Bids for the 2004 Summer Olympics

Bids for the
2004 (2004) Summer Olympics and Paralympics
Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
XII Paralympic Games
Rome · Cape Town · Stockholm · Buenos Aires
Committee IOC
Election venue Lausanne
106th IOC Session
Location of the bidding cities
Important dates
Decision September 5, 1997
Winner Athens (66 votes)
Runner-up Rome (41 votes)

Five cities made the shortlist with their bids to host the 2004 Summer Olympics (formally known as Games of the XXVIII Olympiad), which were awarded to Athens, on September 5, 1997. The other shortlisted cities were Rome, Cape Town, Stockholm and Buenos Aires.

Final selection

In the first round of voting, Buenos Aires and Cape Town tied with the lowest number of votes. Round two was therefore a tie-breaker round between the two cities, with Buenos Aires being eliminated. Stockholm was the next city to be eliminated followed by Cape Town. The final round saw Athens receive enough votes to defeat Rome and win the right to host the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Official voting results

Athens was the leader in all rounds of voting, except in Round 2, which was a tie-breaker due to a first round tie between Cape Town and Buenos Aires. Cape Town won that round over Buenos Aires, before losing out in the 4th round.

2004 Host City Election — ballot results
City Country (NOC) Round 1 Run-off Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
Athens  Greece 32 - 38 52 66
Rome  Italy 23 - 28 35 41
Cape Town  South Africa 16 62 22 20 -
Stockholm  Sweden 20 - 19 - -
Buenos Aires  Argentina 16 44 - - -

Bidding cities

Candidate cities

The Colosseum, one of Rome's most famous landmarks.
Man and Pegasus statue at Millesgården, in Lidingö.
City Country National Olympic Committee Result
Athens  Greece Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) Winner
The city of Athens, Greece, submitted a bid for the 2004 Games and won the election in the final round of voting, defeating Rome. Athens previously hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and bid for the 1944 and 1996 Summer Olympics. 1996 coincided with the 100th Anniversary of the first Olympic Games, however the 1996 Games were awarded to Atlanta.[1] Athens' campaign logo is represented by a watercolor version of an Olympic cauldron, with the flame shaped as capital "A".
Rome  Italy Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) First runner-up
The city of Rome, Italy, submitted a bid for the 2004 Games and lost the election in the final round of voting, being defeated by Athens. Rome was previously awarded the 1908 Summer Olympics, but the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius forced the Italians to return the Games to the IOC and passed the honors to London. It would've been the second time Rome hosted the games, after the 1960 Summer Olympics. Rome also bid for the 1924, 1936, the cancelled 1944 Games, and is currently a candidate city for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Two years after Rome lost their bid, Turin was awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics.[1] Rome's campaign logo depicts an stylized version of Coloseum, backgrounded by the sun.
Cape Town  South Africa South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) Second runner-up
The city of Cape Town, South Africa, submitted a bid for the 2004 Games and received the third most votes, tying with Buenos Aires in the first round of voting and winning the run-off. Cape Town never hosted the Summer Olympics or bid before. It was Africa's first bid since Alexandria, Egypt failed its bids to host the cancelled 1916 Summer Olympics and the 1936 Summer Olympics.[1] Had Cape Town won the rights to host the games, it would have been the first Olympic Games in the continent of Africa. Because Cape Town lost their bid, South Africa was awarded the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 15 May 2004 and Cape Town was one of the host cities. Cape Town's campaign logo consists of an stylized map of Africa colored with the colors of the Olympic rings, which is formed around the location of Cape Town, in the south of the continent.
Stockholm  Sweden Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) Third runner-up
The city of Stockholm, Sweden, submitted a bid for the 2004 Games and was eliminated in the third round of voting. Stockholm previously hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics, as well as co-hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics with Melbourne.[1] Stockholm's campaign logo depicts the statue Man and Pegasus, located at Millesgården, just outside Stockholm.
Buenos Aires  Argentina Argentine Olympic Committee (COA) Fourth runner-up
The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, submitted a bid for the 2004 Games and was eliminated in a run-off against Cape Town, since both cities tied in the first round of voting. Buenos Aires never hosted the Summer Olympics, but bid for the 1936, 1956, 1968 Games to become the first South American Olympic host city.[1] Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics and became the first city in the continent to host the games. Buenos Aires' campaign logo displays an Andean condor with open wings in blue, recalling the Argentine national colors and its flag. Buenos Aires will host 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.

Applicant cities

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Past Olympic Host City Election Results". GamesBids. Archived from the original on March 17, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
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