Dutch, Belgians in joint bid for 2016 Olympics

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23 August 2004, BRUSSELS — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has proposed a joint bid by the Netherlands and Belgium to host the 2016 Olympics.

23 August 2004

BRUSSELS — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has proposed a joint bid by the Netherlands and Belgium to host the 2016 Olympics.

Speaking on Sunday from Athens, he said bringing the Games to the
Netherlands would be "fantastic" and sharing it with Belgium would ease the cost burden.

But his master plan might fall at an early hurdle because according to the Olympic charter, only one city and not a country can put forward a bid.

Changing the charter requires majority approval by the International Olympic Committee, which already blocked a similar joint bid from Switzerland and Austria.

Meanwhile, Dutch swimmer Inge De Bruijn became the most successful Dutch Olympian ever on Saturday, ending her Athens effort with a gold medal performance in the 50m freestyle sprint.

The champion swimmer defended her Sydney 2000 title with a 24.58 second swim. She is the first swimmer to have successfully defended the 50m title, which debuted in 1988.

She previously won silver at the Athens Games in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 100m butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay.
 
She now has eight Olympic medals, one more than Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband, who brought his combined total in Athens to seven.

The Dutch medal tally at the Athens Games now stands at 17, three gold, six silver and eight bronze. The Netherlands is in 14th place on the overall medal tally.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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