POSTED: May 23rd 2011

IOC starts the bidding dance for would-be hosts of 2020 Olympic Games

Buenos Aires, the world's tango capital, will host the IOC vote in 2013 /
Buenos Aires, the world's tango capital, will host the IOC vote in 2013 /

LAURA WALDEN & KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE/LONDON, May 23: The official start has been signalled by the International Olympic Committee for all those cities which wish to bid to follow London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016 by hosting the summer Games of 2020.

Bidding will run for 28 months until the decisive vote in the tango capital of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 7, 2013. One of the earliest prospective bids to start putting is act together is the Italian capital of Rome which hosted the Games in 1960.

The IOC has learned significant lessons from the 2016 process when concern was expressed over the amounts of money being wasted needlessly on bidding activities in a recessionary world.

For example, a refined and improved bidding system now demands that NOCs provide advance notification of any proposals to take the summer Games out of the usual mid-July-to-end-of-August time slot.

Also applicant cities must provide written declarations in advance concerning WADA and CAS compliance. In the past complications over one or both have come to light only during the visit by the evaluation commission comparatively late in the process.

The IOC will decide which cities can go forward and which should be rejected in May 2012, some 16 months before the vote.

National Olympic Committees have until September 1 to submit the name of an applicant city and these will be required to submit their application files and guarantee letters to the IOC by February 15 next year.

The key phases and dates of the procedure are as follows and, to respond to concerns about wasted costs, the IOC has levelled a number of prerequisites which cities must fulfil before being allowed to continue in the bidding process.

Key dates this year (2011)

July 29: Deadline for submission of proposed dates if outside normal Olympic Games period (July 15 to August 31); submission of letter regarding WADA compliance; submission of letter regarding CAS jurisdiction;

August 29: Deadline for the IOC to reply to NOCs regarding WADA compliance, CAS jurisdiction and proposed dates

This precedes Phase I (Candidature Acceptance Procedure) which involves a review by the IOC of each city’s organisational potential including a questionnaire. Answers will be studied by the IOC to help its executive board select Candidate Cities for Phase II.

September 1: Deadline for NOCs to inform the IOC of the name of an Applicant City;

November: IOC information seminar for 2020 Applicant Cities.

Key dates next year (2012)

February 15: Deadline for the submission to the IOC of application file and guarantee letters;

February to April: IOC examination of replies

May: IOC executive board meeting to accept candidate cities

Then Phase II (Candidature Procedure) in which candidate cities will be requested to submit their candidature file, an in-depth description of the Olympic project, and prepare for an assessment visit by the IOC evaluation commission. Its report will be published a report at least one month before the election.

July 27 to August 12: Candidate Cities participate in the London 2012 Olympic Games Observers’ Programme;

November: London 2012 debrief in Rio de Janeiro

Key dates in 2013

January 7: Submission of candidature file to the IOC

June: Report by the 2020 IOC evaluation commission;

June (tbc):  Candidate city briefing for IOC members;

September 7: Election of 2020 host city at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.

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