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BidWeek: IOC Nudges Door Open During Stockholm-Åre 2026 Olympic Bid Visit, But Swedes Are Left In The Dark

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BidWeek, Reporting From Stockholm, Sweden – This week Sweden hosted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission for a five-day inspection of the Stockholm-Åre 2026 Olympic bid. I think. This, the most significant milestone in any Olympic bid process, has in the past served as an opportunity for the IOC to really get to know […]

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Well, at least they didn’t try to bring down their Olympic Stadium in protest of the bid, like last time. 

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9 hours ago, FYI said:

Well, at least they didn’t try to bring down their Olympic Stadium in protest of the bid, like last time. 

Makes you wonder.. are they keeping things quiet so that they purposely DON'T have more involvement with the public?  And therefore give them an impetus to oppose this.  That private funding is involved, it changes the equation somewhat, but much like Calgary wavered on how much it would affect their citizens, we saw what happened when they were asked for an opinion.  Needless to say, it didn't end well.

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5 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

Makes you wonder.. are they keeping things quiet so that they purposely DON'T have more involvement with the public?  And therefore give them an impetus to oppose this.  That private funding is involved, it changes the equation somewhat, but much like Calgary wavered on how much it would affect their citizens, we saw what happened when they were asked for an opinion.  Needless to say, it didn't end well.

Could very well be, but of course then there‘s the risk this will blow up (metaphorically!) AFTER the IOC votes for them. As I said some weeks ago, this could eventually put the IOC in a „Denver situation“, if the Swedish public revoltes against hosting even after the bid has won.

A lack of transparency would also be absolutely atypical for Sweden, that could easily backfire.

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2 hours ago, RuFF said:

The other private bid, LA wasn’t very celebratory after the win and for the most part low key compared to other bids. However, I am getting the sense that this is more muted than LA’s visit, though LA’s visit did receive a lot of media attention. One might recall that the Evaluation committee actually allowed the press in LA, albeit for just a little while.

The problem with 2024/2028 is that it didn't end in a vote.  There were hints that the IOC was considering awarding 2024 and 2028 together.  Then it was considered likely.  Eventually, they worked towards an agreement.  And 1 random day, it but official.  It didn't reach a crescendo with Bach opening an envelope and making an announcement.  So there wasn't that 1 moment most cities get where everyone is watching and they get that win.

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This is pure speculation, but I’ll throw it out there. Security is what Stockholm-Are are after, the rest is private. In this regard Stockholm-Are is like LA. Granted, Angelino’s are warm to the idea of a Summer Olympics and the US is a far larger country to absorb security costs, but being a private bid Angelino’s were muted from a large part of the bid. Angelino’s were and are not in the position to tell any of the private venue owners who to do business with. Perhaps venues in the Stockholm-Are bid aren’t privately owned, but if they’re putting their own money up for it and guarantee their own losses, how much of a voice would the general populace really have? Would it even matter?

This isn't so simple as a private business deal.  Several levels of city and national government will have to be involved for, including costs.  Most prominent of them of course, as you noted, is security.  That's also the case in the United States, but like you said, being a larger country, it's easier for them to justify those kinds of expenditures.  It's not like the leadership of Stockholm is simply going to hand the keys of the city over to Olympic organizers and say "here you go, but you're picking up the tab."  To say nothing of what the citizens of Stockholm and of Sweden have to say about it.  Even if it's not their money on the line, they may or may not want the world to descend upon their city.  Yes, absolutely it should matter.

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what does this mammoth figure that goes to 'security costs' actually get spent on in the end? what are security costs?

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On 3/20/2019 at 4:23 AM, StefanMUC said:

Could very well be, but of course then there‘s the risk this will blow up (metaphorically!) AFTER the IOC votes for them. As I said some weeks ago, this could eventually put the IOC in a „Denver situation“, if the Swedish public revoltes against hosting even after the bid has won.

A lack of transparency would also be absolutely atypical for Sweden, that could easily backfire.

So say Stockholm Sweden get's the games then the public rejected hosting the games a couple of years later, Putin might be watching very closely the IOC might have to go back to Sochi Russia in 2026 if Stockholm rejects the games and be the next Innsbruck. Innsbruck hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Games after Denver rejected the games 50 years later history could repeat itself with Sochi Russia hosting the 2014 and 2026 Winter Games if Stockholm rejects hosting the games after being awarded the games. 

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