“The IOC Executive Board has … unanimously approved the recommendation … to award the Olympic Games for 2024 and 2028 at the same time,” IOC chief Thomas Bach told reporters.
Bach said that the aggressive push by two world class cities like Paris and LA for 2024 amounted to a “golden opportunity” for the IOC, which has seen in interest in hosting the vastly expensive Summer Games dwindling.
Those last few words need to be repeated: the IOC … has seen in interest in hosting the vastly expensive Summer Games dwindling.
It’s not inconceivable that the IOC will be compelled to go to a rotation system in the coming years with, say, four cities agreeing to host. If that were the case, you could see one city in North America (Los Angeles), one in Europe (London or Paris), one in Asia (Beijing) and one perhaps in Australasia (Sydney) alternating, with each city hosting once every 16 years. I’m not sure about Sydney, though that location would ensure that the Southern Hemisphere remains viable as a partner.
Imagine something like this: Los Angeles 2028, Beijing 2032, Sydney 2036, London/Paris 2040, Los Angeles 2044, and so on.
Could the same rotation happen for the Winter Games? Granted, the size of those Games makes a consistent set of cities less of a requirement, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see one North American host (perhaps Vancouver), one European host (perhaps Munich, because of the Bavarian Alps), one in Asia (don’t rule out Beijing for this, especially with the 2022 Winter Games already heading there) and then one location being up for grabs.
Imagine something like this: Beijing 2022, Munich 2026, Vancouver 2030, 4th city 2034, Beijing 2038, and so on.
The cost to host the Games — with security being an ever-increasing budget number — eliminates many nations. The need to build new facilities, which too often do not serve a vital purpose after the Games end, rules out other nations. The reality is that hosting the Olympics will continue to be less and less practical for more and more nations, unless significant paring of the Olympic program takes place.
And you and I know that’s not going to happen.
Why not a rotation of sites, requiring maintenance, but not new construction, of facilities, as a means of ensuring a healthier Olympic Movement in the future?