Puerto Rican banker vies for top Olympic job

Puerto Rican banker Richard Carrion added his name on Wednesday to the list of candidates vying to take over as head of the Olympic movement.

Puerto Rican banker vies for top Olympic job
IOC headquarters in Lausanne. Photo: Arnaud Gaillard

Carrion joins Thomas Bach, Ng Ser Miang and Ching-kuo Wu, who has yet to officially declare his intention to stand, in the race to succeed Jacques Rogge as president of the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee in September's election in Buenos Aires.
In contrast to his rivals for one of the most influential jobs in sport, the 
60-year-old businessman has no sporting credentials.
Born in San Juan, he is chairman of a financial holding company.

Since 2002, he has chaired the IOC's Finance Commission and in that capacity has overseen negotiations for the Olympic Games' television rights.
An IOC member since 1990, Carrion said the stakes were high in September's 
"Our standing in the world is not assured," Carrion said.

"We need a leader who knows not only how to welcome the changes ahead but also how to make them work within the IOC and in the Olympic movement," he said.
"We have to embrace an ever changing reality, continue to innovate and 
evolve or risk becoming less relevant to this generation or future generations."

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Five cities ‘interested’ in hosting 2024 Games

Five cities - Boston, Hamburg, Rome, Paris and Budapest - are "interested" in hosting the 2024 Olympic Games, the executive director of the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee says.

Five cities 'interested' in hosting 2024 Games

"We have five cities who are interested," Christophe Dubi announced on Tuesday at the Olympic movement's headquarters in the Vaud capital.

Cities have until September 15th to enter bids and the IOC will make a decision in mid-2017.

Paris is close to entering an intense Olympic battle.

The French capital that lost out to London for the 2012 Games has only to officialize its candidature after backing from the Paris City Hall in April.

French President François Hollande last month visited IOC headquarters to cheerlead the Paris bid during his two-day official visit to Switzerland.
The United States has entered Boston, Rome will lead an Italian bid. 

Germany will enter Hamburg if a city referendum gives support.

And Budapest have now expressed interest in discussing the conditions to become an official candidate.
Representatives from Budapest will meet the IOC on Thursday "in a discussion phase", said Dubi, stressing that this by no means suggests a definite bid by the Hungarian capital.
Paris will discuss their prospective bid with the IOC on June 3rd, followed by Rome in July, according to the Italian Olympic Committee.
"During these meetings in the 'invitation phase' we will discuss the projects of each of the cities and answer their questions," Dubi said.