128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur; Beijing chosen to host 2022 Winter Olympics and Lausanne for 2020 Winter Youth Olympics.


The 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session is currently on-going at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 30th July to 3rd August 2015. Eventhough my country did not get to host any Olympic Games yet, but I’m already glad that we got to host an IOC Session this year, an important agenda in Olympic calendar. The IOC Session is where the meeting of all the members of the International Olympic Committee takes place, and is also the event when host cities for future games will be selected.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia defeated Lima, Peru to be the host of the 128th IOC Session. It’s a great start to introduce the country to the Olympic body before seriously planning for bids in future games. Recently, Prince Imran, the chairman of the session’s organizing committee, chairman of Malaysia’s National Olympic Council and also the President of Commonwealth Games Federation, suggested a joint bid with Singapore to host the prestigious Summer Olympic Games in 2028 or 2032. Joint bid proposal is made possible after the Olympic Agenda 2020 recently introduced by the President of IOC, Thomas Bach. He also mentioned that the committee would be glad if the games can be held for the first time in South East Asian region.

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak whom also officiated the opening of the IOC Session yesterday agreed and strongly supports the joint bid proposal. On the other hand, Singapore finds the concept interesting and may give it a try together soon. So, let us wait and see. Since either of these two countries can’t host the games on their own, a joint-hosting job will be a great solution. I would love to bring Olympic Games to Malaysia (and Singapore together) in 2028 or 2032. Malaysia had previously hosted 1998 Commonwealth Games while Singapore had hosted 2010 Youth Olympic Games. When both join hands, it will be easily a successful bid. However, there would be many new details and conflicts on this proposed collaboration, and let’s hope it all works out.

Back to the on-going IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur. Today is the day when the voting is conducted to choose the host city for 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games and the bigger 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The results are as follow; Lausanne, Switzerland defeated Brasov, Romania to be the host city for 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. This Winter Youth Olympic Games is very new in Olympic history as it had just started in 2012 with Innsbruck 2012, and then second edition coming soon in Lillehammer 2016. Beijing, China defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan to be the host city for 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Beijing will be the only city to host both Summer and Winter Olympic Games in history. Wonderful. Congratulations to both Lausanne and Beijing. We look forward to the games in your city in near future!

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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/.

Kuala Lumpur bidding for double hosting job!


The upcoming 10th of February 2010 will be the date, that the official host city for the 125th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Congress will be announced at Vancouver, Canada. How does this event related to my home city, Kuala Lumpur?

Kuala Lumpur had submitted a strong and potential bid to host the event. Kuala Lumpur is one of the two shortlisted cities bidding after certain evaluation, the other city is Buenos Aires. The IOC Evaluation Commission members made an inspection on November 19 – 20 last year of the proposed venues and facilities in KL.

             

Eemm…Singapore had hosted it in 2005, a country so near to Malaysia, that it would affects the KL bid. Since Malaysia is a largely Muslim country, awarding the IOC session to the country would be a good way of reaching out to the Muslim world. The 125th IOC Session will be very important because the 2020 Summer Olympic Games (to be the biggest in history) host city will be announced after bidding session, and the current President of IOC, Jacques Rogge will retire while a new president will be elected on the session. It would definitely gives an impact to the session’s hosting city, since all the IOC members and media are there.

The another hosting job, is the 2019 Asian Games. We have witnessed a successful Doha 2006 Asian Games, and we will expect the biggest Asian Games, Guangzhou 2010 this year. Then, Incheon 2014, South Korea. I thought 2018 would be the year?….no…no…no…Olympic Council of Asia had changed the year, so that Asian Games will be one year earlier than the Olympic Games. Hence, the next Asian Games after Incheon 2014 will be in year 2019. 9 years to go…but the application for the bids started already.

                               

After two previous failed attempts on bidding for Asian Games, Kuala Lumpur this time has strong confidence and potential to host 2019 Asian Games. Kuala Lumpur has all the infrastructure and facilities needed to host the games, of course, some upgrades are needed too, since the difference between KL Commonwealth Games 1998 with 2019 Asian Games is 21 years!!! Unexpected loss to Doha for 2006 Asiad, since KL is favoured during the bidding…KL lost just because of Doha’s economic wealth. The high budget planned for hosting 2010 Asian Games which is in favour of KL also has lead to withdrawal of KL and other cities, leaving only Guangzhou, which finally becomes the host city. KL did not bid for 2014, but now planned for a strong and capable 2019 bid. The result will be announced in 2013, long way to go…since the application and bidding process takes a long time.

                    

Wish that KL will finally win the right to host 2019 Asian Games! Too bad that Olympic Council of Asia restricted the games to only 35 sports, if not, KL will be planning for the biggest Asian Games in history. The other potential cities bidding for 2019 Asian Games are: Dubai (UAE), Hanoi (Vietnam), Hong Kong (China), Manila (Phillipines), Singapore, Taipei (Taiwan), Colombo (Sri Lanka), and of course Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). [The bolded ones are the real capable and strong potential cities]

The current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had mentioned that the country will not bid for 2020 Summer Olympic Games to fullfill Wawasan (Vision) 2020, because the country is not ready for it, since the country now focused on the 2019 Asian Games first before going further. However, there might be chance for KL to host Olympic Games by 2024 or 2028.

