Olympic host city bidding under discussion

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IOC President Thomas Bach, pictured at the Nanjing Youth Olympics closing ceremony.
IOC President Thomas Bach, pictured at the Nanjing Youth Olympics closing ceremony. © Lixin

Cities may in future be invited to bid for hosting rights to the Olympic Games under a new set of recommendations being discussed by the International Olympic Committee.

Following a two-day meeting in Montreux this week, the IOC’s Executive Board agreed on 40 recommendations that will shape the future of the Olympic Movement. The recommendations – centred on the three themes of sustainability, credibility and youth – will be voted upon by the full IOC Membership at the 127th IOC session in Monaco on December 8 and 9.

The IOC's Executive Board, taken ahead of this week's  127th IOC session, in Monaco.
The IOC’s Executive Board, before this week’s 127th IOC session in Montruex. © IOC/Christophe Moratal

Key areas addressed in the recommendations included possible changes to the bidding process, shaping it more as an invitation and to reduce costs. More flexibility with regard to the composition of the Olympic programme was also recommended, while respecting the limitations of athletes, coaches and other support personnel. The launch of an Olympic TV channel was proposed, along with measures to strengthen the governance of the IOC and Olympic Movement.

All the recommendations will be made public in mid-November after the IOC members have had the opportunity to study them.

“We have concluded here a very constructive and fruitful meeting of the IOC Executive Board,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

“The 40 detailed recommendations are like individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, which when put together give us a clear picture of what the future of the Olympic Movement will look like.”

The chairs of the 14 Working Groups established to refine the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations summarised their work during presentations to the Executive Board over the last two days. As well as members of the Olympic Movement, the Working Groups also consisted of experts from civil society, including the United Nations, Google/YouTube, Transparency International, the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank.

The recommendations were also debated by the IOC commissions, two Olympic Summits and the 126th IOC Session in Sochi. In total, some 1200 ideas from 270 direct contributions, including more than 40,000 submissions from members of the public, were received during the process.

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