Three bids for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games attended mandatory individual workshops at International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne this week, and the projects are progressing well.
Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris, after key presentations made to the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Doha last week, arrived in the Olympic Capital to focus on stage three deliverables and discuss learnings from the observers’ program that was held at the Rio Olympic Games in August. Rome officials, after suspending Italy’s bid campaign last month when the city council withdrew support, did not attend.
IOC’s Olympic Candidatures Associate Director Jacqueline Barrett said Friday “we’ve enjoyed a very productive week of meetings with the Candidate Cities; and the constructive discussions go hand-in-hand with the IOC’s philosophy of promoting open dialogue between the cities and the IOC and assisting each city to develop its best individual value proposition, based on sustainability.”
“The cities are advancing extremely well with their projects, and these workshops provided a further opportunity to exchange ideas.”
The workshops are part of the new, interactive Olympic bid process that was delivered as part of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms introduced by IOC President Thomas Bach in 2014. The 2024 bid represents the first time the new process will be experienced, it its entirety, by candidate cities.
Delegates reviewed topics that will be part of the stage three candidature file due into the IOC by February 3 and include Games experience, Games services, Sustainability, Venue legacy and the Paralympic Games.
Bid teams will be travelling to Tokyo next week to attend the Rio 2016 debrief that will put them in direct contact with key stakeholders and experienced organizers. In December the IOC Executive Board (EB) will receive a dashboard report from the Evaluation Commission that will comment on the progress of each city based on stage 2 candidature files; the EB will then determine if the cities qualify to move on to the next stage.
It is expected that the three cities will move forward and that Rome’s suspended candidature will be officially removed from the race.
The Evaluation Commission is expected to visit the bid cities for site inspections in April and May and then the bid committees will travel to Lausanne in July to present technical briefings to voting IOC members and members of Summer Olympic Federations.
The final vote to elect the host city will be held September 13 in Lima, Peru.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.