COC statement on the outcome of the Calgary 2026 plebiscite
The Canadian Olympic Committee respects the results of tonight’s plebiscite in Calgary, but we are disappointed with the outcome. The opportunity to welcome the world to Canada, where people can experience the uniting power of the Games and within our nation’s culture of peace and inclusion, would have offered countless benefits to all. This would have been a unique opportunity for Canadians to be leaders in fulfilling the promise of a renewed vision for the Games.
“We thank the Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation, and the many leaders from the federal, provincial, local and Indigenous communities who have worked diligently in this effort. We applaud and thank the athletes, volunteers and our staff, whose passion has been clearly demonstrated through their countless hours of devotion to making the Games in Calgary a possibility. Most of all, we thank the people of Calgary and Canmore who stood behind this effort to make the 2026 Games a reality for their region and for their country.”
–Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
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