IOC releases 2020 Evaluation Commission Report
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today released the report by the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. The report follows the Commission's visits to the three Candidate Cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games: Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain).
The Evaluation Commission, chaired by the IOC member in Great Britain and IOC Vice-President Sir Craig Reedie, spent four days in each Candidate City earlier this year (see dates below) to conduct on-site inspections and carry out an assessment of the cities' Olympic Games projects.
The report is a technical analysis that is being provided to IOC members ahead of the 2020 Candidate Cities Briefing for IOC Members that will be held on 3 and 4 July at Beaulieu Convention Centre, Lausanne. During this meeting, the Candidate Cities will have the opportunity to present the technical aspects of their candidatures to the IOC members and answer questions.
"The Evaluation Commission made sure to produce a report that we feel is an accurate, objective and fair assessment of each of the three Candidate Cities," said Commission Chairman Reedie. "We are indeed very pleased with the quality of each bid and it is clear that the IOC members will have a difficult choice to make this September in Buenos Aires."
The election of the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games will take place on 7 September 2013 during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prior to the IOC members casting their votes, the Candidate Cities will make their final presentations, followed by a final report by Evaluation Commission Chairman. The city that obtains an absolute majority of votes will be elected.
The dates of the Evaluation Commission visits, which were based on logistical considerations, were as follows:
Tokyo: 4-7 March 2013
Madrid: 18-21 March 2013
Istanbul: 24-27 March 2013
The election in Buenos Aires will be the culmination of a process that began on 23 May 2011, when the IOC asked National Olympic Committees to nominate cities for the 2020 Games. On 2 September 2011, the IOC announced Istanbul, Tokyo, Madrid, Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar) and Rome (Italy) as the six Applicant Cities. The cities' responses to the IOC's Applicant City Questionnaire were studied by an IOC Working Group, which produced a report for the IOC Executive Board (EB). Based on this report, Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid were named Candidate Cities by the EB at its meeting on 24 May 2012. The cities submitted their Candidature Files by the deadline of 7 January 2013.