Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Calgary among 7 bidders for 2026 Games

Calgary among 7 bidders for 2026 Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released the list of cities which expressed official interest in making a bid by the March 31 deadline.

Following their declaration of interest, Erzurum, which is hoping to be the first-ever Turkish city to host an Olympic Games, will now enter the dialogue stage with the IOC to explore the requirements of hosting the Games.

It's believed there won't be a public referendum in Sweden, which has been a bid-killer in the past.

Skyrocketing costs have made the Olympics almost impossible for a city to host without incurring major debt without corresponding economic growth and/or watching historic facilities degrade and rot into lost artifacts. "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", said IOC President Thomas Bach.

"Traditional sport destinations would be regular hosts of major events with existing infrastructure", he said.

Along with Turkey's Erzurum, Switzerland's Sion, Japan's Sapporo, Canada's Calgary, Austria's Graz, Swedish capital Stockholm and a joint bid from Italy's Cortina d'Ampezzo, Milan and Turin are all in the initial process.

He lauded Calgary's "expertise", "incredible assets" and explained that careful budgeting "to the last detail" will help control the risk of cost overruns. It last bid briefly for 2022 but pulled out mid-race.

The process now continues into what the IOC terms the "dialogue stage", in which the interested National Olympic Committees communicate with the IOC to develop their plans for hosting the Games.

"We don't see a problem with this, on the contrary", said Dubi.

Turin, which hosted the 2006 Games, is planning to table a joint bid with fellow Italian city Milan.

The vote is scheduled for September 2019.

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