2026 Bid; Press Release: IOC announces composition of Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2026

IOC announces composition of Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2026

The Evaluation Commission that will assess the Candidate Cities for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026 – Calgary (Canada), Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) and Stockholm (Sweden) – has been appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Commission is formed of IOC Members and Olympic Movement representatives. Some of these were already part of the Working Group that was responsible for reporting on the feasibility of the Interested Cities that joined the Dialogue Stage of the new, two-stage Candidature Process:

 

Chair

Octavian MORARIU (ROU)
IOC Member; President, Rugby Europe; Member of the Coordination Commission for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

 

IOC Members

Kristin KLOSTER AASEN (NOR)
1st Vice-President, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports; Member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission

Hong ZHANG (CHN)
IOC Athletes’ Commission representative; Olympic champion, Sochi 2014, Speed Skating; Olympian, PyeongChang 2018, Speed Skating; Executive Board member of the Chinese Olympic Committee

 

Stakeholder Representatives

Roman KUMPOST (CZE)
Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) representative; Vice-President, Czech Olympic Committee

Heike GROESSWANG (GER)
Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) representative; Secretary General, International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF)

Marianna DAVIS (USA)
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) representative Governing Board member, IPC

LEE Hee-beom (KOR)
President, Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

José Luis MARCO (ARG)
Member of the Coordination Commission for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and XXI Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010; Member of the Evaluation Commissions for the Olympic Games 2012 and the Olympic Winter Games 2002, 2010 and 2014

 

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The Evaluation Commission members bring with them broad experience for assessing the candidates. They will guarantee that the projects are analysed based on their alignment with the existing long-term plans of their local communities, as outlined by Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm.”

Evaluation Commission Chair Octavian Morariu added: “Olympic Agenda 2020/New Norm has already helped these three exciting candidatures achieve efficiencies in their planning. And the Commission is committed to working closely with the Cities to ensure that their projects continue to align with the principles of flexibility, legacy and sustainability.”

With a shortened Candidature Stage and only a single File to be submitted, the Cities can benefit from a simple and cost-efficient process. They arrive at this stage having taken advantage of several months of non-committal dialogue with the IOC, receiving greater support, technical advice, communications assistance and materials to develop their projects.

The Candidates need to submit their Files by 11 January 2019, before the Evaluation Commission travels to the Cities in March and April 2019, when its members will be given presentations and visit proposed venues. The Commission will then prepare a report summarising and assessing the essential elements for planning and delivering successful Games. This document will be published prior to the election of the host city at the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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IOC; Learn about Olympic Agenda 2020 The New Norm (Video by the International Olympic Committee)

Learn about Olympic Agenda 2020 The New Norm

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Find out how the IOC is re-imagining, re-designing, re-thinking and re-shaping the organisation of the Olympic Games through Olympic Agenda 2020 The New Norm
 

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IOC; Olympism in Action Forum Buenos Aires 2018 – Videos Working Zones

The following videos of the Working Zones held during the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires are worth watching;

 

Working Zone 5 – Active Cities & Healthy Societies

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By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to be living in cities. While urban living brings benefits and opportunities for people, it poses a specific set of risks and challenges that can negatively affect public health. Cities must re-think the way they approach urban planning and growth in order to enable their citizens to be more active and healthy. This interactive session will explore concrete ways in which the sport and health sectors can collaborate to combat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) more generally. It will also take an in-depth look at solutions designed for urban populations. City officials, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and sports organisations will share their experiences in implementing policies and programmes in complex ecosystems.

