Salt Lake City, Sapporo presents bids to host the 2030 Winter Olympics at the IOC

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Submissions complete, bid groups for the 2030 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah and Sapporo are now in hold mode.

Both groups showed up at the International Olympic Committee’s Future Host Commission on Tuesday morning. The virtual submissions are expected to be the final ones made by the Future Host Commission before it decides which bid would be invited into a focused dialogue with the IOC with an eye to the allocation of the 2030 Games.

That announcement should have been in early December, but the IOC’s move of its next general session from spring 2023 to fall 2023 means a decision by the Future Host Commission may not come until early 2023, he said Fraser Bullockchairman and chief executive officer of the Salt Lake City-Utah Games Committee.

“Today’s presentation to the Future Host Commission was another positive step in our ongoing dialogue with the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee to bring the Winter Games back to America,” said Bullock. ‚ÄúThese interactions with the Commission have been a valuable two-way feedback tool. While this process is focused on 2030, we have made it clear that we are open to hosting in 2030 or 2034, whenever it best meets the needs of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, as well as our host communities in Utah.

The Salt Lake presentation included multiple people from the bid group, including Bullock and the SLC-UT president Catherine Raney Norman more Olympian Lindsey Vonnmayor of Salt Lake City Erin Mendenhall and governor of Utah SpencerCox. Chairman of the USOPC Board of Directors Susanna Lyons and Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirsland he also spoke up for the Salt Lake bid.

Salt Lake City and Sapporo are the two remaining candidates for 2030 after Vancouver’s bid was all but officially ended when the British Columbia provincial government said it would not financially support its efforts. Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic committees this week sent an open letter to the British Columbia government urging it to reconsider the decision; the bid was officially led by the Four Nations tribes in Canada, making it the first bid of its kind for an Olympics.

Sapporo remains the favorite for 2030 among many Olympic observers, but is facing corruption allegations against Tokyo 2020 organizing committee members and its partners that have attracted such negative publicity Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro AkimotoThis autumn’s visit to the IOC was abruptly cancelled. Sapporo’s latest budget projection for the 2030 Games was $2.17 billion; Salt Lake City’s proposed 2030 budget with inflation projected into the cost is $2.2 billion.

Olympic budgets have also made headlines across Europe. The operating budget for the 2024 Paris Olympics is expected to rise to $4.5 billion, a 10% increase in part due to high inflation, organizers said on Tuesday. Organizers said half of the extra money is needed for inflation, while part will go towards additional expenses for the opening ceremony on the Seine and costs such as human resources and cybersecurity.

The overall budget for the Paris Olympics is approximately $8.2 billion. The organizers also said they expect to generate more revenue from ticket sales than anticipated and are ahead of schedule to secure revenue from partnership deals.

The Olympics immediately following Paris, the 2026 Winter Games in Milan-Cortina, recently approved a $50 million project to put a roof on the outdoor speedkating oval. The Milano-Cortina organizing committee was unable to comment on a decision by the local Trentino city council, but noted that the International Skating Union prefers an indoor oval.

The move comes after authorities in the Veneto region earmarked more than $80 million to renovate Cortina’s historic sliding track for bobsled, luge and skeleton racing. Neither of the two costs will be included in the official Milan-Cortina budgets; the moves come amid reports that the new Italian government is expected to nominate Andrea Varnieriwho contributed to the organization of the Turin 2006 Games, as managing director of the 2026 organizing committee.

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