On Wednesday Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid will participate to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics after Qatar's Doha and Azerbaijan's Baku were cut from the catalog. The 15-member executive board, headed by IOC president Jacques Rogge, chose the finalists after probing a practical evaluation report compiled by a section of Olympic experts.
London will host the 2012 Summer Games since 27 July - 12 August, while the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro will stage the 2016 Olympics. Japan's Tokyo hosted the Olympics in 1964, even as neither Istanbul in Turkey nor Spain's Madrid has held the Games. In general Madrid is bidding for a third successive moment, Tokyo a subsequent time in a row and Istanbul a fifth time.