IOC Executive Board Decides On 2018 Candidates
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) gathered in Lausanne today for its third meeting of 2010. The EB had a number of items on its agenda, ranging from reports by the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games to those by the administration, with the big item of the day being the selection of the Candidate Cities for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
2018 Candidate Cities
The IOC EB today decided unanimously, following an analysis of the report by the IOC’s Candidature Acceptance Working Group, that all three applicant cities for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games – Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea)* - should progress to the second phase of the bid process. The EB nonetheless asked Annecy to review its venue concept. During the Candidature Procedure, as the second phase is known, Candidate Cities will be requested to submit their Candidature File – which is an in-depth description of their Olympic project – on 11 January 2011, and will then be subject to a technical assessment by the IOC’s 2018 Evaluation Commission. The IOC Evaluation Commission’s appraisal will be published in a report, and sent to the IOC members no later than one month before the vote. At this point of the bidding procedure, the EB has the possibility of narrowing down the number of cities which will be given the opportunity to present their project to the IOC Session. The cities will also take part in a technical briefing to IOC members in May. The full IOC Session will vote on the host city in Durban on 6 July 2011.
In addition, the EB heard reports today from all the chairpersons of the IOC Coordination Commissions for the Olympic Games – Jean-Claude Killy (Sochi 2014), Denis Oswald (London 2012) and Nawal El Moutawakel (Rio 2016). The Board also heard updates on the Games projects of London 2012 and Rio 2016 from the chairmen of their Organising Committees, Sebastian Coe and Carlos Nuzman respectively. The Organising Committee chairmen gave presentations on the progress made on their projects since their last updates to the EB, and outlined the up-coming work that they are looking to complete or initiate in the next few months. The Board also heard from the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, whose Games are now only 53 days away!
The EB today also received an update on the situation of some National Olympic Committees - namely Kuwait and India.
The NOC of Kuwait remains suspended until the issue with the government authorities in Kuwait is resolved. Nevertheless, in order to protect the rights of the athletes, the EB decided that the Kuwaiti athletes would be able to take part in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore under the Olympic flag, in the event that the situation is not resolved by then.
Regarding India, a fruitful meeting took place last Friday between the IOC, the NOC of India and representatives of the Indian government to review the situation of the Olympic and sports movement in India as a whole. All pending issues were discussed at length and resolved. It was agreed that the NOC and the Olympic Movement in India would implement the basic principles of good governance in accordance with the Olympic Charter; that the government of India would fully respect the autonomy of the Olympic Movement in India; and that all parties would work together to establish fruitful collaboration based on mutual respect and understanding. The EB was very satisfied with this outcome, but also stressed that the IOC will monitor the situation and will ensure that the Olympic Charter is respected in India.
* Cities listed in the order of drawing of lots