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The Ital­ian Gov­ern­ment has given its sup­port to a joint bid by Mi­lan and Cortina d’Am­pezzo for the 2026 Win­ter Olympics, In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach has said.

The two ci­ties, Cal­gary and Stock­holm are the only three def­i­nite can­di­dates to host the event with a de­ci­sion due in June.

‘‘We are leav­ing Rome and Italy very con­fi­dent about this can­di­da­ture, be­cause we can re­ally see things com­ing to­gether,’’ Bach said at a news con­fer­ence at Ital­ian Olympic Com­mit­tee head­quar­ters.

Bach had dis­cussed Italy’s bid on Wed­nes­day with Sports Min­is­ter Giancarlo Gior­getti, who ex­pressed the sup­port of the gov­ern­ment.

Ar­gentina’s Olympic Com­mit­tee has said it was con­sid­er­ing a late run, but Bach seemed un­will­ing to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity.

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