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Milano-Cortina Selected To Host The 2026 Winter Olympic Games

Announced in Lausanne on the 24th of June 2019, by the IOC president Thomas Bach after the International Olympic Committee’s vote at the SwissTech Convention Center, the Italian bid from Milan-Cortina beat the Swedish bid of Stockholm-Åre to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

Italy received 47 votes against Sweden’s 34. Italy will, therefore, return to host the Winter Games for the third time, twenty years after Turin 2006 and 70 years after Cortina’s 1956 edition. The Winter Olympic Games provides exceptional entertainment to the world and engages audiences from every corner of the globe.

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The president of the Italian National Olympic Committee (INOC), Giovanni Malagò, in the joy of the moment, grabbed Diana Bianchedi (coordinator of INOC) in his arms. It was a very important moment for the whole Italian nation, especially after Italy withdrew its bid in 2016, to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Mr Malagò used this moment also to announce his running for the presidency of INOC.

Ironically, Virginia Raggi, who was responsible for the withdrawal of Italy’s Summer Olympic bid, couldn’t wait to hit social media. The comment from the mayor of Rome, written on Twitter; Congratulations to all of those who have worked for this result. Congratulations to fellow mayors Sala and Ghedina”. Peter Eriksson, the Minister for International Cooperation and Development, has sportingly complimented Italy, by also added a joke: “We defeated you in the Football World Cup qualifiers in 2018, and you’ve beat us on this occasion, we are 1-1”.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte learned of the Italian victory at Geneva airport before taking off. On Twitter, he then wrote: “A recognition that makes us proud. Today’s victory is for
everyone: INOC, the Italian Regions, the Cities and the local authorities involved, the various sports federations, the numerous athletes, the entire Italian sports and business system, and
the Government.” The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, led the team that made its final presentation on Monday in Lausanne before the IOC assembly. The president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent a video message.

Both Cities Originally Came into the Vote Equal A young skater born in Lausanne, gave the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, the envelope with the name of the winning city. Bach immediately congratulated the Italian and supported the Swedes, especially Gunilla Lindberg, a veteran Swedish member of the IOC, and Princess Victoria, heiress to the crown of the Nordic country. The Evaluation Commission pointed out that in both cases there were great virtues, relating to the facilities and organisational experience, but also to the important challenges derived from the distance between the facilities provided for the competition.

Milan Gained Some Benefits

Milan benefited by its remarkable weight in the Olympic assembly, with influential active members such as Franco Carraro, Ivo Ferriani and Giovanni Malagó, and other retirees present in the team, such as Mario Pescante, Ottavio Cinquanta and Manuela Di Centa. In addition to that, in the IOC there was a certain feeling of debt to Italy since in 2016, the political authorities of Rome withdrew their interest to organise the Summer Games of 2024. Despite the consensus of the sports community and with the project already being accepted by the IOC.

If the project is maintained under the terms presented to the IOC, in 2026 Milan will keep the ice and Cortina, more than 400 km away, will have alpine skiing, biathlon, curling and sled sports.

In these cities, there will also be sub-areas, separated from the main city, such as: Bormio (alpine skiing) and Livigno (snowboarding, freestyle skiing) The Valley of Fiemme (jumps, cross-country skiing and speed skating) Verona’s “Roman amphitheatre” Arena, chosen for the closing ceremony, which can boast of being the only venue of the Games built in the 1st century.

This dispersion will force the lodging of the athletes in six Olympic towns, with the consequent inconveniences regarding transport and security. However, the locations of these facilities are compliant with the preferences of the IOC, which prioritises the use of sites that are already built. Even if they are far away from each other, as opposed to the expense that’s required in the building of new stadiums. The operating budget of Milan