20 Countries Cannot Reserve Rights To Host Olympics, IOC President

IOC PresidentThe president of International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach has said that there is no reason for which small countries like New Zealand should not aspire to host the Olympics. Thomas Bach is on a tour through South Pacific nowadays, where he was welcomed traditionally from indigenous Maori in Auckland, which is known as “Powhiri”. He has clearly said that all the countries of the world have rights to host Olympics except 20 countries, which does not have the rights to host this international event.


“I think the Olympic Agenda is opening doors for other countries than the traditional host countries,” Thomas Bach said. He also added that “We think you cannot reserve the right to host the Olympic Games just to 20 countries in the world.”

The president of International Olympic Committee oversaw the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms in December for possibly allow the co-hosting of the event by two countries after making the requirements on potential host cities.

Australia has twice hosted the Summer Games while it’s neighboring country New Zealand, which has the population of about 4.5 million, has never hosted Olympics.

“What we are doing now is we are asking potential host countries, how do you think the Olympic Games would fit best into your long-term planning with regard to sports, socially, financially, ecologically?” Thomas Bach said.


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