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IOC want to make Games bid easier
18 Nov 2014 11:11
Olympic hosts will be permitted to put on some events in a different country under recommendations announced by the International Olympic Committee.
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The IOC has announced the plan as part of moves to make it cheaper and easier to bid for Games among 40 recommendations to be voted on at a meeting of its members in Monaco on 8 and 9 December.
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They include moves to allow some events to be held outside of Olympic host cities and even host nations, to reduce the cost of bidding for Games, to achieve 50 per cent female athletes and launching an Olympic TV channel.
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Another significant recommendation is to cap the number of athletes and coaches but allow more sports to take part in Games - meaning that existing Olympic sports would face a cut in the number of their events.
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The recommendations state: "The IOC to allow, for the Olympic Games, the organisation of entire sports or disciplines outside the host city or, in exceptional cases, outside the host country notably for reasons of geography and sustainability."
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IOC president Thomas Bach said in a statement: "These 40 recommendations are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When you put them together, a picture emerges that shows the IOC safeguarding the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthening sport in society."
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The recommendation on reducing costs for bidding includes cutting the number of presentations that are allowed by bidding cities and "providing a significant financial contribution from the IOC".
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The IOC also want to have an "invitation phase" for bidding during which cities will be "advised about the opportunities this new procedure offers".
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The recommendations were announced to a round table of athletes, many of whom actively contributed to the 'Olympic Agenda 2020' process.
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They included Jade Jones, who won gold in taekwondo for Great Britain at London 2012.
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