CBC News reports the province of Quebec is to spend $1 million to assess whether it can put together a bid for a future Winter Olympic Games.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest announced Quebec’s intentions at a news conference Monday, saying there is no city like Quebec City better located or prepared to host the Winter Games.
There are reports that Quebec City is ready to announce a bid for either the 2022 or 2026 Winter Olympics.
According to the CBC, Charest said $1 million left over from Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebrations last year will be spent by a new committee to evaluate a future Olympic bid.
Claude Rousseau, president of the Quebec Remparts hockey team, will head the committee which will focus on the city’s infrastructure needs for an Olympic Games.
The CBC reports a new sports arena is key to any future bid.
The 2022 and 2026 host cities will be elected in 2015 and 2019, respectively.