V Winter Youth Olympic Games
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The 2028 Winter Youth Olympics, officially known as the V Winter Youth Olympic Games will be the fifth edition of the Winter Youth Olympics, a youth winter multi-sport event, in a city designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Bidding process

The new IOC bidding process was approved at the 134th IOC Session at their headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The key proposals driven by the relevant recommendations from Olympic Agenda 2020, are:[1][2]

At this session,IOC also modified the Olympic Charter to increase flexibility by removing the rule to select a host city for the Games,the period between 5 and 7 years before the next disponible games, and changing the concept of the host-city and opened the possibility to Games to be held in a multiple cities, regions, or countries.

Dialogue stages

According to Future Host Commission terms of reference with rules of conduct, the new IOC bidding system is divided to 2 dialogue stages are:[3]


On 1 February 2024, IOC President Thomas Bach announced that the host city wouldn't be announced until early 2025.[4]

Interested parties

The following are interested bidding parties for the 2028 Winter Youth Olympics, one of which took part in targeted dialogue with the IOC and Future Host Commission:


In June 2023, the Italian regions of Lombardy and Trentino began continuous dialogue with the International Olympic Committee over hosting the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2028.[5] Milan, the capital of Lombardy will host the with Cortina d'Ampezzo in Veneto will be the main host cities of the 2026 Winter Olympics, while Val di Fiemme in Trentino will host several events during those games as well.
On September 27, 2023, the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina president Izet Rađo announced that Bosnia and Herzegovina would prepare a bid to host the Youth Olympic Games in the future, though it was not specified whether they were pursuing either the Summer or Winter Youth Olympic Games.[6] Sarajevo previously hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics and the 2019 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.
On 11 April 2024, Peter Kaiser, the governor of Carinthia, announced that a joined bid of the Austrian state of Carinthia, alongside the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and an unknown state in Slovenia, will be prepared. If selected, the Winter Youth Olympics would pose as a test event for an eventual Olympic bid in the future.[7]
On 23 April 2024, the Bulgarian Olympic Committee held a meeting with the Bulgarian president, Rumen Radev, and other political leaders and sports industry representatives to discuss the potential for Bulgaria to host the Youth Olympic Games. They proposed that the capital, Sofia and the nearby mountain, Vitosha host. They also acknowledged the need for sports and transport infrastructure in the country to be modernized, as well that efforts from the public would be necessary.[8] Sofia previously expressed interest in hosting the 2012 and 2016 Winter Youth Olympics, but decided against bidding for either.
In November 2019, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Lviv announced that the city would bid for the 2028 Winter Youth Olympics as well as the 2030 Winter Olympics. The nordic and ice sports would be staged in Poland, the bobsleigh and luge competitions in Sigulda, Latvia. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, a bid seems unlikely.[9]

North America

On 13 February 2023, Lake Placid Mayor Art Devlin announced that a bid for the 2028 Winter Youth Olympics is up to debate. Lake Placid previously hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, as well as the 2023 Winter World University Games.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Future Olympic Games elections to be more flexible". International Olympic Committee. 2 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Evolution of the revolution: IOC transforms future Olympic Games elections". International Olympic Committee. 26 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Future Host Commissions: Terms of Reference" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 3 October 2019.
  4. ^ "IOC: Next Winter Youth Olympic hosts to be announced by early 2025". english.news.cn. 2024-02-01. Retrieved 2024-06-04.
  5. ^ Dan Palmer (23 June 2023). "Lombardy-Trentino enters continuous dialogue phase to host Winter Youth Olympics". Inside the Games. Retrieved 2023-06-23.
  6. ^ Robert Livingstone (27 September 2023). "Bosnia and Herzegovina preparing bid to host Youth Olympic Games". GamesBids.com. Retrieved 2023-09-27.
  7. ^ "Euregio-Treffen: Olympia-Fahrplan der Dreiländer-Bewerbung Kärntens fixiert". www.kleinezeitung.at (in German). 2024-04-11. Retrieved 2024-04-17.
  8. ^ Robert Livingstone (23 April 2024). "Sofia set for another run at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2028". GamesBids.com. Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  9. ^ "Lviv Plans to Bid for 2030 Winter Olympics | Lviv Today". 2019-11-26. Archived from the original on 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2024-05-17.
  10. ^ "IOC says "several" nations interested in 2028 Winter Youth Olympic Games". www.insidethegames.biz. 2023-02-13. Retrieved 2024-04-17.
  11. ^ "Lake Placid in talks over possible Winter Youth Olympic bid, says Mayor". www.insidethegames.biz. 2023-01-20. Retrieved 2024-04-17.
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