Skip to comments.IOC Says 'Totally Unfeasible' for London to Step in for Rio as 2016 Olympics Host
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".
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Be fair, we heard all this about Athens leading up to the 2004 Games, and they did just fine.
I don’t remember that. Some article said they were at 40% at the equivalent point, and Rio is at 10%.
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.
Why not go back to Beijing? I understand the Olympic Park is still in pristine condition. /sarc
Maybe for people who prefer soccer to beautiful naked women.
this type of “not ready” story always seems to happen among wanabe hosts.
they have said it for every single Olympics.
And Americans feel really sorry for those guys.
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.
Sorry, I prefer the beautiful Brazilian naked women.
You mean we WON’T be treated to a replay of the “National Health System Tribute Dance”?
I am devastated.
Maybe the IOC is declaring it a disaster because they aren’t sluching through 50 billion dollars like Russia did for Sochi.
How ugly could these two showcase events, the soccer World Cup and the Summer Olympics, get?
They could just have a naked women festival and not pretend it’s associated with sporting events.
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.
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.
On the other hand, Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Games; they backed out - Innsbruck, the site of the 1964 Winter Games stepped in.
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