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The IOC cop-out

I know I haven't mentioned it in a while, but in case anyone is interested, the IOC just decided that it will announce the host cities for the 2024 and 2028 games at the same time. This entire story has been quite intriguing, to me at least: basically the olympic bods have to chose who they wanted to host the 2024 games, LA or Paris. Both cities are important world cities, and they both had their eyes on 2024. To both, it was 2024 or nothing. Neither city would bear the ignominy of being rejected yet again; Paris especially is still licking it's wounds from what happened to it in 2005. The risk was, reject either city and the IOC would have shunned an important world power, yet again.

The solution it has come up with, it would seem, is to award the 2024 and 2028 games at the same time. That way, it avoids the risk of being seen to reject either city, and nobody will be offended. No city gets shunned, and it avoids the risk that the loser will loose interest in hosting. More importantly for the IOC, it keeps the interest of both - reject either and a major world power would turn it's back.

The thing is, this seems like a giant cop-out to me. Neither america nor france could bear to loose the competition, so the IOC pandered to them. Fearing either country would throw it's toys out of the pram, it came up with a solution - pander to both, award both at once and you retain the interest of both states. The thing is, this sets a precedent; many cities will be asking why the committee didn't do this before - why do Paris and LA get saved from losing, while other cities, such as rome are forced to endure rejection. If such cities had known this was an option, they would have stayed interested rather than dropping out of the bidding process. They therefore feel shunned - it's as if the IOC does not feel they are as important as Paris or LA.

You can thus see why I find this so interesting: both countries want the prestige of having a city which has hosted the olympics three times, and the IOC can't afford to upset either. You can thus read a lot of politics behind what is going on here; the interplay between nations, competing for the favour of an international body, stuck between a rock and a hard place, yet determined to retain its status as gatekeeper of the worlds foremost sporting and cultural event.

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[Edited 14/06/2017 at 15:58:44 - Added a bit]
[Edited 14/06/2017 at 20:02:21 - minor correction]

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