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Salt Lake City Olympic Bid delegation to visit IOC Headquarters in November

The Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee has planned to send a small delegation to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in November to advocate for the hosting of the Winter Games in 2030 or 2034.

Park City, Utah hosted the venues for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games (Wikipedia)

Following a meeting of the Salt Lake City-Utah Games Committee (SLC-UCG) board of directors on Tuesday, President and CEO Fraser Bullock said bid chair Catherine Raney Norman and a small delegation from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) accompany him to Lausanne, Switzerland, for two days the week of November 29 to discuss the United States’ proposal to host their first Olympic Games. winter since the Utah capital last hosted the event in 2002.

Bullock downplayed the importance of the scheduled meeting, an important opportunity in the new IOC dialogue-based bid process, due to the timing.

“This visit with the IOC is fabulous but I recognize that it is only a step in the process, that their main objective is Beijing [2022 Winter Olympics], and this activity will resume after Beijing ”, he declared. when asked after the meeting.

Salt Lake City is one of four other regions that have expressed interest in hosting future Winter Games, including Sapporo in Japan, Pyrenees-Barcelona in Spain, Vancouver in Canada and Ukraine. Bullock said the IOC has been fair with the process behind the scenes and expects these nominations to have similar meetings in the near future.

“We really enjoy the process as it is now, we engage with the USOPC very frequently and they are really a partner,” Bullock said.

“Now we are going as partners together at the IOC to express our common interest in future Games, that we are ready, our bid is in very good shape and that we can host a fabulous Games.”

SLC-UCG has solidified the organizational and governance plans and work has started on the important bid package, a document that contains the essential plan for hosting a possible Games in Utah. With consistent public support between 80 and 90 percent, strong government partnerships, and the most needed sites built and already in use, the bid believes it is in excellent shape.

“We’re ready,” Raney-Norman told reporters empathetically.

The only remaining obstacle to the bid is the decision to host in 2030 or 2034. Bullock said he has been in contact with Los Angeles 2028 Summer Games president Casey Wasserman to discuss the Games. consecutive in the same domestic market. might look like and what are the challenges. LA’s sponsorship rights extend until the end of 2028, which would reduce Salt Lake City’s potential with its pre-Games window of just 18 months.

Bullock said he was focusing on “how can we potentially collaborate with them… but in any case not detracting from hosting the Games but improving them, and how can we be a partner with them in that scenario? “.

Waiting until 2034 was seen as problematic as the Salt Lake City sites in 2002 continue to age and may require more expensive renovations four years later.

Bullock gave no indication of what year the bid is currently heading, but assured the public would be notified ahead of the IOC’s selection of a preferred candidate for the 2030 Games.

“As soon as a decision is taken for 2030 or 2034, we will of course announce it, because that puts us firmly on the path to dialogue,” he said.

Earlier this year, as part of the IOC’s new bid process, Brisbane, Australia was suddenly named the preferred candidate for the 2032 Summer Games, taking rival bids and many stakeholders by surprise. IOC members voted to approve the host choice in July.

“With the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games we know who the candidates are, the IOC has been very open with us that there are discussions so that we don’t see anything that might surprise us or surprise the public, ”Bullock said.

Asked by On the timing of the decision of the target year and the IOC’s nomination of its preferred candidate, he added: “I think it will be more methodical, that we will vote in favor of a particular year between us. and the USOPC; forward this to the IOC; which becomes public; then we continue our journey.

There is no set timetable for the election of the host city in 2030 or 2034. Beijing is expected to host the Winter Games in February and Milan-Cortina in Italy will host the event in 2026.

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