IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly defended his organisation’s alternative for the 2022 Olympics, saying the IOC was not a political physique nor was its mandate to affect legal guidelines in sovereign states.
He mentioned on Thursday that within the two years main as much as the Beijing Games he had seen “the dark clouds of the growing politicisation of sport on the horizon.”
“We also saw that in some peoples’ minds the boycott ghosts of the past were rearing their ugly heads again,” Bach mentioned.
The 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics have been all hit by boycotts of nations through the Cold War period, severely denting the occasion’s universality and funds.
“This is why we have been working even harder to get this unifying mission of the Olympic Games across to as many leaders and decision makers as possible,” Bach mentioned.
He additionally famous what he mentioned have been main business alternatives created by these Games which he anticipated would rework the worldwide winter sports activities business.
“Today we can say China is a winter sport country. This is why Beijing 2022 will be the start of a new era for global winter sport,” Bach mentioned.
He estimated China’s winter sports activities business to be value some US$150 billion by 2025.
“From this tremendous growth the winter sports industry around the world will benefit,” Bach mentioned.
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