The IOC leadership plans to host the 2030 Winter Games in France. The next edition of the Winter Olympics is scheduled to be held in Salt Lake City in 2034. This was recommended by the IOC Executive Board headed by President Thomas Bach on Wednesday during its meeting in Paris.
France, which entered the race with a group of previous winter hosts Chamonix (1924), Grenoble (1968), Albertville (1992) as well as Nice, beat Sweden and Switzerland. The Swiss are supposed to get preferential rights to host the 2038 Winter Games if they apply again. The date for the 2034 Salt Lake City US Championships has been set ahead of a three-day IOC Executive Committee meeting.
The “Targeted Dialogue” will now begin with applicants under the new IOC selection process with the preferred hosts. At this stage, negotiations will only take place with these candidates, and the Olympic concept should reach final maturity. Next year, the IOC General Assembly will award the final prize for the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games. The IOC session had already decided to award a double award in October.
The cancellation puts the International Olympic Committee in trouble
In fact, the 2030 host country was supposed to be decided at the IOC meeting in Mumbai in October. But the potential candidates halted their efforts, thus putting the IOC in trouble. The Japanese city of Sapporo has withdrawn its application due to unrest surrounding the corruption scandal surrounding the Summer Games in Tokyo. Vancouver received no guarantees for public funding. Salt Lake City has been reluctant to enter the race for 2030 because the Pan American Summer Games will already be held in Los Angeles in 2028.
The International Olympic Committee recently encouraged other interested parties to make a bid for 2030. The Swiss sports parliament had only approved the application the previous week. In France and Sweden, Olympic projects have also overcome crucial hurdles to submit applications in recent weeks.
The Winter Games have become a problem area
The next Winter Games are scheduled to be held in 2026 in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy. However, in the long term, the winter landscape is problematic for the IOC due to climate change. According to the researchers’ calculations, only ten countries will still have enough snow and ice for the Winter Olympics after 2040. “We need to address this significant impact of climate change on the Winter Games very quickly,” Bach said.
Consideration is being given to changing the competition program and the rotation system between organizers. The Winter Games could then only be held in rotation in a few places with existing competition venues and guaranteed frosty weather.
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