Even though the 2010 Vancouver Olympics aren’t even a distant memory for most Canadians yet, the city might throw its hat in the ring to host the 2026 games. Only this time, things will be a little, well, different.
For one, the plan to select Vancouver was actually born in Quebec. Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume says he’s spoken to the west coast city along with Calgary and Whistler to discuss entering a multi-city bid for the 2026 winter Olympics. While all the details aren’t yet clear, the plan would essentially be to divide the events between the cities, which would lower the cost of infrastructure and investments for each.
If that all sounds a little wacky, keep in mind that divvying up the Olympics is more common than you might think.
“Cities have worked together before,” Vancouver 2010 Organizer John Furlong said. “Our bid was with Whistler and Vancouver, so it’s common. Would they look at cities that are [very far] apart? Possibly.”
Labeaume says he will be in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 11 to pitch his plan to the International Olympic Committee.
Vancouver’s city council says it still hasn’t had any official talks on the matter yet, but Whistler certainly seems to be on board.
“Well I don’t know why we would need Vancouver. All of the facilities that Quebec is interested in are in Whistler,” the city’s mayor, Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said.
So even if Vancouver does decide to pass on the bid, the Olympics could very well be returning to B.C. The IOC will make its decision sometime in 2019.
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