IOC releases 2016 Evaluation Commission Report
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today released the report of the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016. This report was written following the Commissionís visits to the four Candidate Cities vying to host these Games: Chicago (United States), Tokyo (Japan), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Madrid (Spain).*
The report is a technical analysis of the four Candidate Cities, which is sent to the IOC members one month before the election of the host city. The Evaluation Commission, chaired by Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC member from Morocco and Olympic champion, spent four days in each Candidate City (see dates below) to conduct on-site analyses and assess their ability to stage the Olympic Games in 2016.
The dates of the visits were:
Chicago: 4 - 7 April
Tokyo: 16 - 19 April
Rio de Janeiro: 29 April - 2 May
Madrid: 5 - 8 May
Election of the host city on 2 October 2009
The election of the host city of the 2016 Games will take place on 2 October 2009 during the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen (Denmark). Following the presentations of the Candidate Cities, and before the IOC members cast their votes, the Commission Chairwoman, Nawal El Moutawakel, will present a final report. The city which obtains the absolute majority of votes will be elected.
From seven applicant cities to one host city
The election in Copenhagen will be the culmination of a process which kicked off on 16 May 2007, when the IOC asked National Olympic Committees to nominate cities as Applicant Cities for the 2016 Games. On 13 September 2007, the IOC announced the names of seven Applicant Cities, namely, in alphabetical order, Baku (Azerbaijan), Chicago (USA), Doha (Qatar), Madrid (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Tokyo (Japan). These cities responded to the IOCís Applicant City Questionnaire and their replies were studied by an IOC Working Group which produced a report for the IOC Executive Board. Based on this report, four of the seven cities were selected by the IOCís Executive Board as Candidate Cities at its meeting on 4 June 2008. By 12 February 2009, the four candidates submitted a Candidature File based on the 17 themes of the IOCís Candidature Procedure and Questionnaire. On 17-18 June 2009, IOC members attended a two-day briefing in Lausanne, during which the Candidate Cities presented the technical aspects of their candidature to them and answered their questions. This information, in addition to the Candidature Files and the Evaluation Commissionís report, will allow the IOC members to make their final decision on 2 October 2009.
* Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots as performed by the IOC Executive Board in December 2007. This is the order in which the cities bidding for the 2016 Games will be listed, make presentations, etc. until the election of the Host City in October 2009.
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