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  • Winter Youth Bids Next, Madrid Mayor Weighs Future, Other Bid News


    Winter Youth Games: No U.S. Bid

    With the IOC opening up the bid process for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2012, potential bids will be stepping up quickly.

    While locations in the U.S. are said to be interested, such as Lake Placid and a New England state, the U.S. Olympic Committee will not enter a bid, spokesman Darryl Seibel tells Around the Rings.

    "While we fully support the Youth Olympic Games concept, we do not intend to put forth a bid from a U.S. city for the 2012 Winter Games,” he says.

    “With respect to bidding, our efforts are 100 percent focused on supporting our partners in Chicago in the bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games." quotes Austria National Olympic Committee secretary general Heinz Jungwirth saying that Innsbruck may be a candidate. He tells the UK publication that a study is now underway.

    The IOC will accept applications until March 6, giving NOCs just over a month to decide whether to present a candidate.

    The dossiers of the applicants will be due at the IOC in June and a decision in a postal vote by the full IOC will happen in December.

    The IOC is set to decide in the coming weeks between Moscow and Singapore for a 2010 host of the inaugural summer YOG. The announcement is due Feb. 21.

    Madrid Mayor Weighs Future

    Leaders of Madrid 16 are urging Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon to stay on as mayor following the national elections set for March 9. Gallardon, who was re-elected last year, is said to be considering a change after being passed-over by his political party to serve as a deputy in parliament.

    “It is very important to keep his position,” Madrid 16 CEO Mercedes Coghen tells Around the Rings.

    “He is now well-known to IOC members, other people,” she says.

    Sports Minister Jaime Lissavetzky said for the mayor to step down would be “like changing horses in mid-stream”.

    Still, Coghen says if Gallardon decides to leave government, “Madrid is a city with its own personality”, indicating that the bid would be able to move on. Esperanza Aguirre, President of the Madrid Community regional government is said to be ready to assume a prominent role if the mayor leaves office.

    Madrid to Name PR Firm, Organize Sports Day

    Coghen tells Around the Rings that the Madrid bid is close to an agreement with a firm outside of Spain to provide international media relations work. She says an announcement could come in days.

    Madrid organizers have announced plans to host an annual Sports Day on the second Sunday of each June.

    The event is billed as an opportunity to “inspire the citizens of Madrid 
and encourage them to experience the Olympic spirit through different elements of sport. The whole city will have the opportunity to take part in a range of different Olympic and Paralympic sports during this time”, says a release from Madrid 16.

Tokyo Update

The Tokyo bid for 2016 is pleased with a report from Forbes that places Haneda International Airport as the second most efficient in the world, with 93% of flight departures leaving on time last year.

Licensed products carrying the Tokyo bid logo are now for sale. Contracts have been reached with two companies which will supply a range of clothing and other goods.

Chicago Hosts Wrestling

For the second year in a row, World Sport Chicago will host the Chicago Cup, in invitational international wrestling tournament.

This year the U.S. Greco-Roman men’s world champion team will meet Bulgaria. The U.S. women's national team will compete against the Polish women's team in the Olympic freestyle categories. Venue is Welsh-Ryan Arena at Northwestern University.

World Sport Chicago is a non-profit organization which promotes international sports events, formed to complement the Chicago bid for the Olympics.

Written by Ed Hula
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