Two regions in France have announced plans to submit a joint hosting bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

The adjacent Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur regions of Southern France announced yesterday (July 18) that they intend to submit a combined bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

France has already hosted the Winter Olympics three times – in 1924, 1968, and 1992 – while its capital Paris will stage the Summer Olympics next year.

David Lappartient, head of the French Olympic committee, said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in France in 2030 are a tremendous opportunity to build on the momentum of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and offer fabulous prospects for French sport and our athletes.”

The French body will now ask the coalition of potential host cities and the IOC to open up a formal dialogue, potentially leading to a bid file.

Any submission would need the support of the French government.

Other options in terms of the 2030 games include Sweden, Switzerland, the US, Canada, and Japan. All these nations have officially declared interest, with the IOC having said in June that six cities were candidates.

In June, the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) announced the country would move towards the next stage of bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympic Games after a study into public support for a bid returned positive results.

The SOK launched the study in February to ascertain whether the Swedish public would be behind the idea of bidding for the event and whether the country had the capability to successfully host it.

Now, the SOK has said the study “shows that Sweden has the opportunity, know-how, and will to arrange the Winter Games.”

The host or hosts of the 2030 Winter Olympics is expected to be announced by the IOC by the opening ceremony of next year’s Summer Olympics in Paris in late July, although reports suggest a decision could potentially be taken as early as October this year.

The IOC has also discussed the potential for awarding hosting rights to the 2030 and 2034 games at the same time “to create stability for winter sports” and has said it will explore this option further.

The 2026 Winter Olympics will take place in the Milan-Cortina region of Northern Italy.