Cyrille de La Morinerie 15:51 pm, November 06, 2023

Pushed by the International Olympic Committee to become a candidate to host the 2030 Winter Olympics, France has the merit of having several sites to organize such an event. In particular, it would like to propose a joint candidacy for two regions.

Six years after Paris 2024, the Olympic Games could return to France, but this time in winter. France has been convinced by the IOC, the International Olympic Committee, to submit a file for the 2030 edition, the 2034 edition being promised to the United States in the city of Salt Lake City. The originality of this French candidacy lies in the fact that it organises Olympiads in two distinct regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence.

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Sober Games

The aim would be to use existing venues, such as the La Plagne slope, built for the Albertville Games in 1992, or those in Courchevel and Meribel, both used for the last Alpine World Ski Championships. It should be noted that Le Grand-Bornand also hosts a Biathlon World Cup event and would therefore be fully prepared for such an event.

This candidacy is intended to be sober. First of all, for ecological reasons, but also because the economic benefits are less important for the Winter Olympics than for the Summer Games. "The economic benefits are less because it concerns far fewer nations, and since there are fewer nations involved, there are obviously fewer TV rights," Vincent Chaudel, a sports economist, told Europe 1 radio. "It's not really a winning operation in economic terms. The question is what is the objective that we France could pursue with this 2030 candidacy," he concluded.

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France opposed to two nations

The planned organisational budget would be one and a half billion euros, six times less than Paris 2024. The chances of winning are real, since this French bid was wanted by the IOC, but two other nations are also interested and have submitted their candidacies.

First of all, Sweden with Stockholm, which has a good record according to one source, and Switzerland, where the IOC is headquartered and which has not organised a Winter Games since 1948. The presentation of the various applications will take place on Tuesday, November 07 at 15:30 p.m.