— Published 27 March 2023

Mexico makes its move

Mexico is advancing in the race for the 2036 Summer Games. After announcing its intention to prepare a bid at the end of last year, the country has laid a new stone by sending the Secretary of State for External Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, and the President of the Mexican Olympic Committee, María José Alcalá, to Lausanne, to the IOC headquarters. They met with Thomas Bach at the end of last week to discuss their Olympic plans, but were still rather vague about which edition of the Games would be targeted and which city or region would be chosen to carry the bid. The Mexican delegation hinted that they were aiming to host the Games in 2036 or 2040. It announced that a bid committee would soon be created. The visit of a Mexican delegation coincided with the 100th anniversary of Mexico’s integration into the Olympic movement. Mexico announced last October that it would bid for the Summer Games. At the same time, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper took advantage of the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Seoul to explain that the body was in discussions with ten or so interested countries on four continents.