Quebec City To Bid For 2022 Or 2026 Olympic Games

According to the Canadian Press, Le Soleil, a Quebec City newspaper, reported Saturday the city will make a bid for the 2022 or 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

Le Soleil reports Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume are expected to name Quebec Remparts president Clause Rousseau to head what is being called “Team Quebec”.

The committee’s mandate will be to ensure the provincial capital region has top-of-the-line sports facilities to attract high-level competitions in the run up to an eventual bid.

Last month Charest and Labeaume said they hoped to see the Olympics come to Quebec City, and the mayor recently unveiled plans for a $400 million arena that would seat 18,000, reports the Canadian Press.

Quebec City will also reportedly promote its bid at the Vancouver 2010 Games with a cultural pavilion near the Olympic village featuring Quebec artists and athletes.

Quebec City had losing bids for the 2002 and 2010 Games.