IOC Launches 2018 Winter Games Bid Process

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Friday announced the launch of the bid process for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have been invited to submit the name of a city within their jurisdiction as an applicant to host the 2018 Games.

Phase 1, known as the candidature acceptance procedure, involves a thorough review by the IOC of each city’s potential to host the 2018 Games. Cities will be asked to reply to a questionnaire and their answers will be studied by the IOC to help the Executive Board select the cities that will become Candidate Cities and move on to phase 2.

The deadline for the NOC’s to submit the Applicant City is October 15, 2009. Submission of the Application File and guarantee letters to the IOC is March 15, 2010, and the IOC Executive Board acceptance of Candidate Cities is by the end of June 2010.

In phase 2, known as the candidature procedure, the Candidate Cities will be requested to submit their Candidature Files and prepare for the visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission. Submission date of the Candidature File and guarantees to the IOC is January 11, 2011, the Evaluation Commission visits will take place in February and March of 2011, and the report of the IOC Evaluation Commission for 2018 is due one month before the election of the host city which takes place July 6, 2011 during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban.