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Volume 7 No. 149

Olympics

Calgary's bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics "survived a crucial hurdle" Tuesday as the city council "voted overwhelmingly to continue with a planned November plebiscite on the Games," according to Meghan Potkins of the CALGARY HERALD. Calgary 2026 also unveiled its draft host plan publicly for the first time at Tuesday's meeting, pitching a C$5.2B ($4B) budget to deliver a Winter Games that would spread events across Calgary, Canmore, Whistler "and possibly Edmonton." The Olympic bid blueprint, billed by Calgary 2026 CEO Mary Moran as financially "responsible," includes plans for two new sport venues and refurbishments to an existing 11 facilities, "with no mention of new rail or infrastructure projects or an arena to replace the aging Saddledome." Following Tuesday's presentation, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said that hosting the Olympics could be a "huge leveraging exercise" for Calgary that "could attract billions in investment to help pay for projects that the city would otherwise have to pay for on its own." He said, "If we can get that money from other places and also get all the benefits of an Olympic Games, that starts to sound really interesting to me." The public portion of the bid bill amounts to C$3B ($2.3B), to be divided between municipal, provincial and federal governments, "with Ottawa expected to contribute at least half that amount" (CALGARY HERALD, 9/12).

Do Jong-hwan hopes South Korea can co-host the 2032 Games with North Korea "for regional peace."
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South Korea "is considering making a proposal to North Korea" to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics, Seoul Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan said, according to YONHAP. Do said that South Korea is thinking of co-hosting the Olympics with North Korea "for regional peace." Do made the remarks during a press meeting in Tokyo ahead of a sports ministers meeting with his Japanese and Chinese counterparts. Do: "It's a proposal of hosting the events in Seoul and Pyongyang." He added that such matters "could be discussed at the third summit between the South and North in Pyongyang later this month." For the 2030 World Cup, Do said that South Korea "is thinking of co-hosting the top football tournament with Asian neighbors." Do: "We heard that China is going to make a bid to host the World Cup. But we want to make a proposal of co-hosting the event with Asian neighbors like North Korea, China and Japan." Do was scheduled to have bilateral meetings with General Administration of Sport of China Deputy Dir Gao Zhidan and Japanese Minister of Sports Yoshimasa Hayashi "for expanding sports cooperation between the countries" (YONHAP, 9/12).