IOC EB to meet a month early to discuss double Olympics award
The International Olympic Committee’s executive board is to meet a month early, on 9 June, to discuss the possibility of selecting hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games simultaneously.
The meeting was originally scheduled for July.
The executive board is to discuss two reports from a working group that is “exploring how to make the candidature procedure more proactive, more collaborative and less expensive in the future.”
One report is on the Olympic Games of 2024 and 2028 and the other on the reform of the candidature procedure that will be applicable to the 2026 winter Olympics.
Last December, Thomas Bach, the IOC president, first sparked talk of awarding both the 2024 and 2028 games at the IOC Session in Lima on 13 September when he told a press conference that there are “too many losers” in the bidding process.
That option began to look more likely when Budapest dropped out of the running to host the 2024 games in February, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris in the race, albeit there are still concerns among some IOC members that cities that had been considering bidding for the 2028 edition would have their hopes dashed.
The working group is formed of the four IOC vice-presidents – Australia’s John Coates, China’s Yu Zaiqing, Spain’s Juan Antonio Samaranch and Turkey’s Ugur Erdener – who have been asked by the executive board to “explore changes” in Olympic bidding.
Samaranch said recently that the double vote would require the consent of the two candidates. Both Los Angeles and Paris have stuck to the line that they are bidding only for the games in 2024, and that no consideration has been given to a bid for 2028.