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.