Olympics, in future, will test local support before awarding Games
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forced to make changes because too many potential hosts have been scared away by the cost of staging the Games or have withdrawn bids amid public backlash.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.”