City’s Position Remains Firmly Against Stockholm 2026 Olympic Bid Ahead Of Important ANOC Presentation

Stockholm’s bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be presenting its project to the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Wednesday, without assurances that it will receive support from governments of Sweden and the city.

Stockholm, Sweden is bidding to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (SOK Photo)

Stockholm, Sweden is bidding to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (SOK Photo)

Last week delegates of the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) and and the Swedish Parasport Federation met with the Mayor, Vice Mayor and other politicians in Stockholm.

Bid Chief Richard Brisius described the meeting as “constructive” and “the start of a collaborative process,” but according to city officials the situation has not changed.

“To date, our previous position is firm,” Stockholm’s sport councilor Karin Ernlund told Svenska Dagbladet.

As part of an agreement to form a city coalition government last month, the parties involved ruled out taxpayer funding of an Olympic bid.  Stockholm 2026 later released details confirming that the project could be privately funded and should still be considered by the city.

The Parliament of Sweden remains hung after elections earlier this year and is unable to offer support.

The city still hasn’t completely ruled out a bid, according to media reports.

SOK CEO Peter Reinebo remained positive and said that meetings have already been arranged for December to further discuss the bid with city officials.

“We have met and continue to meet both the sports spokesmen and the various representatives of the different parties in parliament’s culture and sport work,” Reinebo said.

“On December 6, we will have the opportunity to meet the entire Culture Committee at the same time to hold a presentation around 2026, about the state of the bid and the prospects.

“This is valuable to us, because then everyone hears our message at the same time and there will be opportunities for questions and opinions.

“Both methods, to inform key stakeholders one by one, and to meet a formal committee at the same time, are important. It is an ongoing job that we think will go on continuously in the coming six months.

“It is positive that they want to meet us together, because it shows that the 2026 bid proposal is relevant and interesting to them.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has set a January 11 deadline for the submission of bid documents including government guarantees, but IOC Executive Director Christophe Dubi has already hinted that an extension could be granted to allow Stockholm, and a rival joint-bid from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, more time to provide the necessary paperwork.

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Of seven applicants in the 2026 race, four have dropped out and a Turkish bid was dismissed for being too costly.  With missing guarantees for the remaining two projects, the IOC risks facing a June host city election with one, or perhaps no candidates at all.

Reinebo says his bid is determined to move forward as it prepares a presentation for important ANOC delegates who have gathered for their General Assembly in Tokyo.

“It feels very good,” he said.

“We still have many fronts to work on, to involve and inform people.

“We’ll continue to engage the commercial world, the sports world, civil organisations, municipalities and the city of Stockholm specifically.

“That includes Members of Parliament, key people in central parties and government officials, and the media.”

Milan’s Mayor Giuseppe Sala will attend his joint-bid’s presentation in Tokyo this week, further fueling the Italian project that also lacks funding from the national government.

Stockholm’s newly elected Mayor Anna König Jerlmyr will reportedly not attend.

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