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Sigulda still holds hope – ready to host 2030 Olympics in tandem with Sweden

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf Sweden were to prepare an application to host the 2030 Olympic Games, Sigulda would be ready to provide assistance in this, as announced by Sigulda County Council.

As previously reported, the International Olympic Committee picked Italy’s Milan and Cortin d’Ampeco as the locations for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Sweden had also competed to host Olympic Games. The application detailed that the majority of sports events would take place in Stockholm-Åre and the ice sports in Latvia’s Sigulda Bobsleigh and Luge Track.

There is a possibility that the 2030 winter Olympics might not be entrusted to Europe, because experience from recent decades shows that one continent does not host Olympic Games two times in a row.

«We are proud and satisfied with cooperation with our Swedish partners. Thus, if Swedish Olympic Committee decides on submitting an application for the right to host 2030 Winter Olympic Games, we will not hesitate to provide our assistance. After Monday’s decision, the International Olympic Committee will have to follow its own new order and prove its efforts in action and words. This applies to use of existing sports infrastructure without having to build new infrastructure, allowing more countries to compete for the right to host Olympic Games and maintaining high standards and longevity of games. Our plans remain unchanged – the bobsleigh and luge track should be used for four vs. four competition and Sigulda’s offer stands,» says Sigulda County Council’s Chairman Uģis Mitrevics.

The municipality affirms that plans in relation to the procured piece of land of 5.5 ha remains in force, adding that it is possible to use this land to build a new residential area using private capital. The municipality has more time to develop all necessary plans. In relation to development of his piece of land, it is important to keep in mind other private investors’ development initiatives for the residential fund’s offer in Sigulda.

There are no official candidates to host 2030 Winter Olympic Games. Previously USA mentioned that after 11 years Salt Lake City could once again host the Olympic Games. Japan’s Sapporo may also become a candidate. This city had also hosted the 1972 Olympic Games. Sapporo wanted to stand candidate to host 2026 Winter Olympic Games but last year’s earthquake forced the administration to withdraw its application.

The location for the winter Olympic Games was picked in an individual vote of the International Olympic Committee – Italy’s offer received 47 votes, whereas Sweden’s offer received 34 votes.

The 2026 Winter Olympic Games will be taking place 6th to 22nd February and Paralympic Games will be taking place 6th to 15th March.


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