"Bring it on": Vancouverites react to the idea of hosting the 2030 Olympics

Feb 22 2020, 12:45 am

Should Vancouver try to host the 2030 Olympic Winter Games? Ten years later, are the legacies of the 2010 Games worth the effort and costs?

These are the questions Vancouverites and other Canadians have been pondering since late this week, when former VANOC CEO John Furlong announced his intention to help push for a Winter Games bid targeting 2030.

There are no bid plans yet as the idea is still in its infancy, but $100,000 has already been made available from the business community to help fund the creation of a bid committee.

Furlong suggests a repeat Olympics would carry relatively low costs by using the same sports venues and facilities built for the 2010 Games, which is a concept now encouraged by recent reforms to the International Olympic Committee’s policies. New Olympic-related projects could also help address some of the region’s most pressing housing and transportation issues.

Both the City of Vancouver and the provincial government have already indicated they will consider a 2030 bid when a proposal by a bid committee is formally submitted to them for review.

Here are some thoughts from the Twitterverse on the idea of Vancouver 2030: