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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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Hanoi won bidding to host 2019 Asian Games

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2012 by vincentloy

At the recent General Assembly of Olympic Council of Asia held at Macau, Hanoi is selected to host the 18th Asian Games in 2019 after winning the bid against Surabaya of Indonesia. There are three finalist candidates in the beginning; Hanoi of Vietnam, Surabaya of Indonesia and Dubai of United Arab Emirates. Looking from that, Dubai had a very high probability of being chosen to host the games. However, the city dropped out at last minute leaving only two candidates on the run for the hosting right of the games. The reason behind it is unknown. KL is not bidding? Ahh…expected.

Asian Games is held once every four years, in similar pattern to the Olympic Games. Asian Games, or simply known as Asiad governed by Olympic Council of Asia, is held two years before the next Summer Olympic Games. However, decision had been made earlier to push the games only a year before the Summer Olympic Games. Hence, after the 17th Asian Games at Incheon in 2014, the 18th edition would be in 2019 (not 2018). Congratulation to Hanoi of Vietnam for being selected to host this games in 2019, popularly known as the second largest sporting event in the world, just behind the Summer Olympic Games.

There is a high potential for the city of Hanoi or even the whole country of Vietnam to grow rapidly beginning these recent years. But well, it takes time. However, I believe by 2019, many things in Vietnam would have been better and that they could stage a wonderful games. By then, they would be much developed then. This games had been brought to much massive proportion on its previous edition in Guangzhou 2010. The games was awesome and fantastic. China is definitely capable and intellectual on showcasing brilliant stuff on its unforgettable opening and closing ceremonies not only from Beijing 2008 Olympic Games but also from Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.

But wait…now even Hanoi would be the host to the Asian Games later. When is the turn for Kuala Lumpur? I find it very shameful and disappointing  for the much more developed capital of Malaysia, KL. KL lost bidding to this games twice, in 2006 to Doha and 2010 to Guangzhou. After that, KL just disappeared from bidding again by citing cost reason. Don’t tell me that KL had no money in this situation and now, even Hanoi had no financial problem over it. Shameful to the government that made such silly decision! KL had never hosted Asian Games which would usually bring much benefits to the country. And for your information, even Bangkok of Thailand had hosted the games for 5 times, if I’m not mistaken. KL, not even once! This is a major problem, our nation’s ‘face’ is gone! Oh…please, bring Asian Games, then Olympic Games to KL! All of us would love it! By the way, congratulation once again to Hanoi!

See you, Hanoi 2019!

Six applicant cities bidding for 2020 Summer Olympic Games announced.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by vincentloy

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is pleased to announce that six cities have been put forward by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to apply to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020. The cities, in alphabetical order, are: Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan).

The six Applicant Cities will now proceed to Phase 1 of the IOC’s two-step procedure, which will lead to the election of the 2020 host city in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013.

• Phase 1, known as the Candidature Acceptance Procedure, focuses on a technical review and the cities’ ability to host the Olympic Games in 2020. Cities are required to answer a questionnaire, and their answers are studied by the IOC. At the end of this first phase, the IOC EB selects the cities that will become Candidate Cities and therefore move on to Phase 2.

• Phase 2, known as the Candidature Procedure, concentrates on Games operational matters. Candidate Cities will be requested to submit their Candidature File – which is an in-depth description of their Olympic project – and will be subject to a technical assessment made by a visiting team – the IOC Evaluation Commission. The IOC Evaluation Commission’s appraisal will be published in a report and sent to the IOC members no later than one month before they cast their votes on 7 September 2013 and in time for the 2020 briefing for IOC Members. The report will also be available to the public on www.olympic.org.

(Excerpt above is taken from this source: http://www.olympic.org/media?articleid=138217)

Out of the 6 applicant cities, I predict three will prevail above the others which should be very obvious for many people too; Madrid, Rome and Tokyo, the three great urban centers. Madrid and Tokyo lost for 2016 bid as far as I remembered, but this both cities would have a good bidding experience for 2020. Rome is a historical and an iconic heritage city of the West and hence, an Olympic Games held in such city would be interesting. The other three that I see less hope in are Baku which I have never even heard of this city’s name before (popularity of a city is an issue also), Doha (which hosted the 2006 Asian Games successfully but comes with many delays which proved to be leaving with bad records, and also hosting 2022 FIFA World Cup which the time margin is only 2 years) and Istanbul which had no experience for such big sporting event before and failed for many times not even being listed as candidate city.

By the way, I thought my home city, Kuala Lumpur would be applying for the games to coincide with Vision 2020 of a developed nation in year 2020? Ahh, I remember few months back, our Prime Minister decided not to apply due to high costs and Malaysia is not ready for it. But wait, even Qatar, Turkey and Azerbaijan applied for it, and Malaysia think it is not the right time yet?! When is the right time then, two decades later? Malaysia had been waiting too long for another mega sporting event after the 1998 Commonwealth Games, and another bad news is that Malaysia also withdrawn from the bidding for 2019 Asian Games. The main reason is cost!? Where does all the money goes? Everyone knows. If the government keeps on to this kind of attitude, Malaysia would never excel not only in sporting, but also in all other aspects essential for a true development of a nation. So, by then, for 2020, let’s forget about the aim for developed nation!

Back to this Olympic Games bidding. The application and bidding for 2020 edition just started and there is a long way to go before the voting and decision announced on September 2013 at IOC Congress in Buenos Aires. Even Kuala Lumpur lost to Buenos Aires in bidding of just to host the IOC Congress. KL had a poor performance in bidding. Very minimal hope for KL in future, not only in Olympics, but also even in smaller scale like Asian Games which KL had never even hosted before. I’m looking forward for London 2012, Rio 2016, and a great city out of the 6 applicant cities for 2020 edition!

