Olympic Games 2020, Cities submit Application Files to IOC

Cities submit Application Files, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is very pleased to announce that by the deadline of 15 February 2012, the cities of Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar) and Madrid (Spain)* submitted their Application Files to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020.

Cities submit Application Files, The Application File provides the IOC with an overview of each City’s project and is the key element in Phase 1 of the bidding procedure. These files will now be studied by an IOC-appointed working group and a report made to the IOC Executive Board (EB).

At its meeting in May in Quebec City, the EB will decide which cities will be accepted as Candidate Cities and proceed to phase 2 of the IOC’s bid process. Following its decision, the Working Group’s report will be published on the IOC web site.

If they so wish, Applicant Cities may make their responses public and post them on their web sites as of today. The election of the host city will take place on 7 September 2013 at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Event Deadline
Olympic Games Observers’ Programme – London 2012 27 July – 12 August 2012
London 2012 debrief in Rio de Janeiro November 2012
Submission of Candidature Files to the IOC 7 January 2013
Visits by the IOC Evaluation Commission to the Candidate Cities February- April 2013
Report by the 2020 IOC Evaluation Commission tbc
Candidate City Briefing for IOC Members tbc
Election of the Host City of the 2020 Olympic Games 7 September 2013
125th IOC Session, Buenos Aires


* Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots

The two bid phases (Applicant and Candidate) were introduced by the IOC in 2000 to ensure that cities insufficiently prepared or considered not to have the potential to successfully organise the Olympic Games in the year in question, did not proceed to the second phase of bidding, thus ensuring significant cost savings both to the bid cities and the IOC.

As part of its mission to continually monitor and improve the bid process, the IOC recently brought forward some technical matters and questions regarding existing conditions that would not change between the two phases from the Candidate City questionnaire to the Applicant City questionnaire. Phase 2 has thus become a logical continuation of Phase 1, rather than a new start. —- IOC

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