Clemens Prokop, the head of the German Athletics Federation, recently put forward a proposal that would overhaul the way hosting the Olympics is conducted. Prokop wold like to see future Olympics be awarded to entire countries instead of just specific cities, creating a system similar to the FIFA World Cup where events are held throughout the host country.
Prokop’s proposal comes on the heels of a failed referendum regarding whether the city of Munich would bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. According to Prokop, the economic burden Munich would have been required to shoulder was a key factor in the referendum failing, a situation that would be alleviated if hosting duties were decentralized.
It’s unlikely Prokop’s idea will have much traction with the International Olympic Committee, though. Article 34 of the Olympic Charter dictates that “all sports competition must take place in the host city” unless other locales are approved by the IOC. While this approval has been given in the past, it was more due to practical concerns (such as geography) rather than economic or social ones. A decentralized Olympics would decrease the overall spectacle of the Games, an outcome the IOC is not likely keen on.
[Source: Inside the Games]