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New IOC president wants to change Olympic bidding

Published September 11, 2013 10:39 am

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Buenos Aires, Argentina • Newly elected IOC President Thomas Bach says he wants to change the bidding process for future Olympics and make sustainable development a key priority.

In what could be seen as a reference to discontent in Brazil at the spiraling cost of two major sporting competitions — the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup — Bach says he wants the populations of potential host cities to "be part of the candidature at a very early stage" to ensure "more participation and support."

Madrid's unsuccessful bid for the 2020 Games faced criticism as Spain grapples with a double dip recession and 27 percent unemployment.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will run up a budget of more than $50 billion — the most expensive games to date.