Mayor Naheed Nenshi says Calgary is being looked upon favorably by many Olympic observers, as the city plans whether or not to bid for the 2026 Winter Games.
But he says the numbers will have to make sense before going forward.
Nenshi says he went to Rio this summer as a fan, but a lot of work creeped into his vacation. He says he spoke with people in the Rio organizing committee as well as members of the Canadian Olympic Committee and IOC.
“There is a lot of really good feelings about Calgary being a place that knows how to do this and knows how to do this well,” Nenshi said Tuesday. “And quite frankly, that can help the IOC with some of its problems which are very-well documented.”
He says it’s no secret that he thinks this is an exciting opportunity, but it’s also important to make the decision on whether to go forward based on the best available evidence.
The mayor says it will likely be later this month when volunteers will be named to a bid exploration committee.
City council in June voted to spend $5-million to set up that committee to look at the costs and benefits on whether to bid on the 2026 Olympics.