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Sapporo drops out of 2026 Winter Olympics race while Calgary votes to continue

The Japanese city of Sapporo has become the latest candidate to drop out of the race to host the 2026 Olympic Games, while the Calgary City Council has voted to continue with its bid.

Sapporo’s withdrawal has been expected for some time, but the move was accelerated by an earthquake which hit Hokkaido, the northern Japanese Island of which Sapporo is the capital, last week. According to the Japan Times, the city’s deputy mayor, Takatoshi Machida, will confirm the plan to drop their bid in a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach (pictured) on Monday 17 September.

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