POSTED: August 3rd 2015

IOC overhauls bid process for 2024 Summer Olympic bids

Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director of Olympic Games / IOC Ian Jones
Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director of Olympic Games / IOC Ian Jones

LAURA WALDEN at the KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTER (KLCC) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 one step further by streamlining the 2024 bid process as it was announced at the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur. Perfect timing right at the end of  the 2022 race, they ushered in a new game plan.

The 2022 race started off with six cities then four of them fell out because of negative public opinion or reforms and the race surged on with only two candidates, Almaty, Kazakhstan and the final winner of the Winter Games Beijing, China.

IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi, explained to the assembly how they have really shaken things up to make bidding to host the Games more friendly for the candidate cities.

The new process opens up the field for more candidates to make it to the final vote as the shortlist of candidates from applicants has been scrapped. Already the 2024 field has a number of world class cities that have thrown their hats in the ring such as Rome, Italy; Paris, France; Budapest, Hungary; and Hamburg, Germany. 

The United States are looking for a replacement for Boston after they finally killed the bid due to lagging public opinion and local controversy over costs. Baku, Azerbaijan is strongly considering joining after they hosted the successful European Games last month as they now have a major sports event under their belt.

When asked if managing the bid campaign and the final presentations would cause problems with a large number of candidates, Christophe Dubi, the IOC's Executive Director of the Olympic Games, said, "If it's a flood, it's a good problem to have.

"We could not really use the same cut as we used in the past. It would be unfair to say there will be a cut, an artificial one. We have to change the way we do things."

The IOC's new approach paves the way for a number of cities to make it to the finish line.

Candidate Cities

Once they send in their official letters of intent, the cities now will be able to go directly to candidate status on September 15th and will be able to use the rings in the branding.

Also the new requirements ask that the cities submit their Vision, Concept and Legacy in the first segment of the campaign that will take place September 15 - May 2016.

The second segment will be based on Governance, Legal and Venue funding May 2016 - December 2016.

And the final stretch will be Games delivery, experience and venue legacy December 2016 to September 2017 and in this last lap the cities will be able to do international promotion.

Less Workload

"We have to look at a way to spread the workload, not so much on the IOC side, but for the cities and what they will do here is submit their candidature in three stages without duplicating information - which was somewhat the case between the applicant and the bid at the time," Dubi explained.

 "During the candidature there are three sets of different questions that are required.  The big picture, the foundation, the details at the end.

"By doing that you spread the load for the candidate city and it allows the IOC and the experts also to look into all the submissions in great detail, to work with the cities and course-correct if need be, and then move with the evaluation commission for the final evaluation."

"Which now will be possible with the work done previously," Dubi said.

The Evaluation visits could be reduced to less than four official days also diminishing the costs for these trips. However if you have seven cities in the running, the number of trips you have to take will be more significant that they usual cut of three.

It remains to be seen how this will all play out, one thing is for sure the IOC has the cities lining up to get in the running and that is a far cry from what happened to the 2022 race. They moved at just the right time to be effective.

The final vote will take place in Lima, Peru in September 2017.

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