Swiss Looking at Olympic Bid
The Swiss Olympic Association is studying a potential Olympic bid, but that doesn’t mean one is imminent.
Christof Kauffman, Olympic media director for the Swiss Olympic Association tells Around the Rings
a task force was created to study the feasibility of bidding.
“The task force is looking at does it even make sense and what conditions are required that it makes sense to put a bid together” he said. A report to the SOA’s Executive Board will come at “the end of June”. “This task force is not thinking about ‘is Switzerland going to present the bid’ but would it make sense and under what conditions would it make sense to present the bid”.
The task force is lead by the former CEO of the SOA, Marco Blatter, the older brother of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Transportation is the biggest problem for a Swiss bid Kauffman said. Switzerland’s small size makes circulation a major issue. In fact, transportation and security are the top issues the task force will study.
No decision has been made on which Games Switzerland would seek, if it was decided to bid at all. Kauffman said if Annecy or Munich wins the right to stage the 2018 Olympics, Switzerland will pass on 2022. According to Kauffman the groups is studying a Swiss bid for “within the next 20 years or so”.
However, Geneva, one of the four cantons considering a possible Olympic bid proposed “a very concrete Olympic plan” for 2022, largely because Geneva considered a 2018 bid as well. Lucerne, Valais, and Zurich are the other cantons that want to possibly bid. Kauffman noted that the SOA was looking for “a national bid”.
Kuaffman said the SOA would also consider a Youth Olympic Games or University Games bid.
Bavarian PM Welcomes Olympians
Horst Seehofer held a reception for Bavarian Olympians and Paralympians on Wednesday. (Munich 2018)
The prime minister of Bavaria held a reception for Bavarian member of the German Olympic team Wednesday.
Horst Seehofer said “we are celebrating fantastic ambassadors for Bavaria who were the perfect standard bearers for our 2018 bid, in front of sports fans worldwide, during the Vancouver Games.”
The ceremony took place in the Emperor’s Hall at the Munich Residenz.
The athletes who attended the reception included Maria Riesch gold medalist super combined downhill and slalom, Anja Huber bronze medalist in skeleton, and Gerd Gradwohl Paralympic bronze medalist, downhill visually impaired.
Also on hand for the event publicized by the Munich bid were IOC vp and German NOC President Thomas Bach and Willy Bogner, CEO of Munich 2018.
Bulgaria Passes on 2016 YOG, 2020 Open
The Bulgarian Olympic Committee will not bid for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games.
In a statement, the BOC said that due to the economic downturn "not all conditions set by the IOC can be fulfilled."
Construction costs related to a 2016 YOG would be too big a burden for Sofia, the city bidding for the Games. However, Sofia will bid for the 2020 YOG.
World Games Opens Bids for 2017 Event
Bidding for the 2017 World Games is now underway.
The International World Games Association opened the bidding process last week.
A 46-page document released by the IWGA briefed potential bid cities on what is needed to bid for the games.
The IWGA has already received expressions of interest from possible host cities, including Warsaw, Budapest, St. Petersburg and Louisville, Kentucky in the United States.
The World Games are the second largest multi-sport event in the world.
Cali, Colombia will host the 2013 World Games.
Woodchopper Stadium at Center of Tasmanian Olympic Dream.
Tasmanian radio personalities Ben Waterworth and Joshua Shoolbridge have started a campaign to bring the Olympics to Hobart, Tasmania in 2020.
A rendering for David Foster Stadium, a proposed 100,000 seat stadium in a city of just over 200,000 people. (Hobart 2020)
"We wanted to think of the biggest event we could possibly bring to Hobart," Waterworth told the Australian Associated Press.
"Over the past six months it has taken off into something which is a bit more than a joke."
At first glance, it seems highly unlikely that the IOC would select Hobart. With a population of just over 215,000, the greater Hobart area would be the smallest city to host the Olympics in more than 50 years. Also transportation to the island of Tasmania would be an issue.
Nonetheless, the Hobart Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games has been formed and a Web site details venue plans.
The opening ceremony would take place in a new 100,000 seat stadium named after Tasmania’s world champion woodchopper David Foster.
Written by Ed Hula III.
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