by Snowy, MAKE UP
Could Turkey be the surprise host of the 2026 Winter Olympics?
With less than a year to go until the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and with the 2022 Games set to be held in Beijing, organisers around the world are already preparing to do battle for the right to host the 2026 event.
The venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics will be announced in 2019, and several cities have expressed an interest in being considered. It's a serious undertaking – cities have to provide evidence that they have the infrastructure to host the Games, or that they can build it on time and on budget, and millions of dollars are spent on the bidding process before a host is even chosen.
Sion in Switzerland has officially announced its bid to host the 2026 Games, the first city to throw its hat into the ring. Switzerland has hosted the Winter Olympics twice before, with both the 1928 and 1948 events held in St Moritz. Still, visiting dignitaries might be in for a shock, as Sion Airport has a reputation as one of the scariest landings in the Alps.
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced in March that the country was preparing to bid for the 2026 Games – events would be held in and around Erzurum in eastern Turkey. In 2011 Erzurum hosted the Winter Universiade, an international student sports competition.
Istanbul has applied five times to host the Summer Olympics, each time without success. If Erzurum’s bid goes ahead, this would be the first application from a Turkish city to host the Winter Games.
Innsbruck in Austria is another potential site for 2026 – the Austrian Olympic Committee is carrying out a feasibility study to evaluate whether the city should launch a bid. This would be Innsbruck’s third time, it having previously hosted the 1964 and 1976 Games.
Other cities considering a bid include Calgary in Canada (host of the 1988 Olympics), Stockholm in Sweden, Sapporo in Japan (the host city in 1972) and Almaty in Kazakhstan.
- 2018-02-12 21:15:15