The 2030 and 2034 Winter Games will be awarded in a single session

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The 2030 and 2034 Winter Games will be awarded in a single session

The 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympics will be awarded in a single session. This was decided by members of the International Olympic Committee who voted today to allow this solution. The IOC had hoped to award the 2030 Winter Olympics during the Mumbai session that starts today, but problems regarding potential organizers have delayed plans, with Sapporo, a longtime favorite for 2030, è officially dropping out after public support in Japan was withdrawn in the wake of Tokyo 2020 corruption scandals.

IOC President Thomas Bach, speaking at this week’s executive council meeting in Mumbai, said a preliminary study by the future IOC host commission found that by 2040 only ten nations will be able to host the snow events of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games under current regulations. Criteria due to climate change. Natural snow is becoming increasingly scarce in some regions due to rising temperatures, with the lack of water available for snowmaking threatening the existence of the snow sports industry.

In the show of hands vote, there were several abstentions. But the plan for a dual mandate-similar to the 2017 vote that awarded the 2024 and 2029 Games to Paris and Los Angeles, respectively-was approved. Supporters of the proposal argue that such an option would give stability to the commission in assessing the prospects of winter sports. Before today’s vote, Austrian commission head Karl Stoss said three countries were interested in holding the 2030 Winter Olympics, with Sweden, Switzerland and France leading the way. Salt Lake City in the United States would prefer 2034, to create a greater distance between that event and the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

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