- 01 Aug 2015
- IOC News
A True “Fair Play” Story
The “Olympic spirit” of the competing cities in yesterday's votes on the Olympic Winter Games 2022 and the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 were celebrated at the IOC Session this morning.
President Thomas Bach expressed his gratitude to all four candidate cities: “I would like to thank and congratulate the four candidate cities for a competition that took place with remarkable fair play,” he said. “They all have competed over many months, and at not a single stage did we have any kind of indication that the rules of fair play were being violated. Last night after the decision, we met together with the two bid leaders, the Chinese Vice-Premier and the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. It was really a great symbol of the Olympic spirit to see the leaders congratulating each other, promising each other support and cooperation in the future, and highlighting that they want to give a good example of fair play and the Olympic spirit with their friendly competition,” he added.
Beijing became the first city in history to get to host summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games, and Lausanne was elected host of the 3rd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
IOC Members in the countries of the bidding cities also took the floor this morning.
IOC Vice-President Zaiqing Yu said: “You have trusted China and we will continue to make further efforts to deliver every expectation of the IOC and Olympic Agenda 2020. China will never let you down.”
Patrick Baumann, IOC Member in Switzerland and Lausanne 2020 bid leader, said: “I would like to thank our Romanian friends for their passion and the spirit of fair play that they have shown over the last few months.”
Finally, Octavian Morariu, IOC Member in Romania, said: “I want to congratulate Beijing and Lausanne for their election, and particularly Lausanne of course. We came with an open heart but also knowing that we would learn a lot. It was a bit like Romania playing New Zealand in rugby. But we know the final outcome. We have learned a lot and we will go back home and train, and I hope that we will be back on the field soon.”