Sapporo seems like an ideal place to be the 2030 Winter Olympics host. In 1972, it was the first Asian city to host a Winter Games. Also, it is famous for its ski resorts and snow. The good news is that majority of the residents are in favor of hosting the event.
But just as Sapporo began its formal campaign for the Games, a bribery scandal surrounding the most recent Olympics in Tokyo put a cloud on the city’s ambitions.
Executive board member of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and 78-year-old Haruyuki Takahashi was arrested in August on charges of collecting bribes totaling $1.4 million from Japanese businesses. In exchange, he would pick the companies to sponsor the Games.
According to gambling industry news reports, several influential people believe the affair has become a severe corruption and bid-rigging inquiry that might destroy Sapporo’s chances of winning the Olympics.
2030 Winter Olympics Host
Sportsbook marketing and news sites stated Sapporo’s fortunes easily may have turned out otherwise. Until recently, it faced formidable opposition for 2030 from Vancouver and Salt Lake City.
However, in October, the provincial government of British Columbia opted not to back Vancouver’s candidacy, and Utah organizers made clear they’d prefer to host in 2034.
It appeared that the Games would be held in Japan’s northern capital, at least according to bookie pay per head sources. The International Olympic Committee, however, has decided to halt the games for the time being.
Scheduled initially during the IOC General Assembly in October 2023, the decision to reveal the host city for the 2030 Games was postponed without explanation. Committee members traditionally selected host cities no later than seven years before the Games were set to begin.
IOC Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi has announced a delay in selecting the 2030 host city, citing the necessity for more investigation into the problems confronting the Winter Olympics by the organization’s Future Host Commission as the reason.