The northern Japanese city of Sapporo has formally expressed its interest in hosting the 2030 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
The city conveyed its interest to the Japanese Olympic Committee in a formal document on Friday. In November, the city orally informed the committee that it wants to host the 2030 Games.
The expression of interest is required to take part in a new bidding process announced by the International Olympic Committee. Friday was the deadline for municipalities in Japan to do so.
In the document, Sapporo city officials said they will take part in the bidding process as a candidate, along with the JOC and consult with the IOC.
Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto hopes to successfully host events to be held in the city during next year's Olympics, such as marathon and race walk events, to prove the city's capability to manage major sporting events.
The JOC says no other municipalities expressed interest in hosting the 2030 Games.