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Volume 6 No. 213


Future Olympics could have less athletes and medals after IOC presidential candidate Ng Ser Miang said that "a review of the cost and size of the Games will be a priority if he wins next month's vote," according to REUTERS. The 64-year-old Singaporean also said that "he would look into scaling back the cost and procedures for cities bidding to host the Olympics and suggested potential new sports should use the Youth Games as a test ground before seeking inclusion." Ng: "It is also about time for us to do a major review of the size, the cost, the scale and the complexity of the Games." Ng "is up against Germany's Thomas Bach, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Wu Ching-kuo of Taiwan, Swiss Denis Oswald and Ukraine's former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka" to replace outgoing Belgian Jacques Rogge in the Sept. 10 vote in Argentina (REUTERS, 8/26).