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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday that strong cooperation among the Japanese Olympic Committee and the country’s various levels of government stood Sapporo in good stead as a candidate to host the 2030 Winter Games.

The Hokkaido capital, which hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, has expressed interest in holding the 2030 games and faces rival bids from Salt Lake City and Vancouver, which previously hosted in 2002 and 2010, respectively.

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