the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Paca regions are considering a joint application

The two communities announced on Tuesday their “wish to propose to the sports movement and to the State” a joint candidacy to host the competition on behalf of France.


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The Olympic rings arranged in front of the town hall of Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (MUSTAFA YALCIN / ANADOLU AGENCY)

After Paris 2024, tricolor Winter Games in 2030? The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions and the French Olympic and Paralympic sports committees, in consultation with the State, “came closer to consider” a bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2030, they explain in a press release released on Tuesday July 18. The objective is to arrive at a collective decision by mid-September.

The approach of the two communities, on which the French Alps are located, is “as part of a deeper reflection on the Winter Games”they specify, taking into account the “desired essential changes” by the International Olympic Committee.

Thinking about the Games of the future

“The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in France in 2030 are a tremendous opportunity to continue the momentum of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (…) Together, we must imagine” games “of the future in the context of global warming”, “Games that promote transitions in the world of the mountains, economical Games and popular Games”commented the president of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), David Lappartient, quoted in the press release.

Other cities have expressed their interest in hosting the 2030 Winter Olympics. Unhappy candidate against Milan for the 2026 Winter Olympics, Sweden entered the second phase of the candidacy process in June. The American city Salt Lake City, candidate known for several years and already host in 2002, is also in the running: but because of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028, the Mormon capital now prefers the 2034 edition, while remaining available for 2030.

France has hosted the Winter Olympics three times, in Chamonix in 1924, in Grenoble in 1968 and in Albertville in 1992. Paris also organized the Summer Olympics in 1900 and 1924, and will host them again next year. ‘next year.

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