UPDATES – 11/2/2010

Kuala Lumpur lost to Buenos Aires for the right to host the historic 125th IOC Session in year 2013, which will decide on the host city for 2020 Summer Olympic Games and elect a new president replacing Jacques Rogge. Kuala Lumpur gained 31 votes while Buenos Aires gained 58 votes. It seems that KL fails again, let’s hope KL would emerged as the winner for the bidding of host city for 2019 Asian Games.

Kuala Lumpur 2020???


Everybody especially the locals knew that Malaysia has one great aim…to successfully accomplish the Vision 2020 (Wawasan 2020)…this vision is set by the former prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir who brought a lot of changes to the country…

His long-serving to the country benefited the country the most, from the building of the world tallest buildings (by the time of its completion), the Petronas Twin Towers, among the world best airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KL’s landmark tower, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Sepang Circuit, the administrative city of Putrajaya, the National Sports Complex, and many more..

During his years, we saw the successful completion of the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games (SUKOM 1998)..the games is the second most grandest games in the world, behind the Olympic Games.how lucky that KL had been chosen to host the international games…the moments on the time will never be forgotten.

The main point of this post is that will Kuala Lumpur be able to host the world most recognized games, the Summer Olympic Games in 2020 (XXXII Olympiad) , or commonly known as Olympiad? Let’s see…this video is not the real video of the KL 2020 Olympic Bid, and is not of my work too…

Kuala Lumpur will be considered a developed nation by year 2020, and we are sure the citizens will gave their fully support to the government to host the prestigious games…the government will place a strong bid to be contested with other potential countries in  getting the host…Kuala Lumpur will be a strong contender by the time, but the chance of winning it is very minimal if Malaysia didn’t work hard for it!

To get the host city:

– Have to be a developed nation, with developed society, booming economy and clean politics.

– Have a new proper upgraded infrastructures (new stadiums and new sports complex, the old National Sports Complex can’t be used anymore, it’s old, it’s dirty, it’s doesn’t look nice)

– The government should submit a strong plan on great intention to host the Olympic Games to show that the country has the full capability to host such a big games. Suggest new logo for the city olympic, new theme song, new torch relay logo, new torch relay theme song, etc which are very meaningful. [Like the video below, this is fake and is just a suggestion, haha, the video is found by me from youtube and is not of my work]

– The government should allocates a sum of big budget for this prestigious games. They should save now and don’t put the in your own pockets.

– Have the right amount of people (the willing ones) to support the games and participates in the games especially the opening and closing ceremonies.

– With great creativity (in design of new stadiums, sports complex, opening and closing ceremonies) [make use of latest modern technologies]

– Take and learn from the examples like from the recent Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Doha 2006 Asian Games, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, London 2012 Olympic Games, etc…

– Make sure the city is developed with beautiful skyline, clean surrounding, green environment, generous people, efficient infrastructures and facilities.

There are a lot of potential cities wanted to bid for 2020 Olympiad, such as from (the bolded are the strong potential countries)

South AfricaCape Town, Durban

Asia – Busan, South Korea               – Doha, Qatar

          – Delhi, India                                – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Europe – Istanbul, Turkey                        – Rome, Italy

                – Prague, Czech Republic             – St. Petersburgh, Russia

                – Warsaw, Poland

North America

– United States of America – Birmingham, Boston or Minneapolis.

– Monterrey, Mexico

Toronto, Canada

South America – Lima, Peru

The selection process for the host city has not begin and the winning city is expected to be announced in mid-2013. (long time to go) KL should do something now to let the International Olympic Committee see how capable we are!

Really hoped that KL win beat others to win the hosting right! Malaysia Boleh! if boleh, baru boleh!

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catch on news today..


today wake up very late..planned to go KL Convention Centre for the Australian Education Fair…but then lazy..no need so fast think of australia universities first..not the right time, i think….so didn’t go…

boring..nothing to do..so get back on the news….uui..today is the MCA party election for the central committee…try to catch on the latest updates….actually. i wan Datuk Ong Tee Keat to win because he was in the same secondary school with mine (Methodist Boys Secondary School Kuala Lumpur, MBSSKL).haha…here is the latest official results:

The official announcement confirms the new president as Ong Tee Keat (1,429 votes, 61%), defeating Chua Jui Meng (917 votes, 39%).  Total votes: 2346.

The new deputy president is Dr Chua Soi Lek (1,115 votes, 47.75%), defeating Ong Ka Chuan (1,001 votes, 42.87%) and Donald Lim (209 votes, 0.09%) and Lee Hack Teik (10 votes, 0.004%)  Total votes: 2335 votes. 

The four new vice-presidents are Kong Cho Ha (1,798 votes), Liow Tiong Lai (1,725 votes), Dr Ng Yen Yen (1,659 votes) and Tan Kok Hong (1,329 votes).

…………………………………Datuk Ong Ka Ting (former president) and Datuk Chan Kong Choy (former deputy president) will retire immediately after this election…bye to them…

Datuk Ong Tee Keat is now the MCA President as well as the current Transport Minister. Congratulation to him!!!…………………………………………………………………………………………………….