Two Ital­ian cities to host 2026 Win­ter Olympics

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — David Whar­ton, Los An­ge­les Times

For weeks, it seemed that Italy held the edge in bid­ding for the 2026 Win­ter Games. On Mon­day, Olympic lead­ers made it of­fi­cial.

The cities of Mi­lan and Cortina d’Am­pezzo beat out a ri­val bid from Swe­den on a 47-34 vote as the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee made good on its de­sire to re­turn to a tra­di­tional win­ter sports set­ting.

“The pas­sion and knowl­edge of Ital­ian fans, to­gether with ex­pe­ri­enced venue op­er­a­tors, will cre­ate the per­fect at­mos­phere for the best ath­letes in the world,” IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach said, de­scrib­ing the win­ner as “a clas­sic Alpine en­vi­ron­ment.”

The IOC noted the Mi­lan-Cortina bid was bol­stered by “uni­fied back­ing” from lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ment. Pre­vi­ously, an eval­u­a­tion re­port had seemed to give Italy the ad­van­tage, in part, be­cause of fi­nan­cial guar­an­tees for con­struc­tion.

Italy re­cently hosted the Win­ter Olympics, with Turin serv­ing as host in 2006. The Cortina d’Am­pezzo re­sort area had a pre­vi­ous turn, too, in 1956.

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