2024 Olympic Bid “Invitation Phase” To Open January 15, 2015

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Announced Friday that the newly approved invitation phase for the 2024 Olympic bid process will start January 15, 2015.

IOC President Thomas Bach said “following the success of the IOC Session in Monaco and the unanimous endorsement of my fellow IOC members for the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, it is critical that we utilise the momentum and energy we have created throughout the Olympic Movement and start implementing straight away.”

Last week, prior the the IOC’s 127th Session in Monaco, the IOC announced the 2024 bid schedule was to begin September 15, 2015.  However with the new reforms being approved by the IOC during the Session, an invitation phase is now required to be added in advance of the process.  The phase is designed to open a dialogue between the IOC and potential host city prior to the submission of the an application to determine where synergies exist and how a partnership can be built.  This will be a consultative and learning process and an evaluation will not take place at this time.

Los Angeles is one of the cities being considered for a 2024 Olympic bid (Logo Provided by LA2024)

Los Angeles is one of the cities being considered for a 2024 Olympic bid (Logo Provided by LA2024)

Several cities have already expressed interest in bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games including Paris, Rome, Budapest, Istanbul, Baku, Duban or Johannesburg in South Africa, Hamburg or Berlin in German and either Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington in the United States.

The United States Olympic Committee will view presentations from possible nominees on December 16 when they could choose their bid city.  In Germany, sport governing body DOSB expects to make its selection in March.

The election of the host city will take place 2017 at the IOC’s 130th Session in Lima, Peru.

Robert Livingstone

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