IOC in talks with fifth city over 2024 bid: Bach

Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:41am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee is in talks with a fifth city in addition to Boston, Hamburg, Rome and Paris over a possible bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

Four of the six candidate cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics dropped out and the IOC is desperate to avoid a repeat of that in the race to host the 2024 Summer showpiece.

Bach has staked his leadership of the Olympic movement on his Agenda 2020 reform package, part of which is to make the bidding process for the Games financially less onerous for cities and the IOC's role more proactive.

"Boston, Hamburg and Rome have formerly declared and there are strong signals coming from France with Paris and we're in talks with one other city so the field very strong," he told a news conference in Sydney.

"And perhaps by the 15th of September it may even be stronger than it is today.

"One of the reforms of the agenda is we have created this new invitation phase, which means the IOC is inviting all the countries who are considering a bid to consult with the IOC."

"We give them all the information they need, we do a sort of 'know-how' transfer before they decide to bid so they have all facts in their hands.

"There are also countries not among the four I mentioned who showed interest."   Continued...

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during the IOC Executive Board meeting in Rio de Janeiro February 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Pilar Olivares