Sapporo to focus on 2030 Winter OlympicsOlympic Games News
Date : 18 Sep 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 17, 2018: The IOC once again expressed its sympathy for the victims and families of all those affected by the recent earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, which left 41 dead and caused considerable damage, with many people still living in temporary shelters.
For this reason, the city of Sapporo, the Japanese Olympic Committee and the IOC agreed on Monday, September 17 that the IOC would not put Sapporo on the list of candidates for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Instead they will continue with the close dialogue already underway for the 2030 Winter Games.
The IOC expressed its understanding that recovery from the earthquake in the region should be the immediate principle focus but greatly appreciated the continued strong commitment as a future host for the Olympic Winter Games.
The announcement came today following a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, between representatives of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), the City of Sapporo and the International Olympic Committee. It follows months of close collaboration during the Dialogue Stage of the Olympic Winter Games 2026 Candidature Process.
As part of the new Candidature Process, a one-year non-committal Dialogue Stage was introduced to provide Interested Cities and National Olympic Committees with an opportunity to interact with the IOC and discuss how hosting the Games can serve their long-term goals and leave lasting legacies.
The City of Sapporo and the Japanese NOC made it clear that they remain strongly interested in a candidature for the Olympic Winter Games 2030.
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