Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is in South Korea this week, while he and delegates from the City of Calgary weigh the pros and cons of a potential 2026 Winter Games in the city.
Calgary is the last remaining North American contender to host in 2026, as the U.S. Olympic Committee has announced that both Denver and Salt Lake City have decided not to bid.
As a guest on the CBC Olympic broadcast, Nenshi recognized that Calgary possesses all the tools to host a fantastic Winter Games, but questioned whether or not it’s a good decision for the city right now:
“We have to answer two questions: Can we do it? Absolutely, we can do it, and we can do a great job of it. But the more important question right now is should we do it. Is it right for Canada, is it right for Alberta, is it right for Calgary to do it now?”
Calgary hosted the Olympics in 1988, and much of the infrastructure built for those Winter Games remains in decent shape. However the estimated price to host is still estimated at almost $5 billion.
Nenshi expects that they will have a decision on a Calgary bid by this summer. Cities in Sweden, Japan, and Switzerland are also in the running for 2026.
— Danica Ferris