On Wednesday, the 2026 Evaluation Commission arrived in Stockholm to continue its week-long visit following an opening day in Åre.
In true winter wonderland conditions, the delegation visited the oldest in-use Olympic Stadium in the world, built for the 1912 games, and was given a tour by guides – before heading off to check out the other venues in Stockholm.
We caught up with Head of the Evaluation Commission, Octavian Morariu, for an update on what’s happened so far…
How was the visit to Åre yesterday?
”The visit yesterday was a very good visit. We could compare the bid with the reality on the ground. We had very good guides explaining the venues, and it was a very efficient visit.”
What is your view on the conditions in Åre?
”It was really winter conditions, but we’re here for the Winter Olympics. We know that this happens and we have to adapt. I think the athletes are also used to this. We know that the organisers will do their utmost to provide the best conditions for the athletes.”
The venues in Stockholm and Åre are quite far apart… what do you think about that?
”It’s a great distance, but this is also proof of flexibility. I think we all need to adapt to this in the future. It also uses existing venues which is very, very important, and I think this is also a good asset to the Games. The fact that we use existing venues is a very good argument.”
You’re currently standing in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium – the oldest Olympic Stadium still in-use, built in 1912 for the Olympic Games. How special would it be to return here 124 years later?
”I think this is a very nice proof of legacy. It’s also a motivation for the future.”