POSTED: June 17th 2009

IOC launches briefings on 2016 bid cities

Approximately 150 media attended the IOC briefings / Image: lake images
Approximately 150 media attended the IOC briefings / Image: lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE:  The IOC launched a different approach to the Olympic bid process and started the first round of the bid city briefings in the Olympic capital today. What emerged as an initially informative event may turn out to be a constant appointment in the bid process.

All four cities vying for the honor to host the 2016 summer Games did bid presentations to a good 93 member attendance. Following the Salt Lake 2002 bid scandal the IOC had abolished bid city visits making it hard to put forth campaigns for bidding cities.

Bidding for the Olympic Games has gone through an evaluation process and the need was recognized to allow the cities to present another view of their technical attributes. The initiative was welcomed by resounding success by members and cities alike.

The four candidate cities for the 2016 Olympic Games Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo all held presentations in front of the members and overall took a good 57 questions from the assembly.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said, “Since my election in 2001, we have been making a concerted effort at the IOC to improve our transfer of knowledge capacities and to ensure that the evaluation process continues to be clear and offers criteria from which the cities can be evaluated.

“The fact that we have four cities with very strong projects bidding for the 2016 Games is testament to that work and to the success of recent editions of the Games,” he noted. 

“As part of the natural evolution of our effort, today’s briefings are allowing us to continue to bring more transparency, fairness and professionalism to the evaluation process, which has been underlined by the active participation of my fellow members.”

Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, said, “Under the leadership of President Rogge, the IOC has developed a strong focus on the transfer of knowledge between Games, in order to ensure that the Games remain as the number one sporting event in the world. The bid process is also a part of that, and there was a strong feeling, following the 2014 bid, that a technical meeting like today’s would be useful for all concerned.”

“We have taken that feedback on board and all the Candidate Cities now have an additional opportunity to make their case in detail, on an equal platform and in a less formal way than at the Session at which the host city is elected.”

The Evaluation Commission recently completed visits to the cities and are in the process of drawing up their official report to be made public one month prior to the vote October 2 in Copenhagen.

Chairwoman of the commission, Nawal El Moutawakel, noted, “The Evaluation Commission and I have just spent April and May visiting each of the four Candidate Cities, getting a good understanding for each of the projects and looking at the reality on the ground.”

“These briefings will complement perfectly the Commission’s report and will ensure that all IOC members with a vote in October have access to the information that they need to evaluate the cities in the best way possible.”

The members following this meeting will have time to reflect on their choices as the actual vote takes place in a good three months at the IOC Session and Congress. However given the success of the event the IOC might decide to continue the briefings.

Keywords · IOC · Olympic bids · 2016 Games

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