Sunday Herald Sun
RINGS CRAFT HOST RIVALS CRY FOUL
Rival bidders aren’t the only ones miffed that Brisbane has been all but assured of hosting the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.
A handful of countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East have been crying foul that southeast Queensland got the jump on them for 2032 and are letting everyone know about it.
Dagmar Freitag, who is the chair of the German Sports Committee, has gone public with her criticism of the process, saying it was inferior to the old system where International Olympic Committee members decided the winner with a vote.
“The new selection system, praised by IOC President Thomas Bach as ‘more cost-effective and apolitical, and also preventing any unacceptable influence’ can hardly be surpassed in terms of non-transparency,” she said.
The IOC cops a lot of flak that is often deserved but, in this case, Olympic officials got it right when they changed an outdated system for selecting hosts.
That method was failing badly because it had become far too expensive for smaller populated regions like southeast Queensland to win when they were up against megacities.
The fallout in Japan over the sexist remarks from the former Tokyo Olympics boss Yoshiro Mori shows no sign of abating.
Even though the former Japanese Prime Minister resigned from his role as President of Tokyo 2020, more than 1000 people who had agreed to serve as volunteers during the Games have quit specifically because of Mori’s comments.