EOC Clarifies 2019 Euro Games Bidding

(ATR) The EOC tells Around the Rings it will look to minimize bidding costs for the 2019 Euro Games.

The European Olympic Committees tellAround the Rings it will not conduct a complex bidding process for the 2019 Euro Games to minimize costs.

At least three cities are understood to have expressed an interest in staging the games following the inaugural event in Baku next year.

The bidding process is now underway. EOC president Pat Hickey told reporters at a Baku 2015 briefing in Sochi "the last thing we want to do is make it [the bidding process] full of bureaucracy and red tape."

The Irish IOC Executive Board member said at the time that the bid procedure would "not be an elaborate system like the IOC" with evaluation commission visits and reports ahead of a vote.

An EOC spokesman gave more details to ATR on Thursday about the 2019 European Games bidding process.

He said that the continental organization "has always maintained that the European Games is innovative and is not based on the traditional Olympic bidding and hosting models."

"To that end, the EOC is in private dialogue with a few cities interested in hosting the 2019 edition of the European Games," he said.

Clarifying the process for potential candidate cities, he added, "In order to minimize costs and reduce the need for a lengthy bid process, technical submissions will be made to the EOC executive committee later this year before a decision will be taken and recommended to the full EOC general assembly in November.

"This process is similar to the EOC's establishment of the highly successful European Youth Olympic Festival in the early 1990s."

Baku 2015 has a roster of 19 sports on its program.

But this number and the blend of sports is expected to fluctuate from one European Games to the next, starting in 2019.

Hickey has spoken about tailoring sports to meet the demands of cities and their country’s sporting culture and traditions.

"This game is all about flexibility. We don’t want to be a carbon copy of other games," he told reporters at the Sochi briefing.

While some Baku 2015 sports will be set as Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers by the respective international federations, Hickey said he expects all sports on the program of the 2019 edition to be Olympic qualifiers for Tokyo 2020.

Written by Mark Bisson

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