IOC agrees less costly Olympics bidding

December 9, 2014 12:10 pm 

MONACO, Dec. 8 — The International Olympic Committee gave green light to a less costly and affordable Olympics bidding on Monday, which includes the option of holding events outside the host city or country.

The IOC voted in favor of the revised bidding system at the start of a special two-day session to adopt President Thomas Bach's 40-point "Olympic Agenda 2020" reform package.

Cities will be allowed to hold events in both the Summer and Winter Games outside the host city or country. This opens the door to joint bids by cities, neighboring countries or regions.

Proposals for a more flexible sports program and creation of an Olympic television channel were also up for vote.

The votes come at a time when many countries have been scared off by the costs of hosting the Olympics, including the reported 51 billion dollars associated with the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

To cut down on costs and avoid white elephants, cities will be urged to make maximum use of existing and temporary venues.

Several members raised concerns about the idea during the debate, saying it went against the idea of compact games and would cause extra travel and costs for athletes.

IOC vice president John Coates said holding events outside the host country would only be considered in "exceptional circumstances."

Coates said the idea would have to be raised in the early phase of bidding and would need approval from the IOC executive board.(PNA/Xinhua)

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