The new two-phase host city election procedure, adopted by the 110th IOC Session in December 1999, was used for the election of the host city for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008.
Following this new procedure, cities must pass an initial selection phase during which basic technical requirements are examined by a team of experts and then put forward to the IOC Executive Board. The 10 applicant cities for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 put forward to the IOC Executive Board were: Bangkok, Beijing, Cairo, Havana, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Paris, Seville, Toronto.
Once approved by the Executive Board, the cities become official Candidate Cities and are authorised to go forward into the full bid process. The five Candidate Cities for 2008 accepted by the IOC Executive Board on 28 August 2000 were (in the order of drawing of lots): Osaka, Paris, Toronto, Beijing, Istanbul.
The full bid process includes notably the submission of a Candidature File to the IOC, followed by the visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission to each of the Candidate Cities. The Evaluation Commission studies the candidatures of each Candidate City, inspects the sites and submits a written report on all candidatures to the IOC two months before the Session which will elect the host city.
On 13 July 2001 at the 112th IOC Session in Moscow, Beijing was elected the Host City for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008.
112th IOC Session in Moscow, 13 July 2001: election of the host city for the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing