POSTED: April 27th 2009

Agenda has changed, says Jowell

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Rio de Janeiro welcomes the IOC evaluation commission to Brazil this week with the hosting agenda having shifted dramatically, according to Britain’s Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell.

She discussed the hosting evolution in the wake of the worldwide financial crisis with the co-ordination commission on its recent visit to London to review preparations for 2012.

Jowell pointed out: “The test for the Olympics is no longer only about being on time and on budget, important as they are. The new case for the Olympics must be measured against three further tests. Will it benefit the whole country? Will it deliver value for the public's money? Will it bring lasting change?"

The International Olympic Committee decides in Copenhagen on October 2 between the rival claims for 2016 of Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.

A significant minority of British media and public opinion has always been sceptical about the value gained from the enormous expenditure demanded by not only the hosting but even the bidding process.

Jowell said: “It's understandable that people ask: 'Why we are spending so much on a sporting event when we are losing our jobs?' The answer is that if we didn't have the Olympics we'd have to invent something just like it. It is helping us ride the recession, creating jobs and skills at a critical time."

Keywords · London 2012 · Olympic Games · IOC · evaluation commission · co-ordination commission · Jowell

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