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Olympics: Thailand, Malaysia linked to joint 2024 Olympics bid

Thailand and Malaysia are considering a joint bid for the Olympics, reported the Bangkok Post. Photo: AFP.

Thailand and Malaysia are considering a joint bid for the Olympics, reported the Bangkok Post. Photo: AFP.

March 19, 2015: Thailand and Malaysia are considering a joint bid for the 2024 summer Olympic Games, according to the Bangkok Post newspaper, SportBusiness (www.sportbusiness.com) announced on March 18.

 

The Bangkok Post reported that Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, met her Malaysian counterpart, Khairy Jamaluddin, in the US last month and said both sides were interested in a joint bid to host the 2024 Olympics, as well as a future edition of football’s FIFA World Cup.

 

The minister said Southeast Asian countries have the potential to stage a number of international sports events through adopting a co-hosting model.

 

While winter Olympics have permitted cross-border competition, the summer Games have remained steadfast in a model of retaining a core host city. However, through its Agenda 2020 reform initiative, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the organisation of sports and events outside the host city and even, in exceptional cases, outside the host country, could be allowed.

 

On Monday, the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) selected Hamburg over Berlin as its applicant city for the 2024 Games. Boston in the US and Rome in Italy have already confirmed they will bid, while several other cities, including Baku, Doha, Istanbul and Paris, are also interested in entering the race.

 

Source: SportBusiness (www.sportbusiness.com); Editing by SportAsia

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