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14 Sep 2007
IOC News , Press Release

7 Applicant NOCs/Cities for the 2016 Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is pleased to announce that 7 cities have been put forward by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to apply to host the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016. The cities, in alphabetical order, are: Baku (Azerbaijan), Chicago (USA), Doha (Qatar), Madrid (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Tokyo (Japan).*
NOCs had until 13 September 2007 to notify the IOC that a city within their jurisdiction was interested in applying.
The 7 Applicant Cities will now proceed to Phase 1 of the IOC’s two-step procedure, which will lead to the election of the 2016 host city in Copenhagen in October 2009.
  • Phase 1, known as the Candidature Acceptance Procedure, involves a thorough review by the IOC of each city’s potential to organise successful Olympic Games in 2016. Cities are required to answer a questionnaire, and their answers are studied by the IOC.  At the end of this first phase, the IOC Executive Board selects the cities that will become Candidate Cities and therefore move on to Phase 2. 


  • During Phase 2, known as the Candidature Procedure, Candidate Cities will be requested to submit their Candidature File –  which is an in-depth description of their Olympic project – and will be subject to a technical assessment made by a visiting team – the IOC Evaluation Commission. The IOC Evaluation Commission’s appraisal will be published in a report, and sent to IOC members no later than one month before they cast their vote on 2 October 2009. The report will also be available for public consumption.
Information on the Candidature Acceptance Procedure, including the questionnaire to which Applicant Cities must respond by 14 January 2008 and the rules applicable to this process, can be found at
14 January 2008
Applicant Cities to reply to IOC questionnaire
Beginning of June 2008
Acceptance of Candidate Cities by the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne
Beginning of June 2008
Candidature Procedure and Questionnaire made available to Candidate Cities
August 2008
Candidate Cities participate in the IOC Observer Programme during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
12 February 2009
Candidature File to be submitted to the IOC
May – June 2009
IOC Evaluation Commission visits Candidate Cities
2 September 2009
Publication of the Evaluation Commission report
2 October 2009
Election of the 2016 Host City in Copenhagen
* The cities will be listed in alphabetical order until such time as the official drawing of lots is carried out by the IOC Executive Board. The order of drawing of lots will then be used until the election of the 2016 Host City. 
For further information, please contact the IOC Communications Department, Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email:
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