KL to host 127th IOC Session in 2015


IOC (stands for International Olympic Committee, the organization that governs several international sporting events, including the Olympic Games) hold its session every year. The session comprises of meeting of  over hundred members of IOC and includes some decision-making over selection of future host cities or evaluation of certain systems of the committee or the contesting sports in the games.

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia had previously bid to host Olympic Games in 2008 but failed to get shortlisted, and the bid eventually won by Beijing. Since then, Malaysia didn’t look that far for the goal of hosting Summer Olympic Games, the world largest sporting event. However, Kuala Lumpur continued its bid to host IOC session which is considered a first step to introduce the country to the committee that is responsible to choose future host cities for its large-scale games. KL once again failed on its bid for 125th IOC Session in 2013 which goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This time, it’s not a failure anymore to my home city, KL. In 124th IOC Session organized last month in London, the host city for the recently concluded 2012 Summer Olympic Games, KL won the bid to host 127th IOC Session to be held three years later in 2015. The highlight of the session would be the selection of host city for 2022 Winter Olympic Games. That session would be particularly important to Malaysia as it would gives first impression of its capital, KL to International Olympic Committee. If everything goes smooth and great from that session, then Malaysia would be equipped with better chance on future bid to host Summer Olympic Games, only if Malaysia wish to submit bid. It’s always a disappointment from government side.

Hosting Olympic Games had been one of  very notable ambitions from Olympic Council of Malaysia. The government cancelled the bid for 2020 Olympic Games due to cost issue, and that had contributed to deep frustration to most Malaysians as the games would coincide with Wawasan 2020, a vision for the nation to reach developed status by 2020. By having successfully won the bid to host 127th IOC Session which is near to the time of starting to select 2024 Summer Olympic Games’ host, Malaysia is now having a great potential for a strong bid to 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Who doesn’t want to bring Olympic Games to own country? It would make us all proud, and put Malaysia on the world map. Few months ago, the result of inspection over the venues proposed for the IOC session, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and Mandarin Oriental Hotel had been very satisfying. This lead to KL winning the bid to host 127th IOC Session after evaluation report, defeating Lima from Peru, a much weaker candidate city on bid. KL is very capable for this hosting task. So, the goal so far for Malaysia would be to successfully host the 2015 IOC Session, then to win first ever Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016, and then hopefully, to win the bid to host 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Now,  it is already a great start for all that to happen after KL is proven to have the capability to host IOC’s events.

Image above showing Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the venue for 127th IOC Session to be held in 2015, with Mandarin Oriental Hotel and iconic Petronas Twin Towers on the background. Image is from http://www.chemorbisevents.com/venue/.

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6 Responses to “KL to host 127th IOC Session in 2015”

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