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2018 bid process gets underway

July 31st, 2009
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today launched the bid process for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have been invited to submit the name of a city within their jurisdiction as an applicant to host the Games in a little under nine years’ time. The key dates of the procedure are as follows:

Phase I known as the candidature acceptance procedure, involves a thorough review by the IOC of each city’s potential to organise the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Cities will be asked to reply to a questionnaire. Their answers will be studied by the IOC in order to help the IOC Executive Board select the cities that will become Candidate Cities and therefore move on to Phase II.


15 October 2009
NOCs to inform the IOC of the name of an Applicant City


12-28 February 2010
Cities participate in the Vancouver 2010 Observer Programme


15 March 2010
Submission of Application File and guarantee letters to the IOC


March-June 2010
Examination of replies by the IOC


End June 2010
IOC Executive Board acceptance of Candidate Cities


Phase II known as the candidature procedure, Candidate Cities will be requested to submit their Candidature File, that is to say an in-depth description of their Olympic project, and prepare for the visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission. The Evaluation Commission will make a detailed technical assessment of each candidature and publish a report one month before the election of the Host City for IOC members to review.


11 January 2011
Submission of Candidature File and guarantees to the IOC


February – March 2011
Evaluation Commission visits


One month before the    
election of the Host City
Report of the IOC Evaluation Commission for 2018


6 July 2011
Election of the Host City of the XXIII Olympic Winter  Games during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban



All relevant information and deadlines relating to the first phase of the 2018 bid process are contained in the Candidature Acceptance Procedure.


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