The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is in Monaco today, discussing shiny reforms that will permit several cities, or several countries, to simultaneously host the Olympic games.
The full IOC membership is present to “discuss and vote on the 40 recommendations that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Games.”
The IOC’s new selling ticket: utilizing pre-existing infrastructure to save countries millions of dollars. Moderation and sustainability may finally oust the old norm of constructing the billion-dollar infrastructures of Olympic Cities from scratch; resources that countries seldom use after the closing ceremonies.
Thus far, the IOC has passed regulations for labor, environmental protection and non-discrimination. Mostly, the reforms of IOC hosting policy are radically common sense ideas that place importance on human rights and sustainability.
The committee’s failure to lock down a country for the 2022 Winter Olympics bid has served as a catalyst, prompting change in regulations to make hosting more economically feasible. Much to the IOC’s dismay, Norway dropped its 2022 bid in October, leaving Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing as the only remaining two suitors.
Norwegian media reported a list of the IOC’s luxurious demands, what amounted to a precursor for Norway to host the 2022 Winter Games:
- They demand to meet the king prior to the opening ceremony. Afterwards, there shall be a cocktail reception. Drinks shall be paid for by the Royal Palace or the local organizing committee.
- Separate lanes should be created on all roads where IOC members will travel, which are not to be used by regular people or public transportation.
- A welcome greeting from the local Olympic boss and the hotel manager should be presented in IOC members’ rooms, along with fruit and cakes of the season. (Seasonal fruit in Oslo in February is a challenge …)
- The hotel bar at their hotel should extend its hours “extra late” and the minibars must stock Coke products.
- The IOC president shall be welcomed ceremoniously on the runway when he arrives.
- The IOC members should have separate entrances and exits to and from the airport.
- During the opening and closing ceremonies a fully stocked bar shall be available. During competition days, wine and beer will do at the stadium lounge.
- IOC members shall be greeted with a smile when arriving at their hotel.
- Meeting rooms shall be kept at exactly 20 degrees Celsius at all times.
- The hot food offered in the lounges at venues should be replaced at regular intervals, as IOC members might “risk” having to eat several meals at the same lounge during the Olympics.