The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, in conjunction with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, have announced plans to submit a bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympic Games.
The plans were announced in July, with both regions revealing a joint quest to submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
“The Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games in France in 2030 are a tremendous opportunity to build on the momentum of the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympic Games, and offer fabulous prospects for French sport and our athletes,” said David Lapparttient, the head of the French Olympic Committee.
That bid was officially submitted earlier this month, according to La Montagne, with the presidents of the respective regions, Laurent Wauquiez and Renaud Muselier, presenting the bid to the IOC.
2026 edition to take place in Northern Italy
However, the PACA and Auvergne regions face stiff competition in order to host the Games. Sweden, Switzerland, the USA, Canada and Japan have all also officially declared interest in hosting the event.
The hosts for the 2030 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are expected to be named during the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympic Games in June 2024, however, there are suggestions that the host country could be named sooner, perhaps even as early as October.
Whilst the identity of the 2030 hosts remains unclear, it has already been confirmed that the 2026 edition will take place in the Milan-Cortine region of Northern Italy.
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