Olympics 2030 Bid
Ukraine team members climb on the Olympic Rings to pose for photo in the Olympic Village at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. Backers of Sapporo, Japan, to hold the 2030 Winter Olympics have gotten together to promote their bid. The Japanese city is competing with Salt Lake City, Vancouver, and a Spanish group that wants to return the Olympics to Barcelona. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
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All-Japan committee meets to promote Sapporo Olympic bid

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By STEPHEN WADE and YURI KAGEYAMA

Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, acknowledged the biggest stumbling block to holding the Olympics is the billions in costs.

However, in another breath on Tuesday at a so-called “All Japan” meeting to promote Sapporo's bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics, he said that if the northern Japanese city lands the Games, little new construction will be needed — a major expense for every Olympics.

“From both inside and outside our country, there are many views about hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Yamashista said, among politicians and business leaders online — and in Sapporo — talking up the bid. “I realize there are also concerns about the huge costs involved.”

The official cost for last year's delayed Tokyo Olympics was $13.6 billion, although government audits suggest it may have been much more. At least 60% was public money.

Yamashita referred to a new host-selection policy promoted by the International Olympic Committee, which had for decades encouraged building shining new arenas and stadiums that have quickly become white elephants.

“It is no longer about building something for the event, but it's about hosting the event to build the city," Yamashita said.

Sapporo, Salt Lake City, Vancouver, and Barcelona in conjunction with regions in the Pyrenees, are known to be interested in 2030. It's also possible the IOC will award the 2034 Games simultaneously as it did 4 1/2 years ago in naming Paris for the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles for 2028.

Under the new, largely opaque process, the IOC does not confirm any candidates at the early stages. Contenders can promote themselves as publicly as they wish — or as little.

“I am very confident that we have an all-Japan approached to our bid,” said Keigo Iwata, who heads the Sapporo committee.

Here's what's known so far.

Technical teams from the IOC have visited Salt Lake and Vancouver in the last few weeks. The three-person teams have not offered comment. A team is expected to visit Sapporo later this month. No visit to Spain is known to be planned.

Salt Lake and Sapporo will not hold public referendums on the bids. Vancouver also seems unlikely to hold one, while reports in Spain say it's required. Referendums have killed many Olympic bids — particularly in Europe — with the public seldom approving when asked.

Salt Lake and Sapporo have projected similar costs — between $2.2 billion and $2.6 billion. Neither Vancouver nor Barcelona has publicly floated cost figures. Olympic costs typically run over budget, and estimating accurate costs almost a decade away is impossible.

Sapporo and Salt Lake would appear to be the leaders. Salt Lake has almost all the venues in place from its 2002 Winter Olympics. Fraser Bullock, who heads the bid committee, has said he expects to land 2030 or 2034.

The only impediment for Salt Lake in 2030 is the fact that Los Angeles is set to hold the 2028 Summer Games. This would put the Olympics in the United States twice within an 18-month period.

Sapporo, which held the 1972 Winter Olympics, is likely to also use facilities from the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. Nagano just recently paid off the debt from holding those Games.

Sapporo also got high marks from the IOC for holding the marathon and race walks for the one-year delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Vancouver has the attraction of being the first "Indigenous-led" bid, headed by Canada's First Nations. It also has many venues in place from the 2010 Winter Games, but seems behind the other two in bid preparations.

The new bid process was partly made by fallout from vote-buying scandals that sullied the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. The bidding for the 2002 Salt Lake Games was also caught up in a corruption scandal.

The IOC could pick the 2030 venue in May 2023 during meetings in the western Indian metropolis of Mumbai. IOC members will be expected to give rubber-stamp approval to recommendations of the executive board and IOC President Thomas Bach. A dual award is also possible.

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Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, acknowledged the biggest stumbling block to holding the Olympics is the billions in costs.

More money after Tokyo Olympics, do they even make good return of money from Tokyo Olympics?

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What a stupid idea!

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Oh look, another bottomless pit.

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Yamashita thinks that the cost is a stumbling block? More like a dang wall. And no referendum in Sapporo or Hokkaido regarding the games? Idiots.

