IOC visits Calgary to discuss potential of hosting 2026 Winter Games
CALGARY - Members of the International Olympic Committee are in Calgary this week to meet with the city's Olympic project team.
Calgary city council is deciding whether to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Council is expected to address the question again at its next meeting Jan. 29.
The IOC is in Calgary at its own cost, according to a statement Tuesday from the city, to provide feedback and resources on a potential bid.
IOC members will tour the winter sport facilities still in use from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, the statement said.
With few cities interested in holding the Olympic Games, the IOC has revamped processes to make both bidding and hosting Olympic Games cheaper and more sustainable.
Calgary is currently in the "dialogue" phase. The IOC will invite cities to bid for 2026 in October, 2018 and the deadline is January, 2019.