On Wednesday, the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOC) delivered a presentation in Tokyo – the first as an official Candidate City for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2026.
The presentation was 15 minutes long and opened by SOC’s Secretary-General Gunilla Lindberg, who was followed by SOC Chairman, Mats Årjes.
“I’m very proud of the candidacy of Stockholm and it’s not just because I’m Swedish,” admitted Lindberg. “As an IOC member, I believe that our candidacy represents the best opportunity for the Olympic Games – not only for 2026, but for those Games that come after.”
Following the speeches of Lindberg and Årjes, former Swedish women’s national ice hockey team goalkeeper – and four-time Winter Olympic veteran, winning two medals – Kim Martin Hasson also spoke passionately.
“Stockholm 2026 invites you to a true winter sports experience,” she explained. “This is because Sweden has two secret ingredients: firstly, we have a lot of winter sports fans in our country, and secondly, we have a lot of snow.”
The presentation ended with a speech from Stockholm 2026 bid leader Richard Brisius.
The event in Japan welcomed representatives from no less than 206 National Olympic Federations, and a total of 1,400 delegates from the Olympic movement gathered in the grand royal congress hall of the Grand Prince Royal Hotel, Takanawa in Tokyo. The presentation was the first time that Sweden has presented as a Candidate City for an Olympic Games since 1997, when Stockholm was campaigning to host the 2004 Summer Olympics.