The World Selection Committee is a panel that selects the best athletes from around the world to compete in Olympic events. This committee has strict criteria that must be met before an athlete can compete in the Olympics. Those who do not meet these requirements will be disqualified from competing for four years.

The Committee vets each city’s bid based on several criteria, including the opportunities for citizens to benefit from the use of design in city planning; the city’s capacity to organize and finance a year-long programme of design events; the mobilization and participation of the wider local design community, large sectors of the general population and visitors; and the fostering of a wider dialogue on urban revitalization strategies.

In the past, the committee has awarded the title to cities with significant cultural and architectural heritage, as well as a strong reputation for integrating design into everyday life. This includes cities like Barcelona, Helsinki, and Cape Town, which have made their mark in the design and cultural scene thanks to their creative approach to city development. The committee also awards the title to cities that promote design education, research and practice.

A city that is selected by the World Selection Committee will become a World Design Capital in 2026. This designation will help the city to establish itself as a leading design destination and to boost its international profile. It will also help to create jobs and attract new investment. The committee will work with the winning city to implement a strategy for the next five years.

USA Gymnastics has 19 athletes vying for spots on the World Championship team at this week’s world team selection camp. Besides Biles, they include Tokyo 2020 floor exercise champion Jade Carey and 2022 world team champion Jordan Chiles. Others to watch are Shilese Jones, a silver medalist at last month’s national championships, and vaulters Kayla DiCello and Addison Fatta.

The selection committee will make its shortlist after two days of competition. Then, it will pass the list to the organizing committee to choose the final six members. The other three spots will be filled by non-traveling alternates. The ranking order of the top five all-around competitors at the end of the selection event will determine who gets the final two spots. The committee will then name a six-member world championship team and up to three traveling alternates. The team will compete in Belgium on Oct. 1. Biles will be seeking to tie Vitaly Scherbo for the most career Olympic and world championship medals in history. During qualifying at the world championships, teams put up four gymnasts on each event and drop the lowest score. During the team final, only three gymnasts compete on each event and every score counts. That’s why the committee has a tough choice to make.