Quebec City mayor talks with other cities for joint 2026 Olympic bid

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The mayor of Quebec City has talked with Calgary, Vancouver and Lake Placid officials about a joint 2026 Winter Olympic bid, according to the Canadian Press.

Mayor Régis Labeaume will meet with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on April 11 to discuss Olympic Agenda 2020, the reforms passed in December 2014 that include more encouragement of Olympic bids involving multiple cities and, in exceptional cases, events held outside the host country.

That meeting will also include exploring the possibility of a 2026 Winter Olympic bid involving Quebec City, according to the Canadian Press.

Labeaume said in a press release that he has in recent years been against bidding due to astronomical costs.

Quebec City finished fourth among four cities in 2002 Winter Olympic voting won by Salt Lake City.

Switzerland’s Olympic Committee announced two weeks ago that it is pursuing a 2026 Olympic bid. There are no official bidders for the 2026 Winter Games yet.

The next two Winter Olympics will be in East Asia in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 and Beijing in 2022, giving a European or North American city a greater opening to be the 2026 host.

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