Malaysia and Singapore to co-host Olympics?

While one city traditionally hosts the Olympics, Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar has confirmed that dual hosting is now a valid option under the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) new agenda.

With this in mind, Malaysia look set to consider a joint bid with their neighbours, as the event would be too big for them to host on their own.

Key to successfully hosting the Olympics between two cities would be a comprehensive transport plan, and with a bullet train between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in the pipeline, that problem will be taken care of.

"Doing it all on our own may be beyond us but under the new Olympic reform agenda, the IOC allow twin bids," Tunku Imran told The Star. "I do see a joint bid between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in the future.

"If we can put politics and the baggage of history between us aside, we can make this work. And with a plan to build a bullet train from KL to Singapore in the pipeline, it will be perfect."

The deadline for bids for the 2024 Olympics has passed, and as such the two cities would look to host either the 2028 or 2032 Olympics. 

"I have spoken to the Singapore NOC (National Olympic Council) and a few people in the government," Tunku Imran said. "It is too late to enter the bid for the 2024 Olympics but we can consider the Games in 2028 or 2032.

"It looks possible for us to formulate a really sensible bid, which can turn out to be a win-win situation for both parties."

Tunku Imran believes that a lack of sporting stars in Malaysia is to blame for previous failed bids to host the prestigious sporting events.

"We have the infrastructure but we could not get our standards up in terms of having many international and world class athletes from a variety of sports," he said. "But the  IOC are now more flexible. They are not stuck with the 28 sports under their Olympic programme.

"We may be able to bring in bowling, karate and squash – the sports we are good at into the Games."