Tonight gonna be the night, Guangzhou 2010

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2010 by vincentloy

2002 – Guangzhou expresses early intention to host Asian Games, after successful Beijing 2008 Olympic bid.

2004 – Guangzhou officially won the bid to host 16th Asian Games after Kuala Lumpur withdrawn due to high cost of hosting the event.

The bidding video:

2005 – Proposal submitted earlier for the planning of the games was revised and taken into action. Everything in words were then started to be realized.

2006 – Guangzhou learning from the successful 15th Asian Games in Doha, aiming to outbeat previous games. Guangzhou promoting 16th Asian Games at Doha 2006 closing ceremony.

2008 – All new infrastructures were in schedule of construction and existing ones were being in process of upgrading. Guangzhou learnt from the successful Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

2009 – Guangzhou aiming to get more sponsors,and with help of the capital, Beijing, Guangzhou is planning for a grandeur games. Everything is on track.

2010 – All infrastructures were ready and tested, public plazas and parks were built, public transportations were upgraded, iconic landmarks were built, the people (volunteers, organizers, residents) are ready, Guangzhou is prepared…

——————— 12th November 2010 ———————

The night that everyone around the world is anticipating for a successful beginning of the world largest Asian Games, Guangzhou 2010.

The night that everyone would love to watch an interesting, exciting and surprising opening ceremony of Guangzhou 2010.

The night that every hard works by the organizers and volunteers are paid off and they would be proud of their achievements over past 6 years.

The night that all Asians would be proud of becoming Asians, as China representing Asia showcase the best of the best, in history of sporting event, on par or even surpassing Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The night that many people would be seated in front of television to watch the live broadcast of the opening ceremony beginning 8pm (time of China, same with Malaysia), including myself…

Kuala Lumpur bidding for double hosting job!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2010 by vincentloy

The upcoming 10th of February 2010 will be the date, that the official host city for the 125th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Congress will be announced at Vancouver, Canada. How does this event related to my home city, Kuala Lumpur?

Kuala Lumpur had submitted a strong and potential bid to host the event. Kuala Lumpur is one of the two shortlisted cities bidding after certain evaluation, the other city is Buenos Aires. The IOC Evaluation Commission members made an inspection on November 19 – 20 last year of the proposed venues and facilities in KL.

             

Eemm…Singapore had hosted it in 2005, a country so near to Malaysia, that it would affects the KL bid. Since Malaysia is a largely Muslim country, awarding the IOC session to the country would be a good way of reaching out to the Muslim world. The 125th IOC Session will be very important because the 2020 Summer Olympic Games (to be the biggest in history) host city will be announced after bidding session, and the current President of IOC, Jacques Rogge will retire while a new president will be elected on the session. It would definitely gives an impact to the session’s hosting city, since all the IOC members and media are there.

The another hosting job, is the 2019 Asian Games. We have witnessed a successful Doha 2006 Asian Games, and we will expect the biggest Asian Games, Guangzhou 2010 this year. Then, Incheon 2014, South Korea. I thought 2018 would be the year?….no…no…no…Olympic Council of Asia had changed the year, so that Asian Games will be one year earlier than the Olympic Games. Hence, the next Asian Games after Incheon 2014 will be in year 2019. 9 years to go…but the application for the bids started already.

                               

After two previous failed attempts on bidding for Asian Games, Kuala Lumpur this time has strong confidence and potential to host 2019 Asian Games. Kuala Lumpur has all the infrastructure and facilities needed to host the games, of course, some upgrades are needed too, since the difference between KL Commonwealth Games 1998 with 2019 Asian Games is 21 years!!! Unexpected loss to Doha for 2006 Asiad, since KL is favoured during the bidding…KL lost just because of Doha’s economic wealth. The high budget planned for hosting 2010 Asian Games which is in favour of KL also has lead to withdrawal of KL and other cities, leaving only Guangzhou, which finally becomes the host city. KL did not bid for 2014, but now planned for a strong and capable 2019 bid. The result will be announced in 2013, long way to go…since the application and bidding process takes a long time.

                    

Wish that KL will finally win the right to host 2019 Asian Games! Too bad that Olympic Council of Asia restricted the games to only 35 sports, if not, KL will be planning for the biggest Asian Games in history. The other potential cities bidding for 2019 Asian Games are: Dubai (UAE), Hanoi (Vietnam), Hong Kong (China), Manila (Phillipines), Singapore, Taipei (Taiwan), Colombo (Sri Lanka), and of course Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). [The bolded ones are the real capable and strong potential cities]

The current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had mentioned that the country will not bid for 2020 Summer Olympic Games to fullfill Wawasan (Vision) 2020, because the country is not ready for it, since the country now focused on the 2019 Asian Games first before going further. However, there might be chance for KL to host Olympic Games by 2024 or 2028.

UPDATES – 11/2/2010

Kuala Lumpur lost to Buenos Aires for the right to host the historic 125th IOC Session in year 2013, which will decide on the host city for 2020 Summer Olympic Games and elect a new president replacing Jacques Rogge. Kuala Lumpur gained 31 votes while Buenos Aires gained 58 votes. It seems that KL fails again, let’s hope KL would emerged as the winner for the bidding of host city for 2019 Asian Games.

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!

================= KL 2020=================