POSTED: February 17th 2016

Olympics 2024: IOC streamlines bid submission eliminating paper files and emphasizing venue conservation

The 2024 bid files on USB keys / IOC
The 2024 bid files on USB keys / IOC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) received all four 2024 candidature files from Los Angeles (USA), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary) and Paris (France) today in a new simple digital format nixing the big paper dossiers. This first phase of submissions is on each bid's vision, concept and strategy plans.

Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director Olympic Games/Olympic Candidatures, explained in detail, "Following Olympic Agenda 2020, the Candidate Cities are making use of an extremely high percentage of existing and temporary venues, possibly the most ever.

"The plans received indicate very thoughtful consideration of what the Cities and their people need for the future.

"The IOC has significantly simplified the Candidature Process, symbolised by the fact that the submissions arrived for the very first time on a USB key only, instead of thousands of pages of paper documents."

IOC President Thomas Bach commented , "Los Angeles, Rome, Budapest and Paris are all submitting projects fully in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. It is impressive to see how they have incorporated the Olympic project into the long-term development plans of their city, region and country. Coming from different starting points, for all four there is a clear focus on sustainable development, legacy and in particular how the facilities are going to be used after the Olympic Games.

"We are delighted to have four extremely strong candidatures and look forward to a fascinating competition."

This marks the beginning of the new Agenda 2020 recommendations and encourages the cities to present Olympic projects that best match their sports, economic, social and environmental long-term planning needs. The IOC is now also calling for the use of existing facilities where possible, and flexibility for the venue concept to meet local sustainability and legacy needs and ambitions.

The new bid process comprises submissions for Stage 1: Vision, Games Concept and Strategy (delivered 17 February 2016); Stage 2: Governance, Legal and Venue Funding; and Stage 3: Games Delivery, Experience and Venue Legacy.

The next phase of the 2024 bidding process foresees an analysis of each City's file by an IOC-appointed working group, which will report to the IOC Executive Board (EB) in June 2016.

The next submission will have a deadline on October 7 this year and the final submission will be February 3, 2017 next year.

At the end of each stage the IOC EB will confirm that each bid will go forward to the next stage.

Stage 3 will also include the Evaluation Commission's visits to all the bid cities to peruse their projects then a report will be drawn up that will be submitted to the IOC assembly.

In September 2017 the IOC goes to Lima, Peru for the session and will select their 2024 Games host city.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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