The Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) has maintained Stockholm’s bid for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games is in a “very good” position following meetings with city authorities, as officials prepare to outline their plans to Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) delegates without firm backing from the city or the Swedish government.
Stockholm 2026 will present its bid to ANOC tomorrow (Wednesday) after holding meetings with politicians from the capital. Uncertainty continues to surround the bid after Stockholm city council’s new ruling coalition – comprising of a centre-right alliance and environmentalists – agreed on a policy of opposing the Games.
At the time, Karin Ernlund of the Centre Party said Stockholm would not host the Olympics, saying the city “is facing other large challenges that we have to work with”. Stockholm 2026 has since stated the project could be privately funded and, following meetings held last week, bid leader Richard Brisius said “constructive and positive” talks were staged.
SOK operations manager, Peter Reinebo, added: “On December 6, we will have the opportunity to meet the entire culture committee at the same time to make a presentation about 2026, about the state of the bid and the prospects. It will be valuable to us, because then we all reach the same message and there are opportunities for questions and opinions, which is also valuable.
“It is an ongoing job that we think will move continuously in the coming six months. It is positive that they want to meet us together, because it shows that the question is relevant and interesting to them.”
However, Ernlund, who is now Stockholm’s sports councillor, has said the city’s position has not changed. “To date, our previous position is firm,” Ernlund told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.
The International Olympic Committee has set a deadline of January 11 for the submission of bid documents including government guarantees. Only one other bid, the joint effort from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, remains in the running.