Back to The Future For The Winter Olympics

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THE NEIL WILSON COLUMN / An
exceptional, authoritative sequence from Sports activities Functions Communications

(SFC) So considerably, so fantastic.
The United States vice-president sat inside of a number of seats of North Korean
dictator’s sister with out causing a diplomatic incident, and 400 North Koreans
invaded the south to be greeted with practically nothing but smiles.

The Winter Olympic Game titles is effectively underway in PyeongChang,
and the best risk to anybody’s safety has proved to be the wind and the
cold.

Which would make a change. At too lots of new Winter
Olympics you could as effectively pack T-shirts as salopettes the temperature was so
benign.

For all its thrills, spills and jaw-dropping dangers
the Winter Game titles continues to wrestle with 1 consuming difficulty. Most of its
athletics need vastly costly services which fated not to be feasible in the
longer time period.

PyeongChang will have that difficulty in a number of months
soon after the Winter Paralympics stop.  Previously
it has made a decision that the stadium which hosted the Opening Ceremony will be
frequented by the wrecking ball.

A framework that price tag $109 million will be applied just
4 instances – the opening and closing ceremonies of the two Game titles – and then
demolished. Madness, of program, and compounded by the existence of a 22,000
seat stadium in the metropolis which could have been applied.

But it is the services that a Winter Game titles need
that are the chief difficulty. What do you with a ski jump when the jumpers depart
town? Or a bobsleigh observe costing more than the Olympic Stadium?

To say that individuals two are niche athletics would not be to
understate their level of popularity. There were being seventeen in the entire world and none compensated
their way with out taxpayer assist so exactly where was the have to have for an additional in PyeongChang?
There was none apart from that the Olympic Game titles was coming to town.

Even the Intercontinental Olympic Committee did not want
the Koreans to make an additional. It recommended that these Game titles use an present
observe in Japan but regional pride and politics would not stand for it.

So the bill for these Game titles rose by an additional notch.
When the metropolis bid they promised a budget for organisation and building of
no more than $9 billion. To date the bill is running close to $13 billion.

It is these runaway expenditures that are scary absent
towns which could be willing to host potential episodes. In 1995 there were being 9
bidding for the 2002 Winter Game titles. Only a few bid for this year’s Game titles and
only two for 2022.

For 2026 there are five pondering about bidding but all
are threatened by regional view or referendum. The IOC is rightly fearful and
has formed a group doing work on shaving expenditures.

The IOC rarely can help itself by incorporating more and more
situations to its programme, 4 more this month and five more in Tokyo in 2020.

Numerous solutions have been recommended. A lasting site
for summer months and winter season Game titles or at the very least a rota of a number of present Olympic towns
in unique continents are amongst them.

At the quite the very least the IOC could say they will not
acknowledge bids from towns with out the present services. There are ample
all-around the entire world.

Just after all this is the 22nd Winter Olympics
remaining held at the 20th unique metropolis. Going back again could be the potential
of the Winter Olympics.

** NEIL WILSON reported his 1st Olympic Game titles in Munich in 1972. He
has due to the fact covered an additional 9 summer months and 9 winter season Olympics for several
newspapers, together with The Unbiased and the Day by day Mail with whom he has
worked for the last 19 several years as Athletics and Olympic correspondent. He was
Britain’s Sports activities Journalist of the Yr in 1984 and is the writer of seven
publications.

****The views expressed are
the author’s very own and do not essentially stand for the views of Sports activities Functions
Communications.


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