IOC opens bids for 2022 Olympic Winter Games, YOG 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today opened the bidding processes for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022 and the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020.

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The bidding process for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games will feature two phases – the candidature acceptance procedure and the candidature procedure – and conclude with the election of the 2022 host city during the 127th IOC Session, to be held in Kuala Lumpur on 31 July 2015. Each NOC can nominate one city to enter the bidding process by the deadline of 14 November 2013.

Phase I involves a thorough review by the IOC of each city’s potential to organise the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Cities will be asked to reply to a questionnaire, and their answers will be studied by the IOC to help the IOC Executive Board select the cities that will move on to Phase II as Candidate Cities.

The questionnaire to which the Applicant Cities must respond, as well as all relevant information and deadlines related to the first phase of the 2022 bid process, can be found in the 2022 Candidature Acceptance Procedure.

In Phase II, Candidate Cities will be requested to detail their Olympic projects in their Candidature File and prepare for the visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission. The Evaluation Commission will make a detailed technical risk assessment of each candidature and publish a report in time for the Candidate City Briefing to IOC Members.

Details of Phase I and Phase II follow:

Phase I

Deadline for NOCs to submit the name of an
Applicant City
14 November 2013
Applicant City Seminar – Lausanne 4-6 December 2013 
Olympic Winter Games Observer Programme
– Sochi 2014
7-23 February 2014
Submission of the Application File 14 March 2014
Selection of Candidate Cities by the IOC
Executive Board
July 2014 TBC


Phase II

Submission of Candidature File & Guarantees January 2015
IOC Evaluation Commission visits February – March 2015
Evaluation Commission report /
Candidate City Briefing to IOC Members
May - June 2015
Election of the 2022 Host City by the
IOC Session - Kuala Lumpur
31 July 2015

The bidding process for the 3rd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020 will conclude with the election of the host city in May or June 2015. Each NOC can nominate one city to enter the bidding process by the deadline of 28 November 2013.

More information related to the Youth Olympic Games and the 2020 bid process can be found here.

Deadlines for the 2020 bid process:

NOCs to inform IOC of name of a YOG Candidate City 28 November 2013
Signature of YOG Candidature Procedure 12 December 2013
IOC Workshop for 2020 YOG Candidate Cities (Lausanne) 15-16 January 2014 (TBC)
Submission of YOG Candidature File and other documents 17 June 2014
Nanjing 2014 Observer Programme 16-28 August 2014
Shortlist of Candidate Cities by IOC Executive Board 2-3 December 2014
Video conferences between Candidate Cities and Evaluation Commission February/March 2015
Election of the host city May-June 2015


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