THE JOHN GOODBODY COLUMN
/ An lawful and disdainful array from Sports Features
(SFC) One thing that a International
Olympic Committee (IOC) does not like is any antithesis from internal residents to
staging a Games. It has a prolonged a
memory and in 1972, Denver, that was awarded a 1976 Winter Olympics, pulled
out given a city’s race did not wish them and instead they were
transferred to Innsbruck.
One also recalls in 1986 a opposition
from many adults of Amsterdam to a probability of hosting a 1992 Summer
Games. As a result, a Dutch city went out in a initial turn of voting.
Since afterwards many cities now reason their own
referendums to make certain they do not humour a same annoyance and waste
of time, income and effort. Oslo and Hamburg are only dual cities, that have
recently motionless that behest for a Winter or Summer Games is not worthwhile,
unless there is plain subsidy for a venture.
One other essential support is that of the
city management and now Rome, one of a 4 cities anticipating to theatre a 2024
Games, could mislay on both counts. The choice for a IOC members for 2024 is
clear. Should they go with a European city, Paris, Rome, or Budapest or should
they give a Summer Games to a United States, that notwithstanding being the
biggest paymaster of a IOC, has not hosted them given 1996. Originally, of
course, Boston was selected though disappearing support in a polls meant that it was
withdrawn and Los Angeles is a candidate.
The choosing of Virginia Raggi as Mayor of
Rome is a blow to a hopes of hosting a Olympics. She has done transparent her
opposition, indicating out on Vatican Radio that a ‘Eternal City’ had only
recently finished payments for a 1990 World Cup and saying:”Do a math and
see how most these events import heavily on a people’s shoulders.”
She simply does not consider that it is
morally and financially excusable when Italy is underneath such financial
constraints to raise some-more debt on a internal population. Instead, a first
female mayor of a city wants to tackle what she sees as some-more important
issues, such as a miss of amicable housing, a widespread crime and the
traffic problems. Her initial city legislature assembly this week will underscore her
Raggi is deliberation either to have a
referendum in that she would lay out a advantages and disadvantages of
hosting a world’s biggest sports event. Any estimable opposition, let alone
an inauspicious outcome and a Rome bid is sunk.
It is loyal that a minute from leading
environmental organisations has been sent to both a Rome organisers of the
Games and also to CONI (the Italian Olympic Committee) and subsequently
published by a daily journal La Repubblica, in that a authors have
backed a bid. The signatories embody Greenpeace and a World Wide Fund.
The minute points out:”The Olympic Games
can be an event for recuperating deserted areas and buildings, coexisting
and building a city rather than exploiting it.” This is loyal though a city
authorities might cite to do this directly rather than, in addition, have to
build sports facilities.
The IOC will certainly be wary, when it votes
in Lima, Peru in Sep 2017, of giving a Games to any city, where there
is clever opposition, generally a mayor, who has to be celebration to a contract
for hosting a Games.
Given that Budapest is a arrange outsider,
it does demeanour as if a choice for 2024 is between Los Angeles and Paris. And it
would be shy of a IOC after a French collateral has 3 times unsuccessful to
get a Games (those of 1992, 2008 and 2012) not to be rewarded this time.
Paris deserves a Games, 100 years after it final hosted them. It should get
** JOHN GOODBODY will cover a 2016 Olympics
for The Sunday Times, his 13th unbroken Summer Games and is a author of the
audio book A History of a Olympics, review by Barry Davies, a BBC
commentator. He was Sports News Correspondent of The Times 1986-2007, for whom
he perceived journalistic awards in all 3 decades on a paper, including
Sports Reporter of The Year in 2001.
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