Calgary's city council votes to continue work on bid for 2026 Olympics

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Calgary city council voted Monday to continue to explore the possibility of bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Morrison was one of a number of Oympians including fellow speed skaters Gilmore Junio and Catriona Le May Doan, as well as swimmer Mark Tewksbury, that were at the press conference voicing support for Calgary's bid.

The vote, which comes at a time when many cities have pulled out of Olympics bids over concerns about huge costs, follows an announcement last month that the governments of Canada and the province of Alberta supported the creation of a bid corporation.

The 15-member council voted 9-6 in favor of continuing the bid process, which will be overseen by a sub-committee made up of four councillors and the mayor.

Cities around the world are no longer clamoring to host an Olympics.

Olympic and Paralympic athletes campaigned in recent days for council not to bail on a bid until all the facts are known and the financial picture is clearer. "Please keep the conversation going".

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