Turkish candidate Erzurum talk up 2026 Olympic and Paralympic credentials

  • Turkish candidate Erzurum talk up 2026 Olympic and Paralympic credentials

Turkish candidate Erzurum talk up 2026 Olympic and Paralympic credentials

The IOC is touting that as the catalyst for a group of seven National Olympic Committees it announced today as officially interested in hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

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

Sapporo held a successful Winter Olympics in 1972 but given it's in Eastern Asia, which just saw the Winter Games, and with Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 coming up, it's likely the International Olympic Committee would prefer to shift back to Europe or North America.

Turin, which hosted the 2006 Games, is part of a joint bid with Milan.

The IOC will allow cities to begin bidding in October with a January deadline.

"You start from incredible assets and a lot of strength in Canada", said Christophe Dubi in a conference call from Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday.

A official candidature phase follows until September 2019.

"What it takes now is to make sure that the budgets that are being presented are extremely strong, down to the very last detail". It last bid briefly for 2022 but pulled out mid-race.

Stockholm hosted the 1912 Olympics, but has never held the Winter Games. He said that would include looking at the numbers from Vancouver in 2010 and to factor in realistic figures looking ahead to 2026.

Thomas Bach says the IOC has "turned the page" on Olympic candidatures after trouble-hit bidding processes for the 2022 and 2024 Games.

"We want to use existing infrastructure every chance possible, so whether it was hosting a previous Olympic Games as per the case of Sapporo, or whether this is a region that frequently hosts world cups, world championships, or other multi-sport events - it's always better because we can work with what already exists, we don't need to build".