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No losing city in this year’s bid for 2024 Summer Olympic Games

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2017 by vincentloy

The voting for the host city of 2024 Summer Olympic Games will take place on this coming September. Only two cities are remaining in the bid; Paris and Los Angeles. In an extraordinary International Olympic Committee Session held yesterday, the committee approved a decision to award the games to both cities, one in 2024 and another one in 2028.

So, there wouldn’t be any losing city in this year’s bid for the games. If a city receives lesser number of votes in the voting, it will still host the games, but that would be the next edition (4 years later) than originally intended. That’s certainly good news for both Paris and Los Angeles. I have to admit both cities are more than capable to host this world’s largest international multi-sport event.

Which city do you think will get the 2024 games? My personal choice would be Paris. If I’m not mistaken, Paris has submitted bid a number of times in the last few editions of the games but lost every time. I remembered the city lost to London for 2012 games by only a few votes. The last time that Paris has hosted the games was in 1924. If Paris win the right to host 2024 games, it will be coincidentally marking 100th anniversary since the last Olympics in the city. I also like the simplicity of its logo showing the number ’24’ that also designed to resemble their iconic Eiffel Tower.

Check out their bidding’s presentation clips below:

Paris 2024

Los Angeles 2024

So my choice is Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. This means that those cities which intend to bid for 2028 games has to drop out their plan and bid for 2032 games instead. I think this move will make the bidding for 2032 games to be more intense and exciting as more cities are expected to join the race by then. A joint bid by Malaysia and Singapore is explored and is possible for the 2032 games’ bid. I would love to see that but I think our chance is pretty low. It will be hard to resolve on many issues when more than one country is involved in a single games. Malaysia and Singapore have not even hosted Asian Games before (although Malaysia has hosted Commonwealth Games and Singapore has hosted Youth Olympic Games). I can only elaborate further on our chance if the joint bid is confirmed, and that is long way to go.

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Durban to host 2022 Commonwealth Games while Hangzhou to host 2022 Asian Games.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2015 by vincentloy

Last month, the host city for the Commonwealth Games 2022 and also the Asian Games 2022 was announced respectively. These two games are widely considered as the two biggest multi-sporting events in the world, just behind the Summer Olympics. Commonwealth Games involves participation of athletes from over 50 nations which are former territories of the past British empire while Asian Games involves participation of athletes from 40 countries in the largest continent in the world, Asia. Both of the games are held once in every four years, following the similar interval with the Olympics.

Malaysia is part of both of the games since Malaysia was once British territory before we gained independence in 1957, and our country is in Asia continent. We have hosted the Commonwealth Games back in 1998, but surprisingly, we have not hosted Asian Games before. In comparison, even our neighbouring country, Thailand had hosted it five times! And we have none. Our country bid for the games several times in the past but lost. It must be that our presentation to the voters is not good enough every time. Now, lesser and lesser countries expressed interest to host these games mainly due to the concern of the high cost of hosting them.

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Despite that concern, I’m sure that my country, Malaysia is still capable of hosting Asian Games and we should. Of course, hosting Olympics is far from our reach but can’t we go a bit further (by hosting Asian Games) rather than just focusing on smaller games like the next South East Asian Games which is scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017? We should dream bigger! Set our sight on Asiad’s hosting job. It’s possible. I think we shall bid for 2026 Asian Games as the host for the 2022 Asian Games had already been decided recently.We missed the opportunity to host the 2022 edition since we are not bidding when there is not much competition around.

For the selection of the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games last month, Durban, South Africa is the only city with confirmed bid as the other city, Edmonton, Canada withdrew their bid early this year. Hence, at the Commonwealth Games Federation’s General Assembly, there isn’t a need to vote as there is only a city bidding and hence it is selected officially to host the games seven years from now. It will be the first Commonwealth Games to be held in African continent. The games are set to open on the 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President and global icon, Nelson Mandela.

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Same case goes to the selection of the host city for the 2022 Asian Games which was also held last month. There is no other city bidding for the games besides than Hangzhou, China. It is the only city that declared the candidacy in August 2015, a month before the selection. Hence, without any other city battling for the hosting job, Hangzhou is chosen to host the games automatically without the need of voting. If Malaysia bid for this one, we may win because voters may not want to see the games back to China so soon. Now, the voters have no choice. This will be the third time China hosting Asian Games after Beijing 1990 and Guangzhou 2010. Well, I actually expected China to host this again so soon after Guangzhou 2010 because the country has a lot of money and will never have any financial or manpower concern. Furthermore, the country is more than capable of delivering fantastic games with over-the-top opening and closing ceremonies.

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Congratulation to both Durban and Hangzhou for being selected to host Commonwealth and Asian Games respectively in 2022. It is an easy path for them without facing any competition by other cities. Well, I think the sports committees involved should really tackle the issue of high cost of hosting the games. Make the games economical and sustainable, and ensure them to present more benefits to the hosting city after the games rather than leaving behind debts and ‘white elephant’ sporting venues.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Tokyo chosen to host 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2013 by vincentloy

Tokyo, capital of Japan successfully won the bid to host 2020 Summer Olympic Games, beating out the two other finalists; Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey. The long-awaited announcement was made yesterday on the 125th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session held in Buenos Aires, Argentina after final round of voting took place. This must be the most joyous news for Japan which has been going through hard time in recent years. The games is scheduled to be held from 24th July to 9th August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

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(Image depicting IOC President, Jacques Rogge announcing Tokyo as host for 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Image source: http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/photos/2013/09/07/li-tokyo-win-04972158.jpg)

Tokyo’s bid team had successfully assured all voting members that the radiation effect from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant from the devastating 2011 earthquake has not and will not do anything to the city. I’m not seriously convinced by the statement but it appears most of the members had accepted. Anyway, a big congratulation to Tokyo for winning the bid to host the world’s largest sporting event, and this will be their second Summer Olympic Games. (their first was in 1964, 56 years ago from the time of the 2020 Olympics). The country had also previously hosted two Winter Olympic Games.

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(Image depicting the logos of the three candidate cities on bidding for 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Image source: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/media/three_bid_cities470x263.jpg)

In the first round of voting, Madrid and Istanbul both received the lowest votes (each 26) while Tokyo had 42. In a run-off, Madrid received 45 while Istanbul had 49. Hence, Madrid was eliminated to my surprise. Perhaps, the IOC committee members still do not see the potential of the city to host such a large games when the region is hit hard by the economy downturn in recent years. That leaves Istanbul and Tokyo in the final round of voting. Eventually, Tokyo won by 60 votes against 36 votes for Istanbul. There are several concerns over the instability of Istanbul’s government, looking from recent public protests and demonstrations as well as near distance to the neighbouring Syria that is on the verge of war recently.

Earlier, my country, Malaysia, had expressed interest to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games to complement with the country’s vision to become a developed nation by year 2020. However, there was no official bid made later on that caused major disappointment among the citizens. Awarding 2020 games to an Asian city reduces chance for another Asian city (perhaps our capital, Kuala Lumpur?) to have higher opportunity to bid in future games. Nevertheless, KL would be hosting the 127th IOC Session in 2015 which will decide on the host of 2022 Winter Olympic Games. That would most probably a good chance to introduce our country to the IOC members before proceeding to start any bid.

Last but not least, I’m looking forward to Tokyo, Japan on staging the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Celebrations were held across the country over this great news for them. The bid team had mentioned that it is going to be the best games ever. There are approximately seven years from now for the country to make enormous preparations to host the games. All the best to them!

Reference:

http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Other-Sport/2013/09/08/Tokyo-to-host-2020-Olympics.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Summer_Olympics

 

KL to host 127th IOC Session in 2015

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by vincentloy

IOC (stands for International Olympic Committee, the organization that governs several international sporting events, including the Olympic Games) hold its session every year. The session comprises of meeting of  over hundred members of IOC and includes some decision-making over selection of future host cities or evaluation of certain systems of the committee or the contesting sports in the games.

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia had previously bid to host Olympic Games in 2008 but failed to get shortlisted, and the bid eventually won by Beijing. Since then, Malaysia didn’t look that far for the goal of hosting Summer Olympic Games, the world largest sporting event. However, Kuala Lumpur continued its bid to host IOC session which is considered a first step to introduce the country to the committee that is responsible to choose future host cities for its large-scale games. KL once again failed on its bid for 125th IOC Session in 2013 which goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This time, it’s not a failure anymore to my home city, KL. In 124th IOC Session organized last month in London, the host city for the recently concluded 2012 Summer Olympic Games, KL won the bid to host 127th IOC Session to be held three years later in 2015. The highlight of the session would be the selection of host city for 2022 Winter Olympic Games. That session would be particularly important to Malaysia as it would gives first impression of its capital, KL to International Olympic Committee. If everything goes smooth and great from that session, then Malaysia would be equipped with better chance on future bid to host Summer Olympic Games, only if Malaysia wish to submit bid. It’s always a disappointment from government side.

Hosting Olympic Games had been one of  very notable ambitions from Olympic Council of Malaysia. The government cancelled the bid for 2020 Olympic Games due to cost issue, and that had contributed to deep frustration to most Malaysians as the games would coincide with Wawasan 2020, a vision for the nation to reach developed status by 2020. By having successfully won the bid to host 127th IOC Session which is near to the time of starting to select 2024 Summer Olympic Games’ host, Malaysia is now having a great potential for a strong bid to 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Who doesn’t want to bring Olympic Games to own country? It would make us all proud, and put Malaysia on the world map. Few months ago, the result of inspection over the venues proposed for the IOC session, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and Mandarin Oriental Hotel had been very satisfying. This lead to KL winning the bid to host 127th IOC Session after evaluation report, defeating Lima from Peru, a much weaker candidate city on bid. KL is very capable for this hosting task. So, the goal so far for Malaysia would be to successfully host the 2015 IOC Session, then to win first ever Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016, and then hopefully, to win the bid to host 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Now,  it is already a great start for all that to happen after KL is proven to have the capability to host IOC’s events.

Image above showing Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the venue for 127th IOC Session to be held in 2015, with Mandarin Oriental Hotel and iconic Petronas Twin Towers on the background. Image is from http://www.chemorbisevents.com/venue/.

Gold Coast to host 2018 Commonwealth Games

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2011 by vincentloy

The bidding for 2018 Commonwealth Games has ended, and the winning bid goes to Gold Coast, Australia. Congratulation to the city for successfully obtained the hosting right for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Commonwealth Games is considered the second largest games of the world, just behind the Summer Olympic Games, while Asian Games is uprising after the previous great edition in Guangzhou. All the three games take place every four years, and the bidding result would actually be announced 7 years earlier from the year the games scheduled for to provide ample of time for preparation.

This bidding is considered very brief, easy and quick. Unlike the intense competition in bidding for Asian Games or Olympic Games, everything is quiet in Commonwealth bidding. Only two cities submitted bid to host 2018 edition, which is Gold Coast from Australia and Hambantota from Sri Lanka, which is an unknown place to me and many of us too. It is a devastated city after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the authority is planning to use the games to boost up the city’s development. However, the hosting right went to the much modern and developed Gold Coast City in Australia, after the result is announced yesterday, on triple 11 date (11/11/2011).  The result is Gold Coast win over Hambantota by 43 – 27.

This means that Australia is the host to the games for five times, Sydney in 1938, Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982, Melbourne in 2006, and eventually Gold Coast to be in 2018. This indicates that all major Australian cities have been the host to the games, while only Sydney, the main city of the nation has hosted the Olympic Games. I remembered that the opening and closing ceremonies of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games are a pretty good ones, with ample of performances and fireworks display over the city. I think Australia would certainly do good, next time in 2018 on a beach-themed city. 2014 Commonwealth Games, the next edition would be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia (my country) has hosted the games in 1998, which is the first in Asia, while the second in Asia goes to New Delhi from India in the previous edition, 2010 Commonwealth Games that came with negative issues like corruption, delays, etc. The new president of the Commonwealth Games Federation is Tunku Imran from Malaysia, replacing the retired Mike Fennell whom had been serving for the presidency for 17 years. Now only I realize there is a ‘big’ guy from Malaysia holding a ‘big’ position in this federation, which he is also a member of the International Olympic Committee.

