Seven cities, or joint-bidding cities have voiced seductiveness in hosting a 2026 Winter Olympics, a International Olympic Committee pronounced on Tuesday.
Canada’s Calgary, Austria’s Graz, Swedish collateral Stockholm, Sion in Switzerland, Turkey’s Erzurum, Japan’s Sapporo and an Italian bid involving Cortina d’Ampezzo, Milan and Turin are all in a initial process.
There is substantial Olympic knowledge in a margin with Calgary carrying hosted a 1988 Winter Games and Sapporo carrying staged a 1972 edition. Cortina is also a former host, carrying organized a 1956 Winter Olympics as is Turin in 2006.
Stockholm has hosted summer Games though notwithstanding steady attempts, has unsuccessful to land a winter Olympics. It final bid quickly for 2022 though pulled out mid-race.
The cities will now enter a discourse theatre until Oct when a IOC will entice an vague series of them to take partial in a one-year candidature phase.
The IOC has overhauled a behest routine for Games after a pointy unemployment in seductiveness from intensity hosts in new years, slicing costs for bid cities and slicing a debate time in half.
“I tenderly acquire a National Olympic Committees’ and cities’ seductiveness in hosting a Olympic Winter Games,” pronounced IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement.
“The IOC has incited a page with courtesy to Olympic candidatures. Our idea is not usually to have a record series of candidates, though eventually it is to name a best city to theatre a best Olympic Winter Games for a best athletes of a world.”
The IOC has also simplified a seven-year credentials for Games organizers, shortening costs, upping a IOC’s grant and permitting horde cities some-more coherence in formulation for a Olympics and a post-Games use of facilities.
It will elect a winning 2026 bid during a event in Milan in September, 2019 though some cities, including Sion, will need to reason referendums first.
“In a city where we have a referendum we acquire a open consultation,” Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi told reporters. “A plan of this distance has an impact, hopefully a certain one, on a life of cities for a prolonged time.”
The IOC pronounced there had already been seductiveness for 2030, from a United States Olympic Committee among others.
The 2022 Winter Games will be hold in Beijing after 4 other cities forsaken out of a bid competition for fear of mountainous costs and distance of a Olympics, withdrawal a Chinese collateral and Kazakhstan’s Almaty as a usually candidates.
More cities forsaken out of a 2024 Summer Olympics competition with a IOC opting to endowment them directly to Paris and in spin give Los Angeles, that had also bid for 2024, a 2028 Games.