Quebec Winter Olympic Bid Questionable

Quebec’s plans to bid for a Winter Olympics are on hold following a report from the International Ski Federation (FIS) that said the proposed mountain for the ski events wasn’t up to task.

Earlier this year the Quebec government called for tenders for preliminary studies on a series of Olympic-calibre infrastructure projects, which included a ski hill to host the downhill events.

The Vancouver Sun reports the ski hill has always been the city’s Achilles heel and the main reason why Quebec City lost its bid for the 2002 Winter Games to Salt Lake City.

Bernard Russi, who has designed several Olympic downhill courses, was sent by the FIS to inspect the proposed mountain – Le Massif, northeast of Quebec City – to determine if it could hold an international event such as the Olympics. But Russi ruled the Massif doesn’t rise to the occasion.

FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis said, “the official report states in consideration for major events, such as World Cups and Olympic Games, the men’s course is insufficient”, reports the Vancouver Sun.

The FIS didn’t reveal details of the report that was sent to Team Canada.

Quebec City mayor Regis Labeaume has said the city will not bid to hold the Olympics if no solution for the ski hill is approved by the FIS.

Claude Rousseau, head of Team Quebec, and Sam Hamad, Quebec minister responsible for the region, both say they are analyzing the report but declined to comment on the decision, reports the Vancouver Sun.