From the bidding, it is very obvious that Gold Coast would win over Hambantota, by looking at almost all aspects, Gold Coast city would do better. I do feel weird on the case that only two cities bidding? Where are the others? For Asian Games which the bidding result would be announced next year for 2019 edition, there are almost 10 cities bidding for it. Now, it shows that Asian Games is really uprising to be the second largest games in the world. Commonwealth Games, you have to drop a level, to third position, from now on. Anyway, these two games are still at a great scale and proportion.

Now, South East Asia Games is being held at Palembang, Indonesia. The games, held once in every two years, is a regional games for ASEAN nation members which Malaysia is involved. Of course, there is no need at all to compare such scale with those mentioned earlier. It is just too bad that Malaysia does not aim high, for Asian Games, or even for Olympic Games. We can actually host games of such grand scale, but then many issues going on here in Malaysia from the government that halted the aim for that. Too bad, that’s Malaysia. It is a joke that even Bangkok of Thailand has hosted Asian Games for like 5 times, and Kuala Lumpur never even hosted one. We have bid for that before several times, but we keep on cancelling it due to high cost of hosting. What on earth.! All the money just goes to the pocket, no wonder the reason of high cost is cited! Angry! Really no hope for Vision (Wawasan) 2020 already! Okay…forget about it…for Gold Coast, good luck and all the best for 2018 Commonwealth Games…it’s really your time to shine!

 

Pyeongchang to host Winter Olympics 2018

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by vincentloy

Have you heard of a place named Pyeongchang in South Korea before? I guess not many would have known the place, which is a small county in Gangwon Province, 180km east of Seoul, the capital of the nation. The place is the most famous winter sports location in South Korea, but I didn’t even hear about it during my trip to the country a year ago. The reason might be probably the far distance from Pyeongchang to Seoul. However, after yesterday, Pyeongchang would be recognizable by the world, as it will hosts the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Yesterday on the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, the winning city is announced after voting by members of International Olympic Committee. Pyeongchang won majority of the votes even in Round 1, that led to the direct winning of the city with 63 votes, while the other two competing cities, Munich of Germany took 25 votes and Annecy of France took only 7 votes. Pyeongchang had finally won its third consecutive bid, after failing narrowly to Vancouver of Canada for 2010 and Sochi of Russia for 2014 edition. The bidding clip and presentation by Pyeongchang representative below:

South Korea would then be the only Asian country to host the three major sporting events of the world (Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup with Japan) besides than Japan. 2018 Winter Olympic Games is scheduled to take place between 9 and 24 February 2018, which is around 7 years from now, leaving sufficient time for the city’s development of facilities and environment for the biggest multi-sport winter event. I did see part of their final presentation yesterday for wanting to host the games, and there is no doubt that the presenters’ English proficiency  is at poor level but their effort is there to convince the IOC members to have faith on Pyeongchang in doing the hosting job. Picture below showing President of IOC, Jacques Rogge revealing the winning city for 2018 Winter Olympics.

The proposed plan of Pyeongchang city is clear and simple, to have two main sporting areas, namely Alpensia Cluster and Coastal Cluster, with each having facilities and arenas for different winter sports. There are two stand-alone venues which are not far from the Alpensia Cluster, the main focus of the games. The plan is emphasizing on short distance between the sporting facilities and venues, providing convenience to the athletes, spectators, and the medias. The city will also undergoes huge transformation to cater for high number of people staying for the games, with the focus on the proposed high speed train from Incheon Airport to Seoul and finally to Pyeongchang which would took only 50 minutes.

