VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Buenos Aires will host the IOC meeting where the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics will be selected in 2013.
Buenos Aires to host key IOC meeting in 2013
The Argentine capital defeated Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 58-31 in a secret ballot Wednesday of the International Olympic Committee.
Buenos Aires has a proposed budget of $3.4 million for the meeting.
At the 2013 session, IOC members will award the hosting rights for the 2020 Olympics. No formal bids have been submitted yet.
Buenos Aires is the second South American city to win an IOC election in recent months. Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Olympics in October, becoming the first South American city to get the games.
BERNAMA'S TAKE ON THE LOSS OF THE BID
February 11, 2010 12:44 PM
KL Loses Bid To Host 2013 IOC Meeting
VANCOUVER (CANADA), Feb 11 (Bernama) - Kuala Lumpur has lost to Buenos Aires in its bid to host the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in 2013 which will pick the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Kuala Lumpur received only 31 votes compared to 58 garnered by the Argentine capital city. Ninety-two of the 115 members of the IOC attended the 122nd IOC meeting here on Wednesday. Two members abstained while one vote was spoilt.
Besides selecting the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics, the 2013 meeting will also appoint a new IOC president to succeed Jacques Rogge whose term of office ends in 2013.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaafar described the voting as fair, considering that after having selected Nanjing in China as the host of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the IOC wanted another region in the world to host its 2013 meeting.
"Of course, I am disappointed (with the decision) but I feel Malaysia had made a good bid. Our presentation was the best we could have delivered," he said.
Besides Tunku Imran, the Malaysian delegation comprised Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, OCM vice-president Low Beng Choo, OCM honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi and National Sports Council director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong.
Tunku Imran said failing in the bid would not dampen Malaysia's spirit to bid for the 2019 Asian Games.
He said the OCM and the relevant authorities should put forward the best bid to secure the games.
Ahmad Shabery said Kuala Lumpur's loss in the bid was all in the game.
"This is sports. In every competition, there is a winner and a loser. We have to accept defeat with an open heart," he said.-- BERNAMA
The Malaysian delegation led by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, must surely be dissapointed of having lost the bid to Buenos Aires.
Wonder how much Malaysia was proposed as the budget to host the Congress.
Buenos Aires had proposed US$3.4 million.
Malaysia could not have been far behind and say it had proposed US$3 million, that would work out to roughly RM10.2million.
So can this RM10 million be channeled to sports development - since we are so serious about sports.
After all, the money has already been budgeted. Let us not forget, about probably at least RM500,000 would have been spent on officials traveling for the bid and the preparation of the bid!
Meanwhile back home, there is still doubt that all the 11 sports in the MSSM calendar which was ordered to b reinstated by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Education Minister, will materialise.
While the budget has been allocated, many are skeptical that the order will be carried out because of time constraints and also the money being available.
There is already news that some sports maybe reinstated, but the Under-15 category left out.
With so much uncertainty, it would be good if the Education Ministry through Sports, Arts and Co-curriculum department director Ee Hong, who recently took over from Jame @ Maikal Alip, make a formal announcement on the fate of the sports.
It is learnt that even the schools have not received any directive about the reinstating of the 11 sports!
So what is happening?
MORE NEWS FROM IOC:
10 February 2010
[PRESS RELEASE] Nanjing to host 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today elected Nanjing, People's Republic of China, as the host city of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014 during the 122nd IOC Session in Vancouver, Canada. Nanjing received 47 votes to edge out runner-up Poznan, Poland, which received 42 votes.“We had two outstanding candidatures from two fantastic cities. Both expressed the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games and both were capable of staging the event,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “We are looking forward to working with Nanjing, and are confident the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 will be a success.”
Some 3,600 athletes ranging in ages from 15 to 18 are expected to compete at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014, which will feature competitions in 26 sports.
President Rogge will soon establish a Coordination Commission to assist Nanjing throughout its preparation period.
“The preparation period for the second summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take four-and-a-half years, which will allow Nanjing to match both the expectations of the IOC and the athletes in producing a programme of sport, culture and education that is of the very highest standard,” Rogge added.
The Youth Olympic Games are the culmination of the IOC’s determination to reach out to young people. Far more than merely being about competition, the Games are also a platform on which young people can learn about the Olympic values and the benefits of sport, while sharing their experiences with people from around the globe.
Nanjing became the first Youth Olympic Games host city directly elected in an IOC Session; previously Singapore (2010) and Innsbruck (2012) were selected by IOC members via postal vote.
Note:The Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, to be held between 14 and 26 August 2010, will bring together 3,600 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from all 205 National Olympic Committees to compete in the 26 sports on the London 2012 Olympic Games programme. A fully fledged education programme will raise participants’ awareness of the Olympic values and topics like healthy lifestyles and the fight against doping. A number of communications initiatives will link the youth of the world with the event. A culture programme will ensure a festive and pleasant atmosphere within the host city.