Dual award will be huge boost for Salt Lake City's bid

Matt Traub, Sports Travel, Oct. 13, 2023

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the Olympic body aims to confirm hosts for both the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games at its meeting on the eve of next year’s Paris Olympics, a gigantic boost for Salt Lake City organizers looking to bring the Winter Games back to the United States for the first time since 2002 when it was in Utah. The double award proposal by the IOC executive board still needs approval by the full membership, which should be a formality at the Olympic body’s annual meeting, which opens Sunday in Mumbai. “The IOC Executive Board decision to pursue a dual award is yet another boost to our Salt Lake City-Utah ambition to host the Games in 2030 or 2034, and it provides all Interested Parties with a more succinct timeline,” said SLC-UT President and Chief Executive Officer Fraser Bullock. “We now have a robust lineup of cities and regions interested in hosting the Games in 2030 or beyond, which is a valuable signal for winter sport. Our Games concept meets the IOC’s sustainability goals of staging climate-reliable Games in all existing, world-class venues. We welcome today’s decision which will aid us in carrying forward the strong public enthusiasm for the Games here in Utah.” More …

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