POSTED: July 29th 2011

2020 summer Games bid race passes first deadline today

The International Olympic Committee / lake images
The International Olympic Committee / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA, Jul 29: The first deadline for the 2020 applicant cities to host the summer Games was today with compliance letters having to be sent to the International Olympic Committee.

Cities interested in bidding must submit letters regarding WADA compliances and the Court of Arbitration and they must submit any requests to change the dates outside of the normal Games' time of July 15-August 31.

Cities have until the beginning of September  to officially join the race.

Rome, Madrid and Tokyo have all three made public announcements that they are joining the 2020 summer Games race. Rome was the first one out of the starting gate and has been active for months now with IOC vice-president Mario Pescante leading the bid for the Eternal city.

Madrid and Tokyo are back in the race after both of cities ran in the 2016 campaign that ended with Rio de Janeiro winning the first South American Olympics.

Turkey's sports minister, Suat Kilic, spoke out earlier this month that Istanbul would be back again for the fifth bid following  (Sydney) 2000, (Athens) 2004, (Bejing) 2008 and (London) 2012 Olympics. However this is not official as yet.

The IOC confirms in a statement that official deadline for the submission of candidatures for the 2020 Olympic Games is 1 September 2011 and they will only be announcing the names of applicant cities at that time.

Between now and the end of August, the IOC will carry out technical work with NOCs that have expressed an interest in applying to host the Games.

However the IOC will not communicate while this process is ongoing but this of course does not prevent NOCs/cities declaring that they desire to bid.

Doha, Qatar is still mulling the possibility of joining after their 2016 effort was thwarted as the city was shortlisted.

However the country is working in other ways in the Olympic Movement as the Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar signed an agreement yesterday with the Shell Company to redevelop the Shell Centre site in London. This entails mixed uses for the building, comprising office, retail and residential space

Dubai has issued a statement that they have decided to sit out this round however are looking at a more long range target and will consider 2024.

Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, head of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) national Olympic committee and ruler of the country, spoke to Associated Press and said that while hosting the Games in the Middle East would be a dream come true he felt that there was still much to be done before they were fully prepared to launch a bid.

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