— Published 13 February 2023

Thomas Bach satisfied with Swedish project

Will Sweden join the race for the 2030 Winter Games? Since the announcement last week of the Swedish Olympic Committee’s willingness to take advantage of an “opening” to eventually join the campaign, discussions are progressing. But nothing is done. Ulf Kristersson, the Swedish Prime Minister, does not want to rush. He recalled it during the weekend: no decision will be taken before the publication of a feasibility study. “Many of us like the Olympics, but no one wants to jump to conclusions, he explained, quoted by the daily Göteborgs-Posten. The economy has often been a major argument for not entering the race for the Olympics, it will remain an argument. But there are signs that it is possible to make the Games cheaper these days than in the past.” Thomas Bach, for his part, spoke about the Swedish project on Sunday in Courchevel, during his visit to the World Alpine Skiing Championships. He did so cautiously, as is his wont, but made no secret of some relief on the part of the IOC that a new starter may be joining the race. “I can’t comment on any particular bid, but I can say that the process is open and we have taken note with satisfaction of what the Swedish Olympic Committee is doing to examine the feasibility of such a bid, he told the media. Sweden is a great winter sports country and, as it has already presented a very good bid for the 2026 Games, this bid is welcome, like all the others. We will see during the course of this year how all this will develop, for a final decision to be made next year.