Calgary coun­cil won’t kill Olympic bid yet

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

CALGARY — Calgary has pulled back from killing a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games.

City coun­cil was steer­ing to­wards an off-ramp last week, but changed course and voted 9-6 in favour of con­tin­ued work on a po­ten­tial bid Mon­day.

“I'm re­ally happy that coun­cil­lors . . . re­ally spent a ton of time over the week­end con­sid­er­ing their po­si­tion, an­a­lyz­ing them­selves, ask­ing them­selves ques­tions about whether they were do­ing the right thing or not,” Calgary mayor Na­heed Nen­shi said.

“I was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing my coun­cil col­leagues to think about the big pic­ture, about what we'd be giv­ing up if we stop now.”

The city will con­tinue es­tab­lish­ing a bid cor­po­ra­tion, de­vel­op­ing a pub­lic en­gage­ment cam­paign and plan­ning a plebiscite for later this year.

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