Bach ‘very confident’ over Italy 2026 Winter Games bid
— Olympic chief Thomas Bach said Thursday he was “very confident” that Italy would present a joint bid by Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo to host the 2026 Winter Olympics despite the country’s government ruling out funding.
The Italian government has agreed to back the bid by Milan-Cortina but without giving financial aide, with the budget to be covered by the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto which are among Italy’s richest.
Bach was speaking after a two-day visit during which he met with Italian president Sergio Mattarella along with national Olympic chief Giovanni Malago and cabinet undersecretary Giancarlo Giorgetti, who is in charge of sport.
“After the talks with CONI and with the undersecretary Giorgetti, I’m very confident there will be a solution found which will be in the interests of Italy and the interests of sport,” the International Olympic Committee head said.
“We are leaving Rome and Italy with much more confidence about this candidature. We really see things coming along.
“Guarantees have been expressed by Lombardy and Veneto and I’m confident that we’ll have them, which are very important to secure the entire project”
Bach said he had also been assured by Giorgetti that the Italian government was “ready to deliver the guarantees about free entry and security”.
Calgary and Stockholm are the other two cities bidding for the 2026 Games.
The Canadian project will be put to a referendum next week while Sweden are still awaiting a new government two months after elections.