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Does the southern hemisphere have off season Olympics?

Asked by talljasperman (17996 points ) December 31st, 2013

Seeing that winter and summer are flipped in the southern hemisphere could Australia host the winter Olympics in July and the summer Olympics in January? Or are the Olympics limited to the northern hemispheres seasons?

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kounoupi's avatar

Yes I believe, as long as there are suitable facilities to host the various sports. Without looking it up, I think the 2016 Olympiad is scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro and they will be held in August.

hearkat's avatar

The official Olympics competitions are scheduled according to the seasons of the Northern Hemisphere. As noted above, the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 2016 will be held when it is technically winter in that city.

I am sure that the International Olympic Committee seeks cities that will have climates suitable for the seasonal events that are scheduled, so a city that is still warm in winter can host the “summer” games; I don’t think we’ll see a “winter” games being held in the Southern Hemisphere, though.

zenvelo's avatar

The Sydney Olympics were held in the austral Spring – late September to mid October. Which was off season for many sports, but then again the Olympics are off season for a lot of things.

There hasn’t been a Southern hemisphere Winter Olympics yet.

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