for an action replay of the heady summer of 2012, the International Olympic Committee has rejected as "totally unfeasible" claims that London could step in for troubled Rio to host the 2016 Olympics.

A report in the London Evening Standard has claimed that the capital had been secretly sounded out as a last-ditch replacement for Rio, whose preparations were damned as the "worst ever" by an IOC vice-president last month.

But the suggestion was immediately knocked down by the IOC in the strongest terms.

"This is simply a non-starter – totally without foundation and totally unfeasible. Not a shred of truth," said a spokeswoman. Another IOC source said the story was "total rubbish".

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News; Sports
KEYWORDS: 2016olympics; brazil; olympics; rio
Blame it on the Bossa Nova...
1 posted on 05/10/2014 11:33:27 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Be fair, we heard all this about Athens leading up to the 2004 Games, and they did just fine.


2 posted on 05/10/2014 11:37:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I don’t remember that. Some article said they were at 40% at the equivalent point, and Rio is at 10%.


3 posted on 05/10/2014 11:40:56 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
as a last-ditch replacement for Rio, whose preparations were damned as the "worst ever" by an IOC vice-president last month.

The World Cup in Brazil will change a lot of minds. This is going to be the worst World Cup ever for fans. Beautiful naked Brazilian women will not overcome the fantastical lack of infastructure.

4 posted on 05/10/2014 11:44:43 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: nickcarraway

Why not go back to Beijing? I understand the Olympic Park is still in pristine condition. /sarc


5 posted on 05/10/2014 11:46:30 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: FatherofFive

Maybe for people who prefer soccer to beautiful naked women.


6 posted on 05/10/2014 11:48:22 AM PDT by Bernard (The Road To Hell is not paved with good results.)
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To: nickcarraway

this type of “not ready” story always seems to happen among wanabe hosts.

they have said it for every single Olympics.


7 posted on 05/10/2014 11:50:46 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Bernard

And Americans feel really sorry for those guys.


8 posted on 05/10/2014 11:51:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway
They can just announce that the Rio Olympics will be the "Green Ecolympics", featuring Zero New Facilities.

Soccer? Easy. They will have just had the World Cup, use those stadiums.

Track and Field? Do it on the beach. No world records, but a medal's a medal.

Swimming? There's an ocean.

Opening and closing ceremonies? Hold Carnival late.

Media Centers? Everyone's got a smartphone. Anything important will be on YouTube.

9 posted on 05/10/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: FatherofFive

Sorry, I prefer the beautiful Brazilian naked women.


10 posted on 05/10/2014 12:08:59 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: nickcarraway

You mean we WON’T be treated to a replay of the “National Health System Tribute Dance”?

I am devastated.


11 posted on 05/10/2014 12:46:41 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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12 posted on 05/10/2014 12:47:39 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe the IOC is declaring it a disaster because they aren’t sluching through 50 billion dollars like Russia did for Sochi.


13 posted on 05/10/2014 1:07:44 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: nickcarraway

Wow!

How ugly could these two showcase events, the soccer World Cup and the Summer Olympics, get?


14 posted on 05/10/2014 2:20:00 PM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: FatherofFive

They could just have a naked women festival and not pretend it’s associated with sporting events.


15 posted on 05/10/2014 2:58:06 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You have a bruise on your thumb, James. You'll be okay.)
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To: Tax-chick

As much as I enjoy naked women, it doesn’t play well as a FIFA or an Olympic event. This World Cup is going to be a disaster. Fans will not be able for get to the venues.


16 posted on 05/10/2014 3:49:25 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

Well, maybe as they mill about the city, also unable to get to the toilets, they will be able to observe naked women. The television networks can just show the futbol games, regardless of live spectator attendance.


17 posted on 05/10/2014 3:52:02 PM PDT by Tax-chick (If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: Tax-chick
Soccer: The Perfect Socialist Sport
18 posted on 05/10/2014 4:46:43 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: longtermmemmory

On the other hand, Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Games; they backed out - Innsbruck, the site of the 1964 Winter Games stepped in.


19 posted on 05/10/2014 5:35:45 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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