The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that seven National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have expressed an interest in hosting the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Other countries, such as the United States, are already thinking about the 2030 edition.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: "I am delighted by the interest shown by the NOCs and cities in hosting the Olympic Winter Games. The IOC has turned over a new leaf when it comes to Olympic bids. Our objective is not just to have a record number of bids. What we ultimately want is to choose the best possible city to host the best possible Olympic Winter Games for the best athletes on the planet."
The dialogue phase will continue with interested cities and their NOCs. During this new phase of the bidding process, the IOC is offering the NOCs increased support, technical advice, communications assistance and information to help them develop the best possible Olympic project. This new approach enables cities to propose feasible Games that promote legacy. During the dialogue phase, the IOC will work with all cities and their NOCs to narrow down the field of possibilities and ultimately choose the best possible host city.
The new standard will also offer greater flexibility in designing Games that meet the long-term development objectives of the city, region and country. The seven-year preparation process has been greatly simplified, and hosts will benefit from increased support from the IOC and the Olympic Movement as a whole. Legacy is a priority, from the earliest planning stages through to delivery and beyond. As part of the implementation of the IOC reforms, these elements will be integrated at all levels of the process, and will be monitored from the earliest stages of Games planning and organization.
National Committees from the following countries have expressed interest: Austria (Graz), Canada (Calgary), Italy (Cortina d'Ampezzo/Milan/Turin), Japan (Sapporo), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Sion) and Turkey (Erzurum).
The host city of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games will be elected by the IOC Session in September 2019.