Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo has been chosen to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, beating Stockholm-Åre’s bid.
“Congratulations to Milan-Cortina,” said International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach in a statement. “We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country.”
“The passion and knowledge of Italian fans, together with experienced venue operators, will create the perfect atmosphere for the best athletes in the world.
The Olympic Winter Games Milan-Cortina 2026 will feature iconic venues and beautiful settings, combining the attractions of a modern European metropolis with a classic Alpine environment,”.
On the road to the 2026 decision, bids from Calgary, Graz in Austria, Japan’s Sapporo and Sion in Switzerland fell by the wayside, mainly because of concerns over the cost or a lack of popular support.
The bid by Stockholm and the Åre ski area – which hosted the World Ski Championships in February – appeared to be running out of steam a few months ago due to a lack of funding commitments, but the government later swung behind it.
But it failed to convince IOC delegates, who voted 47-34 in favour of Italy.