Lausanne, February 18, 2016 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) received the first Candidature Files from Los Angeles, Rome, Budapest and Paris, the Candidate Cities for hosting the Olympic Games 2024. Namely, February 17 was the deadline for the submission of documents with which the candidates describe the vision, concept and strategy of the Olympic Games.

The procedure of candidature for the Olympics 2024 is carried out - for the first time - as provided for by the Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategy of future development of the Olympic Movement adopted in December 2014. The new procedure encourages the candidate cities to adapt their plans for the Olympic Games as much as possible to their sports, economic and social long-term needs, and to use – where possible - the existing facilities.

"Los Angeles, Rome, Budapest and Paris submitted their projects, fully in line with the Olympic Agenda 2020. The way they incorporated the project of the Olympic Games into the long-term development plans of the city, region and country is very impressive. Although they have different starting points, all four of them have a clear focus on sustainable development, heritage and use of the facilities after the Olympic Games. We are delighted to we have four extremely strong candidates and we look forward to their competition", said the President of the IOC Thomas Bach.

"The IOC has significantly simplified the candidacy procedure, as can be noticed in the fact that this time the submissions arrived for the very first time on a USB key only, instead of thousands of pages of paper documents", commented Jacqueline Barrett, Associate Director Olympic Games/Olympic Candidatures.

The new procedure foresees the Candidature Files to be submitted in three stages, each of them addressing different elements of the Cities' proposals, allowing thus better and in terms of time more adequate planning. After the first stage - Vision, Games Concept and Strategy, comes the stage two - Governance, Legal and Venue Funding (deadline 7 October 2016), and then Games Delivery, Experience and Venue Legacy (deadline 3 February 2017). The IOC-appointed Evaluation Commission Working Group will focus on reviewing the documentation and inform the IOC's Executive Board on their conclusions at its session in June 2016. During the third stage, the IOC-appointed Evaluation Commission shall visit the Candidate Cities, study their projects and draw up their final report. The Host City of the Olympic Games 2024 will be selected at the IOC's Session in September 2017 in Lima (Peru). (hoo/msc)