Has Ireland ever had a bid to host summer olympics? For obvious reasons it is not very likely that winter olympics would ever be held in Ireland.
At the time of the last olympics four yars ago many people said that the games will never again be hosted by such a small country like Greece is. However, one could easily predict that the games will be held in Greece again sometime in the future as Greece is the home of the olympics but will the games ever be held in another small country again. Where does the limit of the size of the country go how big a country must be in order to host olympics.
On wednesday the IOC selected four cities out of seven which will compete to host the 2016 games. Baku, Doha and Prague were rejected. The remaining four are Madrid, Chicago, Tokyo and Rio De Janeiro.
Which of them will be selected? As the games won't be held twice in a row on the same continent, Madrid is out but almost certain winner to host the 2020 games.
Rio de Janeiro has two weaknesses; Their infrastructure is not up to the standard. Besides, the football world cup 2014 will be held in Brazil and the same country won't get two such high profile events within such a short period of time.
That leaves only Tokyo and Chicago. My bet is Chicago.
Has there ever been discussion in Ireland to go for the games? After all, the bidding-process is very expensive and if you lose all the money is wasted. Besides, hosting the olympic games has been an economic disaster for many host cities. The games were held in Barcelona 16 years ago. The city is still in debt up to its eyeballs because of the unprofitable games.
We possibly could find the money for it but few would see it as being justified considering all the other projects that need investment. I saw reports earlier in the week detailing how many Greek Olympic sites are now practically abandoned, the same and worse would happen here. To justify holding the games you have to look at the long term benefit(or burden) to the country.
It has been said that the last "pure" olympics were held in Helsinki 1952. Everything was so small scale back then. All the facilities built for the games are now in public use. All the houses built to accomodate the guests were very much needed after the games.
Of course, that was then, over 50 years ago and the same wouldn't apply today. Even if there are existing facilities for the games to take place every bidder must convince the IOC that they are going to build much grander.
Ask Gay Mitchell, for those of us old enough to remember Gay proposed that Dublin should make a bid for the Olympics, I think it was during his term of office as Lord Mayor.
Actually, he suggested that Dublin should look to develop the infrastructure necessary to be able to think about making a bid, not that we should make a bid out of the blue. The benefit would be that to be in a position to think about making a bid, we would develop the social and transport infrastructure which would be of use to us anyway, and that as steps to that aim we should aim to host other smaller international events like UEFA cup finals, European Athletics finals and so on.
we would develop the social and transport infrastructure which would be of use to us anyway, and that as steps to that aim we should aim to host other smaller international events like UEFA cup finals, European Athletics finals and so on.
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