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IOC approves ‘evolution’ of Olympic Games bidding

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today (Wednesday) signed off on reforms to transform the Olympic Games bidding process, including the permission of bids across multiple cities, countries or regions and more flexibility in the traditional seven-year window for electing hosts.

The changes accepted last month by the Executive Board (EB) were approved at the IOC Session, with president Thomas Bach stating they represent an “evolution” of his Agenda 2020 “revolution”. The proposals were submitted during May’s EB meeting by the Working Group for Future Games Elections, which was formed at the previous EB meeting in March to consider future Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games (YOG) elections.

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