Italy joins push for Win­ter Olympics

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

Two cities, Cal­gary and Stock­holm are the only other 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 said he had dis­cussed Italy’s bid with Sports Min­is­ter Gian­carlo Gior­getti, who “ex­pressed the sup­port of the Govern­ment, which is ready to de­liver the guar­an­tees on se­cu­rity”.

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

The fate of Cal­gary’s bid will be de­cided by a non- bind­ing plebiscite on Novem­ber 13, af­ter the Olympic as­sess­ment com­mit­tee rec­om­mended the city scrap its plans over a fund­ing row with the Cana­dian Govern­ment. Stock­holm’s can­di­dacy also looks pre­car­i­ous be­cause it does not have the back­ing of Swe­den’s main po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

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