Facilitator: Bill Morris LVO, International Events Consultant Ex-Director of Culture, Ceremonies, Education and Live Sites, London 2012, United Kingdom

– Eleonora Bauer, Director of the Buenos Aires Ciudad Activa Project, Buenos Aires City Government, Argentina
– Fiona Bull, Programme Manager, Surveillance Population Based Prevention, Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND), World Health Organisation
– Espen Granberg Johnsen, Mayor of City Council, Lillehammer Municipality, Norway
– Maurice Smith, Clinical Director, Living Well, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, United Kingdom

 

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Working Zone 6A – Economics, Legacy & The New Norm

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Hosting major sporting events is frequently used by city and national governments as a catalyst for positive change, whether it be increasing tourism, expanding transport infrastructure, or raising a city’s global stature. However, what is initially planned by organisers as a positive legacy initiative takes time to be realised and is sometimes in stark contrast to the post-event expectations. The organisers of the Olympic Games have faced challenges such as oversized venues or venues that are underused for some years before finding a viable future. Considering these challenges of the past, the International Olympic Committee has developed a set of 118 new reforms, which comprise “The New Norm”. These reforms aim to completely transform how the Olympic Games are delivered (from candidature phase to Games organisation) and how they can create an impactful, positive legacy. In this working zone, leading economists and experts will discuss challenges of bidding for and hosting the Games and debate what needs to be done to ensure the Games are organised in a more economically beneficial and flexible way.

Facilitator: Sonali Shah, Broadcaster and Journalist, United Kingdom

– Fraser Bullock, COO CFO, Salt Lake City 2002, United States
– Holger Preuss, , Professor, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Germany
– Andrew Zimbalist, Chairperson and Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College, United States

 

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IOC; 134th Session moved from Milan to Lausanne

Lausanne Railway Station – Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games

During the IOC Session in Buenos Aires it was decided that the 134th IOC Session will be held in Lausanne instead of Milan. At this session the host of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games will be chosen. The election cannot be held in a country which has a candidate for the Games.

IOC; Olympism in Action Forum Buenos Aires 2018 – News roundup

In 1950, 30 per cent of the world’s population lived in cities. Today, that number is 55 per cent, and according to the UN’s latest projections, by 2050 it will be 68 per cent, with 90 per cent of the urban population growth between now and then happening in Asia and Africa. The topography of where people live is changing dramatically and, along with that, sport is changing.

Source: IOC
Full article: Sport: The Changing Urban Landscape

 

All eyes were on the future at the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires. Speakers discussed the future of sport itself, what the future fan might look like, and how the process of hosting the Olympic Games is evolving to become more flexible, cost-effective and focused on ensuring a sustainable legacy for the host city, region and nation.

Source: IOC
Full article: Looking to the Future of Sport and the Games

 

No Boston Olympics co-chairman Chris Dempsey claimed he has not seen any evidence in the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020 and New Norm reforms which shows the organisation has changed.

Source: Inside the Games
Full article: No Boston Olympics leader claims IOC reforms on hosting Games have not changed anything

IOC; Discover the economics of the Olympic Games (Video by the International Olympic Committee)

Discover the economics of the Olympic Games

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Ever wondered about the economics of an Olympic Games? This short video gives you an easy to understand perspective on the costs and benefits of hosting an Olympics.
 

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IOC; Olympism in Action Forum Buenos Aires 2018 – Discussion: Hosting the Olympic Games: City Perspectives

Hosting the Olympic Games: City Perspectives

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There are many reasons why hosting the Olympic Games is attractive to a city or country. The expectations that the event will have a positive impact, both tangible and intangible, on local communities is alive and well. From developing an underserved part of a city and expanding much-needed infrastructure to boosting the local economy and increasing tourism, hosting such a large-scale event can bring about great opportunities. However, cost overruns, questions over resource use and perceived corruption among other challenges have left some populations hesitant about their city’s bid to host the Olympic Games. This session will seek to examine the arguments for and against hosting the Olympic Games, and shine a light on the real experiences, both challenging and inspiring, faced by organisers from past and upcoming Games.

Moderator: Sonali Shah, Broadcaster and Journalist, United Kingdom

– Mariana Behr, Former Head of Engagement and Education, Rio 2016, Brazil
– Lord Paul Deighton, Former CEO, London 2012, United Kingdom
– Chris Dempsey, Co-Founder, No Boston Olympics, United States
– John Furlong OC, OBC, President and CEO, Vancouver 2010, Canada
– Shu’an Yang, Vice President, Beijing 2022, China

 

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