Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver 2030 Bid Corporation welcomes the discussions taking place at the City of Vancouver regarding the prospect of the Vancouver 2030 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. We’re pleasantly surprised that these discussions are taking place given the current circumstances regarding Covid-19, and would like to remind Vancouverites that this is only the first step in a much longer process to bring the Olympics back to Vancouver.
“We believe the 2030 Olympics would be great for the city of Vancouver for a multitude of reasons. The feasibility of hosting the Olympics again is already high since the 2030 Winter Olympics would be re-using many of the facilities from the Vancouver 2010 Games.” said Mark Hamilton, President of the Vancouver 2030 Bid Corporation. “These venues are still actively in use and are well maintained. The overall cost of the games will be significantly lowered and aligns with the International Olympic Committee vision for more a more sustainable and cost-efficient games.”
The Vancouver 2010 Games also spurred an increase in infrastructure spending which resulted in better services and more jobs for the City of Vancouver and surrounding areas. The Vancouver 2030 games will improve on that even further, with the Province of British Columbia already agreeing on new Skytrain lines extending out towards the University of British Columbia, and out to a new Langley terminus, ensuring that citizens from across the lower mainland can have increased transportation options towards the 2030 Olympic venues. A new Olympic Village will need to be built, and it is our hope that after the 2030 Olympics, some of the Olympic Village housing will be re-purposed for low-cost housing.
Social inclusion was a vital legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games and we believe the 2030 Olympics will continue that legacy, especially among youths and under-represented communities. We recognize that the 2030 Olympics will be taking place on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and we hope the 2030 Olympics will build on the legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games as an avenue of inclusion and empowerment within indigenous communities.
Lastly, we believe that bringing the 2030 Olympic Games back to Vancouver will re-ignite the passion that burns bright and strong, as we engage and strengthen our communities through the power of sport and construct an exceptional bid for the 2030 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games that enhances the legacy left by the 2010 Games.