Vancouver Vigorously Bides for the XXVI Olympic Winter Games
Date: 2022-10-31
Source: Global Times
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to determine the city to host the XXVI Olympic Winter Games in September 2030. Having hosted the Olympic Winter Games before, three cities, Sapporo, Japan, Salt Lake City, America, and Vancouver, Canada have expressed their willingness to bid again, among which Vancouver is the most active bidder.

In February this year, the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2030 Olympic Winter Games (OCOG) announced that it had signed agreements with municipal authorities, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) to jointly discuss matters concerning its bid for the XXVI Olympic Winter Games. In June, the OCOG of Vancouver proposed its plans, including fully using the existing venues for the previous Olympic Winter Games instead of building new ones, expanding the Sun Peaks Winter Olympic Village based on the two 2010 Winter Olympic Villages in False Creek and Whistler and converting it into residences for locals after the Games. In July, the OCOG of Vancouver released its overall budget of 3.5 to 4 billion Canadian dollars (equivalent to 18.5 to 21 billion RMB) for the XXVI Olympic Winter Games.

The XXI Olympic Winter Games were held in Vancouver in 2010. According to a poll conducted in September this year, people living in Greater Vancouver (also called Metro Vancouver, covering Vancouver and other 20 cities, counties, and districts), including 61% of residents, 71% of enterprises and 72% of politicians, voiced their support for the city's bid for the Games, augmented by Ken Sim, the newly elected Vancouver's Chinese Canadian mayor, who also unequivocally expressed his support.