The IOC Evaluation Commission Olympic Games 2024 completed an initial review of the two candidates today with praise for the creativity and strong legacy focus of both Games concepts.
Following a new procedure that resulted from the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020, the Commission focused on key elements of the proposals submitted by Los Angeles (USA) and Paris (France).* The two cities will be the first to receive the full benefits of Olympic Agenda 2020.
The IOC’s strategic roadmap significantly increased the IOC’s support and gave the Candidate Cities more flexibility to design Games that play to their city’s strengths and advance long-term development goals.
“The Commission’s work is just beginning, but it is already clear that both candidates have embraced the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020,” Commission Chair Patrick Baumann said at the close of the two-day meeting, from 29 to 30 March, in Lausanne. “Both proposals incorporate well-known locations in these two great cities, and would deliver an excellent experience for athletes, spectators and other Games participants.”
The new candidature procedure involves a three-stage process that provides multiple opportunities for dialogue and feedback to help candidates refine their proposals. Other changes reduced the cost of the candidatures, in part by giving candidates the benefit of expertise provided by specialists from the IOC and International Federations in the early stages of their bids.
The 2024 Candidature Process began in early 2015 with the new Invitation Phase, aimed at helping potential candidates better understand the process and its benefits for the Candidate Cities. The actual Evaluation Process began in September 2015, with three stages:
- Stage 1: Vision, Games Concept and Strategy
- Stage 2: Governance, Legal and Venue Funding
- Stage 3: Games Delivery, Experience and Venue Legacy
In the first two stages, the IOC worked closely with both candidates in a series of workshops and site visits.
The Evaluation Commission reviewed the findings of the first two phases before focusing on Stage 3 subject areas. The Commission will conduct working visits to both cities in May before reconvening in Lausanne at the end of the month to finalise its evaluation report, which will be publicly released in early July.
“We are looking forward to taking a closer look at these two strong candidates during our site visits, to see in more detail how these well-developed plans would come to life at Games time and leave sustainable legacies,” said Baumann.
Representatives from the Candidate Cities will have an opportunity to present their plans to IOC members and the Summer Olympic International Federations on 11 and 12 July, in Lausanne, before the host city selection in September.
* Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots