L.A. Council Questions Revised '24 Olympic Plans NHL Could Skip '18 Games, Return For Beijing USOC Gets Nearly $300M If L.A. Lands '24 Games USOC, LA 2024 Reach Marketing Agreement Revised LA 2024 Bid New Venues Added USOC Shows Diversity Hiring Stats LA 2024 Expands Olympic Venue Plans To Other Cities IOC Faces Several Issues, Including Bid Resistance Rome Drops Olympics Bid For Financial Reasons LA 2024 Releases Spot Year Out From Host City Vote
IOC President Confirms He Will Meet With USOC Execs Next Month
Published January 15, 2010
|Rogge (r) Has Arranged Meeting With Probst (l)
To Help Improve IOC's Relationship With USOC
SWEET SIXTEEN: Rogge Thursday said that Rio de Janeiro won the right to host the '16 Games "on merit and not on its geographical location." He said the IOC "did not choose Brazil because South America had never got the Games before." Rogge: "We chose Brazil because of the quality (of the bid). The purpose of the Olympic Games is not to serve the public opinion of a country of region." Meanwhile, Rogge "denied that the costs of staging the Games had spiraled out of control, saying that many governments had chosen of their own accord to make improvements to coincide with the event." He added, "We make every effort to keep the costs under control. They are in line with inflation and it is not up to us what improvements the government decides to make in terms of general infrastructure" (REUTERS, 1/14).