Wait, why not Honolulu in 2024?

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Because no one understands the difference between a prank and just lying on April Fools Day, a University of Hawaii news site reported Monday that Honolulu is planning to submit a bid for the 2024 Olympics. Totally hilarious.

The story claimed that Mayor Pete Carlisle – who is the real mayor of Honolulu – said, “If the IOC is interested in making a non-traditional choice for 2024, we think Honolulu is the city to beat.”

Which I guess is a joke… kind of. I mean, it fooled some semi-legitimate news sources. But that statement actually makes sense, and got me thinking: Why not Honolulu for the 2024 Olympics? The USOC didn’t send one of its 35 letters to Honolulu, but who doesn’t want to go to Hawaii for the Games? And, as a go-to tourist destination, what amenities do they not already have available?

The USOC’s requirements to host the Games include 45,000 hotel rooms (check), an international airport (boom), a workforce of more than 200,000 people (probably), and public transit (we’ve got a decade). But Hawaii could probably win the 2024 Olympics bid based simply on perfect weather, a location people already want to go to, and places to play sports in public. And we could add surfing.

The story also argued that places like London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Paris were “hogging” all the Games, and it’s time to give other cities a chance. Like Honolulu (also: Istanbul). Which seems fair.

So Phoenix still gets my vote, mostly for being the location of my birth and the best place to watch a sporting event in America. But once everyone shoots me down for it being too hot, I think the next logical decision is Honolulu. Who’s with me?

IOC sanctions 3 boxers for betting on fights at Rio Olympics

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 02:  Gold medalist Michael Conlan of Northern Ireland celebrates after the Men's Bantam (56kg) Final at SSE Hydro during day ten of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on August 2, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has sanctioned three boxers – two from Ireland and one from Britain – for betting on fights at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Olympic Committee issued “severe reprimands” to Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.

None of the boxers won medals.

The IOC says all three placed bets on fights at the games, but adds that “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”

Athletes and officials are banned from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.

The IOC says, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the three boxers must undergo an “educational program.”

The Irish and British national Olympic committees also received reprimands for “not having properly informed” their athletes of the betting rules.

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Tokyo to propose moving more venues for Olympics

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TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s original plans for a compact Olympics in 2020 continue to fall by the wayside.

A Tokyo government panel is set to propose moving more venues outside of the city – including hundreds of kilometers (miles) away – in order to save money, the latest in a series of changes since the Japanese capital was awarded the games three years ago.

Among the venues being reviewed are those for volleyball, swimming, rowing and canoe sprint, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.

Public broadcaster NHK said the panel would propose moving rowing and canoeing to Tome City, about 440 kilometers (270 miles) northeast of Tokyo in the prefecture of Miyagi. Tome was one of several cities severely affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The city is approximately 70 kilometers (45 miles) north of Sendai, which is a three-hour train ride from Tokyo.

Details of the proposed changes are expected to be made public Thursday at a meeting of a taskforce for metropolitan government reform.

The changes would require approval of the International Olympic Committee and the individual international sports federations.

The government panel was set up earlier this month by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who is determined to reduce the soaring costs.

Tokyo won the right to host the games in 2013 by promising a compact bid with 28 of the 31 competition venues within an eight-kilometer (5-mile) radius of the Olympic Village. Originally, only shooting, modern pentathlon and one football venue were to be outside the eight-kilometer radius.

Already, venues for basketball, taekwondo and cycling have been moved outside of Tokyo to maximize existing facilities. Cycling was moved to Izu, some 145 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of the capital.

Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori acknowledged in July that the cost of building seven temporary venues for the Olympics had surged to an estimated $2.6 billion, up from an initial estimate of $690 million.

Mori said the original figures were the result of sloppy calculations which he blamed on the Tokyo metropolitan government and the Japanese Olympic Committee.

The organizing committee hasn’t disclosed an official estimate of the overall costs but has acknowledged it will be considerably higher than the $3.5 billion that was forecast in the bid.

Preparations for the games have been plagued by a series of scandals involving the new national stadium, the official logo and allegations of bribery in the bidding process.

Work on the new national stadium has fallen behind schedule because the government abandoned an original design amid spiraling costs. The total costs for staging the Olympics are shared by the organizing committee, the Tokyo municipal government and the national government.

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