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A 2014 Swiss Bid May Not Happen

Swiss Olympic, the umbrella organizations of Swiss sporting associations, is set to choose its candidate for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games Monday. The two Swiss cities vying to represent Switzerland are Davos and Zurich.

But according to the German weekly NZZ am Sonntag, Swiss Olympic appears to be more concerned about whether or not to proceed with a bid at all.

The newspaper reports that critics say it would not be surprising if Davos does not meet the stringent requirements of Swiss Olympic.

And a member of Swiss Olympic’s executive committee told the newspaper that while Zurich fulfils the appropriate criteria to become Switzerland’s candidate, the city has no political support.

Members of the committee complain that Zurich’s city council has moral and financial problems with the government’s intention to examine the Olympic bid later this year.

Some executive committee members shared their criticisms with the newspaper, and it seems according to the criticisms raised by them there’s a clear tendency against both candidates. Many have said that Switzerland should bid for the 2018 Games at the earliest.

In 2002 Berne withdrew its bid for the 2010 Winter Games after voters rejected plans to fund the bid.

If Swiss Olympic selects a candidate city Monday the city will have until the autumn to prepare its application to host the Games.

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