GamesBids

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GamesBids.com is an Olympic bid news and information web site created in Toronto, Canada, by Robert Livingstone.

The goal of the site, which was originally named Torontosummergames.com, was to follow the bid by the city of Toronto to organize the Games of the XXIXth Olympiad in 2008. After Beijing was eventually elected to host the Olympic Games, the site continued to operate, generally addressing and analysing the overall Olympic bid business.

The site has also been the source of a few scoops, for instance when one of the forum members discovered the trademark filing of the Beijing 2008 logo, providing the information before it was due to be released to the public.

Many international websites, newspapers, and news stations have mentioned Gamesbids in connection to the Olympic Movement, for instance the International Herald Tribune [1] and The New York Times that wrote "GamesBids.com, an influential, independent Web site based in Canada that looks at the business of the bidding process."[2]

GamesBids.com is also well-respected by key industry insiders. Baku 2020 Olympic bid chief Konul Nurullayeva said "GamesBids" is one of the most influential websites that disseminate information about the preparation for the Olympics, the election process and the candidate-cities."[3]


BidIndex[edit]

The site publishes and regularly updates the BidIndex, an Olympic bid rating system in which the relative strength of the different bids and their chances of succeeding is measured. The BidIndex was correct when it predicted Beijing, though wrong with Vancouver, London and Sochi. The prediction model is further enhanced after each bid. Recently, BidIndex accurately predicted Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics and Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[4]

2020 BidIndex[edit]

Initial BidIndex scores for the 2020 Summer Olympics bids were released on 14 May 2012.[5] While Istanbul led early in the race, Tokyo took over the lead in May 2013, and maintained that lead going to the vote, where Tokyo was elected as the host city.[6]

Date Istanbul Madrid Tokyo
14 May 2012 60.20 55.10 59.92
28 Feb 2013 61.78 57.29 61.07
27 May 2013 61.96 56.49 62.31
2 Sep 2013 61.45 58.76 62.14

The initial 2020 BidIndex published on 14 May 2012 also included 3 cities that did not reach candidate status. Rome, who prepared an application file but did not eventually apply, scored 53.66. Baku and Doha did not make the shortlist of candidate cities, they scored 43.66 and 53.08 respectively.

BidIndex History[edit]

Cities are sorted by final BidIndex score for each Games. Only cities who progressed to the voting stage are shown. The final BidIndex scores are published before the election night, and therefore does not take into account factors such as the quality of each candidate city's final presentations.

Games City Final BidIndex Score Voting Outcome R1 R2 R3 R4
2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo 62.14 Won 42 - 60
Istanbul 61.45 Eliminated in Round 3 26 49 36
Madrid 58.76 Eliminated in Round 2 26 45 -
2018 Winter Olympics Pyeongchang 66.17 Won 63
Munich 65.83 Eliminated in Round 1 25
Annecy 54.86 Eliminated in Round 1 7
2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro 61.42 Won 26 46 66
Chicago 61.24 Eliminated in Round 1 18 - -
Tokyo 59.02 Eliminated in Round 2 22 20 -
Madrid 57.80 Eliminated in Round 3 28 29 32
2014 Winter Olympics Pyeongchang 64.99 Eliminated in Round 2 36 47
Sochi 63.17 Won 34 51
Salzburg 62.62 Eliminated in Round 1 25 -
2012 Summer Olympics Paris 66.18 Eliminated in Round 4 21 25 33 50
London 65.07 Won 22 27 39 54
Madrid 61.22 Eliminated in Round 3 20 32 31 -
New York 57.59 Eliminated in Round 2 19 16 - -
Moscow 49.58 Eliminated in Round 1 15 - - -
2010 Winter Olympics Salzburg 66.82 Eliminated in Round 1 16 -
Vancouver 65.31 Won 40 56
Pyeongchang 60.05 Eliminated in Round 2 51 53
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing 75.44 Won 44 56
Toronto 63.79 Eliminated in Round 2 20 22
Paris 58.71 Eliminated in Round 2 15 18
Istanbul 53.94 Eliminated in Round 2 17 9
Osaka 53.81 Eliminated in Round 1 6 -

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