Nov 29, 2023 at 6:43 PM Update: 3 minutes ago
The Olympic skating tournament will not take place in Heerenveen in 2030. On Wednesday, the French Alps were the only candidate left to host the Winter Games that year. This puts a stop to Thialf’s plans.
Switzerland was in the race to host the 2030 Winter Games. Because the Alpine country does not have a large ice rink, Thialf was considered as a location for long track skating. The German Inzell was the other option.
On Thursday, the IOC announced that the French Alps are the only candidate left to host the Winter Games. This means that the plan to hold the skating tournament in Thialf will not go ahead, but Heerenveen does not have to abandon all hope.
The host locations for the 2034 and 2038 Winter Games have also been announced. For 2034, Salt Lake City is the only remaining candidate. The American city also organized the sporting event in 2002.
Thialf plans on hold until 2038
Switzerland will then come into the picture again before 2038. It is not yet official that the country will host the Winter Games that year, but the IOC does speak of a preferred candidate. This would breathe new life into Thialf’s Olympic plans.
Those plans made no sense. “Thialf is ideally suited for this,” Frisian deputy Femke Wiersma said earlier. “We understand that the Games must also have a sustainable character. Sustainability and top sport all come together in Thialf.”
The next Winter Games will be in 2026. The event will take place in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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