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IOC Evaluation Chair Shrugs Off Long Distances Between Stockholm-Åre 2026 Olympic Bid Venues


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Reporting from Stockholm, Sweden – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation team spent its first full day in Stockholm Wednesday touring proposed venues for Sweden’s Stockholm-Åre 2026 Winter Olympic bid. The week-long Evaluation Commission visit started in the gusty and cold weather of Åre Tuesday but a fresh layer of wet snow and milder overcast conditions […]

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It’s not just the cost that a lot of these European citizens are protesting, though. It’s the disruption & corruption that is also associated with the Olympics. And that is something, demonstrated by history, that the Scandinavian’s in particular don’t like. It won’t matter in the end how much posturing the IOC does with Sweden if in the end the Swedes themselves just don’t want the Games.

The IOC needs Sweden much more than Sweden needs the IOC. Afterall, Oslo would’ve been handed the 2022 Winter Games, with their cost-effective plan, on a silver-platter but the Norwegian’s still told the IOC to take a flying hike. The only thing that’s interesting out of this whole thing, was for the critics of the Stockholm-Are distance plan. But obviously, it’s what the IOC would really like here, now the only question that remains is will they actually get what they really want here.

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Even so, there’s still the disruption of the Games themselves (which was their main gripe of their ‘04 bid), which for a country as small as Sweden (population-wise), the impact will still be felt among all Swedes. Especially when another purpose (or moreso selling point) of a larger venue concept is to include more of the respective population in the bid.

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On 3/14/2019 at 2:29 PM, mountainboarder_530@yahoo. said:

very true.  IOC knows they literally have no choice but to play ball right now.  I see no reason why it wouldnt work if Sweden put everything together.  

That's a really big if right there.  Can't really jump ahead to were Sweden has already put everything together.  If they had, we're not having this discussion right now.

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