Presenting the short report (see Supplementary Instructions N 10) is optional. Nevertheless, some information about the system of the National Olympiads would be helpful for the IAO Committee and should be included in the pre-application file.
According to the IAO-regulations the report to be presented 5 weeks before the application. Pre-application is desirable earlier or at least together with the short report. According to the information above, the regular deadline for receiving pre-applications and short reports of Nationals Olympiads of the current year (with a set of all problems used on the National Olympiads) is defined as:
Normally the Chairman of the Olympic Advisory Committee will issue resolution about the possibility for the country to send full (or not full) team to the IAO (i.e. solution about the representation quota: according to # 5.2.1. or to # 5.2.2. of the Statutes/Regulations the team may be formed). The temporary rule for IAO-2018: any country may send the full team.