Poland and Czech Republic in early talks over 2030 winter Olympics bid
The national Olympic committees of Poland and Czech Republic have begun talks over mounting a joint bid to stage the winter Olympic Games in 2030, according to reports.
The bid would focus on the Polish mountain cities of Karpacz and Szklarska Poreba, which sit on the Czech border, with as many as 10 cities in both countries identified as hosts.
An opening ceremony in Wroclaw and closing ceremony in Prague have been discussed, Przeglad Sportowy, a Polish sports daily, has reported.
Further talks are expected to be held between the NOCs over the next 12 months, with goverment officials to be involved.
Poland participated in the early stages of the bidding prcess for the 2022 winter Olympic Games, but a referendum ended Krakow's hopes. The bid involved staging alpine skiing in Jasna in Slovakia.
The 2030 winter Olympics are unlikely to be awarded until 2023.
The race for the 2026 winter games is beginning to heat up, but a delay has held up the release of a feasibility study into Calgary's potential bid. A bid exploration committee acting for the Canadian city was supposed to complete a draft of its master hosting plan and present it to city council by 31 December, but the report will now not be available until April.
The final report is due to be delivered to the city council by the end of June, with Calgary, the federal government and the Canadian Olympic Committee having until September to confirm an intention to bid to the International Olympic Committee. The host city will be announced in 2019.
Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, has said he is open to supporting a Calgary 2026 bid, but has cautioned that it is still “very, very early days.”
Other potential bidders for the games are Sapporo in Japan, Innsbruck in Austria, and cities in Switzerland, Sweden and Norway.
The next two winter Olympics are in Asia, PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022.