Their objective in mainly on time management of every group of people related to the games. The representatives from the city would have had great amount of experience to deal with the bidding this time, after losing out twice previously, and their hard work is finally paid off with the games awarded to them. Hosting a games of such scale would definitely showcase the city and the nation to the world. The bidding logo of Pyeongchang below…I guess the official logo for the games would be changed and finalized later.

For my nation, Malaysia whom always did not perform well in games bidding, had expressed intention to host 2019 or 2023 Asian Games, but there is no positive news on that issue, and it is reported from the government that we have insufficient money to host it. Where is all the money gone to? Everyone knows….No hope anymore for Malaysia. What a shame, even an infamous city like Pyeongchang could host a games of similar scale!

Kuala Lumpur 2020???

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2009 by vincentloy

Everybody especially the locals knew that Malaysia has one great aim…to successfully accomplish the Vision 2020 (Wawasan 2020)…this vision is set by the former prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir who brought a lot of changes to the country…

His long-serving to the country benefited the country the most, from the building of the world tallest buildings (by the time of its completion), the Petronas Twin Towers, among the world best airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KL’s landmark tower, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Sepang Circuit, the administrative city of Putrajaya, the National Sports Complex, and many more..

During his years, we saw the successful completion of the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games (SUKOM 1998)..the games is the second most grandest games in the world, behind the Olympic Games.how lucky that KL had been chosen to host the international games…the moments on the time will never be forgotten.

The main point of this post is that will Kuala Lumpur be able to host the world most recognized games, the Summer Olympic Games in 2020 (XXXII Olympiad) , or commonly known as Olympiad? Let’s see…this video is not the real video of the KL 2020 Olympic Bid, and is not of my work too…

Kuala Lumpur will be considered a developed nation by year 2020, and we are sure the citizens will gave their fully support to the government to host the prestigious games…the government will place a strong bid to be contested with other potential countries in  getting the host…Kuala Lumpur will be a strong contender by the time, but the chance of winning it is very minimal if Malaysia didn’t work hard for it!

To get the host city:

– Have to be a developed nation, with developed society, booming economy and clean politics.

– Have a new proper upgraded infrastructures (new stadiums and new sports complex, the old National Sports Complex can’t be used anymore, it’s old, it’s dirty, it’s doesn’t look nice)

– The government should submit a strong plan on great intention to host the Olympic Games to show that the country has the full capability to host such a big games. Suggest new logo for the city olympic, new theme song, new torch relay logo, new torch relay theme song, etc which are very meaningful. [Like the video below, this is fake and is just a suggestion, haha, the video is found by me from youtube and is not of my work]

– The government should allocates a sum of big budget for this prestigious games. They should save now and don’t put the in your own pockets.

– Have the right amount of people (the willing ones) to support the games and participates in the games especially the opening and closing ceremonies.

– With great creativity (in design of new stadiums, sports complex, opening and closing ceremonies) [make use of latest modern technologies]

– Take and learn from the examples like from the recent Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Doha 2006 Asian Games, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, London 2012 Olympic Games, etc…

– Make sure the city is developed with beautiful skyline, clean surrounding, green environment, generous people, efficient infrastructures and facilities.

There are a lot of potential cities wanted to bid for 2020 Olympiad, such as from (the bolded are the strong potential countries)

South AfricaCape Town, Durban

Asia – Busan, South Korea               – Doha, Qatar

          – Delhi, India                                – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Europe – Istanbul, Turkey                        – Rome, Italy

                – Prague, Czech Republic             – St. Petersburgh, Russia

                – Warsaw, Poland

North America

– United States of America – Birmingham, Boston or Minneapolis.

– Monterrey, Mexico

Toronto, Canada

South America – Lima, Peru

The selection process for the host city has not begin and the winning city is expected to be announced in mid-2013. (long time to go) KL should do something now to let the International Olympic Committee see how capable we are!

Really hoped that KL win beat others to win the hosting right! Malaysia Boleh! if boleh, baru boleh!

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