POSTED: December 8th 2016

Olympics: IOC Chief Bach vows changes coming in bidding process; eliminate losers

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) IOC President Thomas Bach announced today that major changes could come about with the bidding process for future host cities. It remains unclear exactly what these changes will exactly be, however the 2024 campaign will go forward as planned. 

Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris are moving into the third stage of the bidding process after this Executive Board meeting taking place for the past two days in Lausanne.

The IOC President explained in press conference today, "We will have to further study our candidature process beyond 2024. I told you that we are very happy with the field for 2024. 

"But we see that since the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020 there are more changes taking the decision making mechanisms in politics and you can see how in many countries, not only in Europe, but also on other continents.

"In the meantime you have populist movements and anti-establishment movements getting stronger and stronger and they are asking different and new questions also in regard to this candidature procedure. This we have to take into consideration and we have to take into consideration that the procedure as it is now produces too many losers. 

"We can be happy about a strong field and quantity for one day but you start to regret it the next day because then the procedure starts to produce losers. It is not the purpose of an Olympic candidature procedure to produce losers the real purpose is to produce the best possible host for an Olympic Games. So we will have to look into this.

"So this means that it is still true it is about change or to be changed and we will continue to change. We feel like we are in a good position after this overall very successful year to drive this change to also in the next year and in the years to come.

"The procedure for 2024 is underway and we are very happy and this is why in the Executive Board we promoted all three cities to the next stage of the candidature. 

"But we have to think long term and we have already started somehow with 2024 by reducing the number of losers. Because in this invitation phase we have already advised three potential other candidates not to put their candidature forward.

 "One of the points to be considered will be maybe how we can strengthen this invitation phase entering into dialogue with some cities at an even earlier stage to go into more detail in the discussions. So I don't have the Golden Rule in my head but I am absolutely sure that we have to make a changes in this procedure," he concluded.

The IOC will vote to select their host city at the session in Lima, Peru next September.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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