Electing Olympic Hosts - FAQ

  • When were the hosts of the next Olympic Games chosen?
    • Paris 2024: Paris (France) was elected host of the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad by a vote at the IOC Session in Lima on 13 September 2017, following an historic tripartite agreement between the IOC and the cities of Paris and Los Angeles.

      Milano-Cortina 2026: Milano-Cortina (Italy) was elected to host the XXV Olympic Winter Games by a vote at the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne on 24 June 2019.

      Los Angeles 2028: Los Angeles (USA) was elected host of the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad by a vote at the same IOC Session in Lima.

      Brisbane 2032: Brisbane (Australia) was elected to host the Games of the XXXV Olympiad by a vote at the 138th  IOC Session in Tokyo on 21 July 2021. This was the first host election under the new, flexible approach to electing Olympic hosts, which does not set a fixed timeframe for Olympic elections.

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  • Who chooses the hosts for the Olympic Games?
    • It is the members of the IOC, meeting at their Session, who choose the hosts. Electing hosts for the Olympic Games is one of the responsibilities of the Session.

      A host is elected by a majority of the votes cast by secret ballot. Each active member has one vote. An IOC member must refrain from voting if the election concerns a country where he or she is a national. 

      The honorary members, honour members and suspended members are not allowed to vote. If a majority is not achieved in the first round of voting, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and a further round or rounds of voting are held until a majority is obtained by one candidate.

      The IOC is permanently open to discussions with any cities, regions or countries and their National Olympic Committees (NOCs), in any part of the world, who are interested in hosting the Games of the Olympiad, the Olympic Winter Games, the Youth Olympic Games, or the Winter Youth Olympic Games.  
      The process is overseen by two permanent Future Host Commissions, one for summer and one for winter Games. These Commissions, comprised of IOC Members and other Olympic Movement stakeholders, make recommendations to the IOC Executive Board (EB) regarding possible future hosts. The EB decides if any should be put forward for election by the Session.

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