Did you see the Mayor said he was interested in London hosting the Olympics again in 2036? What a bloody stupid idea.
It's not new news, the possibility was mentioned in the Evening Standard in 2019, then expressed more clearly just before the Mayoral elections in 2021, but what is new is that Sadiq says he has a team working on maybe putting in a bid, or at least a few people sending each other a few emails occasionally, so basically just a pie in the sky idea at the moment, but still a bloody stupid idea.
He says it'd be a Green Games because it could use the same venues as last time, but West Ham aren't going to give up their stadium for a summer and the Basketball Arena is now flats and the Hockey Arena is going to be flats and the Water Polo Arena is going to be the V&A and most of the backroom areas are already flats and basically there isn't room for a full-on Olympic experience because 2012's legacy is flats so it's a bloody stupid idea.
Also it's not our turn, it'd only be 12 years since Europe last hosted the Games whereas it'd be 16 for Asia, they deserve it more, and Africa's never hosted it, also London only hosted it ten years ago ffs so that'd only be a 24 year gap, no other city's ever had it back so soon, Paris 1900/1924 excepted, but seriously, how dare we have the smug audacity to demand it back when other parts of the world ought to have their turn, it really is a bloody stupid idea.
Cairo's expressed an interest in 2036 which'd be Africa's first, and in Asia there's interest from India, 12 Chinese cities, Jakarta, Vladivostok and greedy Qatar, then in the Americas there's the likelihood of a joint Toronto/Montreal bid or a quartet of Mexican cities, and other European cities are literally queueing up, notably Turin, Florence/Bologna, Istanbul, St Petersburg, Sochi, Copenhagen, Odessa and the showstopping suggestion of Berlin pairing up with Tel Aviv 100 years after Hitler's Olympics, London's potential bid doesn't look quite so amazing in that company does it, indeed it's a bloody stupid idea.
Also do you seriously think the current government would sanction a London bid for the Olympics, that's London for heaven's sake, they have a capital-bashing levelling-up agenda, they'd undoubtedly go for somewhere northern instead, Birmingham at the very least, more likely Manchester, or even Glasgow if it looked like the Scots might be thinking of voting for independence again, even Middlesbrough is more likely than fatcat thriving stuck-up London, especially under whatever populist PM the shire Tories end up electing, so it's not just a bloody stupid idea, it's bloody unlikely too.
Also the IOC is all about awarding Games to "multiple cities, regions, or countries" these days, it's part of their new Olympic Agenda 2020+5 strategic roadmap, even Brisbane in 2032 is going to be spread across the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, it's very much the way of the future, even the World Cup's going to be a Canada/Mexico/USA event in 2026, the UK'd better off going with a Northern Powerhouse option, even a joint bid with Ireland, because London won't win by inviting the world back to a patch of grass near Stratford, it's a dated and bloody stupid idea.
We've got ideas above our station, it's not our turn, we need to learn humility and patience and give the rest of the world a chance, you'd never recreate 2012 anyway, it's just the Mayor playing politics, he should drop this ball and go administer something less stupid instead.