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04 Oct 2019
New Host Commissions set to play a key role in the awarding of Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed the makeup of its two Future Host Commissions, which are set to play a pivotal role in the awarding of future Olympic Games.

The commissions are part of what the IOC described as a more "targeted, streamlined and flexible approach" in the selection process for host cities. There will also be increased flexibility in the timing of the final selections.

Both of the commissions are made up of a mixture of IOC members, athletes and representatives of the International Paralympic Committee. They are also gender-balanced: five female members and five male members for the Summer Games, and four female members and four male members for the Winter Games (to view the full list of names, click here for the IOC website.

The two Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter) will make recommendations to the IOC Executive Board, which in turn will make recommendations to the IOC Session.

Kristin Kloster Aasen from Norway will chair the Summer commission, while Octavian Morariu from Romania has been named chair of the Winter group.

“There will be a two-speed progression for the work of the Commissions," said IOC president Thomas Bach.

"The Winter Commissions will start immediately, as the priority at this moment is the discussions about the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 and the Olympic Winter Games 2030.

"The Summer Commission has slightly more time to enter into a dialogue with the number of various interested cities, regions and countries we have already."

It is the latest move to make the hosting the Olympic Games more appealing to cities, as the IOC has had to deal with a sharp decline in countries willing to bid to host the Games.

The latest selection process for a host city – which concluded in June 2019 with Italy's Milan-Cortina elected to host the 2026 winter Olympics – was one of the most troubled bidding processes of any Olympic Games.

Seven cities had officially entered the bidding process in September 2017 – Milan, Stockholm, Calgary (Canada), Erzurum (Turkey), Sapporo (Japan), Graz (Austria) and Sion (Switzerland) – but failure to win over the support of local populations and governments saw five candidates pull out of the race.

At times, it seemed that there might be no bids at all, as both Stockholm and Milan experienced difficulties in securing support locally.

It followed a similar lack of interest for the bidding process for the 2028 Summer Olympic Games. An issue the IOC decided to solve by awarding the Games to Los Angeles, which had originally planned a bid for the 2024 Games.


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14 Oct 2019
CIDESCO announces new board appointments at 67th World Congress
CIDESCO International, the standards setter for the global spa and beauty industries, has announced that Sandy Fuhr has been elected as its new president.
11 Oct 2019
Three rising stars named winners of Future Fit Training's Legacy Award
Three health and fitness industry professionals at the beginning of their careers have shared the spoils of a £75,000 achievement award created by Future Fit Training.
10 Oct 2019
Don Quixote, suffragettes and puppets who come to life: Aufguss World Championships get creative
For the first time, a woman has been crowned top aufguss master in the world at the Aufguss World Championships, held last month at the newly built Spa Berendonck in The Netherlands.
03 Oct 2019
Netball World Cup inspires the nation – provides participation boost for sport
This year's Netball World Cup, held in Liverpool in July, is already providing a legacy by growing the sport's participation numbers in England. A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of England Netball shows that 160,000 adult women who followed the tournament have been inspired to start playing netball.
02 Oct 2019
Jessica Ennis-Hill to speak at ukactive Summit
Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill will add a bit of stardust to this year's ukactive Summit.
27 Sep 2019
MET Studio creates immersive, multi-sensual history of Singapore
Experiential designers MET Studio have worked with the Singapore Bicentennial Office to create “an immersive experience charting the area’s occupation through to modern day Singapore.”
23 Sep 2019
More than 2,000 attend the 29th annual ISPA Conference & Expo
A crowd of over 2,200 spa community members came together 11-13 September for the 29th annual ISPA Conference & Expo, which took place at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, US.
23 Sep 2019
Marcel Wanders bemoans the 'stupid dogmas' of modernism
Marcel Wanders has restated his distaste for modernism, arguing there are elements of the “still prevalent” philosophy that are actively unhelpful.
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15 Oct 2019
SAPCA Technical Meeting
Loughborough University
Loughborough
United Kingdom
15-16 Oct 2019
Independent Hotel Show
Olympia London
London
United Kingdom
15-17 Oct 2019
Global Wellness Summit
Grand Hyatt
Singapore
15-18 Oct 2019
Piscina & Wellness Barcelona
Gran Via Exhibition Centre
Barcelona
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17-19 Oct 2019
FIBO USA
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach
United States
18-20 Oct 2019
Global Thermal Think Tank
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Ueda
Japan
20-23 Oct 2019
(Spas of Central Europe) SPA-CE Experience
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Rogaška Slatina
Slovenia
20-30 Oct 2019
World Leisure Expo & Forum
Hangzhou International Expo Center
Hangzhou
China
28 Oct 2019
Women in Wellness Leadership Conference
The Waterfront Beach Resort Hotel
Huntington Beach
United States
28-30 Oct 2019
International Federation (IF) Forum
Hotel Royal Savoy
Lausanne
Switzerland
29-31 Oct 2019
Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum (MR&H)
Hilton Athens
Athens
Greece
30-31 Oct 2019
IOG Saltex
NEC
Birmingham
United Kingdom
31 Oct 2019
ukactive National Summit
Queen Elizabeth II Centre
Westminster
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