POSTED: November 13th 2008

Bid sports: How it will work

Lausanne: the heart of the Olympic Movement
Lausanne: the heart of the Olympic Movement

LAURA WALDEN & KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: Today sees the race for entry into the 2016 Olympic Games pick up both pace and focus for the seven sports in contention.

Baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby union, softball and squash are competing for a vote guaranteeing them access when the 121st IOC Session and Congress meets in Copenhagen next October. Baseball and softball are seeking reinstatement after having been excluded from the 2012 Games in London.

The unknown factor in all the sports' calculations is that the IOC could vote in two of them, or one . . . or even none. This makes it a high stakes game of roulette and a cliff hanger in the sense that, while the bid city process, is sure of a winner here everyone could go home disappointed despite having spent $millions on campaign budgets.

The way the system works was simplified by a decision of 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City last year after a three-year evaluation.

Simple majority

Previously, while it took only a simple majority for a sport to be removed from the programme, a two-thirds vote was needed to add a new sport.  Now a simple majority is enough to decide both inclusion and exclusion.

Already 26 core sports are confirmed for 2016 with the potential, but not guaranteed, addition of up to two more.

Today, after rehearsing yesterday, all seven bid sports make their presentation to the IOC programme commission* in Lausanne, Switzerland. Each sport is allotted one hour, comprising 20 minutes for the presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.

In early December detailed questionnaires will be issued to all the sports by the IOC; these are to be returned by early March.

The Programme Commission will prepare its preliminary report – a technical evaluation of each candidate sport - which will be submitted next June to the IOC Executive Board next June which will be addressed by  the hopeful seven.

The IOC will probably also undertake its own due diligence on each of the sports via external sources. It has had an agreement with London-based Sports Marketing Surveys and it would make sense for it commission parallel inquiries.

Final composition

An observers' programme was launched this past August and is being maintained until next April. This involves one member of the programme commission accompanied by a member of the IOC administration attending one event organised by each of the seven candidate federation.

Their observations will form part of the final report being submitted to IOC members in Copenhagen next October. The Session will vote upon the final composition of the Olympic programme in 2016 including the potential inclusion of new sports.

The Session will vote en bloc on the inclusion of the core 26 sports however the voting procedure for the potential inclusion of any new sport has yet to be defined. The maximum possible number of sports for 2016 is 28.

* The IOC programme commission comprises: Franco Carraro (chair, Italy), Phillip Walter Coles (Australia), Guido de Bondt (Belgium), Bob Elphinston (Australia), Michael Fennell (Jamaica), Frank Fredericks (Namibia), Ron Froehlich (United States), Nat Indrapana (Thailand), Lingwei Li (China), Gunilla Lindberg (Sweden), Shun-ichiro Okano (Japan), Sam Ramsamy (South Africa), Sir Craig Reedie (Great Britain), Andrew Ryan (Great Britain), Walter Sieber (Canada), Robert H Storey (United States). Director in charge: Christophe Dubi.

Keywords · IOC · programme commission · bid sports · baseball · golf · karate · roller sports · rugby union sevens · softball · squash · executive board

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