The 25th Olympic Games will take place in 2026 in Milan. The
is the result of the vote at the plenary session of the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne. The Swedish capital Stockholm, which had competed as a counter-candidate, was defeated.
Eligible to vote for the venue of the Winter Games 2026 were 82 out of a total of 95 IOC members. According to the organizers were 47 votes for Milan 34 members voted for Stockholm. There was one abstention.
Milan had joined forces with the ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo in northern Italy for election. The municipality Cortina d'Ampezzo had 1956 once held the Winter Games. Most recently, Italy had played in 2006 as an Olympic host, then had
the Winter Games in Turin took place. The budget of the city of Milan is around 1.4 billion euros. Planned
are the games from 6 to 22 February 2026, then the
Paralympics take place.
Giovanni Malago, president of the National Olympic Committee of Italy, was confident before the announcement of the election results: "It is not possible to get a better offer than Milan and Cortina," he said. The application is fantastic: "Milan represents the best in Europe." Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini spoke of a historic day: "The Winter Games will prove to the world our excellence and capabilities," said Salvini, leader of the right-wing populist Lega Party. The decision of the IOC would be a "victory for all Italians".
"Iconic venues and beautiful places"
IOC President Thomas Bach congratulated Milan. In a statement, Bach referred to the knowledgeable and passionate Italian fans as well as the experienced organizers at the venues. Milan had applied together with Cortina d'Ampezzo, where already in 1956 the Winter Games took place.
The Winter Games in 2026 would take place at iconic venues and beautiful locations, Bach said. The German head of the International Olympic Committee expects the games to "combine the attractions of a modern European metropolis and a classic alpine environment".
Bach also praised the candidacy from Sweden as excellent and rated the application process as a success for the 2020 Olympic reform agenda. Cost and complexity in developing new Olympic Games projects had been reduced.
Sweden "disappointed, but proud"
Sweden reacted disappointed. He was very disappointed, but also proud, campaign boss Richard Brisius said the transmitter SVT. "Of course we can question ourselves, but my feeling is that we've never worked so hard for a project as we've done in the past two years," he said. "We really gave everything that was possible, we as Swedes are proud."
The head of the Swedish Olympic Committee, Mats Årjes, told the broadcaster that Sweden had taken the IOC directive on more sustainable games at its word. However, it could be that the changes take longer than expected from the application Stockholm / Are.
Biathlete Hanna Öberg told the Swedish TV station SVT that the moment of the announcement had felt very sobering. "There was great hope that the Olympics would have meant a lot of investment in sports in Sweden," said Olympic champion Pyeongchang in Östersund. For their sport, it would also have meant a lot if a biathlon facility had been built for the Olympics in Stockholm.
Sebastian Samuelsson, who also won gold in Pyeongchang with the Swedish biathlon relay, said to Öberg, Olympic Games in Stockholm / Are would have been great. "We showed that we wanted to host sustainable Olympic Games," he said. But not only Sweden, but also Italy have just submitted a good application.
Some cities had withdrawn their candidacy
Cities Graz in Austria, customs in Switzerland and the Canadian
Calgary, who submitted an application for the 2026 Winter Games,
had withdrawn their candidacy again. Other cities, about
Innsbruck, according to a survey of the population did not submit an application
a: A majority of the population had opposed the orientation of the
pronounced Olympic competition. In Italy and in Sweden was
no referendum has been carried out. In the fall of 2018 Milan and Stockholm had been chosen as candidates for the Winter Games in 2026.
The decision for Milan is likely to have been influenced by a survey conducted by the IOC itself: in Italy, 83 percent of the population had voted for Milan's candidacy. For an application from Stockholm for the Games in 2026, only 55 percent of the Swedes surveyed had expressed their support.
Before the vote
The IOC still had an extensive sponsorship agreement with one
Beverage manufacturers and a Chinese dairy company signed: After
IOC information runs the contract over twelve years from 2021 to 2032 and
includes six summer and winter games. Thomas Bach, the president
of the International Olympic Committee, described the treaty as
"new dimension of partnership".
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