Six 2020 Bid Cities Briefed By IOC On Changes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ended its two-day meeting Friday at which the six cities bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games were briefed on the bid process.

The IOC called the meeting to explain the bidding process and rules, as well as outlining the scope and scale of the Games.

The six cities – Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo – must submit bid files to the IOC by February 15. The IOC executive board will meet in May to decide whether to keep all six cities as candidates, or reduce the list.

The IOC will select the host city by secret ballot at its session in Buenos Aires on September 7, 2013.

The biggest change in the bid process is the reduction in the international promotion phase. Instead of international lobbying beginning 16 months before the vote as in the past, the cities will only be able to begin that phase in January 2013.

Tokyo 2020 bid CEO Masato Mizuno told The Associated Press, “the last bids maybe spent too much money. This time we only have nine months on the international campaign and we can save much money from last time”.