Jacques Rogge would welcome another London Olympic bid
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International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has said London could stage the Olympics again in the next 20 years.
The games of London 2012 were widely regarded as a huge success.
And when asked if the games could return to the English capital Rogge told BBC Radio 5 live: "Whether there is a will to do that is another matter, but definitely, that would be possible.
"The IOC welcome good bids irrespective of the place they originate from."
Rogge added: "There will always be a competition between various candidate cities. This is a contest and definitely it remains to be seen whether London would show an interest to bid again, and if that is the case London will have to face other cities.
"I would welcome good bids emanating from as many countries as possible and this includes the United Kingdom."
Rogge also backed the British government to make a success of the Olympic Stadium.
"My view is that what we really need is to ensure that [the Stadium] can be used by communities and not be left as a white elephant and I'm quite sure that my British friends will find a solution for sustainable legacy," he said.
West Ham United are one of four bidders under consideration to lease the £486m stadium and Rogge would have no problem it being used as a football venue.
Rogge added: "As long as the track can be kept, that is the most important thing in terms of legacy for the athletics, But if a football team would come in the stadium, this would guarantee sustainable development."
A: Because they could only get 90,000 in!
Sorry, couldn't resist
41 MINUTES AGO
Could happen in any event, anywhere.
"It was one of the worst Games since Atlanta 96."
So it was one of the worst ones from a choice of three? :S
Sorry, but I haven't heard as much crap since Ed Miliband last opened his mouth.
Within 10 years the "legacy" fallacy of the 2012 Games will be evident to all but the most gullible.
31 MINUTES AGO
Doesn't anything, though?
"poor opening ceremony"
In your opinion, and you are in a minority. I haven't met anyone who wasn't impressed by a least one segment of the ceremony.
"poor commentary from the BBC"
Totally disagree. Coverage was excellent. What were you hoping for; Being told what the competitors had for breakfast?
But then how many other countries are asking if they can afford it either?
Truth of the matter is greed holds sway here, IOC realise there is top dollar to be made from hosting the event in a City where the most coin can be deposited into it's ravenous pockets, and the Government would leap at the chance to throw even more cash from it's taxpayers at it.
@90 You're wrong. Many other cities are capable of hosting sports as well as London, they're just not as deluded nor well funded as them. Massive waste of money, with nothing like the legacy they say we'll have. Feel sorry for other GB countries who have been forgotten in this