POSTED: May 19th 2017
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Olympics: IOC gets closer to awarding 2024 and 2028 Games this summer

IOC EC Chairman Patrick Baumann greets newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron © Getty Images
IOC EC Chairman Patrick Baumann greets newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron © Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The historic decision to award two editions of the Olympic Games during this 2024 campaign is getting closer and closer and the next step in the process comes June 9th at the Executive Board (EB) meeting in Lausanne.

The IOC will receive and discuss two key reports from the Working Group of the four vice-presidents who have been engaged with fact finding as to how they can make "the candidature procedure more proactive, more collaborative and less expensive in the future" the IOC states in media information released today.

The first report will deal with the awarding of the summer Olympic Games of both 2024 and 2028 and the second will deal with the candidature procedure for the winter Games of 2026.

Recently in Paris, IOC evaluation Commission Chairman, Patrick Baumann, reiterated, "The IOC has gone through a lot of changes as I said on the topic of governance. We started changes more than a decade ago. Now we have gone through a new president and leadership into the Agenda 2020 process. Which as a consequence also brings thoughts about a change in the bid process.

"We already have implemented a change in the bid process which is three phases which is a joint work so at the end you are getting the best possible book in your hands which is a dream.

"Now concurrently you have the reality of the world, things change, people have their own opinions, they don't necessarily always follow what the leaders want to say, so they might vote down.

"And I think that is something that the Olympic Movement as much as every sports organizer, all the authorities have to think, discuss, reconsider and talk about what is the best [thing to do].

"Now with all this transformation that the IOC is going through including the setup of this new evaluation commission it is absolutely natural to think whether it is not just about changing the bid process but it is maybe also more than that.

"Now comes the easy part because we are going to meet at the end of May to finalize the report and the IOC vice-presidents who are currently working on this particular point will deliver the report in June.

"I remain very happy chair of the evaluation commission of 2024 and we will see after June what the next steps are," he concluded.

After Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and even Boston [replaced by Los Angeles] all pulled out of the 2024 bidding race the IOC is eager to lock down two high level cities such as Los Angeles and Paris. This would forgo a 2028 bidding cycle and as there are no cities formally considering joining the bid race the IOC is looking to grab this opportunity and secure a host for 2028.

The June 9th IOC EB will shed some light on the procedure.  

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six 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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