Italy has just been announced as host country for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has won the application for Sweden. The city of Milan shares the official host duties with the ski resort Cortina d & # 39; Ampezzo. Ice skating and hockey events take place in Milan, while skiing and snowboarding take place in Cortina and other locations in the Italian Alps, including Bormio and Livigno.
"Congratulations to Milan-Cortina," said Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee. "We can look forward to outstanding and sustainable Winter Olympics in a traditional winter sports country, and the passion and knowledge of Italian fans combined with experienced event organizers will create the perfect atmosphere for the best athletes in the world."
] The Italian offer for the Winter Games received 47 votes from the International Olympic Committee, while Sweden received 34 votes. They were the only two countries to offer candidacy for the 2026 Games after Japan, Switzerland, Austria and Canada withdrew their bids on cost concerns: the initial projected operating budget was $ 1
The committee members were generally expected to be the first choice in northern Italy: Cortina was already host The 1956 Winter Olympics and Turin hosted the summer version of the Games in 2006, while Sweden has never hosted.
After the news had been announced, the Italian delegation (including snowboarder Michela Moioli, who had blundered alongside the skier Sofia Goggia after her presentation to the committee) broke and was heard shouting in triumph. "Italia! Italia!"