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  • U.S. Files 2020 Letter, IOC Keeps Bidders Secret; Waiting for South Africa, Istanbul


    Letters stating compliance with WADA Code from 2020 bidders had to be submitted to IOC headquarters by July 29. (Getty Images)
    2020 Deadline Passes Without IOC Comment, U.S. Files

    IOC Communications chief Mark Adams tells Around the Rings the IOC will wait until next month before it might reveal which National Olympic Committees met a July 29 deadline to file a letter affirming compliance with the World Anti Doping Agency's Code as part of the bid process for the 2020 Olympics.

    And any city seeking a variance on the dates set by the IOC for 2020 needed to submit a request by July 29.

    But which National Olympic Committees or cities filed papers won’t be known until after the Sep. 1 deadline to apply for 2020, Adams says.

    Some NOCs and bids are disclosing their moves to the IOC – including the U.S. Olympic Committee, which is supposedly not interested in 2020.

    “We submitted compliance papers as a matter of protocol, however, we did not submit a city name along with them, we just signed them as the NOC,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky tells ATR at the same time disavowing bid plans.

    “At this point our focus in on completing our financial deal with the IOC and we are not currently considering a 2020 bid," he said, referring to the ongoing negotiations for a new revenue sharing agreement with the IOC.

    Last week Rome 2020 issued a press release about entering its compliance letter with the IOC. Presumably Madrid and Tokyo, have all lodged the same letters, with their bids announced.

    Dubai said last week it would not enter the 2020 race, but officials in Qatar could not be reached for comment on whether
    Durban would likely be South Africa's bid city. (Getty Images)
    a letter was filed to make Doha eligible for the contest.

    South Africa Still Considering 2020 Olympics

    South African NOC chief executive Tubby Reddy tells Around the Rings a bid for the 2020 Olympics hinges on a meeting of Cabinet ministers next week.

    The national government has previously rejected overtures from the NOC to bid for the Games.

    But South Africa's Olympic leaders are hopeful that fresh attempts by sports minister Fikile Mbalula to persuade Cabinet colleagues will trigger a bid.

    "It is very difficult to speculate. We want to bid but we have to respect the decision of the government," Reddy told ATR Monday.

    Reddy did confirm that the NOC had sent a letter to the IOC ahead of the July 29 deadline to confirm that the organization was compliant with the WADA Code.

    Decision Ahead for Istanbul

    Istanbul remains a probable candidate for the 2020 bid race.

    The National Olympic Committee of Turkey is awaiting an official announcement from the country's prime minister about whether Istanbul will run again for the Olympics after four failed attempts.

    The NOCT tells Around the Rings this announcement could come in the next few days or even next week.

    The Turkish government is expected to green light a bid on the back of a successful European Youth Olympic Festival.

    Istanbul lost out in bids for the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics before sitting out the 2016 race.

    Reported by Ed Hula and Mark Bisson

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