2016 Olympic Bid Timeline – How We Got Here

On October 2, 2009 the IOC membership at the 121st Session in Copenhagen will vote for the Host City of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Copenhagen was chosen as host city for this vote on February 8, 2006. They won a 59-40 IOC vote against Cairo.

On August 30, 2006 Tokyo won their national nomination to bid for the Games over Fukuoka.

On September 1, 2006 Rio was nominated to bid by the Brazilian Olympic Committee.

On April 14, 2007 Chicago won a domestic bid over Los Angeles to become the official United States applicant for the Games.

On May 30, 2007 the Spanish Olympic Committee confirmed that Madrid would bid.

On August 31, 2007 Prague, Czech Republic announced their intent to bid for the Games.

On September 13, 2007 – seven bids finalized applications including Baku, Azerbaijan and Doha Qatar.

On January 14, 2008 bid committees submitted questionnaire responses to be used for initial assessments of the bids.

During the applicant stage all bids were strong, however Prague had extremely low public support and there were fears that the bid might withdraw from the race.

On June 5, 2008 in Athens the IOC created a shortlist based on an initial evaluation that excluded Baku, Prague and Doha. While Doha scored lower than Rio – Doha was not included in the list of candidates because they planned to stage the Games outside of the IOC’s desired window due to the hot climate.

On March 26, 2009 at SportAccord in Denver all four bids presented to a large group of IOC members and sports leaders.

The Evaluation Commission led by Chairwoman Nawal El Moutawakel visited the four cities in April and May, 2009 for four days each. The Commission toured proposed venues and reviewed the bid books with the bid committees in great detail.

On June 18, 2009 the four cities made special presentations to a large group of IOC members in Lausanne.

On September 2, 2009 the final evaluation report was released. The report did not rank the cities but the language seems to favour the Rio de Janeiro and Chicago bids.

On October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen the four cities will present to IOC members for the last time just before a final vote for the 2016 Olympic Games host.