Stock­holm 2026 bid on last legs

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

Stock­holm’s bid to host the 2026 Olympics is at risk only three days af­ter the IOC for­mally ap­proved the city among three can­di­dates.

a new coali­tion deal an­nounced Fri­day to run Stock­holm’s city gov­ern­ment — be­tween a cen­tre-right al­liance and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists — re­quires no tax­payer fund­ing for a Win­ter Games.

“the start­ing point for all our par­ties has been to en­sure that a Win­ter Olympics should not be on the tax­pay­ers to pay for it,” coali­tion mem­ber Karin ern­lund said.

the In­ter­na­tional Olympic com­mit­tee said Fri­day it had “not yet had any of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion of the de­ci­sion.”

If Stock­holm drops out, the IOC will be left with cal­gary and the com­bined Ital­ian bid of Mi­lan and cortina d’am­pezzo.

a vote of IOC mem­bers is sched­uled in June, the Olympic body said tues­day when for­mal­iz­ing the 2026 con­test, though there is un­cer­tainty for the en­tire field.

cal­gary’s bid faces a Nov. 13 plebiscite, and full gov­ern­ment sup­port is also not guar­an­teed in Italy.

amid wide­spread pub­lic con­cern at Olympic host­ing costs, IOC vice-pres­i­dent Juan an­to­nio Sa­ma­ranch Jr. said this week, “We have to make a huge ef­fort in ex­plain­ing our­selves bet­ter.”

Stock­holm could re­turn for a bid for 2030 or be­yond, city law­mak­ers said.

“It is miss­ing a clear ba­sis for a Win­ter Olympics right now,” said anna Konig Jerlmyr of Swe­den’s Mod­er­ate party, “but ev­ery­one wants to have it in the fu­ture so the ques­tion is when.”

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