IOC delays decision on host city for 2030 Olympics until September 2023 at earliest

A decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone next year’s general assembly by at least about four months could give promoters of Vancouver’s bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics more time to work out their bid plans and agreements.

In a Thursday press conferenceJames Macleod, IOC Olympic Solidarity and NOC Relations Director, said the 140th IOC Session which was scheduled to be held in Mumbai, India, in May 2023 will now be moved to September or October 2023 at the earliest. .

This is due to what he describes as “ongoing internal disputes, governance shortcomings and ongoing lawsuits” with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the country. ‘India. Similar reasons for the Guatemalan NOC also led to its suspension this week.

The main problem with India is the political struggle within the AIO. IOC calls on IOA to hold its quadrennial leadership election no later than December 2022 or face sanctions including potential banning of Indian athletes from future Olympics and other competitions under the Indian national name and flag.

The IOC Executive Board will decide in December 2022 whether to maintain Mumbai as the host city of the IOC Session in September/October 2023 or move it outside India.

IOC officials also stressed that in any case, the host city of the 2030 Games will be decided during this IOC Session, where and when it will be held. For the 2010 Games, they were awarded by the IOC on July 2, 2003 during the 115th IOC Session held in Prague, Czech Republic.

But it remains to be seen whether the schedule for the IOC’s selection of Candidate Cities for the advanced “targeted dialogue” stage of the 2030 Candidature Process will be maintained for December 2022. As part of the IOC’s flexible reforms for the Candidature Process , the timeline for starting the targeted bidding process could possibly be pushed back to early 2023.

Currently, the IOC is nearing the end of its “ongoing dialogue” phase with potential candidate cities for 2030.

If the “targeted dialogue” stage is moved to a later date after 2022, it could potentially benefit First Host First Nations and the efforts of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) to bring the Winter Games back to British Columbia. .

All cities in British Columbia, especially Vancouver, are in the midst of a civic election cycle, with a vote date scheduled for October 15, 2022. Vancouver’s new city council will hold its inaugural meeting in early November 2022.

Provincially, BC Premier John Horgan is retiring, and a new party leader for the BC NDP – effectively becoming the new premier – is unlikely to be chosen until the start. December 2022 at the earliest. The provincial government is expected to make a decision on its support for the Indigenous-led 2030 bid before the end of this year.

Earlier this summer, City of Vancouver staff expressed some concerns about whether the timeline to reach a multi-stakeholder agreement among all stakeholders involved is achievable by December 2022.

The COC then clarified that the multi-party agreement, which is not required by the IOC and is only a local precedent set by the 2010 bid, can be finalized by February 2023 at the latest.

Based on the IOC’s current schedule, the most complex deals are negotiated with the IOC as needed, if Vancouver’s bid is invited to “targeted dialogue”. This work was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of March 2023.

Despite major internal/domestic challenges with Vancouver’s bid, it can still be considered a frontrunner.

Vancouver faces potential competition from Salt Lake City, Utah (host city of the 2002 Winter Games), Sapporo, Japan (host city of the 1972 Winter Games) and Barcelona, ​​Spain (host city of the 1992 Summer Games).

The Spanish region of Catalonia, home of Barcelona, ​​intends to submit a solo bid for the 2030 or 2034 Games after a co-host bid concept with the adjacent region of Aragon fell apart earlier this year due to infighting. But this new direction still requires the blessing of the Spanish NOC.

Since this week, the Sapporo’s potential supply is in troubled watersaffected by a corruption scandal of the Japanese organizing committee of Tokyo 2020. A visit planned this month by the mayor of Sapporo to the headquarters of the IOC in Switzerland has therefore been canceled.

And in recent months, Salt Lake City has signaled that it may be more inclined to bid for 2034, while keeping the door open for 2030. That’s largely because of timing – the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Angeles 2028, much more important, takes place only 18 months before. the 2030 Winter Games. Theoretically, this could cause back-to-back US Olympics to compete for the same group of domestic sponsors and harm the financial viability of both Games, especially LA 2028, which takes precedence.

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