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Benefits of the process IOC/Chris Graythen
A Game changer for prospective Olympic hosts

The new two-stage Candidature Process 2026 builds on changes introduced through Olympic Agenda 2020 that have reduced costs for Cities and given Cities and NOCs greater IOC support and more flexibility to develop Games proposals that advance local, regional and national goals.

Overview of the two stages:

A new, one-year non-committal Dialogue Stage (October 2017 to October 2018) will provide Interested Cities and NOCs with an opportunity to engage in a working relationship with the IOC to assess the benefits and requirements related to hosting the Games. 

Cities will not be required to submit any formal proposals or guarantees, or make any presentations. The IOC and Olympic Movement will take a more proactive role in assisting and supporting them well before any commitments are made, by sending teams of technical experts to help develop their candidature. The cost of this assistance provided to all Cities will be covered by the IOC. 

In October 2018, the IOC Session, upon recommendation of the Executive Board, will invite a number of Interested Cities to participate in the Candidature Stage.

A shortened formal Candidature Stage (October 2018 to September 2019) with streamlined procedures enable selected Candidate Cities to work closely with the IOC to ensure the best possible Games delivery and long-term legacy plans. 

Candidates will be asked to submit a single Candidature File, due in January 2019, and the number of questions in the questionnaire has been reduced by one third. 

The election of the 2026 host city takes place in September 2019 at the IOC Session in Milan, Italy.

The Host City Contract 2026 will be published in July 2018, and will include an IOC contribution to the success of the Games estimated at USD 925 million, based on contributions related to broadcast and TOP programme revenues; host broadcasting and services provided by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS); and transfer of knowledge activities.

Benefits of the Candidature Process

Throughout both stages, the IOC and cities engage in open dialogue and the IOC fosters a supportive learning environment to enable continuous improvement of the Games project. These changes benefit Cities in three major ways:

1. Increased support and expertise provided by the IOC

• The IOC will send teams of technical experts to help Cities and NOCs develop their concepts. This support is provided equally to all Cities at the IOC’s cost.
• The IOC conducts its own research to assess the general feasibility of Interested Cities hosting the Olympic Winter Games. This support will greatly reduce the scope of work for the Cities.
• The IOC holds Interactive Working Sessions in the Cities and participates in a forum to engage with a stakeholders in the respective City.

2. Fewer deliverables requested throughout the Candidature Process
• Cities are not required to deliver any Candidature Files or guarantees during the Dialogue Stage
• Cities are asked to submit a single Candidature File during the Candidature Stage. The IOC has also reduced the number of questions and guarantees. These changes significantly reduce the Cities’ workload 
• Candidature Files will include contextual elements depending on the individual Games project.

3. Substantially reduced Candidature budgets
• Increasing the IOC’s expert support during the Dialogue Stage and reducing the number and complexity of deliverables will reduce costs for Cities.


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