Olympic Committee to make bidding process easier and cheaper

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 5, 2009 9:00 am

According to reports, many of the delegates at the IOC conference in Copenhagen were displeased with Rio de Janeiro’s appointment for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games.  One delegate went on record saying, “The International Olympic Committee has to make the bidding process by cities simpler and cheaper while reining in their ambitions. At the same time, the IOC has to stop giving equal weighting to bidding cities in its final evaluation, and prevent the use of “sympathy votes” for weaker bidders that have the effect of undermining better candidates.”

IOC member Gunilla Lundberg, the secretary-general of the Association of National Olympic Committees said, “We need to find a way to lower the financial burden on the host city without risking the sport competition quality.  The demands placed on cities bidding for the Olympic Games today is on the edge of being unrealistic.” The cost of hosting the Olympic Games is currently estimated to be around $4 Billion dollars, which leaves some cities out of the bidding process.  Lundberg added, “Bid cities are spending millions and millions of dollars to bid, which makes it impossible for the smaller [National Olympic Committees] and cities even to think about bidding.”

Swiss IOC member Denis Oswald told the press “the process is too long and convoluted and open to abuse. I want the IOC to issue guidelines that would prevent cities incapable of hosting the Games from even bidding, and then shorten the process.”  Should new guidelines be implemented they would not be used until the decision on the hosting city for the 2018 Winter Games.