GENEVA, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Six cities have officially lodged bids to host the 2020 Olympic Games - Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.
The deadline for bidding was at midnight on Thursday. The IOC will vote on the host city for 2020 on September 7, 2013, in Buenos Aires.
The six bid cities will now undergo a technical review leading to the IOC drawing up a shortlist in May, 2012.
In January 2013, the candidate cities should submit bid documents to the IOC which will then send its evaluation committee to each city to assess their respective merits between February and April, 2013.
The 2012 Games will be staged in London and the 2016 edition in Rio de Janiero.