THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS in PyeongChang, South Korea officially closed out on Sunday, marking the end of the first of three consecutive Olympic Games to be held in East Asia.
And now, the spotlight is on China, who will host the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.
PyeongChang 2018: Let the Games begin
But the next Games will happen a lot sooner than you think, with Japan steadily ramping it up to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. And there are a couple more Games lined up through 2028.
Here’s the list of the future Games and their host cities:
2020 Summer Olympics: Tokyo
Dates: July 24 to Aug 9, 2020
At long last, Tokyo will be hosting the Olympics once again. The 2020 Summer Olympics will mark the fourth time Japan has hosted the Games: Tokyo 1964 (Summer), Sapporo 1972 (Winter), and Nagano 1998 (Winter). Tokyo will become the first city in Asia to host the Olympics twice.
Tokyo beat out Istanbul and Madrid during the 2018 Summer Olympics bid. In preparation, the Tokyo government is setting aside a fund of JPY400 billion (over US$3.76 million) to cover the cost of hosting the Games. On top of that, a new railway line has been planned to link both Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport through an expansion of Tokyo Station, which would cost JPY400 billion. The Olympic Stadium in the Japanese capital has also been demolished and rebuilt, receiving a GBP1 billion upgrade for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as well as the 2020 Olympics.
Interestingly, the gold, silver, and bronze medals will be made from recycled material salvaged from phones and other electronic devices.
The Games will feature 339 gold medals, more than 11,000 athletes, 206 nations, and five new sports: baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding.
2022 Winter Olympics: Beijing
Dates: Feb 4 to Feb 20, 2022
The 2022 Winter Olympics, or more commonly known as Beijing 2022, will take place in Beijing and towns in the neighboring Heibei province. Although the Chinese city has hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, this would mark the first Winter Games ever to be held in China. And that would effectively make Beijing the first city to ever host both the Summer and Winter Games.
After Oslo (Norway) withdrew its big, the city beat out Almaty (Kazakhstan) by four votes.
The Chinese government has set aside an estimated budget of US$3.9 billion for the Games, less than one-tenth of the US$43 billion spent on the 2008 Summer Olympics. Perhaps due to the fact that much of its indoor Olympics infrastructure is already in place, thanks to the 2008 Games.
To boost connectivity to the 2022 Winter Olympics cluster in Beijing, a new Beijing-Zhangjiakou intercity railway will be built, the Beijing Subway is projected to have at least 24 lines by 2022, expressway and highway networks are expected to be upgraded, and a new second airport for Beijing is due by 2019.
2024 Summer Olympics: Paris
Dates: July 26 to Aug 22, 2024
The 2024 Summer Olympics, more commonly known as Paris 2024, will mark the centennial of the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris (the last time Paris held the Games). Paris is no stranger to the Olympics, having hosted the Games in 1900 and 1924. In fact, the city will be the second city after London to host the Games three times.
The bidding started with five candidates but Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew, leaving Paris and Los Angeles as the remaining candidates. In the end, it was decided Los Angeles would host the 2028 Summer Olympics, leaving Paris to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Paris has unveiled 36 venues in two zones: central Paris and the Paris-Saint Denis area. The city will use 95 percent of “already existing” venues to “minimize investment”. Prestigious venues that will be utilized are such as the Stade de France (athletics), Roland Garros (tennis) and the Bercy Arena (basketball).
Tentatively, the programme will feature 28 sports encompassing 306 events, though this is likely to change depending on the success of the five additional sports added to the Tokyo Olympics. This means there could be up to 33 sports and any new sports which are added to the Olympic programme.
2026 Winter Olympics: TBD
Dates: To be announced
In September 2019, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will convene in Milan to vote on the host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Currently, there are four main contenders: Salt Lake City, which hosted in 2002; Sion, Switzerland; Sapporo, which hosted in 1972; and Calgary, which hosted in 1988.
2028 Summer Olympics: Los Angeles
Dates: July 21 to Aug 6, 2028
California’s sprawling city Los Angeles is set to get a bit of a limelight once again come the 2028 Summer Olympics. The event will mark the fifth Summer Olympics hosted in the US – St. Louis in 1904, Los Angeles in 1932, Los Angeles in 1984, and Atlanta in 1996 – and the third time Los Angeles has hosted the Games.
While most host cities have seven years to prepare for the games, Los Angeles will see an additional four years, giving the city 11 eleven years for preparations. However, having played host several times in the past, the city’s preexisting structures will be used for this future Summer Olympics. Other venues that are already under construction even before the winning bid was announced include The Banc of California Stadium, due in 2018, and the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, due in 2020.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will undergo a major renovation, including the installation of an athletics track, and public transportation will be upgraded to provide better access to the venues.
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