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Indigenous-led partnership moving on with Vancouver Winter Games bid

An Indigenous-led partnership is “moving ahead with plans to host" the ‘30 Games in Vancouver and Whistler, but organizers said that "all groups must be on board by December if the proposal is to go ahead,” according to Gemma Karstens-Smith of the CP. It would be the "first Indigenous-led bid for an Olympic Games." The partnership yesterday “unveiled more details of the proposed bid," including plans to “reuse many of the venues that hosted events” during the ‘10 Vancouver Games. Rogers Arena would “once again host hockey,” while bobsled, skeleton and luge would “be back at the Whistler Sliding Centre and long-track speedskating would return to the Richmond Olympic Oval." The proposed bid also would “see freestyle skiing and snowboarding events held at Sun Peaks” near Kamloops, B.C. An athletes village “would be built” in Vancouver, while villages would "also be built to house athletes in Sun Peaks and Whistler." The costs of hosting the Games are “expected to be released in July” and the partnership "must make a decision on whether to have a ‘targeted dialogue’" with the IOC by December. Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart yesterday in a statement said that the city council will "look at the results of the feasibility study and determine whether the 2030 Olympic bid moves forward” (CP, 6/15).

LOCATION PERKS: Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine said that there are "aspects of being an Olympic host 'that are very, very attractive,'" not least of which would be a "chance to create a reconciliation agreement between the province, Sun Peaks and the Neskonlith, Adams Lake and Little Shuswap Lake First Nation communities." Tim Gayda, who was Vancouver Organizing Committee VP for the '10 Games, said that Sun Peaks as a venue “ticked off a whole bunch of boxes,” in terms of “having excellent, north-facing slopes, availability for early-season training, and potential to host future World Cup and national team events." Sun Peaks’ location is “more than 450 kms northeast” of Vancouver. Raine said that alpine skiing events at the Olympics have "always happened at a distance from the cities that host games, 'because you have to go into the big mountains to do it'" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 6/14). In Vancouver, Fumano & Chan wrote during the '10 Games, many skiing and snowboarding events were "held at Cypress in West Vancouver." But officials said that they “wanted to avoid poor snow conditions again” (Vancouver PROVINCE, 6/14).

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