The organizing committees of the upcoming Olympic Games shared positive progress reports on their preparations with the 136th IOC Session earlier this month.
Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, Milano Cortina 2026 and Los Angeles 2028 detailed their achievements in recent months despite the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Their reports highlighted opportunities that this unprecedented situation has presented, with each organization considering ways to optimize Games delivery in line with the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the new norm, while also considering measures necessary to deliver safe and successful Games over the coming years.
As Beijing enters its final preparations, the organizing committee highlighted several key areas of progress. It reported that the majority of venues were now complete, with several already hosting events. The three Olympic villages, National Indoor Stadium and Capital Indoor Stadium are also on track to be finished by the end of this year.
Further success was illustrated through Beijing 2022’s volunteer program, with over 840,000 people applying for a Games-time role since December 2019.
The team in Beijing also noted the progress of their commercial activities, with more than 30 local partners already engaged and nearly 2,000 official products licensed so far.
Milana Cortina 2026
Milano Cortina 2026 provided the session with an insight into the development of the organization following the transition from a candidate city into a fully operational organizing committee.
The organizers also detailed the extensive knowledge-sharing process they have been undertaking with the IOC. Such support has helped them develop their organizational structure, key priorities for the coming months and, looking ahead, their sustainability and legacy strategy.
The Milano Cortina team have also been collaborating with the IOC on their Games masterplan, working closely with all of the regions that will host events in 2026, and through regular communications with delivery partners.
In parallel, the Milano Cortina organizers have been developing their digital platforms, updating their website and launching their social media channels as they continue to build engagement.
Release courtesy of FIS. Photo courtesy of IOC / Greg Martin.