IOC launches new Candidature Process for 2026 Winter Olympic Games
By Community | October 17, 2017
In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the Candidature Process for the 2026 Winter Olympics has been reformed to enable cities and NOCs to have more sustainable, feasible and cost-effective Games, and to align with their local, regional and national long-term development goals.
The new Candidature Process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 ensures a reduction in the workload for the candidates by requiring fewer deliverables, and comprises two stages:
- A new, one-year non-committal Dialogue Stage(October 2017 to October 2018) that will provide Interested Cities and NOCs with an opportunity to engage in a collaboration with the IOC to assess the benefits and requirements related to hosting the Games.
- A shortened formal Candidature Stage(October 2018 to September 2019) with streamlined procedures enabling those selected Candidate Cities to work closely with the IOC to ensure the best possible Games delivery and long-term legacy plans.
Cities will not be required to submit any formal proposals and guarantees, or make any presentations. The IOC will send teams of technical experts to help develop cities’ candidatures.
In October 2018, the IOC Session will invite a number of Interested Cities to participate in the Candidature Stage.
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) October 17, 2017
Candidates will be asked to submit a single Candidature File, due in January 2019, and the number of questions in the questionnaire has been reduced by one third.
The Host City Contract 2026 will be published in July 2018 and will include an IOC contribution to the success of the Games estimated at $925 million.
The new process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 builds on the recommendations of the Olympic Winter Games Strategic Working Group, composed of IOC Members, representatives from the seven Winter International Federations, National Olympic Committees, winter-sport Olympians, TOP Partners, the IOC administration and experts.