ALL TEN CITIES INTERESTED IN HOSTING THE XXIX OLYMPIAD IN 2008 REPLY TO IOC QUESTIONNAIRE BEFORE DEADLINE
Lausanne, 20 June 2000 - All ten cities applying to become candidate cities for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 have already submitted to the IOC their replies to the questionnaire distributed by the IOC last February. The deadline for submission was midnight, tonight.
The ten cities interested in hosting the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 are: Bangkok, Beijing, Cairo, Havana, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Paris, Seville, and Toronto.
As stated in the bye-law to Rule 37 of the Olympic Charter, “All cities applying to become candidate cities to host the Olympic Games shall be subject to a candidature acceptance procedure, conducted under the authority of the IOC Executive Board, which shall determine the details of such procedure. The IOC Executive Board shall determine which cities shall be accepted as Candidate Cities.”
Following the instructions of the Executive Board, the replies of the applicant cities will now be analysed by a group of experts comprising members of the IOC administration as well as external persons. The task of the expert group is to assess the applicant cities’ ability to host, organise and stage high level international multi-sports events.
The expert group will report to the IOC Executive Board based on their own findings, their detailed review of the replies to the questionnaire and on external expertise which the IOC has commissioned in certain areas.
The IOC Executive Board will meet on 28th-29th August 2000 to decide which of the ten applicant cities will be retained as candidate cities. In making its decision, the Executive Board will take into account the findings of the expert group. The Executive Board also reserves the right to take into account any other consideration relating to the reinforcement of the principles and rules which are the basis of Olympism.