Salt Lake City is the only viable candidate for the 2030 Winter Olympics.
The Swiss National Olympic Committee is looking into the possibility of hosting the Winter Olympics in 2030 or 2034 or 2038. The Swiss committee has had discussions with the International Olympic Committee about bringing the event back to the country that is the home of the IOC. The IOC does not have a 2030 host city yet despite the fact that the sports group hands out its crown jewel event seven years prior to the opening ceremonies, the IOC put out some flimsy excuse that it delayed awarding the 2030 Games because it wanted to study climate change for a year. Perhaps the real reason for the delay was that Sapporo, Japan officials weren’t too keen on hosting the event and political leaders in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada thought there were better ways to spend the billions of dollars that it takes to host the event on other things. Salt Lake City and Utah Olympic backers claim they will take the event but they would rather wait until 2034 because Los Angeles has the 2028 Summer Olympics and staging two Olympics in a roughly 18-month period might impact sponsorship money as companies might not want to invest in a 2030 Salt Lake City Olympics.
The Swiss Olympic backers claimed that it could host a “sustainable and cost efficient” event. But there is a but. “Gigantism is out of the question”. The Swiss committee wants the event to take place around the country and it would not be concentrated in one area. Various areas within Switzerland have been considered for an Olympics event in the 21st century but Swiss residents have uniformly said no. The Swiss committee now will start talking to politicians because it needs government money but globally politicians have become wary of hosting an Olympics because the Games are a money drain.
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