Should New Zealand bid to host one of the Winter Olympics in 2022? There is an idea that Christchurch and Queenstown will bid against well known Northern Hemisphere cities to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Why?
They see it as an ideal time to bid, given that it would clash with the winter Qatar FIFA World Cup in 2022, so having a winter event in the Southern Hemisphere would prevent that. We are also developing some decent talent in winter sports, and what about the whole expanding the games to new host nations like FIFA did with the World Cup? Also, these events are not always held in massive cities.
In reality, Christchurch and Queenstown wouldn't be able to cope with the influx of people and it is questionable how many athletes would actually want to come all this way. I am sure we could build the facilities to cope if we were successful. It would be awesome, but given the lack of publicity given to the Special Olympics recently held in Christchurch, you wonder how many local people would actually attend or be interested. We already have too many sports in this country, how would they compete with rugby and the other codes?
The possibility has recently been mooted that Qatar could host the soccer World Cup in January 2022 - the northern hemisphere winter - to avoid extremely hot summer temperatures..
This could result in a clash between the World Cup and the Winter Olympics, and one solution might be to hold the Winter Olympics in the southern hemisphere.
The Winter Olympics has never been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere and has only been held in North America, Europe and Japan.
Northern Hemisphere cities reported to be considering a 2022 bid include Harbin in China, Lillehammer in Norway, Barcelona and Zaragoza in Spain, Toulouse in France and Quebec in Canada