A staff report by RMOW states that more clarity is needed regarding financing and indemnifying public investments into the 2030 Games.
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Once these are resolved, a variety of agreements will be required in a short timeline to articulate roles and commitments from all partners and senior levels of government. The staff report comes as Whistler Council voted unanimously to support further exploration of 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid.
Yesterday, the Resort Municipality of Whistler Council received the staff report outlining key considerations and implications associated with preparation of a potential bid for the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Games (2030 Games) to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in early 2023.
“It is important RMOW honour its agreement with the four host nations and completes additional work to more fully inform a bid for Council to consider,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “There are more questions to be answered and the right conditions for moving forward must be in place before a bid can be endorsed. We are committed to working together to create a better way forward; a way forward that respects the TRC calls to action and the spirit of reconciliation in action we embraced when we accepted the invitation to participate in the work just six months ago.”
The staff report summarized substantial work completed by the COC and the Leadership Assembly, comprised of the four host First Nations (Squamish, Líl̓wat, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations), the City of Vancouver and the RMOW, to develop the Games Hosting Concept.
Confirmation of the RMOW’s participation in a formal bid, and any associated commitments and contributions, including more detail on a Whistler Athletes’ Village site would be the subject of a future report to Council.
Specifically, the staff report contained recommendations for continued work to:
Develop draft proposed financial contributions acceptable to the RMOW for the 2030 Games
Draft a term sheet that would contemplate the RMOW’s potential participation in a 2030 Games bid and an associated Multi-Party Agreement for further Council consideration
Report back to Council at a future Regular Council meeting to seek a decision as to whether to advance RMOW participation in the 2030 Games bid and the consequent advancement of an Olympic Village Project once certain conditions have been satisfied.
Those conditions include that:
The Leadership Assembly has made public its recommendation about whether or not the 2030 Games should move forward to a formal bid
The COC and/or the Leadership Assembly has confirmed that the RMOW will be appropriately indemnified for its role as an Olympic Host Community and sufficient clarity concerning financial and in-kind contributions is provided
The COC has finalized and shared with the RMOW the operating and governance models for the 2030 Games bid