Olympics: A joint bid between Malaysia and Singapore may be possible, says Tunku Imran

Tunku Imran receives the SEA Games Federation flag from Singapore National Olympic Council president Tan Chuan-Jin at the closing ceremony of the 28th SEA Games at National Stadium in 2015.
Tunku Imran receives the SEA Games Federation flag from Singapore National Olympic Council president Tan Chuan-Jin at the closing ceremony of the 28th SEA Games at National Stadium in 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) - The Olympic Agenda 2020 introduced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2014 may give an opportunity for Malaysia and Singapore to launch a joint bid for the Olympics Games in the future.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president, Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar is optimistic if the bidding cost for hosting the Olympics could be reduced, a joint bid between Malaysia and Singapore could be a possibility.

When asked to elaborate further, Tunku Imran said: "It was too early to discuss that matter but we had a discussion between two people.

"Both cities (Malaysia and Singapore) have fully equipped facilities such as hotels, airports and convenient transport facilities.

"If they (IOC) make the cost of bidding cheaper or there is different system. I feel it would make a lot of sense.

"I know Singapore seek the same way, they don't want to get involved in a huge expensive bid."

A spokesman from the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) said in response: "While the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was a successful one for Singapore, hosting the Games is not on our cards right now as we are unable to meet the requirements and demands of organising an event of such magnitude."