Seven cities interested in hosting 2026 Winter Olympics — International Olympic Committee

Calgary among seven candidates to express interest in hosting 2026 Winter Olympics

Seven countries express interest in hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Following their declaration of interest, Erzurum, which is hoping to be the first-ever Turkish city to host an Olympic Games, will now enter the dialogue stage with the IOC to explore the requirements of hosting the Games.

According to the TOC, Erzurum believe that their experience of hosting global sport events will help their bid.

Dubi told GamesBids.com during a conference call Tuesday "what we expect from the USOC is to open the door to discuss this [interest] with the International Olympic Committee and those cities interested because what is really important for them will be at some point to make a choice that is probably to open a bid within the United States".

"It's no surprise that so many incredible cities have come forward to compete for the Olympic Winter Games in 2026 and 2030", said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Executive Director of IOC Olympic Games Christophe Dubi informed the same. "Our goal is not just to have a record number of candidates, but ultimately it is to select the best city to stage the best Olympic Winter Games for the best athletes of the world", said IOC President Thomas Bach.

Dubi said there is also a built-in advantage for areas that are already global sports destinations.

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Alongside Erzurum, Canada's Calgary, Austria's Graz, Swedish capital Stockholm, Sion in Switzerland, Japan's Sapporo and a joint bid from Italy's Cortina d'Ampezzo, Milan and Turin are all in the initial process.

The IOC was forced into a revamp of its Olympic bid procedures after a series of drop-outs tarnished the last two contests.

'We had a very fruitful meeting where it became clear that the supreme leader has a clear vision of the role that sport can play in a society with regard to education, with regard to health, ' Bach said.

The IOC will select the 2026 host city at the Session in Milan in September 2019.

The IOC will elect a victor September 2019.

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