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Prague Assembly Confirms 2016 Olympic Bid

Posted 11:53 am ET (GamesBids.com)

It’s been confirmed that the city of Prague will bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, although it’s expected that the bid will not succeed, but is considered a trial for an Olympic bid in 2020 or 2024.

Fifty out of 63 assemblymen voted in support of the bid, 10 voted against and three assemblymen abstained from the vote.

Prague Mayor Pavel Bem said, “our studies conclude that the Olympic Games may be profitable for Prague”.

He added, “the Olympic Games must bring a profit. If Prague would have to get indebted over them, we will not organize them”.

Bem said, “it is 99-per cent certain that the 2016 Games will be in a different continent than Europe”. He was referring to the fact that the 2012 Summer Games will be held in London.

Prague City Hall will found an organization called Olympic Prague in cooperation with the Czech Olympic Committee (COV), which will control the bid’s organization.

According to the Associated Press many facilities would have to be built from scratch. The main stadium for track and field would likely be located in the capital’s north-eastern Letnany area, while come competitions would take place in other Czech cities, including Bmo, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pizen.

The Lipno dam near the border with Austria would host the sailing and yachting races.

Well, it seems the Czechs have bitten the bullet and are in. It's noty an auspicious way to start a bid, though, saying they expect to lose and it's more of a trial run for 2020. I suppose that's realistic, at least, but it automatically gives the IOC members an excuse not to vote for them.

Still, it'll give us some idea of theuir concrete bid plans and abilities and I suppose allow them to fine-tune them for the next time.

Interesting to see they've already solved the problem of sailing in their land-locked country!

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Well, it seems the Czechs have bitten the bullet and are in. It's noty an auspicious way to start a bid, though, saying they expect to lose and it's more of a trial run for 2020. I suppose that's realistic, at least, but it automatically gives the IOC members an excuse not to vote for them.

Still, it'll give us some idea of theuir concrete bid plans and abilities and I suppose allow them to fine-tune them for the next time.

Interesting to see they've already solved the problem of sailing in their land-locked country!

It also means that if they are not seriously bidding for 2016, then they will not make the short-list. Why should the IOC waste its time with a 'trial' bid?

What if Bratislava also bids? Migod, 2016 and 2020 will be all-out cat fights!!

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Prague's best strategy would be to at least get going and complete some of those facilities they're going to need for an eventual hosting so that be the time they bid for 2020, they've got some solid facilities to show and can also spread the costs a bit.

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Well, it appears the Czechs are sceptical about their bid:

Low support for Olympic bid

By: Tereza Tomíčková

In the first public opinion research following Prague City Hall’s decision to bid for hosting both the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics, local citizens showed a rather reserved attitude toward the project.

In a poll released April 4, Mori ČR, a division of research firm Ipsos Tambor, indicated that among the people who expressed little support to the Prague Games were actually the capital’s own citizens.

“Only 32 percent of our Prague respondents agreed that hosting the games in the city was a good idea,” said Tatiana Wartuschová, Mori ČR’s project manager. She said that most Prague residents were rather skeptical about the Olympics and didn’t expect any major benefits to come from hosting the games.

“The prevailing feeling among the Praguers is that a further increase in the number of tourists wouldn’t be beneficial to the city,” Wartuschová said.

Respondents from North Bohemia, however, expressed 65 percent support. “[People said that] the Olympics would present a development opportunity for the region,” Wartuschová said.

Mori’s research, based on responses from 500 people throughout the country, showed that some 47 percent voted in favor of the games.

Though expressing their support, many people also said that hosting the games as early as 2016 or 2020 could bring financial troubles to the country. Almost 70 percent of those polled agreed that the games would negatively impact on the deteriorating public finances, and only about 19 percent of respondents said the Olympics wouldn’t increase the public finance deficit.

Mori ČR’s research showed that the Czech attitude toward hosting the games in this country has been consistent over several months. Previous polls conducted by research firm Median in February and by research firm STEM in early March showed that 46 percent and 47 percent of respondents, respectively, were in favor of the idea that Prague should aim to host the Olympics.

Czech Business Weekly

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It also means that if they are not seriously bidding for 2016, then they will not make the short-list. Why should the IOC waste its time with a 'trial' bid?

Totally agreee Baron - they are asking not to be taken seriously this time round and risk not making the short-list, which would limit the amount they can learn for 2020.

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The Portuguese NOC president also wanted Lisbon to pull a stunt like that: a trial bid - it wouldn't cost much, Lisbon would be on the world's eyes and gain bidding experience :rolleyes:

He surely didn't account the country's financial situation and most likely the public support would be very low because of that. Besides, a non fully committed bid like that (and Prague's) will be disregarded, ending up not acquiring the necessary experience. On the other hand, what if by any chance it gets chosen? Tough luck...

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I think the IOC would only entertain those fake/trial bids if they want to target that region for the next Olympics. Like, I think China earned its stripes in the 2000 race which went to Sydney. Then they stepped back for 2004 knowing that it would be a Mediterranean Games (Athens v. Rome). And then they came back in 2001 strong and sure, knowing for sure it was their region's turn again.

But if you're going in there to just 'test' the waters when there are other really, totally serious contenders, then the IOC will tell you to get off early enough. It is a serious matter and there are very high stakes involved -- so 'trial balloons' unless done in earnest, are going to deflate early enough.

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For me, a Czech bid could stir things a bit. Lately, the IOC has been awarding the Olympiads to "big cities beside a major coastline." It would look like that the 2016 race is going to be no different here.

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For me, a Czech bid could stir things a bit. Lately, the IOC has been awarding the Olympiads to "big cities beside a major coastline." It would look like that the 2016 race is going to be no different here.

:unsure: Torino? Beijing? London? Pyong Chang? Possibly Chicago? Those aren't ANYWHERE near any major (oceanic) coastline. Of the next batch, only Vancouver is really by an ocean. Even Athens was inland; and Pireus was the actual seaport.

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:unsure: Torino? Beijing? London? Pyong Chang? Possibly Chicago? Those aren't ANYWHERE near any major (oceanic) coastline.

You seem to have forgotten Sochi.Isn't that near the Black Sea? ;)

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