The Associated Press reports that at least five countries have filed preliminary paperwork required by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ahead of any potential bids for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The forms are reportedly a new IOC requirement ahead of the formal bid process.
The documents were filed before Saturday, the deadline set by the IOC.
The U.S. and South African Olympic committees told The Associated Press Monday that they submitted forms confirming compliance with rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency and Court of Arbitration for Sport.
According to The Associated Press, Italy, Japan and Spain also said they sent in their forms, and although Turkey and Qatar would not confirm that they filed papers, they are believed to have done so.
National Olympic Committees have until September 1 to submit the names of any 2020 applicant cities to the IOC.
The IOC said it would not disclose which countries filed the compliance forms and would wait until September 1 to confirm any bids.
USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said, “we submitted compliance papers as a matter of protocol. We did not submit a city name along with them. We just signed them as the NOC”.
The USOC said it would not consider a bid unless and until it finalizes a new revenue-sharing deal with the IOC.
Sandusky said, “at this point our focus is on completing our financial deal with the IOC and we are not currently considering a 2020 bid”.