Copenhagen politician wants Danish capital to host ‘most sustainable ever’ Olympics

A local politician in Copenhagen says she wants the city to make a bid to host a sustainable Olympic games on a low budget.

Mia Nyegaard, Copenhagen Municipality head of culture and leisure with the Social Liberal party
Mia Nyegaard, Copenhagen Municipality head of culture and leisure with the Social Liberal party, wants the city to launch an Olympic Games bid. Photo: Anne Bæk/Ritzau Scanpix

Mia Nyegaard of the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party, who heads the culture and leisure section of the Copenhagen City Council, told newspaper Berlingske that she wants the Olympic Games to come to the Danish capital in 2036.

Denmark should make a bid for the Olympics based on hosting the “cheapest, most sustainable and smallest Olympic Games” ever.

Nyegaard did not give a specific figure for the potential cost of bidding and hosting the Olympics in this way in Copenhagen.

It would, however, probably be necessary to build a new Olympic stadium in the city in the event of any successful bid, she said.

“Yes, I think it would (be necessary). I would loan a stadium that could be used for the Olympics and integrate both sustainability and city planning into the area at the same time. You could build an Olympic city that could be used for family and student housing afterwards,” she said.

The Copenhagen city representative also suggested potential locations for some Olympic disciplines, such as Klitmøller in West Jutland – also known as ‘Cold Hawaii’ for windsurfing, and cycling on the route to be used for the Danish stages of this year’s Tour de France.

Nyegaard admitted she is likely to be met with criticism for the idea given the size of the task involved and its potential costs.

“What if we can (do it)? What if we dare to adopt this as our vision and see it it’s possible?,” she told the newspaper.

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Tour de France gets rapturous Danish reception in Copenhagen

Raucous crowds at the Copenhagen Tivoli theme park gave the Tour de France the kind of reception organisers could only have dreamed of on Wednesday.

Tour de France gets rapturous Danish reception in Copenhagen

The loudest cheers were for Danish riders such as Jonas Vingegaard and for the biggest names led by champion Tadej Pogacar.

Staff at the park said only rock stars had attracted such crowds before.

Pogacar, who rides for UAE Team Emirates’, said he was excited too.

“As a team we are ready, and me and as an individual I’m ready too, so I can’t wait to start of Friday with the time trial,” the Slovenian said.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik attended the official unveiling of the teams, two days before the 21-day Tour opens with a 13km time-trial, the first of three stages in Denmark.

Tivoli Park has around 25 fairground rides. On Wednesday the 176 cyclists added one, riding round a special 1km track to be greeted by thousands of smiling, cheering and filming fans.

“I feel great, especially today with all these people in Copenhagen, you can only be happy.” said Pogacar.