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SportBREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics

20:20  24 june  2019
20:20  24 june  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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The 2026 Winter Olympics will take place in Italy after Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo were announced as hosts . "Congratulations to Milan - Cortina . We can look forward to an outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a

Delegation members representing Milan - Cortina in Lausanne, Switzerland, celebrate after the city won the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Six of the eight cities that initially expressed interest in hosting the Winter Olympics either failed to make it out of the starting gate or dropped out

BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics © Getty Images The Milan-Cortina bid team ahead of Monday's vote to decide the 2026 Winter Olympic hosts

The 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics will take place in Italy after Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo were announced as hosts.

The Milan-Cortina bid saw off the challenge of Stockholm-Are in a vote at an International Olympic Committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday.

Cortina staged the 1956 Games, while Italy last held the Winter Olympics in 2006, when Turin was the venue.

"Congratulations to Milan-Cortina. We can look forward to an outstanding and sustainable Olympic Winter Games in a traditional winter sports country," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

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Milan – Cortina will also host the Winter Paralympics in 2026 . International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said: "These Games promise much for future generations of Italians; they increase sport participation, encourage sustainability and drive social inclusion.

Milan and the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo beat a Swedish bid that included Stockholm and the ski resort in Are for the Games. While both bids offered countries where winter sports thrive and where there is experience hosting major events — Cortina hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics — the

"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."

The vote count was 47-34 in favour of Milan-Cortina, with one abstention.

Abandoned Olympic venues (Photos)

BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics
BREAKING NEWS: Milan-Cortina to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Several cities had previously dropped out of the running, even though the IOC relaxed rules over financial guarantees and government support for 2026.

"We have lowered the cost and complexity of developing Games projects, which now serve the long-term development goals of the host communities and have sustainability and legacy at their hearts," Bach added.

"This has led to a significantly reduced organisation budget and the use of 93 per cent existing or temporary competition venues."

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