Winter Olympics

Sion rumoured to bid for 2026 Winter Olympic Games

By Emily Goddard

The Swiss city of Sion is rumoured to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games ©Martin Doelberg/WikipediaSion in Switzerland is set to launch a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been reported.

South Korean Prime Minister approves funding for new Pyeongchang 2018 facilities as rules out moving events abroad

By Duncan Mackay

Pyeongchang 2018 has been given a boost after the Government agreed to fund a new 40,000-capacity arena for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies ©Getty ImagesFinancial approval was granted today to build a new KRW 86 billion (£50 million/$78 million/€64 million) 40,000-capacity venue to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang as South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Hong-won categorically ruled out moving any events abroad.

"We achieved even more than we dreamed about" at Sochi 2014, claims Putin

By Duncan Mackay

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed the success of Sochi 2014 at his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow ©The KremlinThe success of Sochi 2014 surpassed the expectations of even Russia, despite international attempts to sabotage it, claimed President Vladimir Putin today.

South Korean President rejects idea of moving Pyeongchang 2018 events to Japan or North Korea

By Duncan Mackay

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has promised that Pyeongchang 2018 will not change its plans to host events, even in the wake of Agenda 2020 ©Pyeongchang 2018South Korean President Park Geun-hye has ruled out Pyeongchang 2018 moving any events outside the country to Japan or co-hosting the Winter Olympics and Paralympics with North Korea.

All competition events to stay in South Korea, Pyeongchang 2018 confirms

By Paul Osborne

All competition events for Pyeongchang 2018 will be held in South Korea ©Pyeongchang 2018All events at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be held inside South Korea, the Organising Committee promised today. 

Exclusive: Athletes must be at forefront of plans to move Olympic venues, warns IOC member

By Nick Butler at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo

Two time Winter Olympic skeleton athlete Adam Pengilly has warned that athletes should be considering before moving Olympic venues ©Getty ImagesMaintaining a strong athletes' experience must be a priority when assessing potential changes to venues for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Adam Pengilly has warned.

NBC tops podium at Olympic Golden Rings awards for Sochi 2014 coverage

By David Owen at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club

NBC dominated the Golden Rings awards for their coverage of Sochi 2014 ©IOCNBC was the big winner at this year's Olympic Golden Rings awards for outstanding broadcast coverage of Sochi 2014. 

"Discussions" begin to move Pyeongchang 2018 sliding sports venue outside South Korea

By Nick Butler at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo

A proposed move to the Pyeongchang 2018 sliding sports venue is one of several potential changes as a consequence of Agenda 2020 ©Getty ImagesCalls for sliding sports at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics to be moved outside South Korea are, at this stage, a means to outline the potential flexibility for bidding cities if Agenda 2020 proposals are passed more than a concrete plan, insidethegames understands. 

Changes to Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 could begin "immediately" after Agenda 2020 approval

By Nick Butler at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo

IOC President Thomas Bach has spoken optimistically about possible changes to future Olympic Games following Tokyo 2020 ©ITGAn immediate review into possible changes for Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 will be taken if proposed Agenda 2020 recommendations are approved here next week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has promised.

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