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No public referendum: that tells you all you need to know. Pass on the Olympics.

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Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, acknowledged the biggest stumbling block to holding the Olympics is the billions in costs.

What ya dan't say!

However, in another breath on Tuesday at a so-called “All Japan” meeting to promote Sapporo's bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics, he said that if the northern Japanese city lands the Games, little new construction will be needed — a major expense for every Olympics.

Been there, done that during the Tokyo Olympics. "Olympics in the pocket", "No need for new installations", etc, etc. We seen the results: 4 Tri JPY at the last count.

Sapporo and Salt Lake would appear to be the leaders. Salt Lake has almost all the venues in place from its 2002 Winter Olympics.

Go Salt Lake City! Go! Go! PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!!!!

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Maybe Ukraine will get the bid,their leaders,think they deserve it

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If Sapporo wins this bid, a year before the Olympics, there will be a new pandemic!

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I wish AP would stop writing this bs and focus on something meaningful

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Sapporo looked at the financial burden from the Tokyo Olympics and said 'Yes, we want some of that'. And Vancouver again? Headed by Canada's First Nations? Sapporo had better start getting the Ainus out of the cupboard.

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"However, in another breath on Tuesday at a so-called “All Japan” meeting to promote Sapporo's bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics, he said that if the northern Japanese city lands the Games, little new construction will be needed — a major expense for every Olympics."

That's also what they said about Tokyo, before tearing down a perfectly good stadium to build a ridiculously expensive new one, and then sent costs BILLIONS above what they promised. They will do that here too, guaranteed.

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No. No more Japan based Olympics.

no.

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Give all the Games back to Greece.

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With the success that the Tokyo games were, the Sapporo games could be almost as good! (Sarcasm

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The only reason that Sapporo hosting the Winter Games would get support from me is due a rather personal self interest...

One of my daughters plays Hockey and she's already a part of Japan's youth hockey program. So at the current projection, she would be able to represent Japan in her home city and in front of her family..

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@KariHaruka. What city? Tomakomai? Kushiro? I reside in Tomakomai! Great youth hockey programs but the parents have to work very, very hard….especially the wonderful mothers!

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@Sam Watters. We're currently living in Tokyo.

I agree. Supporting our children on their Hockey ambitions requires a lot of hard work and dedication. I find it so worthwhile though! (and also makes me appreciate my parents who also did the same for me when I was playing youth hockey)

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The official cost for last year's delayed Tokyo Olympics was $13.6 billion, although government audits suggest it may have been much more. 

At least 60% was public money.

And at least 100% was NOT given back to be used for the public.

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Technical teams from the IOC have visited Salt Lake and Vancouver in the last few weeks. The three-person teams have not offered comment. A team is expected to visit Sapporo later this month. No visit to Spain is known to be planned.

BOY! Must be nice to have that Job. Just go sightseeing for free and get paid by the IOC AND get bribes to host the Olympics! what a life.

The official cost for last year's delayed Tokyo Olympics was $13.6 billion, although government audits suggest it may have been much more.

Shouldn't we at least know how much it cost before committing to more?

At least 60% was public money.

AT LEAST?? And the public doesn't get a SAY??

Sapporo, which held the 1972 Winter Olympics, is likely to also use facilities from the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. Nagano just recently paid off the debt from holding those Games.

Took them a quarter of a century to pay off Nagano, we still don't know the actual expense of Tokyo, and NOW they want Sapporo?? Are they insane?

Referendums have killed many Olympic bids — particularly in Europe — with the public seldom approving when asked.

So basically host them undemocratically, and make the public pay for them- lining Bach and whichever city's officials' pockets with the hard working stiffs paying for everything.

Makes sense with that scumbag Bach in control.

I would have thought the disrespect and insult he showed the Japanese leadership and Japan in general by saying the Olympics were going to be held even if we had Armageddon whilst in the middle of a pandemic that saw cases and deaths rise thanks to his desire to cash in would have him granted persona non grata here, but NO.

Japan, for all their nationalist chest thumping BS and Hubris, really like getting slapped around by westerners like Bach and coming back for more.

Go figure.

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