VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — The British Columbia government will not support Vancouver’s bid to host the 2030 Olympics in the province, a move that brings Salt Lake City closer to returning the Games to Utah.
British Columbia’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport said Thursday that the cost of hosting the Olympics was the main reason the government could not support the effort.
“The current bid has an estimated cost of $1.2 billion and $1 billion in additional risk, and when we measured that against our government’s priorities, we believe we need to focus on people,” said Lisa Beare.
The Canadian Olympic Committee said it was “taking time to process” BC’s announcement and is planning a press conference on Friday.
If Vancouver withdraws, it would leave Salt Lake City and Sapporo, Japan as the two remaining candidates.
Salt Lake City hosted the Olympics in 2002 and said with some of the infrastructure from those games still in play, it is ready to bring the games back.
Although Salt Lake City’s bid appeared more primed for 2034, officials there and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee have consistently said they would be able to host in 2030 if called upon.
A 2030 Games would create problems in the United States, as it would come less than two years after the Los Angeles Summer Olympics and would require reworking many of the sponsorship deals in place for those games.
Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 and was in the 2026 bid process until it dropped out.
The IOC is expected to choose the host for 2030 next year.
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