SALT LAKE CITY — The International Olympic Committee is heading to Utah this week for a “technical site visit” as it considers where the 2030 Winter Games will be held.
According to a press release on Monday, during its three-day trip, the committee members will visit competition, ceremonial and athletes’ village venues that could be part of the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The visit will be organized by the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games and will include representatives from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). It will be the first official in-person visit since Utah was selected as America’s Choice by the USOPC as a candidate for future Games in December 2018.
“The IOC visit is an opportunity for us to show both our continued athlete engagement with the many venues inherited from 2002 as well as our current preparation to host the Games,” said the SLC President and CEO. -UT, Fraser Bullock.
The Utah capital, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, is set to compete for hosting rights along with Sapporo in Japan, Vancouver in Canada and the Spanish regions of Catalonia and Aragon.
USOPC President Sarah Hirshland and members of the Salt Lake committee will travel to Switzerland in June to give a presentation on Utah’s preparation for the 2030 games, according to Reuters.
No decision will be made on the hosting site until next summer at the earliest, Reuters reported. But the USOPC expected to have an idea of who the “leading contenders” are before the end of the year.