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The Olympic flame was lit on 10 May at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, following the time-honoured ritual of using the sun's rays and a parabolic mirror. The lighting symbolically marked the beginning of the torch relay that will bring the flame to the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July. Following the lighting, the flame was used to ignite the torch of the first runner of the relay, Spyros Gianniotis, a British-born Greek open water swimming world champion and three-time Olympian. The Olympic flame then began an eight-day journey across Greece before arriving in Great Britain on 18 May for the start of the 70-day torch relay.The IOC announced at its Executive Board meeting in May that Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain)* have made it on to the shortlist of cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The Candidate Cities were accepted from among five Applicant Cities, which also included Baku (Azerbaijan) and Doha (Qatar). The three Candidate Cities will now be requested to prepare their Candidature File with an in-depth description of their Olympic project. They will also prepare for the visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission, which will make a detailed technical assessment of each candidature and publish a report in advance of the 2020 Briefing for IOC Members in July 2013. The election of the host city will take place on 7 September 2013 at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.* Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots.LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC FLAME LIT IN OLYMPIAIOC SELECTS THREE CITIES AS CANDIDATES FOR THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES Below The Olympic flame is lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, GreeceIOC President Jacques Rogge met with British Prime Minister David Cameron in March for discussions on the progress of preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games.The meeting, which took place in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street in London, allowed the Prime Minister to underline his government's full support for the Games and to talk about the legacy that the Games will leave London and Great Britain. Following the meeting, President Rogge said: "I would like to thank the Prime Minister and his colleagues for the very good meeting that we had this morning. The strong support that we've always felt from our British friends for the Olympic Games was reinforced once again." IOC PRESIDENT MEETS UK PRIME MINISTERAbove Jacques Rogge meets David Cameron at 10 Downing StreetOLYMPIC REVIEW 13

Aisha Garad Ali (Djibouti), Pierre-Olivier Beckers (Belgium), Frank Fredericks (Namibia), and Lingwei Li (China) for the election of a maximum of five IOC members at the 124th IOC Session in London in July.The EB also selected Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as the sole nominee to host the 127th IOC Session, in 2015. The vote will take place at the next IOC Session, in London, this July.The IOC Executive Board (EB) held its first meeting of 2012 in March, having received reports from the IOC commissions and administration, and updates on preparations for upcoming Olympic Games: London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, and PyeongChang 2018.The EB made a number of decisions during the meeting, including the selection of Tsunekazu Takeda (Japan), IOC AND IPC SIGN AGREEMENT EXTENSIONEB PROPOSES FIVE NEW IOC MEMBERSOLYMPIC MUSEUM OPENS ON THE HELVÉTIEAbove The Olympic Museum's collections can now be viewed on the Helvétie, a Belle Époque boat on Lake Geneva, which has been turned into a floating museum while renovation work is carried out on the Museum buildingNEWS IN BRIEFIOC announces new Finance DirectorThe IOC has appointed Caroline Kuyper as its new Finance Director. A Swiss national of Dutch origin, Kuyper joins the IOC from Nestlé, the world's largest food and nutrition company, where she most recently held the position of Head of Finance for Research and Development, Innovation and Technology.IOC picks new Medical and Scientific DirectorThe IOC has appointed Dr Richard Budgett as its new Medical and Scientific Director, to replace Dr Patrick Schamasch who retires later this year. Dr Budgett will join the organisation on 1 November following the completion of his work as Chief Medical Officer at the London Organising Committee. Above The agreement was signed at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland The IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have signed an extension to their current agreement, which will see the IOC support the IPC and the Paralympic Games through to 2020. The present accord, which runs through to 2016, will now be extended to the Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018 and the Summer Games in 2020.The agreement includes an increased financial contribution from the IOC and also the systematic inclusion of the IPC in programmes and activities such as Olympic Solidarity and Transfer of Knowledge, and greater cooperation in the areas of event planning and delivery.IOC President Jacques Rogge said: "The IOC and the IPC have had a long and strong relationship, and it is with great pleasure that that we are able to extend this agreement with the IPC and ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games continue to be held in the same host cities until 2020." 14 OLYMPIC REVIEW