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So the Olympics might be coming back to London

Posted at 4:30 pm, May 9, 2014 in News, Olympics & Paralympics
Hosting the Olympics is pretty brilliant. (Photo: Nick Redman)

Hey guys, remember the Olympics? The parachuting queen? Super Saturday? That guy constantly making a McDonald’s sign on his head? Pretty amazing, wasn’t it? Well, good news – the Games could be coming back. It sounds ridiculous and too good to be true, but there’s a very, very small chance it could happen.

Thanks to the tardiness of Rio de Janeiro in getting its shit together for the 2016 Games, Olympic bosses have reportedly asked London if it could potentially step in and become the first ever back-to-back Olympic host of the modern era.

The news comes after a recent visit to Rio de Janeiro by International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates went less than smoothly, with Coates describing the Brazilian city’s preparations for its upcoming Games as ‘the worst I’ve experienced’. How bad? Construction hasn’t even started on some venues yet and there are major delays to infrastructure improvements. Overall, it’s estimated that Brazil is around 10 percent of the way through its pre-Game prep. Compare that to two years before the London Games, when we’d sorted out 60 percent.

Still, don’t unfurl the Union flags or start sending Tweets to Tom Daley just yet – a spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee has described the prospect of the 2016 Games being shifted from Brazil to London as ‘unfeasible’.

What do you reckon – would London be able to cope with the Olympics again in 2016, and would you welcome the Games back? 

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