IOC Confirms French Alps, Salt Lake City As Sole Candidates For 2030, 2034 Winter Games
Faizan Hashmi Published November 30, 2023 | 01:40 AM
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2023) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday confirmed the French Alps and Salt Lake City as the sole candidates to host the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games.
"The IOC will now start more detailed discussions with the Preferred Hosts, led by their National Olympic Committees (NOCs), with the aim of awarding both editions at the 142nd IOC Session in July in Paris," the IOC said.
The bid for the 2030 Games is based around Meribel, Courchevel and Val d'Isere for alpine skiing while La Clusaz would host Nordic events. The Olympic Village would be in the Mediterranean city of Nice, which would host skating events.
"This is not the end of an adventure, it is the beginning of a new one.
- Vision and support -
Stoss said that "what really stood out about the French Alps and Salt Lake City-Utah projects was their vision for the athlete experience, their alignment with regional and national socio-economic development plans, and their very strong support from the public and from all levels of government".
"The Commission felt strongly that the other Interested Parties would benefit from more time to optimise the athlete experience of their future Games, and to continue to build on their burgeoning foundations of public and political support."
"The IOC EB (executive board) decided to grant the non-edition-specific project, Switzerland 203x, a special status by inviting it into 'Privileged Dialogue' for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2038," the IOC added.
While praising Switzerland's many existing venues and great experience in hosting international winter sport events, Stoss said: "They have to do their homework first.
"They have to show us a more convincing venue plan," he said, adding that there also needed to be a proper Olympic Village.
In a boost for the Swiss, the IOC said it would not engage in discussions with other potential hosts for the 2038 Winter Games during the privileged dialogue which will last to the end of 2027.
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