After the success, hype and record viewership of PyeongChang 2018, International Olympic Committee member countries are now gaining confidence to foray into organizing the winter edition of IOC’s quadrennial event.
IOC has announced that seven National Olympic Committees have expressed official interest in hosting the Olympic Winter Games 2026 – with many others, including the US Olympic Committee, already considering 2030 and beyond.
This is the first group benefiting entirely from the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, which offers a cost-efficient, transparent and flexible delivery of the Games from candidature through to legacy, IOC has stated in a media release.
Austrian Olympic Committee (Graz), Canadian Olympic Committee (Calgary), Italian Olympic Committee (Cortina d’Ampezzo/Milan/Turin), Japanese Olympic Committee (Sapporo), Swedish Olympic Committee (Stockholm), Swiss Olympic Association (Sion) and Turkish Olympic Committee (Erzurum) are the candidates in the fray for the rights to host the 2026 Winter Games.
The host city for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 will be selected by the IOC Session in September 2019.
IOC has said that it will continue to provide these NOCs with greater support, technical advice, communications assistance and materials to develop the best possible candidature. The new approach enables cities to create the most feasible, legacy-enhancing Olympic Games possible. During the Dialogue Stage, the IOC will work together with the cities and NOCs to narrow the field and ultimately produce the best possible host city.
The New Norm, according to IOC, will also afford increased flexibility in designing Games that meet the long-term development goals of the city, region and country. The seven-year preparation journey has been significantly simplified, and hosts will receive more support from the IOC and the wider Olympic Movement. Legacy is a priority from the very start of the planning through to final delivery and well beyond. The implementation of the IOC’s reforms will ensure that these elements are incorporated across the board and monitored from the earliest stages of Games planning and organisation.
IOC President Thomas Bach said, “I warmly welcome the NOCs’ and cities’ interest in hosting the Olympic Winter Games. The IOC has turned the page with regard to Olympic candidatures. Our goal is not just to have a record number of candidates, but ultimately it is to select the best city to stage the best Olympic Winter Games for the best athletes of the world.”