IOC to inspect proposed venues for Sapporo 2030 Olympics this month

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The International Olympic Committee will carry out inspections at the end of this month at venues that Sapporo Olympics organizers intend to use if the city is selected to host the 2030 Winter Games, an official said on Tuesday. source close to the case.

IOC staff will visit venues in Hokkaido, northern Japan, to verify their current operating conditions and size so that the IOC Winter Commission tasked with identifying host cities can compile the materials and documents she needs.

The inspection is done privately and takes a few days. Representatives of the Japanese Olympic Committee will accompany the inspectors.

Posters to promote Sapporo’s bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics and Paralympics are seen at an underground shopping arcade in the northern Japanese city on February 15, 2022. (Kyodo) == Kyodo


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According to the IOC, no discussions should take place during the inspections, and members of the future host commission will not participate in the trip to gather information on the progress of the planning and development of the venues.

The IOC has reportedly already completed its inspection of rival bidder Salt Lake City, Utah.

According to Sapporo’s bid plan, the competitions would be held at 13 different venues, except for the Sapporo Dome, which would host the opening and closing ceremonies.

The current bid plan includes speed skating in Obihiro, Hokkaido, and downhill skiing at Niseko Hill Station in Hokkaido. Bobsleigh and luge events would take place in Nagano, the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics.

The IOC will not be inspecting Nagano venues on this trip.

In addition to 1972 host Sapporo and 2002 host Salt Lake City, 2010 host Vancouver and the Spanish regions of Catalonia and Aragon have also expressed interest in hosting the 2030 Olympics.

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