MILAN – The Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will host the 2026 Winter Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee approved the Italian bid at its recent meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, disappointing Sweden, which proposed to hold the event in the Stockholm-Are regions.
The Milan-Cortina bid won by a 47-34 vote with one abstention.
The bid from Sweden also included participation from Latvia, across the Baltic Sea, which would have hosted the sliding competitions on its bobsled track at Sigulda.
The 2026 Olympics will mark a return of the Winter Games to Europe. The 2018 competition was held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Beijing will host the 2022 Games.
Italy has hosted two Winter Games — Cortina in 1956 and Turin in 2006 — as well as the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
Stockholm hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics but has never held a winter event.
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