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We need to cut costs for Olympics hosts to attract bidders: IOC chief

Calgary, Stockholm and a joint Italian bid involving Cortina D'Ampezzo and Milan were this week short-listed to host the event in 2026

IANS  |  Buenos Aires 

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Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, front left, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, front right, wave with Ivanka Trump, back right, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter during the closing ceremony of Winter Olympics 2018. | Photo: AP/PTI

The (IOC) will continue taking measures to cut costs for Olympic host cities in an effort to make future Games attractive to bidders, the organization's has said.

Bach also said that the IOC will not make contingency plans for the 2026 amid reports that several cities have withdrawn from the race, reported.

"There is no Plan B and we will not enter into any speculation," Bach told reporters on Saturday ahead of the Youth opening ceremony in

He added: "What is true is we have to continue our efforts, particularly with regard to winter sports, to be more flexible in order to reduce costs, avoid construction of sports facilities that have no legacy."

Under recent changes, host cities are no longer required to build new luge, and ski jumping facilities.

Bach's comments follow decisions by Austria's Graz, Switzerland's Sion and Japan's to abandon their 2026 bids, reportedly due to concerns about costs and strong local opposition.

Calgary, and a joint Italian bid involving Cortina D'and were this week short-listed to host the event.

However Calgary's plans could be stymied by a non-binding plebiscite in November while and the Italian candidacy are said to be struggling for political support.

Bach said demand to stage the winter and remained strong while several sports have shown interest in obtaining Olympic status.

"We have more than a dozen sports who would like to join Olympic programme," he said. "Quite a number of interested cities, big number of interested cities (for the 2032 summer Games). We should not be worried for the future."

will be held in while will host The 2024 and 2028 summer editions will be staged in and respectively.


First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 07:56 IST