Bach: Third successive Asian winter Olympics would be no problem for IOC
A third successive winter Olympic Games held in Asia would not be a problem for the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, its president, has said, offering an apparent boost to the possibility of Sapporo in Japan bidding to host the 2026 edition..
Bach was addressing reporters in Lausanne. This year's winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang in South Korea and the Chinese capital Beijing is the host in 2022.
Last month, the commitment of Sapporo to a 2026 bid appeared to be wavering, after the city was reported to have told the Japanese Olympic Committee that it wanted to switch its focus to the 2030 games instead.
Katsuhiro Akimoto, the city’s mayor, was understood to have taken the view that another Asian city was unlikely to be chosen to host the 2026 games after PyeongChang and Beijing.
Sapporo would likely be up against a strong line-up of Calgary (Canada), Stockholm (Sweden), Milan/Turin (Italy), Erzurum (Turkey) and Graz/Schladming (Austria) in the race to host the 2026 winter Olympics.
The IOC is expected to name the candidate cities in early October, with the games to be awarded in September 2019.