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Japan's Sapporo will not bid to host 2026 Winter Olympics: IOC

Reuters, Monday 17 Sep 2018
2026 Winter Olympics
FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows central Sapporo city during blackout after an earthquake hit the area in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 6, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via (REUTERS)

The Japanese city of Sapporo will not bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics after the recent earthquake in Hokkaido, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday, adding that the city would focus on bidding for the 2030 Games.

A powerful earthquake rattled the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido this month, leaving 44 people dead and 660 injured and causing considerable damage.

"The IOC expressed its understanding that recovery from the earthquake in the region should be the immediate principle focus but greatly appreciated the continued strong commitment as a future host for the Olympic Winter Games," the Olympic governing body said in a statement.

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