• The Winter Games would cost as much as 456.5 billion yen
  • Japan hosted Winter Games in Sapporo in 1972, Nagano in 1998

Sapporo, which hosted the winter Olympics in 1972, is preparing to bid for the games again as it taps facilities used on the previous occasion amid a surge in visitors to its resorts in Hokkaido, northern Japan.

“We will present the bid to the Japanese Olympic Committee after the summer when the Rio Olympics and Para-Olympic games are over,” Tadakatsu Sato, head of a section tasked with attracting the games in the Sapporo city government, said by telephone Tuesday. “We’ve made a plan. We are working to build a joint goal with the people of Sapporo and heighten awareness as we move to summer.”

The city predicts it may cost as much as 456.5 billion yen ($4.3 billion) to host the games and is planning to have 90 percent of the facilities within half an hour of the Olympic village, according to a report published May 12. The Alpen course would be in Niseko, the world’s second-snowiest resort, while the village would be next to Sapporo Dome, the report said.

The winter Olympics will next be held in South Korea in 2018 and China in 2022. At the national level, Japan, which also hosted the winter Olympics in 1998 in Nagano, hasn’t decided whether it will submit a bid for the games yet, Sato said.

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