Winter Olympics

China launches sport and cultural programme to foster support for 2022 Olympic and Paralympic bid

By Paul Osborne

China has kicked off a festival of sport and cultural events to promote its bid for the 2022 Winter Games ©FacebookBeijing 2022 have begun a season-long campaign of sport and cultural events in order to attract more people to winter sports and boost support for the city's Winter Olympic and Paralympic bid.

Pyeongchang 2018 audit reveals big shortfall in sponsorship revenue as "nut-gate" scandal threatens Cho's position

By Duncan Mackay

Preparations for Pyeongchang 2018 are well underway but could be threatened by lack of sponsorship revenue, an audit has warned ©AFP/Getty ImagesPyeongchang 2018 has relied on heavy borrowing, including from the South Korean Government, to ensure preparations for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics remain on track, an audit has revealed.

Former Sochi 2014 President and chief executive given new top media role in Russia

By Duncan Mackay

Former Sochi 2014 President and chief executive Dmitry Chernyshenko is to head Gazprom-Media ©Getty ImagesFormer Sochi 2014 President and chief executive Dmitry Chernyshenko has been appointed as the new head of Gazprom-Media, Russia's largest media company, it has been announced. 

Kazakhstan President admits doubts over Almaty 2022 Olympic bid but now claims he backs it

By Duncan Mackay

Almaty will have to co-host events with  Kazakhstan's capital Astana if it wins its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics ©Almaty 2022Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has admitted that he was initially reluctant to back Almaty's campaign to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics but now, having examined the bid closely, is ready to throw his full support behind it.

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. 
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