World Selection Committee

The World Selection Committee is the group of people who decide which athletes will represent their countries at the Olympic Games. It consists of five people, usually senior athletes or sports experts. Each member is chosen for his or her specific area of expertise. The criteria are very stringent and the members of the committee must be well qualified and experienced in the sport they are nominating.

The Committee screens applications from various orchid organizations around the world and recommends two Provisional Host cities. Bids must be submitted to the Board of Trustees six years before the proposed WOC. Countries and cities cannot initiate bids for the WOC; only orchid organizations can submit them. In addition to the eligibility criteria, the selection committee will consider other criteria such as the overall scoring potential for the world team final and medal potential in individual events.