POSTED: June 16th 2009

Sports compete in a bid race for 2016 Olympics

IOC boardroom - the arena / lake images
IOC boardroom - the arena / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: In a different kind of competition seven sports are battling it out in the IOC boardroom to prove that they can meet the IOC’s needs for the 2016 Olympic Programme.

All seven - baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby, softball and squash - are contending for only two potential slots on the Games schedule so the stakes are high. The IOC board will recommend two for inclusion at its next meeting August 13-14 in Berlin that will then be voted on by IOC assembly in October in 2009.

IOC president Dr Jacques Rogge said: “All seven sports made interesting and informative presentations. All have something to offer. In the end, the decision will come down to which are the best fit for the Olympic programme.”

The IOC decided to host the presentations in an effort to improve the evaluation progress and reinforce the Olympic programme. The sports' presentations came on the eve of 2016 bid city presentations for the gathering of the entirety of the IOC members offering a unique opportunity for lobbying.

The IOC evaluation commission oversees the process. Chairman Franco Carraro said: “The fact that so many sports want to be on the Olympic programme reflects the global appeal of the Games. It is important to have a well-defined, transparent evaluation process that is fair to all.”

The evaluation commission will deliver a report assessing the candidate sports to the executive board in August for recommendation to the IOC assembly.

Picture (above right, from left): Mark Adams, new IOC communications director; Christophe Dubi, IOC sports director; Urs Lacotte, IOC director-general / lake images

Keywords · IOC · Jacques Rogge · Franco Carraro

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