After Graz and Sion, Sapporo has also withdrawn as a potential candidate city for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The remaining interested NOCs in the dialogue phase are Canada (Calgary), Italy (Cortina d’Ampezzo, Milan and Turin), Turkey (Erzurum) and Sweden (Stockholm).
AFTER SEPTEMBER EARTHQUAKE – SAPPORO TO FOCUS ON CANDIDATURE FOR OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2030
THE IOC ONCE AGAIN EXPRESSED ITS SYMPATHY FOR THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE IN HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, WHICH HAS LEFT 41 DEAD AND CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE, WITH MANY STILL IN TEMPORARY SHELTERS. FOR THIS REASON, THE CITY OF SAPPORO, THE JAPANESE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE AND THE IOC AGREED TODAY THAT THE IOC WOULD NOT PUT SAPPORO ON THE LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2026, BUT TO CONTINUE WITH THE CLOSE DIALOGUE ALREADY UNDERWAY FOR THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2030.
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.
CALGARY, ALBERTA, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 – Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation today released details of the draft Hosting Plan Concept it intends to discuss with Calgarians leading up to a municipal plebiscite on November 13, 2018. Drawing on previous exploratory work, Calgary 2026 has conducted a rigorous analysis utilizing subject matter experts in Games operations and urban development to present the community with Calgary’s proposed bid framework for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
You can read the full News Release here and download the Draft Hosting Plan here.
Statement by CONI (Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano);
CONI submits joint three-city bid with Milan, Turin and Cortina
The Italian National Olympic Committee unanimously resolves to send the proposal for candidacy for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games of the cities of Milan, Turin and Cortina for an innovative project intended to guarantee a balance between the respective territorial areas through the reinforcement of cohesion and respect between the areas identified to host the Games and the identification of solutions that provide the best chance for success of the candidacies for all of Italy.
You can download the the proposal of the Evaluation Commission (in Italian) here.
An important step in the application for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026 is the feasibility study , which was commissioned by the Winter Games Graz 2026 GmbH. In recent months, institutions such as Campus 02 , Joanneum Research , Graz University of Technology and other experts from business, sports and event management have been working on this study .