POSTED: January 15th 2015

IOC launches new invitation phase for the 2024 Olympic bidding cycle

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) In a conference call with Olympic reporters Thursday International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Director Christophe Dubi and Head of Bid City Relations, Jacqueline Barrett, launched the bidding process for the 2024 Summer Games opening the invitational process.

Dubi was holding the call from PyeongChang, South Korea where he is currently carrying out a project review on the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games.  

He explained that the invitations had been sent out to the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), “Since December we have worked quickly and diligently on an implementation calendar. Letters have been sent, and we hope to have many interested cities involved.”

"How many we will have in the end is a really good question.

"We could have two scenarios, only cities that have a project or a very strong idea, so a decent or limited number. 

"Or it could be overwhelming with many NOCs having questions," he said.


Following the unanimous approval of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms in Monaco last month, changes have been made to the bidding process. In the invitation phase the IOC will work through their stakeholders to discuss their initial ideas and receive various levels of assistance and feedback to help them shape their plan. The have until the 15 September deadline for officially committing to submitting a bid.

After the 2022 campaign started off with a number of cities then Stockholm, Krakow, Lviv, and Oslo all pulled out for various reasons leaving only Almaty and Beijing to battle a two horse race. Many cited the ballooned costs of Sochi rising to an estimated $51 billion and lack of public support as the motives so the IOC decided to change the process.

Dubi said, “What we faced for 2022 was a curious situation in that the cities that pulled back had some very good reasons.

“And among them one of the cities made clear that it was because of some of the requirements. And the national media picked up on the requirements. To be fair and honest with you the strong feeling was that many of them were taken out of context. What we had at the time in the technical manuals were very detailed explanations about how to organize the Games. And this has been somewhat misdirected.

“Nevertheless we’ve heard these remarks as well and the criticisms that were made and as a result some of the documentation is being reviewed very carefully. It is being reviewed with the same end objective to provide the best information possible for the city bidding and organizing the Games.”

A number of cities have expressed interest in the 2024 bid to host the Summer Games and the NOCs of Italy, Germany and the United States have indicated their intention to bid.

Rome has declared a runner again this time after dropping out of the 2020 race, the USA will submit Boston as their choice, and Germany is mulling Berlin or Hamburg.

In this new bidding process the IOC will be focusing on shaping the bid process as an invitation and strengthening the evaluation of bid cities to emphasize key opportunities and to flag risks.

The IOC wants to reduce the costs of bidding and organizing the Games and as a bonus the IOC will be contributing approximately USD 1.5 billion to the organization of the 2024 Olympic Games. The details of this contribution will be given to the applicant cities when the host city contract is available on September 15th.

The IOC clarified in a statement: “Through these changes, the IOC is emphasizing that bidding for the Games is not a tender for a franchise, and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

The bid process is about making proposals and offering solutions that will deliver excellent Games, with no compromise on the field of play for the athletes while also meeting the needs of the city and region to ensure the Games leave a positive, long-term, sustainable legacy. 

Potential bid cities are encouraged to place greater emphasis on the use of existing venues, and temporary and demountable venues where no long-term need exists or can be justified.

NOCs are invited to inform the IOC of their interest in bidding for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in 2024 at their earliest convenience.

The IOC will then contact these NOCs to determine the best way the IOC can assist them during the Invitation Phase.

To assist interested cities and their NOCs to develop a project that best meets each city’s unique long-term development needs, the IOC will make available the “core requirements” necessary to organise the Games.”

The key milestones in the 2024 campaign are:

Applicant City Phase


15 September: deadline for NOC and City to submit letter to IOC confirming the Application

- IOC makes available to Applicant City and their NOC the full package of bid documentation: full list of Olympic Games “requirements”; Applicant and Candidate City procedures and Questionnaires; Olympic Charter; Host City Contract – including details of the IOC’s contribution to the organisation of the Games

- Focus on sustainability and legacy through the maximum use of existing, temporary and demountable facilities

- IOC hosts Applicant City seminar

- Applicant Cities submit Application File to the IOC

- IOC evaluates applications and makes a report to the IOC Executive Board

- IOC Executive Board selects Candidate Cities

Candidate City Phase


- Cities participate in IOC Olympic Games Observer Programme, Rio 2016

- Cities participate in Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games debrief in Tokyo

- IOC organises workshops with Candidate Cities – tailored to needs

- Candidate Cities submit Candidature File to the IOC

- Candidate Cities make presentations to the following meetings only: ANOC General Assembly in 2017, International Olympic Summer Sports Federations, IOC Candidate City Briefing, IOC Session in Lima, Peru 

- IOC Evaluation Commission visits each Candidate City and publishes report

- Election of the Host City by the 130th IOC Session in Lima, Peru, Summer 2017 (dates TBC)

- Host City and IOC sign the Host City Contract

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