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03/16/2018 21:23 EDT | Updated 03/17/2018 17:28 EDT

Feds, Alberta Government Would Support A Calgary Bid For 2026 Olympics

The deadline to bid for the Winter Games is January 2019.

A jogger runs past the steaming Calgary skyline on January 19, 2012.
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A jogger runs past the steaming Calgary skyline on January 19, 2012.

CALGARY — The federal and provincial governments would financially support a Calgary bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to documents released Friday by the city.

City administration said in a report the governments of Canada and Alberta have agreed to contribute to the estimated $30 million a bid would cost.

The feds would chip in $10.5 million and the province $10 million, the report said.

Council is expected to discuss a potential bid at a strategic meeting of council Wednesday.

City administration will recommend council establish a formal bid corporation.

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi speaks to the media after participating in talks during a two-day Liberal retreat in Calgary on Jan 24, 2017.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has repeatedly said a bid can't go ahead without financial support from the federal and provincial governments.

Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The International Olympuc Commitee will invite cities to bid for 2026 in October, 2018 with the deadline being January, 2019. The winning city will be announced in September, 2019.

Calgary city council voted in November to spend up to $2 million more on continued exploration of a bid, but only $1 million was released pending an answer from the federal and provincial governments.

The city's Olympic project team has been continuing the work of the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee, which pegged the total cost of hosting the 2026 Winter Games at $4.6 billion.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the province of Alberta would contribute $10 billion to an Olympic bid. The actual amount is $10 million.

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