KL Olympics - is it just a pipe dream?

KL Olympics - is it just a pipe dream?

MALAYSIA - It is an unwritten rule that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not consider a bidding city from the same continent that has previously hosted the Olympics for the next two or three editions.

Thus, with Japan hosting the world's biggest sporting spectacle in 2020, it will not be staged in Asia again until 2032, or possibly even 2036.

For example, Seoul hosted the 1988 Olympics, and it was only 22 years later that it returned to Asia - at Beijing 2008.

But the question here is whether Malaysia will be able to host an Olympics in the future.

I think we can, maybe 15 to 20 years down the road, and it is not just about the "Malaysia Boleh" spirit.

By then, we would have achieved developed nation status (think Vision 2020) and we should have the know-how in terms of infrastructure and technical expertise to host a multi-sports event of this magnitude.

Malaysia actually made a bid - one of 10 countries - to host the 2008 Olympics following the success in hosting the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Applicant cities are evaluated on 11 criteria - government support and public opinion, general infrastructure, sports infrastructure, Olympic village, environmental conditions and impact, accommodation, transport, security, experience with past sporting events, finance and the general concept.

A city that does not get a final score of at least six out of 10 would not be recommended as a candidate.

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