NOCs and cities invited to inform IOC of interest in bidding for 2026 Olympic Winter Games

The IOC has officially launched the candidature process for the XXV Olympic Winter Games 2026, inviting NOCs and interested cities to inform them of their interest in bidding for the Games.

The IOC will then contact the NOCs and interested cities regarding the next steps and determine the best way for the IOC to provide support. More detailed information can be found in the Candidature Process document and additional documentation, including the Candidature Questionnaire, will be published on the IOC website on 17 October 2017.

The new candidature process provides interested cities and NOCs with greater support from the IOC and more flexibility to develop Games proposals that are aligned with, and advance, local, regional and national development goals. The process has also been designed to create less financial, operational and environmental impact.

The Candidature Process 2026 comprises two stages:

  • A new, one-year non-committal Dialogue Stage (September 2017 to October 2018) that will provide Interested Cities and NOCs with an opportunity to engage with the IOC to assess the benefits and requirements related to hosting the Olympic Winter Games 2026. Cities will also be able to benefit from Olympic Winter Games expertise delivered through the IOC.
  • A shortened formal Candidature Stage (October 2018 to September 2019) with streamlined procedures enabling those cities that are invited to become Candidate Cities to work closely with the IOC to increase the value proposition of their Games delivery plan.

The deadline for cities to enter the Candidature Process by joining the Dialogue Stage is 31 March 2018. During the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in October 2018, some cities will be invited to join the Candidature Stage, following a recommendation by the IOC Executive Board.

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