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IOC visits Calgary to tour legacy Olympic venues, meet with bid committee

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IOC says it doesn’t have any extra cash to offer Calgary for 2026 Olympic Games
WATCH: The IOC faced questions about funding at its visit to Calgary Wednesday. But the executive director says the $1.2 billion the IOC has committed to Calgary for the 2026 Olympic Games is all it has to give. Lauren Pullen reports – Oct 24, 2018

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is in Calgary to meet with the city’s 2026 Olympic bid corporation (BidCo) and tour the 1988 legacy sites.

BidCo’s CEO Mary Moran was joined by the IOC’s Christophe Dubi and Hannah Burns in a media availability on Wednesday morning.

WATCH: The IOC’s Christophe Dubi explains why it thinks Calgary makes sense as the host for the 2026 Winter Olympic games.

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Winter Olympics makes sense for Calgary: IOC

Dubi spoke highly of Calgary’s Olympic legacy and expertise holding international sporting events.

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WATCH: IOC spokesperson Christophe Dubi explains what he wants Calgarians to think about heading into November’s Olympic plebiscite.

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IOC wants Calgarians to ‘think about the opportunities’ heading into Olympic plebiscite

“I think here, you have it all,” the IOC’s Dubi said. “You have the expertise, you have the experience, you have the regular hostings and you have the venues.”

WATCH: Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games executive director with the IOC, says you have to look at the economic benefits of hosting the Olympics, not just the cost.

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Cost not portraying the full picture for Calgary 2026, according to the IOC
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He praised BidCo’s budget as being well detailed.

“You have a team that has been extremely detailed in the work and that gives you safety about the cost because the numbers they are putting right now are not made up.”

WATCH: The IOC’s Christophe Dubi responds to questions about risks and cost overruns associated with hosting the Olympics.

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IOC responds to concerns about risk and cost overruns

As the Nov. 13 Olympic bid plebiscite approaches, city councillors like Evan Wooley are hoping the ever-narrowing field of bid competitors will put the city in a better bargaining position with the IOC.

“We await the federal numbers, the cost-share numbers, [the] plebiscite date … all of these moving parts.  And continuing to watch other cities’ applications and their decisions moving ahead are obviously always influencing our negotiations,” he said. “Remembering the IOC number that was initially … on the table, I would assume that number obviously has the potential to move.”
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WATCH: IOC spokesperson Christophe Dubi says the committee is giving as much money as possible toward a possible Calgary Olympic bid.

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IOC says it is giving as much as they can toward possible Calgary Olympic bid

 

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