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IOC welcomes bids for 2024 Olympics

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 01:02

President of International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, welcomes bids for 2024 Olympic Games.

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= INCLUDES WHITE FLASH = SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (SEPTEMBER 16, 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "The IOC is welcoming five outstanding cities to a very strong competition about hosting the Olympic Games 2024. This five cities are Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany), Los Angeles (United States of America), Paris (France) and Rome (Italy)." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "The IOC wants to send the athletes only in cities in which they are welcome, this is why public support for a candidature is so important. And in order to ensure the measurement of this public support, the IOC is doing its own confidential polls at the same time in all five candidate cities, so that we get an objective result which we then can compare." STORY: As Los Angeles, Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest were officially named as candidates to host the 2024 Summer Olympics on Wednesday (September 16), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will conduct its own research to judge public support in each of the five bidding cities, its president Thomas Bach said. "The IOC is welcoming five outstanding cities to a very strong competition about hosting the Olympic Games 2024. This five cities are Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany), Los Angeles (United States of America), Paris (France) and Rome (Italy)," the IOC president told Reuters during an exclusive interview. The IOC was rocked by a disappointing campaign for the 2022 Winter Games, where St Moritz/Davos, Munich and Krakow all pulled out of the race after public referendums voted against a bid. Hamburg, which will hold a referendum in November on whether the city actually wants the Games, is proposing an inner-city Olympics with venues within walking distance for athletes after it beat out Berlin in Germany's bid race. The German port has never hosted the Games before. "The IOC wants to send the athletes only in cities in which they are welcome, this is why public support for a candidature is so important. And in order to ensure the measurement of this public support, the IOC is doing its own confidential polls at the same time in all five candidate cities, so that we get an objective result which we then can compare," said Thomas Bach. To revive interest, it has adopted a series of reforms under the banner 'Agenda 2020' which were aimed at making it easier to bid for, and cheaper to host, the Olympics. "With this Olympic agenda 2020 we have changed the whole procedure for being a candidate for hosting the Olympic Games. Now, we are inviting the cities to tell us how their vision for their cities is, and how the games would fit best into this vision and how the Olympic Games can serve as a catalyst to make this vision for their city coming true," Thomas Bach told Reuters. Under the new rules, candidates cities also have to fulfill requirements on anti-discrimination and labour rights. "We are not making a judgment about the past", ensured IOC president. "What we want to encourage with the Olympic Games, and what we want to demonstrate, is that the Olympic Games can serve as a kind of example for a peaceful society, without any kind of discrimination, with free reporting by the media", he added. The IOC will elect the winning bid at its session in Peru in 2017.

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IOC welcomes bids for 2024 Olympics

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 01:02