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Climate change cited as IOC moves towards dual allocation for Winter Olympics

October 19 2023

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the principle of a double allocation for the Olympic Winter Games in 2030 and in 2034.

Climate change cited as IOC moves towards dual allocation for Winter Olympics

Revealed at the recent IOC Session in Mumbai, India, the proposal was presented by Karl Stoss, Chair of the IOC’s Future Host Commission for the Olympic Winter Games. It was supported by presidents of all seven Olympic Winter Sports International Federations (IFs).

The proposal was made in order to allow more time to address the challenges surrounding the impact of climate change on the Olympic Winter Games. The impact of climate change was made clear through a new report that revealed a reduction in the pool of potential hosts by 2040, and even further by mid-century. 

"There is no doubt that we are facing great challenges, and our goal is to ensure we can continue to hold successful Games in the future." Karl Stoss, Chair of the IOC’s Future Host Commission for the Olympic Winter Games

Discussions will continue to be held on a sustainable economic model for the Winter Games, following another study into the increased costs of hosting and organising sports events.

“Whilst we look forward to celebrating 100 years of the Olympic Winter Games next February. There is no doubt that we are facing great challenges, and our goal is to ensure we can continue to hold successful Games in the future,” said Stoss.

“A double allocation would bring security for the Olympic Movement in solid traditional winter sport and climate-reliable hosts until 2034, while allowing the IOC time to reflect on the long-term future of the Winter Games.”

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