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Date 15.08.06 Hit 1027
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Olympics and Politics

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Olympics and Politics

 


At 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing was selected as host of 2022 Winter Olympics with vote of 44 against 40 of Almarty. China of Xi Jinping will have another opportunity to boost national prestige and pride. Unfortunately, Agenda 2020 of Thomas Bach seems a little far away.


Nowadays, it is impossible to bring Olympic Games or "to win Olympic Gold medals without huge investment of the state. Researchers even call it Sporting Arms Race. Olympics  succeeded in popularization by the end of the 20th century but many people suspect, original Olympic ideals of education of youth and contribution to World peace may be damaged if not destroyed.


Commercialism, gigantism and professionalism might have caused such phenomena which led to Bach's Agenda 2020 of reform and evolution out of sense of crisis.


After Putin has invested 50 billion dollars in Sochi Winter Olympics, many European countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland and even Norway withdrew candidature from unwillingness to financial guarantee. It left only two candidate cities of Beijing and Almarty. It was not what IOC wanted.


Asia will have 3 consecutive Olympic Games; 2018 PyeongChang, 2020 Tokyo, 2022 Beijing. Korean Press used to say that IOC does not give one country two things at one time; universal distribution of Games of different continent; no consecutive games in same continent. Those were proven to be a fiction.


Beijing presented a rich financial condition and experience of organizing 2008 Summer Games. It has problems of no snow, human right problem, air pollution, and water supply. Recently, 100 human right lawyers were arrested. China assures they will be all solved and emphasize China will keep the promise. Competion on Ice will be organized in Beijing and competion on snow will be organized at Zhangjiakou, 160 Km away. It is not compact concept.
 

Almarty boasts all venues are within 30 Km radius. 9 venue out of 13 venues already exist. They will offer natural mountain and natural snow and no destruction of environment. First Olympics in Central Asia was superceded by ample finance and market as offered by Beijing. Almarty received surprising 40 votes against 44 of Beijing. Almarty will try for next chance.


Some press states IOC's credibility was hurt, missing Agenda 2020. But does IOC care? Boston has already withdrawn candidature for 2024 Games. Budapest might follow the suit.


Junior Olympics went to Lausanne of Coubertin over beautiful Brasov of Romania. 'Where will Olympic go in future?' is a big question.


As a host for 2018 Winter Olympics, Korea is to learn a big lesson from Beijing which will organizing Ice in Beijing and snow in Zhangjiakou. How about Ice in Seoul and snow in Kangwon? It's not late.

 

 

UnYong KIM
Former IOC Vice President
Former KOC President

 

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