Sapporo is expected to announce cost cuts for the 2030 Olympics
Tokyo The northern Japanese city of Sapporo is set to announce what it says will be cost cuts that will make it an attractive venue for the 2030 Winter Olympics.
City officials are expected to announce the details on Monday.
The announcement comes nearly four months after the delayed Olympics in Tokyo closed at an estimated cost of $15.4 billion. Some estimates suggest the costs may have been twice that amount, and all but about $6 billion were in public funds.
The organizers have not yet announced the final budget figures for the Tokyo Games.
Sapporo, which held the 1972 Winter Olympics, is a frontrunner. It helped solidify its cause by intervening and serving as a race-walk and marathon venue for the Tokyo Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee moved these events at short notice to Sapporo in 2019, fearing the hot summer weather in Tokyo.
Other regions that have expressed interest include a Spanish bid from Aragon and Catalonia, a possible bid from Ukraine, and some interest for 2030 or 2034 from Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Japan’s Kyodo News reported earlier this month that Sapporo is likely to announce costs between 280 billion and 300 billion yen. This is $2.55 billion to $2.65 billion at the current exchange rate.
This is a 20% decrease from estimates made in 2019, Kyodo said, citing unnamed sources, Kyodo said, saying the cost savings will be made by using existing facilities. Despite promises, the Olympics consistently over budget.
Kyodo said some events will be held in Obihiro, east of Sapporo, and in Nagano, the host city for the 1998 Winter Games.
The IOC is no longer going through a long bidding process. Host cities are now chosen by the IOC leadership, and decisions have been taken out of the hands of IOC members.
Voting by IOC members at the 2016 Olympics and Tokyo 2020 Games was characterized by confusion due to allegations of bribery. Carlos Nuzman, a former IOC member, from Brazil, was sentenced a few days ago to 30 years in prison for, among other things, bribing IOC members in the 2009 2016 vote.
He is appealing the conviction.
Tsunekazu Takeda resigned in 2019 as a member of the International Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Olympic Committee when he became embroiled in allegations of bribery over his bid to host the 2020 Olympics. He has denied any wrongdoing.
The IOC has already selected the venues for its games until 2032, with the exception of the 2030 Winter Olympics. 2022 Beijing; 2024 Paris; 2026 Milan-Cortina; 2028 Los Angeles; 2032 Brisbane, Australia.
In a statement to the Associated Press, the IOC said “there is no set time frame for electing a host for 2030, or any other version of the Olympic Games. Future host committees, which oversee and monitor interest in future games, are guided by the Olympic movement’s strategic opportunities and global context.”
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