Although Prague was excluded from the shortlist for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the city is still considering a bid for the 2020 or 2024 Summer Games. But since Prague reportedly has a budget of $5.2 billion, or one seventh of Beijing’s budget, Prague Mayor Pavel Bem said in an interview Monday with Mlada fronta Dnes that if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided it was only interested in “massive megalomaniac games” from now on, Prague would most likely opt out of bidding.
But Bem said he was confident International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge would stick to his philosophy of allowing smaller cities to hold more modest Games, reports radio.cz.
The Czechs plan to build a new stadium, a swimming complex and a velodrome should it host the Olympics, in comparison to the Chinese, who built 37 new stadiums, several metro lines and a new airport terminal.
Milan Jirasek, head of the Czech Olympic Committee, agreed with Bem’s comments in an interview with the same newspaper, saying that Beijing was an exception that would not be repeated and that no other city, not just Prague, could hope to compete with the Chinese and produce something bigger and better than Beijing.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek is reportedly highly sceptical of the Prague bid saying the Czech capital with its 1,200,000 people, is simply too small.