Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have approved a series of proposals aimed at radically changing the bidding process for future Olympic Games, including ending the seven-year period before the event is awarded and creating powerful commissions to control the selection of the host city.
The changes received unanimous support earlier this week at the IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland, marking a significant overhaul of the increasingly difficult Games bid process.
The changes, initiated following a series of withdrawals for the recent summer and winter Olympics, will take effect once the board of directors determines exactly how they will be implemented, but they could be used to select the host as early as 2030.
As part of the reforms, devised by a task force chaired by Australian IOC Vice-President John Coates, a flexible timetable has been put in place by removing from the Olympic Charter the requirement that the host city be elected for seven years. in advance.
Separate commissions for future hosts will be set up for the Summer and Winter Games to replace the current IOC Evaluation Commission.
The IOC says the updated process offers more flexibility, while Coates suggested that further double rewards following the decision to award Paris and Los Angeles respectively the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in 2017 were “everything. quite possible “.
Coates told reporters it was now up to the cities to figure out the new system now that the sweeping changes had been nodded, advising that “the challenge for them is to understand that it is not just about presenting a candidacy and follow that for a number of years before being considered before a vote by the Session.
“It should lead to a much deeper assessment at a much earlier stage, but on the positive side, it gives them the opportunity to be told it’s not good enough.
“You have to show us that you have government support if you want to get things done, for example.”
Coates also said that the IOC’s approval of the changes was one of the “most important milestones” in 123 years of the modern Olympics.
Speaking at the Session, IOC President Thomas Bach said the driving force that pushed the changes beyond the line was “the lack of public support”.
He added that “flexibility is a necessity to ensure good governance and have a sustainable Olympic Games in the future”.
Changes boost South East Queensland Games plans
The changes could bolster Southeast Queensland’s plans to host future Olympics, with the changes allowing regions and countries to bid for the event, rather than being limited to individual cities.
With South East Queensland exploring a bid to host the 2032 Olympics, Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner has said he supports the new process which increases the financial viability of bids for many regions.
Mayor Schrinner told the CBA “The announcement of the COA overnight is really positive, it’s a huge boost, there’s no question about it.
“In the past, the cost of bidding and organizing the Olympic Games was much higher.
“The IOC obviously understood that it had to reduce these costs to make the bid more affordable for cities and regions.”
Queensland Minister of Major Events Kate Jones said that while the benefits of hosting the Olympics should not be underestimated, it would require national support from the public and all levels of government.
Minister Jones said, “It’s important, however, when you watch the biggest sporting event in the world you absolutely need the support of the federal government because we know it would involve a significant investment. “
Earlier this year, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) said it would consider a multi-city bid for the 2032 games with events in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan, Redland and Toowoomba .
Images: IOC President Thomas Bach says the changes fill a “gap in public support” (top, courtesy of www.olympic.org), COA President John Coates said the change is one of the biggest milestones in Olympic history (middle, courtesy of www.olympic.org) and Brisbane, potential host of the 2032 Games (below).
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