POSTED: October 26th 2010

New rules set over time frame for candidates in Olympic bidding process

LAURA WALDEN in Acapulco / Sports Features Communications

ACAPULCO, Oct 25: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has changed the rules regarding dealing with the time frame for bidding cities to host the Olympic Games.

According to the Olympic guidelines the time frame is set between July 15 and August 31 due to the extensive appointments in the international sports calendar. In the past the Middle Eastern city of Doha, Qatar submitted a technically viable bid that was consequently excluded due to their proposal to stage the Games in October due to the extreme heat conditions in the summer months.

It might be a question of time before the IOC puts temperature requirements and/or restrictions on bid cities per winter or summer edition.

Following an IOC executive board meeting yesterday in conjunction with the ANOC General Assembly, it was concluded that the decision to change the dates will be submitted to the Executive Board in the initial phase of bidding. This will eliminate allowing cities to go to the second phase of bidding unnecessarily if their proposed dates do not meet the requirements of the IOC.

Another key modification in the bidding process was that bid proposals from the cities located in the southern hemisphere to stage the winter Games will also have to go through an early vetting process.

The IOC also is looking at simplifying the paperwork in the submission process and also eliminating duplicate paperwork.

More attention will also be paid in the early process at to government involvement and also the cities must open bidding already adopting the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency and also the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

So far for 2020 Rome, Italy is the only city to officially announce they are in the running for the Summer Games. South Africa is reviewing their process to allow cites to submit proposals. Durban is a running favorite for their potential city however Cape Town has appealed the NOC to be considered in the process. During the summer months it is winter in South Africa and Durban is the area that has the warmest climate during that time frame window.

Doha, Qatar and Dubai, United Arab Emirates are both two possible contenders for a 2020 bid and Qatar is already bidding for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. However the World Cup has purely a single stadia requirement and so far Qatar has been able to meet the challenge by using high level cooling technology to cool down the soccer pitch.

Dubai has made it know that they are doing a feasibility study in consideration for an Olympic bid. Given the new opportunity these cities might decide to submit an application for review with a different time window.

Keywords · IOC · 2020 Games · Rome · Doha · Durban · Dubai

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