The full IOC membership will vote on the 40 recommendations that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, during the Session on 8 and 9 December. One of the recommendations is to include an Invitation Phase to the bid process that would offer potential bid cities greater flexibility and diversity. The IOC would invite cities interested in hosting the Games, through their NOCs, to engage in a dialogue to learn how they think the Olympic Games could best fit into their long-term social, economic, environmental, and sports planning.
But today the EB confirmed the key dates of the 2024 bid process. The Applicant City Phase for the 2024 Olympic Games will start on 15 September 2015 and continue through to April/May 2016. The Candidate City Phase will continue through to the election of the host city in the summer of 2017.
Applicant City Phase
7-9 October 2015: IOC to host information seminar for 2024 Applicant Cities in Lausanne
8 January 2016: Deadline for Applicant Cities to submit Application Files and guarantee letters
March 2016: IOC Working Group Meeting to assess Applicant Cities (including video conference with each city)
April/May 2016: IOC Executive Board to select Candidate Cities
May 2016: Cities receive Candidate City Questionnaire and related documents
Candidate City Phase
5-21 August 2016: Candidate Cities to attend Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Olympic Games Observers’ Programme
November/December 2016: Candidate Cities to attend Rio 2016 Debrief in Tokyo
January 2017: Deadline for Candidate Cities to submit Candidature File and guarantee letters
February/March 2017: Evaluation Commission visits
June 2017: IOC to publish Evaluation Commission Report
June 2017 (tbc): Candidate City Briefing to IOC members
Summer 2017: Candidate City presentations to the IOC Session; final report to Session from Evaluation Commission Chair; election of the host city of the 2024 Olympic Games
The EB also selected Brasov (Romania) and Lausanne (Switzerland) as Shortlisted Candidate Cities for the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020. The decision followed a report by the 2020 Youth Olympic Games Evaluation Commission, which undertook a thorough technical evaluation of each city’s project based on the documentation provided. The two Shortlisted Candidate Cities will now undergo further evaluation by the Evaluation Commission.
President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee Carlos Nuzman told the EB that preparations and support for the Games are on the rise. Approval ratings for the Games in Rio have improved to 65 per cent, while 70 per cent think the Games will be a success.
The EB welcomed the positive efforts being made by Rio 2016 to raise awareness and support for the Games in Rio, Brazil, and internationally. Initiatives include the successful launch of the Rio 2016 mascot on 23 November, the well-received announcement of ticketing prices, and a call for volunteers that has already resulted in 120,000 registrations (70,000 volunteers will eventually be selected).
IOC Coordination Commission Chair Nawal El Moutawakel said that while Rio 2016 should be congratulated on its efforts, she cautioned that there is still no time to lose with only 20 months to go until the Games.
The IOC will contribute USD 1.5 billion to the Games, which will leave a huge sporting, economic and social legacy for the people of Rio and Brazil.
The EB granted provisional recognition to the International Olympic Collectors Association (AICO) with the aim of encouraging philately, numismatics and the collection of quality Olympic memorabilia linked to the historical and cultural aspects of the Olympic Movement. It is expected that this recognition by the IOC will help to drive the international expansion of the organisation.