POSTED: April 2nd 2012

2020 bid cities facing first major IOC exam with conference calls

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The five cities vying to host the 2020 summer Games will be put to the first of their tests as they each participate in a conference call with International Olympic Committee (IOC) working group experts on Wednesday. The five bidders are Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo.

The calls will be weighing heavily on the technical aspects of their bids and play an important role in the report handed over to the IOC executive board meeting in Quebec City at SportAccord where they will then decide to shortlist the cities or not.

This marks a first for the IOC and follows the new bid procedure whereby the IOC asked applicants to submit last July letters of WADA compliance and CAS jurisdiction as well as requests to hold the Games outside the proposed dates of 15 July – 31 August. One city Doha has proposed to hold the Games later on at the end of September going into October to adjust for the elevated temperatures during the regular time period and the IOC has acknowledged and approved the request.

All the cities submitted the applicant files February 15th with the relevant letters of support from their national governments. Rome, Italy was also in the bid race however fell out and did not submit their applicant file as the Italian government decided last minute that biddine was not feasible in the current economic situation.

The working group has had time since mid-February to view the individual bids and gather questions so however well each city clarifies their game plan will play into the report referred to the executive board for judgment to shortlist any cities or not on May 23rd. They will become actual candidate cities at that time also.

All the cities will be making presentations to the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in a few weeks being held in Moscow, Russia.

Keywords · IOC · 2020 Games · Olympic bidding

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