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  • Rome 2020 Finalizing Bid Committee; Kazakhstan Considering Bid; 2018 Update


    Rome Finalizing Bid Committee

    A spokesman for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) says Rome 2020 is finalizing its bid team, and is due to make a presentation to the Roman people in February.
    Rome will unveil its bid committee later this month. (ATR)

    In an email to ATR, Danilo di Tommaso says the committee is “almost finalized” and Rome’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno will announce the team at the Feb. 22 and 23 “Stati Generali di Roma”.

    The meeting brings together numerous organizations to discuss the state of the city.

    Rome is the only city to have formally declared its candidacy for the 2020 Games.

    The IOC will decide on a host in 2013.

    Bids from Hungary, India, Japan, South Africa, and Spain are expected, with others possible as well.

    Rome hosted the 1960 Olympics.

    Kazakh Bid Looming

    IOC president Jacques Rogge says Kazakhstan wants to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

    Speaking at a meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia’s executive board in Astana, Rogge said “It is my pleasure to say that, after discussions with the Kazakhstan government, they have expressed a strong wish to be a contender for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games here in this beautiful city.”

    He added: “this is what they are aiming for. The decision will be made in 2015 and we would like to congratulate them.”

    Astana is currently hosting the Asian Winter Games, along with Almaty.

    Almaty launched a bid for the 2014 Olympics but was unsuccessful.

    PyeongChang Polls Better Than Ever

    New polling data has public approval of PyeongChang 2018 at over 95 percent in the region that would host the Games.

    That marks a two-percent increase over the 93% of Gangwon Province that backed the Olympic bid in 2009.

    “Korean people would be honored to welcome the Olympic Family and winter sports fans from around the world to enjoy the Winter Games,” bid chair Yang Ho Cho said in a statement.

    “This amazing level of public support provides great encouragement as our campaign heads to the 2018 host city decision in July.”

    Five-hundred residents took part in the Dec. 28-31 poll conducted via telephone by regional newspaper Gangwon Ilbo.

    Also Monday, the bid committee announced the formation of the Council of Private Organizations for the PyeongChang 2018 Bid, a committee of industry VIPs who will use their networks to drum up one million signatures in support of the bid.

    The body will be chaired by Ki-young Uhm, a PyeongChang 2018 vice chairman and former president of MBC Broadcasting.

    Annecy Puts Ski Venue on Display to Sochi

    Annecy is showing off its venues to anyone who will look.
    Annecy CEO Charles Beigbeder was Sunday’s trophy presenter. (Annecy 2018)

    In this weekend’s case, a technical delegation from Sochi 2014 visited the 2018 bid city’s proposed site for alpine skiing during a World Cup event at Les Houches.

    "It's such a pleasure for us to come and talk with our French friends about issues such as

    “Les Houches has a magnificent skiing complex and the organization is extremely robust.”

    Newly appointed Annecy CEO Charles Beigbeder was in Chamonix to hand over the trophy to race winner Didier Cuche of Switzerland.

    This was Annecy’s biggest ski event to be staged during the race for 2018.

    The IOC Evaluation Commission will visit the French bid city next week.

    Hambantota Totes Out 2018 Logo

    Sri Lanka has a logo in its campaign for hosting rights to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    Hambantota 2018 unveiled Monday a design sporting eight pairs of hands in the colors of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

    The symbol is meant to depict Añjali Mudra, a gesture of respect throughout Asia’s eight Commonwealth members.

    "This launch of Hambantota's 2018 Commonwealth Games emblem signifies the rapid progress Sri Lanka is making since the tsunami and the end of terrorism,” Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a statement.

    Sri Lanka was second only to Indonesia in lives lost from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting tsunami.

    Also Monday, the bid committee unveiled the slogan “Together. From the Heart.”

    The CGF will choose a host at its Nov. 11 meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis.

    Written by Ed Hula III and Matthew Grayson.

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