IOC to hold 2024 Games invitation phase next month

Tue Dec 9, 2014 9:26am EST
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By Karolos Grohmann

MONACO (Reuters) - Potential bidders for the 2024 Summer Olympics will be invited for a consultation with the International Olympic Committee as early as next month, with the IOC looking to enforce new bidding rules quickly.

So far only Germany has officially announced it would submit a bid with either Berlin or Hamburg.

The United States are also very likely to throw their hat in the ring along with possible bids from Rome, Istanbul, Doha, Baku, Budapest, Paris and an African city among others.

The invitation phase, introduced as part of 40 recommendations approved by the IOC on Monday, aims to improve communication between the cities and the IOC with respect to their Games concept.

The Olympic body is desperate to avoid cities withdrawing midway through the campaign, as happened in the 2022 winter Games bidding process with four of six candidates dropping out over financial concerns or lack of public support.

"We intend to launch this invitation phase on Jan. 15 next year and contact all the national Olympic committees who are in discussion about a potential bid," IOC President Thomas Bach said.

"We will be very open. We will offer them either a meeting in Lausanne or send a technical delegation to the potential host city. This is not an evaluation. It's up to potential candidate cities to raise the topics they think would be worthwhile raising at this point in time."

The invitation phase is non-binding and the IOC aims to turn the procedure into a more city-friendly affair rather than a straightforward tender process.   Continued...

A Monaco's policeman stands in front of the Grimaldi Forum during the opening of the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard