BC 2030 Olympic, Paralympic Bid Group unveils planned venues and dates for Games

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The 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Games are still eight years away, but Canada’s vision for the Winter Games is already coming to fruition.

The group leading a potential bid to host the events includes four host First Nations in the region as well as the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees and the municipalities of Vancouver and Whistler. On Tuesday, he announced new details, including dates and locations, about what the Indigenous-led Games could look like in British Columbia.

The four Host First Nations are Lil̓wat7úl (Líl̓wat), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

The Olympics would take place from February 8-24 and feature 109 medal events in 15 disciplines. The Paralympic Games would take place from March 8-17.

Location changes

One of the strengths of British Columbia’s bid is the ability to reuse nearly all of the Vancouver 2010 facilities, which bid officials say remain in good condition. Hockey, for example, will remain at Rogers Arena, site of Sidney Crosby’s golden goal and home of the Vancouver Canucks.

A key change would see freestyle skiing and snowboarding move from Cypress, which turned to slush in balmy conditions in 2010, to Sun Peaks resort near Kamloops, about five hours northeast of Vancouver.

(Submitted by the Canadian Olympic Committee)

The Kamloops site is on the unceded traditional territories of the Adams Lake, Little Shuswap Lake and Neskonlith Indian Bands. Tewanee Joseph, the COC’s Indigenous Inclusion and Partnerships Manager, said dialogue has already begun with these groups about hosting events on their lands, and « following protocols is paramount. »

« These nations will be respected by the four First Nations and will be asked if they would like to participate, » Joseph said.

There will be athlete villages in Vancouver, Whistler and Kamloops.

A pair of events introduced to the Olympic program since 2010 – snowboarding and big air skiing – would take place at Hastings Park Racecourse, with the backdrop of downtown Vancouver. Curling would take place at the nearby Agrodome, instead of the Hillcrest Center used in 2010.

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While the bidding process is fully funded by the COC, representatives from the bid group said specific cost allocations won’t be made public until mid-July.

The aim is for 2030 to also be the first climate-positive Games. Where 2010 achieved sustainability, 2030 hopes to leave the environment in better condition than before.

Mobilization phase

The group is now entering what it calls the « engagement phase », during which it is seeking public and all levels of government support for the plan. To that end, it launched an official website, gamesengagement.ca, as well as a public poll on Tuesday. His first community engagement session is scheduled for Wednesday at the Vancouver Board of Trade.

The official bid process with the International Olympic Committee is not expected to begin until December. The IOC said last month it might be « able to elect a host for the 2030 Games » at an IOC session next May in Mumbai.

Three other offers — Salt Lake City, USA; Sapporo, Japan; and a joint effort by Spain, France and Andorra – have also expressed interest in playing host.

In addition to British Columbia, IOC technical officers conducted site visits to the first two venues.

Canada’s effort is the first Indigenous-led bid in Olympic and Paralympic Games history and would mark the country’s first Games since Vancouver 2010. Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Games, while Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Games.

CBC/Radio-Canada recently announced a renewed Olympic partnership with the IOC that includes exclusive broadcast rights for the network during the 2032 Games in Brisbane.

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