Stock­holm’s and Sigulda’s com­bined of­fer added to 2026 Olympics list

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The com­bined of­fer sub­mit­ted by Swe­den’s Stock­holm and Latvia’s Sigulda was of­fi­cially added on to the short-list of 2026 Olympics host can­di­dates by the In­ter­na­tional Olympics Com­mit­tee on Tues­day, 9 Oc­to­ber.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported, aside from Stock­holm and Sigulda, of­fers from Canada’s Cal­gary, Italy’s Milan and Cortina d’Am­pezzo were also ap­proved for the short-list. If or­ga­ni­za­tion of Olympic Games is en­trusted to Stock­holm, lube, bob­sleigh and skele­ton com­pe­ti­tions will be or­ga­nized in Sigulda.

The host coun­try for 2026 Olympic Games will be de­cided in Septem­ber next year. Last week the In­ter­na­tional Olympics Com­mit­tee crossed from the list Turkey’s Erzu­rum. With that, only three can­di­dates re­main.

Japan’s Sap­poro with­drew its can­di­dacy af­ter the earth­quake. Res­i­dents of Switzer­land’s Can­ton of Valais held a ref­er­en­dum around the be­gin­ning of June. Re­sults showed that res­i­dents do not want the city of Sion to be a can­di­date. One month af­ter that, Aus­tria’s Graz and Sład­min­sty also de­cided to with­draw their com­bined of­fer.

A sim­i­lar ref­er­en­dum is sched­uled to take place in Cal­gary in Novem­ber. Res­i­dents there can­not seem to de­cide if they want the Olympic Games there.

South Korea’s Pyeongchang, which is the host of this year’s Win­ter Olympics, had only two com­peti­tors – Mu­nich (Ger­many) and An­necy (France). China’s Bei­jing won the right to host the 2022 Win­ter Olympics.

Ieva Čīka/LETA

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