Date: February 14, 1988 Photo: Herald file photo *Calgary Herald Merlin Archive* [PNG Merlin Archive] If not now, when? The Olympic movement is at a crossroads — it is big, it is bloated, it is obscenely expensive to host a Games, it is beset by recidivist cheaters and their enabling nations and it has, as a partner, an anti-doping agency it evidently doesn’t trust to conduct its business professionally.
It will have to be cost-effective and the facilities sustainable.
But if that can be shown, with all the hard-headed doubters satisfied, then it’s up to the IOC to live up to president Thomas Bach’s much-ballyhooed series of reforms, called Agenda 2020 — not yet put to the test —designed in part to attract host city bids by adopting a “reduce, reuse, recycle” philosophy.
Sorry about the mess.” The IOC can’t keep parlaying with dictatorships to blow billion on a Games — that’s what Russia spent on Sochi, and who knows what China’s actual outlay was for Beijing?
— without ever consulting the citizens who will pay the price. By this time next year, bids have to be submitted for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Monday in Calgary, a 17-member “bid exploration” committee was formed to study the feasibility of, and costs associated with, taking a run at those Games — which would come 38 years after the ’88 Olympics put Calgary on the map for more than chuckwagons and oil companies.