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Swedish PM Lofven says country ready to host 2026 Winter Olympic Games

Two Italian cities win vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics Italy's Milan and Cortina win vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics
Shannon Reynolds | 25 June, 2019, 04:25

Sweden was the other finalist, seeking its first-ever Winter Olympics after last hosting the Summer Games more than a century ago.

Milan-Cortina's jubilant delegation broke into chants of "Italia!"

IOC President Thomas Bach said "I would like to congratulate Milan Cortina for this victory, which for the IOC is a great day".

The Winter Olympic Games in the two Italian cities are due to take place from February 6 to 22, with the Winter Paralympics following from March 6 to 15.

The bids for the 2026 games were 75 percent lower than the average budgets for the 2018 and 2022 candidates, the International Olympic Committee said.

Both 2026 candidates likely would have dropped out of previous contests that had stricter rules and deadlines.

Milan Cortina 2026 will still have questions to answer, despite their victory as the IOC Evaluation Commission raised several issues with their plans, including a proposal to revamp the Eugenio Monti Sliding Centre in Cortina, closed since 2008, instead of using an existing venue elsewhere in Europe.

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Italian Olympic 500m short track speed skating champion Arianna Fontana highlighted the climate advantages of the bid.

Both bids were praised by the International Olympic Committee for being "on average 20% lower" than the spending on the 2018 Olympmics in Peyongchang and the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "Italia!" when the result was announced, giving the Alpine nation a second Winter Games in 20 years.

The 80,000 seat San Siro soccer stadium is scheduled to host the opening ceremony, while Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona, will host the closing ceremony. It's the best option to avoid building a white elephant venue in Sweden.

During the traditionally slick and emotional pleas to be awarded the Games, Stockholm mayor Anna Konig Jerlmyr reminded voters of Sweden's most famous music act.

This is the 3rd time Cortina d'Ampezzo has been chosen to host the Olympic Games: the city was also selected in 1944 (cancelled because of World War 2) and later hosted the 1956 Olympic Games.

A ski lift at the Areskutan mountain is seen in Are, Sweden, April 23, 2019. Turin, host of the 2006 Winter Games, was originally included in a 3-city bid, but they withdrew from participation a year ago.

The vote, held during the 134th IOC Session being held at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, put the regional Italian project ahead of its only rival on the ballot, Sweden's Stockholm Åre, by a 47 to 34 count.

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