From Agenda 2020 to 2024
10 December 2014
AGENDA 2020: With the inclusion of new sports and a changed bidding process, speculation mounts as to which city will bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
The invitation stage for potential bids beigns on January 15 with Madrid, Paris, Boston, Durban and Istanbul just some of the names being thrown around.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, wrapped up the 127th IOC Session in Monaco describing the Agenda 2020 reform as an “amazing day at a very successful session”.
“We are going in the right direction and I hope after 20 years we can look back at this session and say it was really successful”.
After receiving a massive vote of confidence in his leadership in getting Agenda 2020 accepted virtually unopposed, Bach hardly drew breath and continued on convincing his members to formally recognise Kosovo as the 205th National Olympic Committee. Athletes from Kosovo will now compete in Rio in 2016.
At the same time he refused point blank a push by Canadian IOC member, Dick Pound, to re-open the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Games to give the 4 cities who dropped out a chance to re-submit under the new bidding rules.
He dismissed again the suggestion that FIFA could move the Football World Cup from summer to winter and clash with the Winter Olympics.
And said he was observing the on-going doping allegations made against Russian athletes, allowing WADA and the IAAF Ethics Commission handle the matter.
Mike Tancred at the IOC Session