Quebec City abandons 2026 Olympic bid

Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume will not be putting the city's name forward for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.

He says he no longer thinks the city has a good enough chance of winning a bid for the games. 

Just last month, Labeaume travelled to International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss Quebec City's chances with IOC president Thomas Bach.

He'd previously expressed interest in sharing the games with another city, such as Lake Placid, Calgary or Vancouver. The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) shot down the idea of a shared games with Lake Placid shortly after Labeaume's public pitch. 

The day after Labeaume's Lausanne meeting, Premier Philippe Couillard said that he supported the idea of having the Olympic Games in Quebec, provided they came at a reasonable cost and didn't put public finances in jeopardy.

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