IOC release proposals on bidding reforms

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC is ready to allow some Summer Olympic sports events to be held outside the host country.

The new option is among 40 recommendations released on Tuesday as part of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s reform agenda.

Under the proposals, the IOC will allow “the organization of entire sports and disciplines outside the host city or, in exceptional cases, outside the host country notably for reasons of geography and sustainability.”

That would be a first for the Summer Games. The IOC rules already allow for events to be held in a bordering country for the Winter Games.

The recommendations — called “Olympic Agenda 2020” — also include measures to revamp the bidding procedure, make the games less costly, revise the sports program, and create an Olympic television network.