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  • Bidding for the Games -- Swiss Bid; Rome 2020; 2018 Bids on the Move


    Swiss Bid

    The Swiss Olympic Association approved a bid for the 2022 Olympics.
    Joerg Schild, president of the Swiss Olympic Association. (Swiss Olympic)

    However, the bid will only happen if Pyeongchang wins the rights to stage the Games over Annecy, France or Munich. If Pyeongchang wins, the SOA will make a final approval in November of 2011.

    The decision was made at a gathering of Swiss sports federations on Friday. Three-hundred-eight-five votes were cast in favor of the bid, with two abstentions.

    Joerg Schild president of SOA said: "The representatives of Swiss sport have made it clear today that they are interested in the Olympic Winter Games in our country."

    No bid city was selected; however, Davos and St. Moritz are expected to be leading candidate cities.

    Rome 2020

    Aurelio Regina, president of the Rome Industrialist and Enterprises Association will make a presentation about the Games impact on the city on Wednesday.

    Rome is bidding for the 2020 Olympics.

    Called “Great Events as an Opportunity for Development: The Economic Impact of Rome 2020”, the presentation will also feature an appearance from Roman mayor Gianni Alemanno, and the president of Italian National Olympic Committee, Gianni Petrucci.

    The presentation comes as the association launches its “2020 Foundation”. The foundation will “facilitate and promote an integrated business model to prepare for the big challenge ahead of us between now and 2013” when the IOC selects a 2020 host.

    Additionally, the foundation will have “the dual aim of helping to identify infrastructure projects for the Olympics”.

    2018 Winter Bids to Belgrade

    Teams from Annecy, Munich and Pyeongchang head to Belgrade this week for presentations to the European Olympic Committees general assembly.

    The three bids will have 15 minutes to make their pitch to the 49 NOCs which form the EOC. A large contingent of IOC members will be on hand. While IOC President Jacques Rogge is scheduled to make opening remarks the morning of Nov. 26, it’s a good bet he won’t be on the dais when the 2018 cities present later in the day. He has not been in the room for the presentations made in the past month to the ANOC and OCA assemblies.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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