Sapporo prepares to make bid for 2026 Winter Olympics
Japan Today -- Nov 23
The Japanese Olympic Committee and city of Sapporo announced Wednesday they will enter a dialogue process over a potential bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

JOC president Tsunekazu Takeda and Sapporo mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto made the announcement at a press conference after holding talks in Tokyo.

Akimoto said the city on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido would look to make use of already existing facilities so as not to financially burden future generations.

"We will aim for a sustainable games that do not leave an excessive financial burden on the next generation," he said.

Looking ahead to the possibility of 1972 host Sapporo staging the Winter Olympics again, he added, "It is essential for all of Japan to gear up for the possible bid as a national project."

In a new procedure introduced by the International Olympic Committee for the 2026 Olympics, interested host cities take part in a dialogue stage, where they explore the benefits and opportunities of hosting the games, before moving on to submit their candidature proposals.

In the dialogue stage, Sapporo and the JOC will discuss with IOC experts their hosting plans, including how to reduce costs expected to be between 430 billion and 450 billion yen ($3.8-4 billion), before making a final decision on whether to go ahead with the bid.

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