IOC Executive Board discusses simplified candidature procedure for 2026 Winter Olympics

FIS President Gian Franco Kasper attended the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne (SUI) last week which ended with a number of far-reaching decisions for the future of the Olympic Games, affecting both summer and winter sports.

The Executive Board will put forward a proposal to the IOC Session to award the summer Olympic Games 2024 and 2028 at the same time. For this purpose, the Executive Board called for an Extraordinary Session to take place in Lausanne. In its decision, the Executive Board highlighted that having two great candidatures from the Candidate Cities of Los Angeles (USA) and Paris (FRA) is a unique opportunity.

Meanwhile, the Executive Board agreed on the principles that should guide the further evolution of the candidature process. Speaking at a press conference, IOC President Thomas Bach emphasised that, whereas the decision about awarding the Olympic Games 2024 is about a seizing a unique opportunity, the evolution of the candidature process for the Olympic Games 2026 is about addressing the specific challenge that the candidature process has become too expensive and too onerous, and produces too many losers. For the 2026 candidature process, the IOC will take a more proactive role in assisting and supporting cities considering a candidature. The IOC will customise its approach to the needs of the cities in order for them to develop the best value proposition. These measures will lead to a simplified process for the cities, with reduced costs. The new approach will be discussed at the IOC Session in July.

Furthermore, the meeting saw the approval of the event programme for the summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the overall composition of the sports programme for the Olympic Games 2024 to include all 28 sports on the programme of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.