Dutch consider bidding for 2028 Olympics

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22 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Sporting confederation NOC*NSF is investigating whether the Netherlands can host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.

22 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Sporting confederation NOC*NSF is investigating whether the Netherlands can host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.

It has set up a work group made up of representatives from the sporting world, city councils, the national government and the business sector.

An initial analysis by the NOC*NSF has indicated that organising the Olympics any earlier than 2028 would be an unrealistic goal, newspaper NRC reported on Tuesday.

The Dutch members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be closely involved in the work group's activities. The work group will also monitor the public's support for hosting the Games.

The NOC*NSF wants the pre-bid assessment to be completed by December. The first objective thereafter will be to establish good sporting infrastructure.

The work group and the NOC*NSF will hold talks with the IOC, the Dutch IOC members, various government ministries, municipal councils and Olympic committees from other countries with experience in Olympic bids.

In the summer of 2004, Dutch Olympic committee member Peter Volgelzang urged the Netherlands to nominate as an Olympic host, suggesting a combined effort with Belgium.

If the Netherlands wins the 2028 Olympics, it will be the second time that the country will have hosted the Games; coming precisely 100 years after the 1928 Games in Amsterdam.

The Dutch capital nominated itself as a candidate Olympic city in 1984, hoping to win the 1992 Games. Those Olympics were eventually held in Barcelona as Amsterdam finished last in IOC voting, ending with just five votes.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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