Comments on: Diversity of cities bidding for events makes comparisons tricky http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/rowlandjack/2011/11/06/diversity-of-cities-bidding-for-events-makes-comparisons-tricky/ Rowland Jack on International Sport Mon, 02 Jan 2012 13:26:51 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 hourly 1 By: Peter Murphy http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/rowlandjack/2011/11/06/diversity-of-cities-bidding-for-events-makes-comparisons-tricky/comment-page-1/#comment-1270 Peter Murphy Mon, 07 Nov 2011 13:59:55 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/rowlandjack/?p=467#comment-1270 Hi Rowland, I should have said upfront that great original article and thoroughly agree that in both the IAAF and CGF's case this week will see some very different candidates (one factual correction - it's Gold Coast that's bidding for the Commonwealth Games, not Brisbane :-) However I still don't buy the YOG argument I'm afraid. What innovations are you talking about? Mixed national and continental teams? 3 on 3 basketball? Can't see either catching on frankly. Rogge's most notable (well, sole really) achievement as head of the European Olympic Committees, the job he had before becoming President, was creating theEuropean Youth Olympic Festival. When he became IOC president, he was determined to repeat the trick and pushed for the creation of the YOG. They don't really make much sense, which is why perhaps there's always been such a lack of enthusiasm for them amongst senior IOC leadership. Promoting healthy living by gathering 3,000 of the fittest young people in the world and lecturing them? That's preaching to the converted. Mixing teams to promote x-cultural understanding? These kids are some of the best-travelled on the planet. The IOC and SYOGOC each blame the other for the 'mission-creep' that saw costs balloon to $1.4bn, but either way it's a vanity event with no clear purpose. The Commonwealth Youth Games isn't a new invention btw - this year's were the fouth. Hi Rowland,

I should have said upfront that great original article and thoroughly agree that in both the IAAF and CGF’s case this week will see some very different candidates (one factual correction – it’s Gold Coast that’s bidding for the Commonwealth Games, not Brisbane :-)

However I still don’t buy the YOG argument I’m afraid. What innovations are you talking about? Mixed national and continental teams? 3 on 3 basketball? Can’t see either catching on frankly.

Rogge’s most notable (well, sole really) achievement as head of the European Olympic Committees, the job he had before becoming President, was creating theEuropean Youth Olympic Festival. When he became IOC president, he was determined to repeat the trick and pushed for the creation of the YOG.

They don’t really make much sense, which is why perhaps there’s always been such a lack of enthusiasm for them amongst senior IOC leadership. Promoting healthy living by gathering 3,000 of the fittest young people in the world and lecturing them? That’s preaching to the converted. Mixing teams to promote x-cultural understanding? These kids are some of the best-travelled on the planet.

The IOC and SYOGOC each blame the other for the ‘mission-creep’ that saw costs balloon to $1.4bn, but either way it’s a vanity event with no clear purpose.

The Commonwealth Youth Games isn’t a new invention btw – this year’s were the fouth.

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By: Rowland Jack http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/rowlandjack/2011/11/06/diversity-of-cities-bidding-for-events-makes-comparisons-tricky/comment-page-1/#comment-1269 Rowland Jack Mon, 07 Nov 2011 08:55:37 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/rowlandjack/?p=467#comment-1269 Innovations are being tested at the YOG which may ultimately be implemented at the Olympic Games. It will take a few years to see how things progress. The Commonwealth Youth Games is a welcome new development. Innovations are being tested at the YOG which may ultimately be implemented at the Olympic Games. It will take a few years to see how things progress. The Commonwealth Youth Games is a welcome new development.

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By: Peter Murphy http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/rowlandjack/2011/11/06/diversity-of-cities-bidding-for-events-makes-comparisons-tricky/comment-page-1/#comment-1267 Peter Murphy Sun, 06 Nov 2011 18:45:06 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/rowlandjack/?p=467#comment-1267 Rowland, I'd like to know quite how, in establishing two entirely new sporting events (winter and summer Youth Olympic Games or YOGs) in an already crowded calendar, the IOC can be described as 'helping reduce cost and complexity'? The inaugural Singapore summer YOG cost US$1.4bn - an astronomical sum for a junior games. A better example surely would be the Commonwealth Youth Games - recently held on the Isle of Man. That was an event that was hugely successful and on an appropriate scale for the host. PM Rowland,

I’d like to know quite how, in establishing two entirely new sporting events (winter and summer Youth Olympic Games or YOGs) in an already crowded calendar, the IOC can be described as ‘helping reduce cost and complexity’? The inaugural Singapore summer YOG cost US$1.4bn – an astronomical sum for a junior games. A better example surely would be the Commonwealth Youth Games – recently held on the Isle of Man. That was an event that was hugely successful and on an appropriate scale for the host.

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