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A New Approach to the Candidature Process

In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, the new Candidature Process is based on increased flexibility and an in-depth dialogue with the IOC and the Olympic Movement. It has been redesigned to enable cities and NOCs to have more sustainable, feasible and cost-effective Olympic Games, and to align with their local, regional and national long-term development goals.

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Development of the Process

The Candidature Process 2024 was the first to receive the full benefits of Olympic Agenda 2020 from start to finish. It also had a positive impact on earlier candidatures and Games Organising Committees. For example, the new collaborative approach helped identify USD 2.2 billion in savings in capital investments for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

This positive impact of Olympic Agenda 2020 prompted the IOC to consider further initiatives. In 2016, the IOC established the Olympic Winter Games Strategic Review Working Group to seek ways to enhance the Olympic Winter Games to make them more sustainable and less impactful in financial, operational and environmental terms. 

Following the publication of the Working Group’s recommendations, the IOC created an IOC Vice-Presidents Working Group to establish the Candidature Process for 2026 with a special focus on reducing costs, simplifying procedures and providing more support.

Games Management 2020

A further initiative to increase flexibility and to reduce costs is Games Management 2020. It aims to optimise and simplify the organisation and delivery of the Games. The desired outcomes are: reduced Games expenditure, balanced budgets and closer alignment with host cities’ long-term development plans. Through these outcomes, Games Management 2020 aims to increase the number of cities considering a future Olympic bid.

Some of the key activity streams of Games Management 2020 are to:

• Enhance Games governance by clarifying the responsibilities of Olympic stakeholders, the OCOGs and the local authorities
• Reduce Games-related costs
• Better support cities to deliver the Games

This set of measures will help Organising Committees, from the very start of the project and through their entire lifecycle, to streamline their planning, make better use of technical expertise, improve venue planning and adapt service levels to their actual needs and use.

Further Reading

Detailed documentation for the Candidature Process 2026 has been published, including the Candidature Process, the Candidature QuestionnaireOlympic Winter Games in Numbers and Delivering Success: Engagement, Legacy and Vision

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