POSTED: June 21st 2017
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Olympics: Innsbruck projects $1.3 billion affordable winter Games for 2026

The feasibility study confirms Tyrol's sports facilities are up to date and Olympic friendly opening the door for a new Olympic Dream © Bigstock
The feasibility study confirms Tyrol's sports facilities are up to date and Olympic friendly opening the door for a new Olympic Dream © Bigstock

Presentation of the report © Austrian NOC
Presentation of the report © Austrian NOC

An Olympic stamp from the 1976 Games © Bigstock
An Olympic stamp from the 1976 Games © Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The feasibility study on a proposed Innsbruck-Tyrol Olympic bid for 2026 was revealed today with an estimated $1.3 billion budget but the final say may land with the local residents to approve a referendum.

The Innsbruck plan comes from the excellent hosting of the first winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012 and two earlier editions of the winter Games that took place there in 1964 and 1976.

The study was conducted by the joint venture PROPROJEKT (Planungsmanagement & Projektberatung GmbH), AS + P (Albert Speer + Partner GmbH), SOLID (Event Management + Consulting GmbH) and the MCI (Management Center Innsbruck).

The 137 page result was put together to focus on regional requirements and is based on seven key principles and these include local conditions, environmentally friendly and sustainable plans, cost control, compact Games with Innsbruck as the main city, no new permanent construction for facilities, no new transport infrastructure and an Olympic Village that is already planned.

Innsbruck Mayor Christine Oppitz-Ploerer announced to the press, "If we stick to the strategy from the feasibility study, it could become doable and affordable games.

"The feasibility study is based on a technical and professional decision-making basis, which will be assessed by the Tyrolean population. Each individual will personally show a different assessment scale for major sporting events. "

Agenda 2020 allows for the ability to stage the Games around the country so 30% would take place in Innsbruck and 70% would be spread out in the Tyrol area. The Olympic Village plan calls for 46% of the people to be in the central village and 54% would be spread out across the Tyrol areas close to those venues.

"The feasibility study confirms that Tyrol's sports facilities are up-to-date and absolutely Olympic-friendly. Also in the venues everything is available, which is necessary," said Josef Geisler, Sports Councilor of Tyrol.

Tyrol governor Guenther Platter stands behind the possibility of hosting the Games and plans to start an information campaign as the Austrian parliament elections are set for October 15 and the public referendum would be held at the same time.

Austrian NOC President Karl Stoss said, "In the application process 2026, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will support the candidates much more intensively. Say the process will be significantly easier and more cost-effective. 

"With Innsbruck / Tyrol, we have a chance to prove that you can organize games modern but still in a friendly format. On facilities that have long existed, in places that have a tradition of winter sports. With new transport concepts, with several Olympic villages - without gigantism, without white elephants."

Austria last bid the mountain city of Salzburg in 2007 which lost to Russian host Sochi for the 2014 winter Games.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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