This week in Sweden, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Evaluation Commission kicks off its first working visit to the two candidates for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026.
From Tuesday 12 March until Saturday 16 March, there will be five days of discussions and venue tours in Stockholm-Åre. The same format will be followed in Milan-Cortina (Italy) from 2 to 6 April.
The visit is part of the ongoing collaboration with the Cities and the respective National Olympic Committees introduced as part of the new Candidature Process, which provides greater support and expertise directly from the IOC and the Olympic Movement.
Evaluation Commission Chair Octavian Morariu said: “Over the coming weeks, the Commission is looking forward to learning more about their proposals and taking a first-hand look at the prospective venues. This will be done through the lens of Olympic Agenda 2020, which has provided the candidates with increased flexibility and support to ensure sustainable Games plans that best align with the cities’ and regions’ long-term goals, bringing benefits to their local populations.”
Launched in October 2017, the process has been tailored to the context and needs of each City, with the IOC holding various workshops in each of them throughout this period to assist in the preparation of their projects.
On the first day in Sweden, the Commission will visit the planned alpine venues in Åre, which recently hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. A site tour in Stockholm will follow on Wednesday 13 March, before a visit on the following day to Falun, which will host the ski jumping and Nordic combined events. Friday 15 March will include a full day of detailed discussions in Stockholm before the wrap-up meeting and closing remarks the following day.
After the visits, the Commission will produce a report outlining the opportunities and challenges of each project to assist IOC Members in selecting the Host City 2026. The election will take place on 24 June during the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne.
Candidate Cities 2026 Projects – Examples of the positive impact of Olympic Agenda 2020
- Fewer deliverables have been required and increased technical expertise has been provided by the IOC directly to the Cities throughout the process, leading to substantially reduced candidature budgets - over 75 per cent in the average projected budgets of the two candidates compared to the average budgets of the Candidate Cities for 2018 and 2022.
- On average, the Candidate Cities 2026 will use 80 per cent of existing or temporary venues, compared to 60 per cent among the candidates for the Olympic Winter Games 2018 and 2022.
- The initial Games operating costs projected by the two candidates are on average 20 per cent (approximately USD 400 million) lower than those in the two previous candidature processes.