Official Rejects Idea of Copenhagen Olympic Bid

Although International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said at a DIF congress in Copenhagen that Denmark could have a real chance to host an Olympic Games, national sport leaders at a Sports Confederation of Denmark meeting Thursday reportedly rejected the idea.

Copenhagen was site of IOC Session where Rio was chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games (GamesBids Photo)

Copenhagen was site of IOC Session where Rio was chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games (GamesBids Photo)

DIF chairman Niels Nygaard, while saying it was “of course exciting that the IOC president named it directly”, said Copenhagen is unlikely to be ready to host the world’s largest sporting event anytime soon.  He said, “do we have sufficient facilities to accommodate the Olympics?  On that point alone, in my view we need to look much further out into the future before we can talk about this seriously”.

Nygaard said that even with the IOC changes, referring to the new Agenda 2020 reforms that ease bidding rules, Denmark is still a decided long-shot to land the Olympics.

He said, “IOC has clearly made it possible for more (countries) to bid, but getting from there to making it realistic is something else entirely, at least in the short and medium term.  There are many organizers ready in Germany, Paris, Rome, Boston and other places that can offer significantly more”.

Copenhagen hosted the IOC Session and Congress in 2009 when Rio de Janeiro was elected to host the 2016 Olympic Games.