Saturday, October 14, 2017

Referendum on Innsbruck/Tyrol Bid for the 2026 Winter Games To Take Place Tomorrow


A referendum which could make or break Innsbruck's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 15th.
The Tyrolean population will be called to vote on: "Should the state of Tyrol make a self-assured offer for sustainable, regionally adapted, as well as economically and ecologically sound Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Innsbruck/Tyrol 2026?".

On 17 February 2016, the "Tiroler Tageszeitung" wrote in an article that IOC president Thomas Bach asked the alpine city for an application for the 2026 Winter Olympics.
The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid for 2022 suffered an "epic fail". For 2022, the bid process collapsed in an unprecedented way.Four qualified European cities dropped out of the six-candidate race, one-by-one, each for their own geopolitical or economic reason. In the end, it was snowless Beijing defeating lesser-known Almaty, Kazakhstan, the only two cities remaining, to host the Games.
IOC President Thomas Bach’s "Agenda 2020" was introduced to help repair the defective process and the image of the Games,
The ÖOC (Austrian Olympic Committee) has been working on a proposed bid by Innsbruck and the surrounding Tyrol region to host the 2026 Olympics for the past year and has received strong backing from both the Austrian government and Innsbruck mayor Christine Oppitz-Plörer.
Recent referenda on hosting Olympics held in various countries have tended to result in the rejection of bids, but Peter Mennel (pictured), the secretary general of the ÖOC, argued that the Tyrol-wide roadshow to sell the merits of the bid will pay dividends.
In October 2016 the Austrian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced that it will conduct a feasibility study to investigate the possibility of bringing the Olympic Winter Games back to Innsbruck in 2026.
On 6 December 2016, the ÖOC commissioned a working group including renowned companies to conduct the report.
The study released by the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC) published on 22 June 2017 suggests Innsbruck could host its third Olympic Games in 2026 on a shoestring budget of about (USD) $1.3 billion (1.175 billion euros), a mere fraction of the cost of recent Winter Games.
Leveraging legacy from the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Winter Games and experience from hosting the Games in both 1964 and 1976, a study suggests Innsbruck could host a regional Games where 77 percent of the sports venues already exist and the remaining will be comprised of temporary installations. Under this proposal, no new venues would need to be constructed.
Venues would be spread across the Tyrol region and in Southern Germany. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020 reforms permit a more widespread Games footprint and venues situated across international borders if it leads to costs savings and improved sustainability.
The study proposes to use facilities at venues across all of Tyrol: Innsbruck, Igls, Kühtai, St. Anton am Arlberg, Hochfilzen, and Seefeld. The two ice hockey venues were to be determined, as was the possibility of using the existing speed skating rink in Inzell in Germany.
For Austrian NOC Secretary-General Peter Mennel "Agenda 2020 is a fact, as is the certainty that the Winter Games have to come back to traditional, tried and tested winter sports sites. Innsbruck/Tyrol is predestined to organize modern, sustainable Games — according to the motto: Small but Beautiful".
2026 marks the 50th anniversary of Innsbruck's 1976 Winter Olympics. Innsbruck could be the first city to host the Winter Olympics three times.


Other possible bidders for the 2026 winter Olympics include Calgary in Canada, Sion in Switzerland, Stockholm in Sweden, a city in Norway and Sapporo in Japan.
The IOC will select the host at its September 2019 session in Milan, Italy.

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