Sapporo among 7 interested in hosting 2026 Winter Olympics

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As the conditions around a Calgary 2026 Winter Olympic bid become clearer, so does the potential field of other bidders.

Graz in Austria, Calgary in Canada, a joint bid from Milan, Turin and Cortina d´Ampezzo in Italy, Sapporo, Japan, Stockholm, Sweden, Sion in Switzerland, and Erzurum, Turkey, have put their names forward for the initial phase that ends in October 2018.

A statement by the IOC said that Baach's visit to North Korea last week was 'part of the close cooperation and consultations the IOC enjoys with all of the 206 national Olympic committees'.

It will elect the winning bid at its session in Milan in September 2019. Sapporo, Cortina d'Ampezzo and Turin have all hosted the Olympics before.

Dubi told GamesBids.com during a conference call Tuesday "what we expect from the USOC is to open the door to discuss this [interest] with the International Olympic Committee and those cities interested because what is really important for them will be at some point to make a choice that is probably to open a bid within the United States".

He added in a conference call from Lausanne, Switzerland, that it also helps if the city regularly holds World Cup events and world championships. Executive Director of IOC Olympic Games Christophe Dubi informed the same.

"This partnership is an exciting step towards determining if a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is right for Calgary", said Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary, last week.

But he said those involved must be realistic when working out the numbers.

The IOC said there had already been interest for 2030, from the United States Olympic Committee among others.

With only two cities left interested in the 2024 Olympics, the IOC awarded Paris those hosting duties and also promised 2028 to Los Angeles, setting up hosts for the next decade before more bids could be torpedoed by the potential host cities themselves.

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