By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE — This summer Olympics officials in Malaysia will select the location of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the games that will directly precede the 2024 Summer Olympics, where Boston is one of the cities contending to be host city.
Boston 2024, the non-profit pushing for the games, has “no current plans” to attend on behalf of Boston’s bid, spokesman Dave Wedge told the News Service on Thursday.
The session will last for four days and more than half the members of the International Olympic Committee are required to be present.
On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its schedule for the proceedings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the IOC Session will elect a 2022 host city, choosing between candidates Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. The group will also elect the site of the 2020 Youth Winter Games, choosing between Brasov, Romania and Lausanne, Switzerland, where the IOC is headquartered.
The IOC Session will be held July 31-Aug. 3 and will be broadcast on the IOC’s YouTube channel, according to a press release. Just over half the members of the IOC are required to be present for a quorum of the session, according to the charter.
Last Tuesday, IOC President Thomas Bach met with members of the German Parliament – where Hamburg is offering a bid on the games – before traveling to New York, where he met Saudi Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz.
He also met with U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Lawrence Probst and U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun. Both Probst and Blackmun are on Boston 2024’s board of directors.
Backers of the Boston 2024 proposal have claimed bidding on the games will give Boston a chance to pioneer a new, more frugal Olympics, though polling has shown area residents continue to oppose the games by a narrow margin.