Poland Declares Ambition to Host 2036 Summer Olympics
Poland has officially declared its ambition to bid for the 2036 Summer Olympics, joining a growing number of countries vying for the coveted hosting rights. President Andrzej Duda announced this intention at a conference in Zakopane, a southern Polish city, earlier this week.
“Our ambition and intention is to start efforts to organise the Summer Olympic Games in 2036”, he said, after consulting with the Polish Olympic Committee, the Minister of Sport, and the government.
Poland has a strong sporting tradition, but has never hosted the Olympic Games, either summer or winter. The country showcased its ability to organise large-scale multi-sport events by hosting the European Games across Krakow and Malopolska this year.
Other nations that have expressed interest in hosting the 2036 Olympics include Mexico, Indonesia, and India. Some countries, such as India, have already started working on their bids. In July, an Australian architectural firm was hired to develop a ‘strategic master plan’ for Ahmedabad, an Indian city aspiring to host the 2036 Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has changed the way it selects host cities for the Olympics. Instead of an open bidding process, the IOC now engages in private consultations with potential hosts, and then recommends one city to the voting IOC Session.
This new system was used to select Brisbane, Australia, as the host of the 2032 Summer Olympics in July 2021. Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics, followed by Los Angeles in 2028. Poland’s bid for the 2036 Olympics reflects its desire to enhance its sporting legacy and offer a memorable Olympic experience.