AustralianFan Posted March 25 Report Share Posted March 25 3 minutes ago, Sigh said: Perfectly rational for Latvia and LOK. My experience of Latvians are that they are very down-to-earth, serious and mostly competent. I don't believe they have any illusions about the SOK bid but for a small effort they get quite a lot of PR, they avoid burning bridges for the future and ....miracles do occasionally happen. I had a look at Latvian language media and they mostly reported the same information as you relayed with the addition that the Sigulda track is in desperate need of money for upgrade/maintenance, money not available at present. However, on March 13 some sites expressed surprise that SOK hadn't approached Sigulda track management yet. As for IOC I see many reasons for them to push on regardless of SOK bid viability. No need to be negative at this stage, practically no cost for IOC and miracles do happen, once in blue moon. Further, the SOK bid can be a useful lever when talking to others. Agreed. I was just looking too at where Swedish public and government support was sitting around the time of that bitterly disappointing 2026 host vote 3 years ago in 2019 which Milano Cortina won the day. 2019: Stockholm Olympic bidders confident Swedes will back 2026 Games - Reuters 2019: “Officials for Stockholm’s 2026 Winter Olympics bid believe the majority of Swedes will eventually back the project if the city wins the Games on Monday.” 2019: “Just over half of Swedes are in favor of their country getting the Olympics compared to well over 80 percent in Italy, according to a recent IOC-commissioned poll”. 2019: Swedish government pledges support for 2026 Olympics - USA Today 2019: “Barely two months out from the vote, Sweden received the biggest boost yet to its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics: Official support from the country's government.” 2019: “Previously, Sports Minister Amanda Lind's backing for the bid wasn't complemented by her fellow lawmakers, who expressed worries about spending taxpayer money on the two-week event.” 2019: “Political upheaval in Sweden hasn't helped either, with a new city government in Stockholm only formed in October and a two-party, center-left minority national government approved in January after being in limbo for months.” Since the host vote on 24 June 2019, the world has had a pandemic, Ukraine has been invaded by Russia who is also immediately adjacent to Latvia, Sweden’s 2026 and 2030 bidding exploration partner. There is likely also cost of living concerns on the minds of Swedish and Latvian citizens from Russia’s deliberate threats and actions around energy supply to certain countries. Incidentally, an interesting take-out this morning has been that both Sweden and Latvia are in the top five of all European countries for “Share of Energy from Renewable Sources”: Iceland 86% Norway 74% Sweden 63% Finland 43% Latvia 42% Credit: Which EU countries use the most renewable energy As the bid proceeds, with Gunilla Linberg (Sweden) recently suspending her IOC Future Host Commission membership due to participate in the 2030 Winter Olympics bid, a miracle is certainly needed as you said. As you said @Sigh, public support in Sweden is well below a bare 51% majority and there is no sign yet of any government support from their new Sports Minister Jacob Forssmed. Do we have an indication of where public and government support sits now in Latvia about a 2030 bid with Sweden? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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