The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced France as the exclusive contender to host the 2030 Winter Olympics. The decision, currently awaiting final approval, is expected to be conferred by the IOC Session. The confirmation is contingent upon France's completion of necessary due diligence, including the designation of a suitable location for speed skating events.
France's Strong Candidacy
Despite the absence of rival bidders, the selection process necessitates meticulous planning and the acquisition of widespread public backing. According to IOC surveys, such support is robust within France. The country's deep-rooted winter sports heritage, the experiential learning from Paris 2024, and the backing of President Macron and the government, all augment the strength of its bid. The prospect of reutilizing sponsors from Paris 2024 for the Winter Games is another advantageous factor that bolsters France's candidacy.
Discussions have already commenced with significant French corporations expressing their endorsement, thereby establishing a sturdy base for the bid. The Winter Games proposal is centered around Meribel, Courchevel, and Val d'Isere for alpine skiing, while La Clusaz is slated to host Nordic events. The proposed location for the Olympic Village is the Mediterranean city of Nice.
Future Olympic Prospects
Meanwhile, the IOC continues to maintain dialogue with Switzerland regarding potential future Games until 2027. The United States has also demonstrated unwavering support for a bid from Salt Lake City, a move endorsed by President Biden. The IOC is optimistic about making a double award by choosing the hosts for both 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympics during the meeting of approximately 100 members in Paris, scheduled for July on the eve of the 2024 Summer Games.