IOC have just announced the final shortlist of cities bidding for the 2020 Olympics, and only 3 cities have made it to the final phase this time
It looks like Istanbul
and Tokyo are the favorites, and it should be close between them. Tokyo
is the safer pick, but because of Beijing
2008 and Pyeongchang
2018 their chances are hurt. Istanbul have showed commitment to IOC by attempting to bid for last 3 Olympics, have increased their global sports presence, but their ability to host such a big event is still a bit unknown. Madrid
's chances are hurt with the current economic situation in Spain.
submitted bids but weren't accepted into the final phase. Rome
placed a bid but then withdrew.
The next step in the process is for each city to submit their bid book by January. The vote isn't until next September.
I've been to all these places, except Baku. I would have loved for Rome to have hosted. It's a shame they had to withdraw.
Tokyo's a nice city but it's such a massive place that it's hard to see Olympics fever really captivating the whole city and it's so densely populated as it is. It's hard to imagine what the Olympics would be like there unless they were in an area a good distance from the city, which would kind of take away from it a bit. The venue's for London are a bit outside the city centre but still very
accessible to a lot of Londoner's and visitors and not too far from populated areas.
Istanbul is a beautiful city and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a big city too so I think they could handle many aspects of hosting the games but I would feel that they would have more work to do than Tokyo or Madrid would. It'd be nice to see the Olympics in that part of the world.
I think Madrid would be a perfect candidate if Spain's finances were in better order. It's a beautiful place which has both historical and modern areas and it has a good climate. Though the summer heat can be fairly extreme.
Doha is not a very impressive place. I only took a quick tour around it for a few hours, early one morning in March. I'm sure they'd have the space to build a nice set of venues but there would be no atmosphere there and I don't think the people are quite used to large numbers of foreigners yet
. It's not a bad place but I'd hate to see the Olympics take place there. It just doesn't have enough to offer.
I've said this before and I'll say it again - I'm baffled that Pyeongchang won the Olympic bid. I've been to the top two ski resorts in Pyeongchang and they don't even really have decent advanced runs and what they do have is extremely limited. I can't imagine where a super G/Giant slalom ski event would take place there. They were the most well-funded bid (moreso than Munich and Annecy) and it was their third attempt and I believe this is why they were given the Winter Olympics. The Koreans will build good venues for anything taking place on ice but I feel like they're literally going to have to build a mountain for certain ski events!
Do you mean "qualifications"?