Spain is ready to bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics


Four candidates are expected in the race.

The race between the countries for the 2030 Winter Olympics is on with a Spanish bid from the Pyrenees-Barcelona region opposed to offers from Sapporo, Japan, Salt Lake City, Utah and Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. Ukraine really wanted to host the 2030 Winter Olympics. Ukrainian officials planned to meet with the International Olympic Committee to explain why the country should host the event. But that plan died after Russia invaded Ukraine in February during an Olympic truce. Business and political leaders in Salt Lake City, Utah, want the 2030 Winter Games, though they may have to wait until 2034 as the IOC is unlikely wants back-to-back US Olympics, with Los Angeles hosting the 2028 Summer Games. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and Sapporo hosted the event 1972 Winter Games. Japan’s bid for the 2030 Olympics follows the financially disastrous COVID-19 which delayed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which took place in 2021. Sapporo withdrew from the 2026 Winter Olympics competition.

An Olympic candidate needs an incredible amount of support from government and television in the form of billions of dollars in public money and a lot of television money. In the case of Salt Lake City, the United States television network and platform, Comcast, would funnel billions of dollars into the Olympics in exchange for programming. No government wanted to subsidize a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, although Italy softened its stance and helped Cortina bidders secure that event. The IOC has identified Queensland in Australia as the ideal location for the 2032 Summer Olympics and has apparently awarded the region the event without a bidding process. The IOC has begun a policy of “ongoing non-binding dialogue” with potential candidates to find out if a region will host the event. The race is on.

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Canadian players celebrate with their gold medals after the women’s hockey gold medal game at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


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