Azerbaijan’s Baku is among six cities applying to host the 2020 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Friday.
Baku joins Qatar’s Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo, the IOC said.
National Olympic Committees had until Thursday 1 to notify the IOC of their candidates.
All comply with a newly-introduced criteria established by the IOC executive board in October, the IOC said.
The six bid cities will now undergo a technical review leading to the IOC drawing up a shortlist. The IOC will choose the winning bid at its session in Buenos Aires on September 7, 2013.