POSTED: September 2nd 2011

Six cities vying to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially announced the six cities that will battle it out for the rights to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
With all six cities previously announcing their intentions to apply to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020, there were no surprises on the list.
The cities, in alphabetical order, are Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan), making a full house for IOC evaluation board.
The six applicant cities will now proceed to Phase 1 of the IOC’s two-step procedure, which will lead to the election of the 2020 host city in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013. The next important date for applicants will be the IOC information seminar on 3-4 November 2011 in Lausanne.
As reported by yesterday, the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee (AZE) were the final candidate city on the list to emerge with a bid. NOC spokesperson Konul Nurulleyeva announced that following the 2016 bid campaign attempt they feel confident to enter the 2020 summer Games race.
The Qatar National Olympic Committee's bid to host the 2020 Games in Doha will be assessed on the proposal to hold the Games between the 20 September to 20 October due to extreme heat conditions in the usual time frame of July – August. The IOC evaluation board accepted, in principle,the proposed date changes in a meeting in Daegu last week.

According to the IOC the Qatar NOC must give full assurances on the following points:

1. In order to protect the health of the athletes, the IOC will publish a list of events which must be organised at the most appropriate time determined by the IOC (early morning/late afternoon).

2. This scheduling should not be detrimental to the organisation, the broadcast coverage or the spectator experience.

3. Measures should be taken to protect the health of the public and all technical and support staff.

These assurances, along with the other elements of the Qatari application, will be evaluated by the EB in May 2012, as part of the applicant phase of the 2020 bidding process.

NOCs had until 1 September 2011 to submit their bids to the IOC. The six cities each complied with the newly introduced criteria established by the IOC executive board in October 2010.


Submission letters regarding WADA compliance and CAS

Submission of proposed dates if outside normal Olympic Games period (15 July – 31 August)

By 29 July 2011

IOC to send confirmation regarding WADA compliance, CAS and the proposed dates

By 29 August 2011

NOCs to inform the IOC of the name of an Applicant City

1 September 2011

IOC information seminar for 2020 Applicant Cities, Lausanne

3-4 November 2011

Submission of the Application File and guarantee letters to the IOC

15 February 2012

IOC Executive Board to accept Candidate Cities

May 2012


Olympic Games Observers’ Programme – London 2012

27 July – 12 August 2012

London 2012 debrief in Rio de Janeiro

November 2012

Submission of Candidature File to the IOC

7 January 2013

Visits by the IOC Evaluation Commission to the Candidate Cities

February- April 2013

Report by the 2020 IOC Evaluation Commission


Candidate City Briefing to IOC Members


Election of the Host City of the 2020 Olympic Games

7 September 2013

125th IOC Session, Buenos Aires

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