Olympics, in fu­ture, will test lo­cal sup­port be­fore award­ing Games

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — David Whar­ton,

Less than two years af­ter Los An­ge­les was cho­sen to host the 2028 Sum­mer Games with­out any pub­lic vote on the mat­ter, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee is sug­gest­ing that fu­ture can­di­date cities might be re­quired to hold an ad­vance ref­er­en­dum.

The rec­om­men­da­tion was in­cluded in a num­ber of mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the tra­di­tional bid­ding process that were an­nounced at an IOC ses­sion in Switzer­land on Wed­nes­day.

Olympic lead­ers ac­knowl­edged they were forced to make changes be­cause too many po­ten­tial hosts have been scared away by the cost of stag­ing the Games or have with­drawn bids amid pub­lic back­lash.

“We can’t, I sug­gest, con­tinue to be dam­aged as we have in the past,” IOC mem­ber John Coates of Aus­tralia said. “I don’t think it’s un­rea­son­able to re­quire ref­er­enda.”

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