The old bidding system created “too many losers” among rejected host cities, who often spent millions of dollars on promoting their campaign and often never bid again, IOC President Bach has claimed.

The IOC will undoubtedly face criticism about a lack of transparency since Coates, head of the AOC and a close ally of Bach, chaired a working group in 2019 that examined changing the process for selecting a host city for 2032 onwards.

Bach insisted today that Coates had no input in the recommendation that the Future Host Commission begin exclusive talks with Brisbane over staging the 2032 Games.

The IOC President also rejected criticism regarding the new system, which sees a small group of members propose host cities to the ruling Executive Board.

Bach claimed the new process is “more low-cost, helps prevent any undue interference, makes it less political, and makes it more and more sober”.

He said the previous system “also led to governance problems” and saw candidates publicly attacking each other as part of their campaigns.

“This was not the best procedure, neither for the future of the Games nor the reputation of the IOC,” Bach said.