Winter Sports

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has confirmed that it is interested in bidding for the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, but has admitted that it would prefer to stage the 2030 event so as not to interfere with Los Angeles’ hosting of the 2028 summer Games.

Christian Constantin has stepped down as the figurehead of Sion’s bid for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games amid an investigation by the Swiss Football League (SFL) into an incident that occurred during a game yesterday (Thursday).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that ski mountaineering will be added to the sports programme for the 2020 winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) amid wider reforms for the event in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

The Chinese government has said it plans to further develop the country’s winter sports market ahead of Beijing’s 2022 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games by building more than 500 ice skating rinks and 240 ski slopes over the next six years.

International Ski Federation (FIS) president Gian Franco Kasper has welcomed news of Innsbruck’s proposed bid for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, stating the Austrian city would have “an excellent chance” of securing the event.

The Austrian Olympic Committee (AOC) has said it will conduct a feasibility study into a bid to return the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to the city of Innsbruck for a third time in 2026.

Organisers of the 2022 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing will weigh up social sustainability risks before deciding on development projects for the showpiece event, according to a leading official from the country’s Communist Party.

Calgary has moved forward with its plans to bid to stage the 2026 winter Olympic Games after the Canadian city’s council gave the go-ahead for a new committee to be formed to explore the merits of such a move.

Newly-appointed PyeongChang 2018 president Lee Hee-beom has maintained concerns over venue construction and the sponsorship programme for the next edition of the winter Olympic Games will be addressed, after completing his first week in the job.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has appointed Richard McLaren as an independent leader of the investigation into allegations of a doping cover-up at the 2014 winter Olympic Games following concerns over a potential conflict of interest.

Lee Hee-beom today (Thursday) moved to defend his lack of experience in sports administration after being formally elected as the new president of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games (POCOG).

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has said it is looking into the latest allegations surrounding Russian sport after a whistleblower who uncovered systemic doping inside the country’s athletics team disclosed that at least four gold medallists at the 2014 winter Olympic Games were using steroids.

Quebec City has dropped plans to bid to host the 2026 winter Olympic Games after its Mayor decided the chances of the Canadian city winning were too slim.

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games (POCOG) has today (Tuesday) nominated Lee Hee-beom as its new president after Cho Yang-ho stepped down to concentrate on his business interests.

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games (POCOG) has been given a legacy boost after South Korea’s government confirmed that two ice sports venues scheduled for demolition after the Games will now remain in place.

A declaration has been signed by representatives from 34 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and national and international federations to boost the development of winter para-sport across the globe.

The Austrian city of Innsbruck will stage the winter World Masters Games multi-sport event in 2020, it has been announced.

The Swiss Olympic Committee has moved forward with plans to launch a bid for the 2026 winter Olympic Games, with president Jörg Schild stating a strong proposal from a region that also has national support is crucial in the endeavour.

The Swiss Olympic Committee will invite cities to express an interest in representing the country in a bid to host the 2026 winter Olympic Games.

Co-host of the 2022 winter Olympics, Zhangjiakou, has outlined plans to develop a sports hub ahead of the staging of the Games in China.

Doubts have been raised over the long-term future of the Jeongseon downhill skiing complex in PyeongChang ahead of the South Korean city’s staging of the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2018, while Games organisers have confirmed they have so far raised 70 per cent of their target of KRW870bn (€647m/$722m) in domestic sponsorship money.

The Swiss Olympic Association is set to have another proposal to consider next month for a potential bid for the 2026 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a new national-themed project having been put forward.

The IMG agency has partnered with Chinese real estate company Zhonghong Holdings to aid the delivery of a new winter sports facility in Changbaishan.

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic winter Games (POCOG) has agreed a partnership with the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) designed to boost promotion of the two events at home and abroad.