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14 Nov 2018
Breaking: Calgary public votes 'no' to 2026 Olympics

Canadian city Calgary's hopes to host the 2026 Winter Olympics Games are all but over, after a public vote saw the city's residents reject the plans.

The city conducted a plebiscite to gauge public opinion on whether or not there is sufficient interest to submit a bid.

When the results came in, 56 per cent had voted against hosting the Games.

The result comes despite the "yes" campaign having the backing of Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, who had been vocal about the positive effects of a bid.

Nenshi had argued that a successful bid would see the city receive more than CA$2bn in federal and provincial funding for major infrastructure projects.

While the vote's result is non-binding on the city council – which has the final say on whether Calgary will proceed with a bid – it is unlikely that it will go against the public's wishes.

The vote is seen as another embarrassing rebuke for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as Calgary becomes the fifth candidate to pull out of the race to host the 2026 Games.

There are now just two candidates left for the 2026 Games – Swedish capital Stockholm and a joint Italian bid from the cities of Milan and Cortina.

Things could get worse for the IOC as the bid from Stockholm is also under threat, after a newly-elected Stockholm City Government said last month (October 2018) that no taxpayer money should be "wasted" on hosting the Games.

The lack of interest in cities hosting Olympic Games is becoming a critical issue for the IOC.

There were a total of five bids which were initially submitted for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but following withdrawals, only two bidding cities – Paris and Los Angeles – were left in the process.

As a result, the IOC agreed to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously – with Los Angeles agreeing to bid for the 2028 Games, effectively awarding the 2024 Games to Paris.

In October, IOC vice president Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. admitted that the organisation has a problem.

"We have to make a huge effort in explaining ourselves better," he said, commenting on concerns on the cost of hosting the Games.

“(Our message) is not getting across with sufficient strength.”

The host city for the 2026 Games is set to be announced in June 2019, following a vote by the IOC council.


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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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22-24 Jan 2019
BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME)
Harrogate Convention Centre
Harrogate
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28-29 Jan 2019
Facilities Management Forum
Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted
Stansted
United Kingdom
29-31 Jan 2019
The Pool & Spa Show
The Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City
United States
29-31 Jan 2019
Spatex 2019
Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena
Coventry
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
International Manufacturers & Distributors Forum
ExCeL
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
Active Wellness
ExCeL London
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
World Spa & Wellness Convention London
ExCeL London
London
United Kingdom
24-25 Feb 2019
Professional Beauty London
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London
United Kingdom
27-28 Feb 2019
Quest/NBS & CIMSPA Conference
Chesford Grange
Kenilworth
United Kingdom
04-06 Mar 2019
International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF)
Hotel InterContinental
Berlin
Germany
07-09 Mar 2019
(IWF Shanghai 2019) Int'l Health, Wellness, Fitness Expo
Shanghai New International Expo Center
Shanghai
China
12 Mar 2019
Women in Wellness Leadership Conference
tbc
New York
United States
14-15 Mar 2019
Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition Round Table
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Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
21-21 Mar 2019
Spa Connection / iConnection Event
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