IOC to bring in cheaper, easier bidding for Games

Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:42am EST
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By Karolos Grohmann

LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - Bidding for the Olympics will become cheaper, easier and more attractive while sports will enter the Games quicker, the IOC said on Tuesday, presenting the biggest changes in decades in the way the Games are organised and run.

"We have to look into the future and try to address the challenges which may arise in the future and the challenges we have already now," said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, presenting the IOC's 40 recommendations.

"We want to show with this procedure that the IOC is opening up, that we are opening a window and we want to have fresh wind coming in," he told reporters.

The IOC set up working groups, combing through 40,0000 submissions of suggestions for change through their open call for ideas. The proposals will be voted on in December.

Bid cities will no longer need to abide by extensive prerequisites or carry the considerable financial burden.

Four of the six cities bidding for the 2022 winter Games dropped out, fearful of costs and a lack of support, denting the Games' reputation as a lucrative project.

"There is no one-size-fits-all solution for the organization of the Olympic Games," said Bach, adding the IOC would foot part of the bill for bidding, including paying for evaluation commission visits.

Future hosts can also stage events outside the city or even outside the country for reasons of sustainability, breaking with a long Olympic tradition of one host city/nation.   Continued...

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach poses for a group photo with athletes around the world before a round table to present the new Olympic agenda 2020 discussions at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Christophe Bott/Pool