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International Olympic Committee review could mean fewer athletes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 3:58am

Future Olympics could have fewer athletes and medals after International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidential candidate Ng Ser Miang said a review of the cost and size of the Games would be a priority if he wins next month's vote.

The 64-year-old Singaporean also said he would look at scaling back the cost and procedures for cities bidding to host the Olympics and suggested potential new sports should use the Youth Games as a testing ground before seeking inclusion. "It is time for us to do a major review of the size, the cost, the scale and the complexity of the Games," Ng said.

"This will be one of the priorities for sure. Even on the bid itself, the process - whether we can make it more efficient, less costly, and with more respect for the cities bidding as well as for the sports themselves.

"But at the same time, when we talk about reducing the size of the Games, there are more sports knocking on the door wanting to be part of it, so I think there is going to be a fine balance."

Ng is up against Germany's Thomas Bach, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Wu Ching-kuo of Taiwan, Swiss Denis Oswald and Ukraine's former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka to replace outgoing Belgian Jacques Rogge in the September 10 vote in Argentina.

He said all aspects of the Games would be looked at and did not rule out increasing in the number of sports from the current total of 26, but with fewer medals available in each.

"There could be a review on number of athletes and different disciplines," the IOC vice-president said.

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